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Former assembly speaker: 'I pray I will not die in prison'

Jul. 20, 2018 8:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Friday begged for mercy at his sentencing next week on corruption charges, telling a judge that he is filled with shame and prays he will not die in prison. The 74-year-old Democrat submitted a letter in Manhattan federal court, saying he...

Ohio killer spared after extent of childhood abuse revealed

Jul. 20, 2018 6:39 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday spared a condemned killer whose sentence was challenged after a juror came forward and said information about the extent of the inmate's tough childhood wasn't properly presented at trial. The Republican governor commuted the sentence of death row...

Man who asked for autopsy photo gets 40 years in killing

Jul. 20, 2018 4:06 PM EDT

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for murder after an investigator says he asked for a copy of the autopsy photo of the victim's body. Prosecutors said a jury on Friday convicted 27-year-old Demorris Andrews of murder and armed robbery for the October 2016...

Man gets 33 months for racist threats directed at Howard U

Jul. 20, 2018 3:25 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia man has been sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison for threatening to murder African Americans at historically black Howard University in 2015. U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady sentenced 27-year-old John Edgar Rust of Alexandria to 33 months in federal court...

'Jeopardy!' winner gets probation for sneaking into emails

Jul. 20, 2018 3:19 PM EDT

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — A seven-time "Jeopardy!" winner who taught history at a Michigan college was put on probation Friday for going into the email accounts of professors, administrators and students. "I am sorry for all the pain I have caused," said Stephanie Jass, 48, who must return to court after...

Man sentenced to 25 years in prison for death of infant

Jul. 20, 2018 3:08 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A judge has called the upstate New York man who was convicted of killing a 1-year-old boy a "monster" as he handed down a sentence of 25 years in prison. Acting state Supreme Court Justice Roger McDonough has told 23-year-old David Bridges he was a "wolf let loose amidst the fold" as he...

5 guilty of traffic violations during rally-related protest

Jul. 20, 2018 11:56 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Five people who were arrested in June while protesting a 20-day jail sentence for a black man using a makeshift flamethrower during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year have been found guilty of committing traffic violations. A local lawyer...

Woman sentenced for killing boyfriend's infant son

Jul. 20, 2018 11:04 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman convicted of shaking to death her boyfriend's infant son has received life in prison with no parole eligibility for 23 years. The Blade reports a judge in Toledo called 41-year-old Angie Walker a "depraved individual" before sentencing her Thursday in the death of...

Man who raped 2 teens to serve 5 to 7 years in prison

Jul. 20, 2018 10:58 AM EDT

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who raped two 14-year-old girls will spend at least five years in prison. Andres Peguero, of Lowell, was sentenced Thursday to five to seven years behind bars after pleading guilty to multiple counts of forcible child rape and supplying alcohol to minors. The Lowell...

Man sentenced to prison over fake airport bomb threat

Jul. 20, 2018 6:52 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man who called in a bomb threat to an airport so he wouldn't miss his flight has been sentenced to four months in prison. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 40-year-old Dana Carter, of Dayton, was sentenced Thursday for his calls to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport...