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FILE - This Oct. 8, 2019, file photo shows Democratic candidate for the 28th district for the Virginia Senate, Qasim Rashid, in Fredericksburg, Va. Prosecutors said Joseph Cecil Vandevere, of North Carolina, was sentenced Tuesday, June 2, 2020, to 10 months of prison for anonymously threatening on social media to lynch Rashid, a Muslim-American man who ran for a state Senate seat in Virginia. A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District of North Carolina said U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn Jr. also sentenced Vandevere on Tuesday to one year of supervised release. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Man gets 10-month sentence for threatening Muslim politician

Jun. 2, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

A North Carolina man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 months in prison for anonymously threatening on social media to lynch a Muslim-American man who ran for a state Senate seat in Virginia, according to prosecutors. Joseph Cecil Vandevere, 53, of Black Mountain, had faced a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison after...

Man gets life plus 11 to 22 years in homicide, rape case

Jun. 2, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole and a consecutive 11- to 22-year sentence in the strangulation death of a man and the rape of a woman last year. Richard Mickens, 59, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Allegheny County to first-degree...

Kris Steele, Executive Director of OCJR and TEEM, carries a box of petitions as Yes on 805 delivers 260,000 gathered signatures to the Secretary of State's office Monday, June 1, 2020, in Oklahoma City, to put sentencing reform on a 2020 ballot. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)

Oklahoma group submits signatures for sentencing question

Jun. 1, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group seeking to reduce Oklahoma’s high prison incarceration rate delivered more than 260,000 signatures to the state on Monday as part of its effort to get a state question on the ballot. Volunteers with Yes on 805 delivered the boxes to the Oklahoma Secretary of...

Montana judge orders $15K restitution for starved cattle

Jun. 1, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who pleaded guilty to starving his cattle received a deferred, six-year jail sentence and was ordered to pay restitution of more than $15,000. District Judge Elizabeth Best's sentence also prevents 57-year-old George Savoy from owning cows for six years, The Great...

2 Texans sentenced for spending $25,000 with fake cards

Jun. 1, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Texas man and woman who used stolen credit card numbers to buy nearly $25,000 in goods from stores across Iowa have been sentenced to five years in federal prison. Authorities said Yuniel Sanchez, 36, of Grand Prairie, Texas,and Shannon Marlowe, 35, of Forth Worth, Texas, used...

Judge orders release of man convicted in IU student's death

Jun. 1, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man convicted in the killing of an Indiana University student in 2000 must be released from prison and remain free while his case is pending before an appeals court, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Court Judge James Sweeney in Indianapolis ordered John Myers II released from...

June 9 hearing set for Tennessee inmate spared execution

Jun. 1, 2020 3:17 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Oral arguments are set for June 9 in an appeal by Tennessee officials after an inmate was spared execution due to his claim that racism tainted the jury selection at his trial. State officials will argue in front of the Court of Criminal Appeals that the death sentence should be...

Woman sentenced for supporting Islamic State

May. 29, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman was sentenced Friday to five years and 10 months in federal prison for attempting to send cellphones to the Middle East to be used as bomb detonators by the Islamic State terrorist group. Alison Marie Sheppard, 35, of Punta Gorda, had pleaded guilty in Fort Myers...

Ohio AG seeks review by full court in death penalty case

May. 29, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has requested a hearing before a full panel of judges at the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to argue that a man considered intellectually disabled can and should be put to death. Yost made the request Thursday after a three-judge panel ruled...

Former city treasurer sentenced to federal prison

May. 29, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suburban St. Louis woman admitted in federal court to stealing about $400,000 while serving as a town treasurer and another $156,000 from a charity where she worked was sentenced Friday to more than three years in federal prison. Venita Sedodo, 32, of St. Charles, pleaded guilty in...