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Virginia man sentenced to prison in store manager's shooting

Jul. 01, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man was sentenced to seven years in prison on Friday for shooting a store clerk in the back of the head one year ago. Jaivon Alonzo Scott, 33, was sentenced by a judge to 18 years — with 11 suspended — for malicious wounding, possession of a...

Ex-Georgetown coach gets 2 1/2 years in bribery scandal

Jul. 01, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

A former Georgetown University tennis coach who once coached former President Barack Obama's family was sentenced Friday to 2 1/2 years in prison for pocketing more than $3 million in bribes in exchange for helping wealthy parents cheat their kids' way into the school. The sentence...

Judge won't delay Florida school shooting sentencing trial

Jul. 01, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge has refused to delay the sentencing trial of Nikolas Cruz in the 2018 shooting at a high school in which 17 people were killed. Cruz's lawyers had argued that recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, unleashed “a...

Mother and son who ran drug ring get lengthy prison terms

Jul. 01, 2022 12:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts mother and son who ran a large-scale drug ring that made and distributed hundreds of thousands of counterfeit pills containing the powerful opioid fentanyl to the region north of Boston have both received lengthy prison terms. Vincent Caruso, 27, was...

Woman gets probation in attack on Spanish-speaking women

Jul. 01, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman charged with attacking a mother and daughter for speaking Spanish in 2020 has been found guilty of misdemeanor assault and battery. Stephanie Armstrong was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation following a two-day, non-jury trial in Boston...

Man sentenced for killing family members on New Year's Eve

Jul. 01, 2022 10:28 AM EDT

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A man convicted of gunning down his parents, sister and a family friend with a high-powered rifle when he was a teenager on New Year’s Eve in 2017 has been sentenced to 150 years in state prison. Scott Kologi, 20, was found guilty of murder and a weapons...

EXPLAINER: How will R. Kelly sentence impact other trials?

Jul. 01, 2022 05:59 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly could be in his 80s before the singer is free again, based on a 30-year prison term imposed this week by a New York federal judge for parlaying his fame to sexually abuse young fans, including some who were children. And if the 55-year-old loses at three...

DUI driver sentenced for killing 4 in Southern California

Jun. 30, 2022 23:10 PM EDT

VISTA, Calif. (AP) — A driver who ran onto a Southern California sidewalk and killed four people, including two young children, was sentenced Thursday to 25 years to life in prison. Prosecutors say Ashley Williams, 30, was under the influence of difluoroethane, a gas used in...

San Diego County to pay $8.1 million for unarmed man's death

Jun. 30, 2022 22:24 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County will pay $8.1 million to the family of an unarmed man who was shot in the back by a sheriff's deputy after he jumped out of a patrol car. The county and the family of Nicholas Bils agreed to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit on June 20, the San...

Murder conviction overturned for man who shot wife in SUV

Jun. 30, 2022 18:21 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court on Thursday threw out a murder conviction for a once-prominent Atlanta attorney who fatally shot his wife as they rode in an SUV, saying the jury should have had the option of a misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter charge. Claud “Tex”...