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Woman gets 75 years in prison for killing boyfriend's son

Sep. 18, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois woman accused of resenting a boyfriend's 4-year-old son was sentenced to 75 years in prison for killing the boy. Lesli Jett was portrayed as a selfish drug abuser who didn't like being at the East Peoria home with Tate Thurman. The boy had...

Prosecutor: Jurors conclude Durst heir 'killed them all'

Sep. 18, 2021 11:29 AM EDT

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Robert Durst’s long, bizarre and deadly run from the law ended when a Los Angeles County jury convicted him in the murder of his best friend more than 20 years ago. The 78-year-old New York real estate heir, who was long suspected but never...

Alabama sheriff to serve sentence in nearby county

Sep. 18, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A longtime Alabama sheriff removed from office after being convicted of theft and using his office for personal gain will serve time in a nearby county, a judge ruled. The Decatur Daily reported that a judge ruled former Limestone County Sheriff Mike...

Judge who said men are 'in control' suspended for 1 month

Sep. 17, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge who suggested to a domestic violence suspect that men are “in control” has been suspended without pay two years after he made the comments. The state Supreme Court announced Friday it adopted the recommendation of a panel on...

Hearing on Kevin Strickland's future to be in Jackson County

Sep. 17, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A hearing that could determine whether Kevin Strickland will be released from prison after serving more than 40 years for a triple murder conviction will be held in Jackson County, a judge ruled Friday. Circuit Judge Kevin Harrell rejected a...

Indiana man gets 46 years in twin sons' house fire deaths

Sep. 17, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A Lafayette man convicted in his twin 3-year-old sons’ deaths in a 2014 house fire has been sentenced to 46 years in prison. Brandon Abbott, 38, was sentenced this week after a Tippecanoe County jury convicted him in June on 13 counts, including...

Lawsuit alleges St. Louis violating Missouri Sunshine Law

Sep. 15, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A civil rights group sued the St. Louis City Department of Corrections Wednesday for allegedly violating the Missouri Sunshine Law. The ACLU of Missouri said in a news release that it filed suit on behalf of ArchCity Defenders over requested records...

Woman's release from prison comes amid focus on sentencing

Sep. 15, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Early prison release for a woman following an outcry over disparate sentences has come amid a renewed push for a statewide sentencing database in Ohio. At issue is an attempt to give judges more information about similar cases to allow more...

Judge won't let lawmakers, hunters join DNR board lawsuit

Sep. 15, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge declined to let Republican legislators and a hunting group join a lawsuit seeking to remove the state Department of Natural Resources policy board’s leader from his post. Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn denied...

State reprimands Los Angeles judge over online postings

Sep. 14, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state watchdog agency reprimanded a Los Angeles County judge on Tuesday for making online postings that appeared to support positions on gun control, Black Lives Matter and the recall of the county's top prosecutor. Superior Court Judge Michael...