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Indian court gives life sentence to guru, 14 followers

Oct. 16, 2018 6:38 AM EDT

HISAR, India (AP) — A court in northern India sentenced a Hindu guru and 14 followers to life imprisonment on Tuesday in the deaths of four women and a child at his sprawling ashram. The court ordered the penalty for Sant Rampal in Hisar city in Haryana state, where authorities deployed hundreds of riot...

Man who killed his parents requests lighter sentence

Oct. 15, 2018 8:46 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man sentenced to life in prison without parole as a teenager for killing his parents hopes a judge will reconsider the case and give him a lighter sentence. WMUR-TV reports that a resentencing hearing in Strafford County Superior Court began Monday over whether Robert...

South Dakota board to hear first 'compassionate parole' case

Oct. 15, 2018 7:07 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man sentenced in 1999 to nearly 60 years in prison for molesting boys while working as a counselor at a juvenile correctional center will be the first person to have a hearing after the state, facing rising prison health care costs, launched a new "compassionate...

Man said to be Jamaican lottery scam kingpin gets 6 years

Oct. 15, 2018 4:54 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Jamaican man who authorities said masterminded a lottery scam that defrauded at least 95 Americans out of more than $5.8 million was sentenced Monday to six years in federal prison. Lavrick Willocks, 29, operated the scam out of a Jamaica mansion where he lived with his mother,...

Morocco to let prisoner complete terror sentence in France

Oct. 15, 2018 4:42 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco has agreed to turn over a French prisoner convicted of terror charges after French President Emmanuel Marcon intervened in the case. Morocco's official MAP news agency published a Justice Ministry statement on Monday saying Thomas Gallay would be allowed to serve the remainder...

Death sentence vacated for man who threw children off bridge

Oct. 15, 2018 3:38 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man convicted of killing four children by throwing them off a bridge had his death sentence reduced by a judge Monday to life imprisonment, after tests showed the man had an IQ of 51. The state attorney general's office and defense lawyers jointly asked the judge to change...

Man with grudge who drove car into mourners gets 80 years

Oct. 15, 2018 2:50 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A man who drove his car into a group of mourners at a South Carolina cemetery, hurting 11 of them, has been sentenced to 80 years in prison. Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman called James Kester a terrorist for attacking the people at the July 2017 graveside service because he had...

Egypt court upholds 3-year prison sentence for ex-president

Oct. 15, 2018 12:33 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's main appeals court has upheld a three-year prison sentence for former president Mohammed Morsi, who is already jailed in other cases, over a conviction for insulting the judiciary. The Court of Cassation upheld the same sentence for Morsi and 19 others on Monday, also fining the former...

Report: Iran sentences dual-national man to prison

Oct. 14, 2018 11:01 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's judiciary spokesman is saying a court has sentenced a dual national man to eight and a half years in prison after finding him guilty of infiltration of important governmental bodies. Sunday's report by the semi-official ISNA news agency quotes Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejehi as...

Ex-3 Doors Down bassist gets 10 years on gun charge

Oct. 12, 2018 8:09 PM EDT

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — The founding member and former bassist of the rock band 3 Doors Down has been sentenced to 10 years in Mississippi state prison for possession of a firearm by a felon. News outlets report Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Robert Krebs gave Todd Harrell the maximum penalty during a...