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Jury to recommend sentence for white nationalist

Dec. 10, 2018 4:01 AM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The same jury that convicted a man of first-degree murder for driving his car into counterprotesters at a 2017 white nationalist rally will now decide his punishment. The jury in the trial of James Alex Fields Jr. will reconvene Monday to hear additional evidence and come up...

Youth basketball coach gets prison for molesting player

Dec. 9, 2018 12:16 PM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A former youth basketball coach from Massachusetts has been sentenced to prison for up to seven years after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a player. The Herald News reports that 37-year-old Brandon Rivera, of Fall River, was sentenced last week to five to seven years behind...

Reggae star Buju Banton free after federal drug sentence

Dec. 8, 2018 6:29 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Reggae star Buju Banton is free after serving seven years in federal prison on drug charges. Banton was convicted in a federal courtroom in Florida in 2011. Prison officials told the Tampa Bay Times that Banton was freed Friday from Georgia's private McMcRae Correctional Institute. The...

Ex-Trump fixer Michael Cohen portrayed as greedy opportunist

Dec. 8, 2018 8:42 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For weeks, Michael Cohen sought to portray himself as a man who'd found his "true north" after years of shady business dealings and pit-bull loyalty to President Donald Trump. Prosecutors offered a vastly different assessment Friday of the president's former fixer, dismissing him as a...

Politicians, community leaders vouch for convicted bank exec

Dec. 7, 2018 8:43 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Former governors, lawmakers, business and community leaders, and a former Philadelphia Phillies owner are among scores of Delawareans vouching for a disgraced bank president facing years in prison for fraud. Former Wilmington Trust president Robert Harra Jr. and three other bank...

Trump prods McConnell on sentencing bill: 'Go for it Mitch!'

Dec. 7, 2018 8:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reluctance to hold a vote on a popular criminal justice bill has angered top Republican senators and created an unusual rift with a longtime GOP ally, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa. And on Friday, it also brought on a tweet from President Donald...

Excerpts of NY sentencing recommendation for Michael Cohen

Dec. 7, 2018 8:05 PM EST

Former Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen faces sentencing next week on campaign finance violations, tax evasion and other charges. Excerpts from the sentencing recommendation filed in New York Friday by federal prosecutors, in which they recommend a "substantial" sentence despite his cooperation: __ "After...

The Latest: White House says court filings show nothing new

Dec. 7, 2018 7:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the special counsel's Russia investigation (all times local): 7:20 p.m. The White House says new court filings about President Donald Trump's former lawyer and campaign chairman offer nothing new or damaging about Trump. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says...

Suicide recorded on cell phone sends Utah man to prison

Dec. 7, 2018 4:47 PM EST

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Utah man who helped a teenager kill herself and filmed the act to fulfill what prosecutors called a fascination with death was sentenced Friday to at least five years and up to life in prison. Tyerell Joe Przybycien, 19, apologized to the girl's family, saying what he did "doesn't...

Real estate executive gets prison in development scheme

Dec. 7, 2018 3:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A real estate executive was sentenced to three years in prison Friday for his role in schemes to bribe a former top aide to New York's governor and to cheat his way to a slice of the state's ambitious Buffalo Billion development project. Steven Aiello, 60, was also fined $500,000 by U.S....