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Indonesian court sentences Frenchman to death for drugs

May. 20, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

MATARAM, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court on Monday sentenced a Frenchman to death for smuggling 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) of drugs to the tourist island of Lombok, even though prosecutors had only sought a 20-year sentence. Felix Dorfin, 35, sat silently when a panel of three judges handed down the...

LA charter school founder who misspent $3.2M gets prison

May. 20, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The founder of Los Angeles-based charter school network Celerity Educational Group has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for misspending $3.2 million in public funds. The Los Angeles Times reports Vielka McFarlane pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to misappropriate and...

Sister of ex-NBA player charged with threatening witness

May. 20, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The sister of former NBA player Sebastian Telfair was accused on Monday of threatening a woman who testified against him at his New York City gun-possession trial. Octavia Telfair was charged in federal court in Brooklyn with transmitting an interstate threat and released on $100,000 bail....

Oklahoma man gets 10 years in prison for 140-mph fatal crash

May. 20, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man accused of drunkenly driving at 140 mph (225 kph) when he caused a fatal crash has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Oklahoma County court records indicate 35-year-old Arthur Wesley Straehla III of Edmond pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Thursday in the May...

Man sentenced to 5 years for racist threat to pregnant woman

May. 20, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — A California man was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for making racist threats against a pregnant African American woman in a court-offered plea deal that rankled prosecutors and community advocates. Orange County Superior Court Judge Roger B. Robbins made the offer to...

Man gets 40 years for starting shooting that killed boy

May. 20, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A 21-year-old Florida man has been sentenced to four decades in prison for starting a gunfight that killed a 6-year-old boy. The Miami Herald reports Irwen Pressley was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to murder. Miami-Dade police say Pressley and two other young men targeted a rival at...

Tucson man gets 274-year prison sentence for raping 7 women

May. 20, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson man convicted of raping seven women over a 12-year span has been sentenced to 274 years in prison. Pima County prosecutors say multiple victims appeared in court Monday for Nathan Loebe's sentencing, with four saying they wanted to see him get the maximum sentence of 370...

NJ contractor, union leader ally, sentenced to 18 months

May. 20, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A New Jersey electrical contractor and longtime ally of a powerful Philadelphia labor leader indicted earlier this year has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that George Peltz, MJK Electrical Corp. co-owner, was sentenced Monday on earlier pleas to...

Illinois man gets life term for killings of wife, stepson

May. 20, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a northern Illinois man to life in prison for beating his wife and teenage stepson to death with a baseball bat in 2015. Lake County Judge James Booras called the crime "despicable" Monday when he sentenced 50-year-old Armando Trejo Jr. of Beach Park. Trejo's...

Inmate sentenced to death will get new trial in 1997 slaying

May. 20, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 49-year-old man sentenced to death will get a new trial in the 1997 slaying of a Cincinnati convenience store owner. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a 2018 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that agreed with attorneys for Ahmad Fawzi Issa (AH'-mahd FOW'-zee EE'-sah)...