Sentencing looms in Charlottesville attack; man seeks mercy

U.S. 06/23/19, 09:47

The avowed white supremacist who plowed his car into counterdemonstrators opposing a white nationalist rally in Virginia two years ago, killing one person and injuring dozens, has asked a judge for mercy and a sentence shorter than life in prison. Lawyers for James Alex Fields Jr., 22, said in a sentencing ...

10-year sentence for participant in abuse of caged woman

U.S. 06/13/19, 14:44

A Louisiana man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the physical and psychological abuse of a young autistic woman who told him in federal court Thursday, "You made my life a living hell."Jody Lambert's sentencing was the latest in court cases involving the woman who ...

Update: Father won’t testify in death penalty trial

U.S. 06/12/19, 13:23

The Latest on a death penalty trial for a South Carolina father (all times local):1:50 p.m.The South Carolina father convicted of killing his five children won't testify on his behalf or make a statement to a jury deciding whether he gets the death penalty.Timothy Jones Jr. wipes his eyes as ...

Relatives ask jury to spare life of father who killed 5 kids

U.S. 06/12/19, 13:04

One more group of family members asked a jury Wednesday to spare the life of a South Carolina father convicted of murdering his five children, saying they have been through enough pain already.The same jury that convicted Timothy Jones Jr. of killing his five children in their Lexington home in ...

1st defendant faces sentencing in college admissions scandal

U.S. 06/12/19, 04:39

Federal prosecutors plan to ask a judge Wednesday for more than a year in prison for a former Stanford sailing coach who admitted to accepting bribes in the college admissions cheating scheme. John Vandemoer will be the first person sentenced in the case that has ensnared athletic coaches at elite universities ...

California man freed from life prison sentence for joyriding

U.S. 06/04/19, 19:41

A California man was freed from prison after serving 23 years of his life sentence on a joyriding conviction, including eight years in solitary confinement for possessing a book written by the co-founder of a notorious prison gang.His attorneys say it's unconscionable that he was set to die in prison ...

Update: Mall of America attacker gets 19 years in prison

U.S. 06/03/19, 10:24

The Latest on sentencing for a man who admitted throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in April (all times local): 10:25 a.m. A man who threw a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota has been sentenced to 19 ...

Man who confessed to killing 11-year-old sentenced to life

U.S. 05/31/19, 20:54

A New Jersey man who admitted to raping and killing his 11-year-old neighbor was sentenced to life in prison Friday, three months after pleading guilty on the eve of his trial. Twenty-year-old Andreas Erazo will have to serve 85% of his sentence, or roughly 64 years, before being eligible for parole, ...

Minneapolis officer’s attorneys seek no prison for shooting

U.S. 05/31/19, 08:06

Attorneys for the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of fatally shooting an unarmed woman in 2017 plan to ask a sentencing judge for no prison time.If that's not granted, they're seeking less prison time than state sentencing guidelines recommend.Mohamed Noor's lawyers filed a motion Thursday asking for a "dispositional departure" ...

Update: Tennessee church shooter sentenced to life

U.S. 05/28/19, 16:56

The Latest on the trial of the Tennessee man convicted in a 2017 church shooting (all times local):4:45 p.m.A Tennessee man convicted of murder in a 2017 Nashville church shooting will spend the rest of his life behind bars.Judge Cheryl Blackburn listens to testimony during the sentencing phase of Emanuel ...

Sentencing set for Alabama man in $2M scam

U.S. 05/28/19, 01:37

A man who pleaded guilty to federal charges in a $2 million scam that sucked in an Alabama town is due in state court to face additional counts.Records show Kyle Sandler has signed papers showing he plans to plead guilty Tuesday to a state theft charge involving more than $2,500 ...

Statement of Jayme Closs at sentencing for abductor

U.S. 05/24/19, 16:28

Jayme Closs' statement at Friday's sentencing for Jake Patterson, the 21-year-old man who killed her parents and kidnapped her last October, holding her captive for 88 days before she escaped. Closs did not appear in court, and her statement was read in court by family attorney Chris Gramstrup: "Last October, Jake ...

A host of celebrities speak out on criminal justice reform

Entertainment 05/23/19, 11:09

Kim Kardashian West isn't the only celebrity speaking out for prison reform. It's a topic that was also very important to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, and to Common, Kevin Hart and a host of others who consider the criminal justice system often unfair and dehumanizing.Hussle served time before he was ...

Judge delays sentence for ‘The Bachelor’ star in Iowa crash

Entertainment 05/21/19, 16:40

A judge will not consider requests from a dead farmer's relatives to impose prison time when she sentences "The Bachelor" star Chris Soules for leaving the scene of the accident that killed the man, she ruled Tuesday.The wife and sons of farmer Kenneth Mosher are not considered victims under Iowa ...

‘3 strikes’ sentencing reform leaves out Washington inmates

U.S. 05/21/19, 00:13

A small group of inmates, disproportionately black, are set to stay in Washington state prisons for life — left out of the latest in a multi-year wave of reforms easing tough-on-crime "three strikes" laws around the U.S.At least 24 states including Washington passed such laws during the 1990s, embracing tough-on-crime ...

Jury deliberating fate of Nevada death row inmate

U.S. 05/16/19, 15:22

A jury began deliberating Thursday whether to reorder the execution of a three-time murderer who's been on Nevada's death row for 34 years.Defense lawyers told the jury in Reno that 67-year-old Tracy Petrocelli should spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole after a U.S. ...

Sentenced for scams, fake heiress not sorry ‘for anything’

Business 05/10/19, 16:40

A con artist who was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison for swindling banks, hotels and wealthy New Yorkers says she's not sorry for anything she did. Anna Sorokin told The New York Times that she regrets only the way she went about "certain things." Prosecutors said Sorokin used a ...

China holds appeal hearing for Canadian sentenced to death

World 05/09/19, 03:18

A Chinese court held an appeal hearing Thursday for a Canadian who was sentenced to death for drug smuggling in a case that has deepened a diplomatic rift between the two countries. The intermediate-level court in northeastern Liaoning province said Robert Schellenberg's sentence would be announced at an unspecified date. Convicted of ...

As prison looms, prosecutors refuse final meeting with Cohen

Politics 05/04/19, 09:13

For months, President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen tried — but failed — to position himself as a whistleblower in the vein of Watergate hero John Dean. As the time ticked down toward his deadline to report to prison, Cohen also lost the interest of the one group of people ...

Update: Would-be NYC bomber gets 10 year prison term

New York 05/02/19, 14:18

The Latest on the sentencing of the ringleader of a thwarted plot to bomb the New York City subway system (all times local):3:15 p.m.A man who plotted to bomb New York City's subways and then switched sides and helped the U.S. prosecute terrorists after his arrest has been sentenced to ...

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