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2 ex-fraternity members get 6 weeks jail for hazing death

Aug. 17, 2022 18:36 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Two former fraternity members were sentenced to six weeks in jail on Wednesday after being convicted of hazing-related misdemeanor counts in the death of a Bowling Green State University student last year. The two men were both acquitted in May of more...

Man sentenced to life for killing his wife's grandmother

Aug. 17, 2022 17:53 PM EDT

WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man convicted of killing his wife's grandmother after assaulting his wife was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison. Mitch Caffee, 39, of Wessington Springs, was originally charged with two dozen felony counts in the October 2021...

Ex-Indiana lawmaker sentenced in casino money scheme

Aug. 17, 2022 16:43 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former Indiana state senator and a longtime casino executive were sentenced Wednesday to federal prison terms for their roles in a scheme that illegally funneled gambling company money to the politician's unsuccessful 2016 congressional campaign. The federal...

Man gets 27-year jail sentence in Detroit dating app murder

Aug. 17, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — An Indiana man who prosecutors said used a dating app to target members of the LGBTQ community has been sentenced to at least 27 years in jail for the killing of a Michigan man. Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Kevin Cox sentenced Diabolique Paris Johnson on...

Witnesses say duo was eager to kidnap Michigan governor

Aug. 17, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

Two men charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 were very eager to move forward and fully onboard with the plan, two key witnesses testified Wednesday. The witnesses, Ty Garbin and Kaleb Franks, are vital for the government's case because they, too,...

Appeals rulings at odds over Confederate-themed jury room

Aug. 17, 2022 16:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Black men who challenged their criminal convictions after jurors deliberated in a Tennessee courthouse room containing Confederate symbols have received opposite rulings from different judges on the same appeals court. One was granted a new trial. The...

Former Jackson officer gets 5-year sentence in beating death

Aug. 17, 2022 15:12 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former police officer in Mississippi received a five-year prison sentence Wednesday for the 2019 beating death of a man who was pulled from a vehicle during a manhunt. The former Jackson detective, Anthony Fox, was sentenced by Hinds County Circuit Judge...

School shooter's attorneys drop contentious brain exam

Aug. 17, 2022 14:26 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz reversed course Wednesday and said they will not present at his ongoing penalty trial results of a highly contentious brain exam they had said supports their contention the mass murderer suffers from fetal alcohol...

Ex-cop Lane will report to Colorado prison in Floyd killing

Aug. 16, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, who was sentenced to 2 1/2 years for violating George Floyd’s civil rights, will do his time at a low-security federal prison camp in Colorado. A court order Tuesday directs Lane to report to the Federal...

NC appeals court: Pot search lawful despite hemp similarity

Aug. 16, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Although illegal marijuana and lawful hemp look and smell the same, criminal prosecution for pot in North Carolina can still be legitimate when sight or odor contributes to a warrantless search and seizure, the state Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday. A...