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Montana man sentenced for raping woman he found in garage

Mar. 24, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who was convicted of rape has been sentenced to 40 years in prison with 20 years suspended. The Missoulian reports 30-year-old Shane Pelletier was sentenced Friday after a jury in January found him guilty of sexual intercourse without consent. The victim told police...

Former Milwaukee jail leader sentenced in dehydration death

Mar. 22, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee jail commander accused of lying during the investigation of the dehydration death of a mentally ill inmate has been sentenced to what will likely be house arrest. The Journal Sentinel reports that former Sheriff's Maj. Nancy Lee Evans was told Friday she will have three weeks...

Judge: North Carolina must stop limiting hepatitis drugs

Mar. 21, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina prison authorities must stop denying expensive medicines to most of the inmates believed to be carriers of the potentially deadly blood-borne infection hepatitis C, a federal judge ruled this week. U.S. District Judge William Osteen wrote in an order issued Wednesday...

Mexico's last penal colony starts new life as nature center

Mar. 21, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

ISLAS MARIAS, Mexico (AP) — It's unclear if Islas Marias ever really worked as a penal colony: The remote Mexican archipelago is battered regularly by hurricanes, and its ramshackle, often century-old installations are sprinkled with the ruins of failed "productive" projects that once aimed to make the...

Judge approves settlement in jail death of mentally ill man

Mar. 21, 2019 4:21 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A $3 million settlement for the family of a mentally ill man who died in jail after being arrested for stealing $5 in snacks has been approved by a judge who called his death "shameful." Jamycheal Mitchell had bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. He died at the Hampton Roads Regional...

Texas salesman for drug-testing firm gets prison for fraud

Mar. 20, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A former Texas account representative with a drug-testing company has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison in a 2015 identity theft and Medicare billing scam. Prosecutors say 47-year-old Ivan Cantu of Palmview was sentenced Wednesday in McAllen. Cantu in 2017 pleaded...

Minnesota inmates win access to costly hepatitis C drugs

Mar. 19, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota inmates with chronic hepatitis C infections have gained access to expensive drug treatment following a class-action lawsuit settlement. Five inmates infected with the virus sued the Minnesota Department of Corrections in 2015, accusing the agency of withholding medication that...

Lawmakers ponder meds to help ease withdrawal in lockups

Mar. 19, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Laura Levine says she never smoked a cigarette or touched a drink until age 35. Then the mother of five tried heroin, and she was hooked. After some brushes with the law — petty larceny to support her habit — she was booked into the Nassau County jail, and withdrawal...

3 Native American inmates win right to long hair in Texas

Mar. 19, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

BEEVILLE, Texas (AP) — Three male Native American inmates in Texas will be allowed to grow their hair long as an expression of their religious beliefs after winning a lawsuit against the state prison system. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos' ruling last month only affects the three inmates at the...

Rights activist gets 4-year sentence in Russia's Chechnya

Mar. 18, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

KURCHALOY, Russia (AP) — A court in Russia's province of Chechnya on Monday sentenced a prominent rights activist to four years imprisonment on drug charges widely seen as an effort by authorities to stifle a critical voice. The court in the Chechen town of Shali found Oyub Titiyev guilty of drug...