Latest Sentencing News

Jury to decide on death sentence for 'Boy Next Door Killer'

Oct. 16, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury has started deliberating whether a man prosecutors have dubbed "The Boy Next Door Killer" will get a sentence of death or life in prison for the killings of two women and the attempted murder of a third. Closing arguments ended Wednesday in the penalty phase of the...

Business owner gets 3 weeks for rigging son's ACT exam

Oct. 16, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The owner of a California jewelry business was sentenced Wednesday to three weeks in prison after she was accused of paying $15,000 to rig her son's ACT exam and of falsely listing him as a racial minority on college applications. Marjorie Klapper, 51, of Menlo Park, California, pleaded...

Court seems split on possible resentencing for teen sniper

Oct. 16, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal and conservative justices seemed split Wednesday on whether to grant a new sentencing hearing to Lee Boyd Malvo , one of two snipers who terrorized the Washington, D.C., region in 2002 when he was a teenager. The Supreme Court heard arguments on whether Malvo, who was 17 at the...

Judge grants compassionate release for man serving life

Oct. 16, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has ordered the release of a 76-year-old man who was sentenced to life for running a large Portland cocaine distribution ring, finding he meets the "extraordinary and compelling" reasons for compassionate release. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports despite objections from...

Polish couple sentenced for sprawling pyramid scheme

Oct. 16, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The two founders of a pyramid scheme in Poland have been sentenced to years in prison for cheating thousands of people out of their savings in one of the nation's biggest financial scandals, calculated at 200 million euros ($220 million). A court in Gdansk sentenced Marcin P. to 15...

Prosecutors seek life for New Mexico man who killed family

Oct. 15, 2019 10:04 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man convicted of killing his parents and three younger siblings when he was 15 apologized to the rest of his family Tuesday as he asked a judge for an opportunity at rehabilitation and redemption. Nehemiah Griego, now 22, was the last person to address the court during...

Synagogue attack defendant says offer of plea would end case

Oct. 15, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Lawyers for the man accused of shooting to death 11 worshippers in a Pittsburgh synagogue last year said in a filing Tuesday that the case would be over if federal prosecutors had accepted his offer to plead guilty in return for life-without-parole. Lawyers for Tree of Life shooting...

Oregon man sentenced to 25 years for child sexual abuse

Oct. 15, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexual abuse of a girl over the course of three years. The Salem Statesman Journal reports 35-year-old Terry David Powell was convicted of six counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Powell pleaded not guilty and opted to stand...

Sentencing delayed for LSU student convicted in hazing death

Oct. 15, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A sentencing hearing has been postponed for a former Louisiana State University student convicted in the hazing death a Phi Delta Theta fraternity pledge. The Advocate reports 21-year-old Matthew Naquin was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday for negligent homicide in the 2017 death...

Man who kidnapped Portland homeless couple gets 10 years

Oct. 15, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A homeless man who bound and duct-taped a homeless woman and man inside his tent in Southeast Portland was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports both victims told police that Matthew Fennern raped the woman while in the tent Jan. 25, but Deputy District...