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Georgia inmate who came close to execution in 2017 dies

Jan. 26, 2020 1:40 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia death row inmate whose planned execution was halted in September 2017 by the U.S. Supreme Court after his lawyers argued his death sentence was tainted by a juror's racial bias has died, according to the state Department of Corrections. Keith “Bo” Tharpe, 61, died of...

Prosecutors: Man sent inmates letters about sexual abuse

Jan. 26, 2020 10:46 AM EST

WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for molesting a young relative, a crime that was discovered when the suspect left behind letters from inmates telling him how much they appreciated him recounting the abuse, prosecutors said. Keith Preston Crum, 38, pleaded...

Seaside man gets 20 years for encouraging child sex abuse

Jan. 26, 2020 9:11 AM EST

SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) — A Seaside man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for encouraging child sex abuse. Joshua Allen Pickering, 36, pleaded guilty to eight counts of encouraging child sex abuse in the second degree. He was originally charged with 18 counts of possession of child pornography, The...

Florida man gets 22 yrs for selling drugs in fatal overdose

Jan. 26, 2020 3:30 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who pleaded guilty to selling a fatal dose of heroin laced with fentanyl has been sentenced to 22 years in prison. Calvin Warren Jr., 37, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2018 death of Thomas Matuseski. He is the first man to be charged with homicide...

FILE – In this July 14, 2015 file photo, former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed waits to make a statement after his preliminary arraignment at District Judge William Wenner's offices in Lower Paxton Township, Pa. Reed, who served for almost three decades but was later sentenced to probation for accumulating Wild West artifacts he bought with public money for a museum that was never built, has died. He was 70. A statement from the family reported by PennLive.com said Reed died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 “surrounded by his family.” (Dan Gleiter/PennLive.com via AP, File)

Longtime former Harrisburg mayor dies at 70

Jan. 25, 2020 4:44 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Harrisburg mayor Stephen Reed, who served for almost three decades but was later sentenced to probation for accumulating Wild West artifacts he bought with public money for a museum that was never built, has died. He was 70. A statement from the family reported by PennLive.com...

Helena man gets life in prison for double homicide

Jan. 25, 2020 2:53 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Helena man convicted in a 2018 double homicide has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years. Journey Ryder Wienke, 24, was sentenced Friday by District Judge Mike Menahan. Wienke was earlier found guilty of two counts of deliberate homicide in...

Ex-Missouri fire chief convicted of sex crimes gets prison

Jan. 25, 2020 2:40 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A former southwestern Missouri fire chief convicted last year of raping a young woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Larry McConnell, 70, was sentenced Friday following his November convictions on three counts of second-degree statutory sodomy and one count of...

Colorado man gets 9 years for plot to kill district attorney

Jan. 25, 2020 2:20 PM EST

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado resident and suspected prison gang member accused of plotting to kill a district attorney has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and was sentenced to nine years in prison. Billie Allen, 32, pleaded guilty Friday to a felony count of attempt to influence a public servant,...

Death sentence tossed, new trial ordered in 2 1990 slayings

Jan. 25, 2020 1:39 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has thrown out the death sentence imposed on a Philadelphia man in one of two 1990 killings and ordered a new trial in the second slaying. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker granted a defense petition to remove 49-year-old Derrick Ragan from...

Rapid City man sentenced to prison for killing brother

Jan. 25, 2020 12:04 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally stabbing his brother during a drunken argument. James Ladeaux, Sr., 55, was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty last month to second-degree manslaughter, admitting he killed his brother Fred in March. The Rapid...