Latest Sentencing News

Inmate who served 28 years found innocent of murder

Jul. 16, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday freed an Oklahoma inmate who has served nearly three decades in prison for a 1991 killing, saying he did not commit the crime. Corey Atchison, 48, was released Tuesday by Tulsa County District Judge Sharon Holmes, who said she believes a key prosecution witness was...

Prosecutors stake opposite positions in death penalty appeal

Jul. 16, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia's top prosecutor and the state district attorneys' association have staked out opposing positions in a case that will determine if Pennsylvania's death penalty will remain in effect. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said Tuesday his own review found the...

Lawyer sentenced to 5 years for scamming Barkley, others

Jul. 16, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A lawyer convicted of swindling NBA star Charles Barkley and using the name of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to bolster an investment scam was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre also ordered Donald Watkins to pay about $14...

Cases in which police officers were charged in shootings

Jul. 16, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

Federal prosecutors said they aren't bringing criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — "I can't breathe" — became a rallying cry for those protesting how police treat black suspects. However, prosecutors...

Testimony ends in penalty phase of slain Chinese woman case

Jul. 16, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Testimony has wrapped up in the penalty phase of the trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student convicted of killing a scholar from China. Prosecutors called their last witnesses Tuesday to rebut presentations by Brendt Christensen's lawyers. The (Champaign) News-Gazette...

Wichita man sentenced for burglary, shooting at police

Jul. 16, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 22-year-old Wichita man who exchanged gunfire with police during a chase has been sentenced to more than 23 years in prison. KAKE-TV reports Elijah Martinez was sentenced Tuesday to 280 months for intentional second-degree attempted murder and three counts of burglary after the...

Man gets life sentence for killing his children's mother

Jul. 16, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man has been sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of the mother of his three children. News outlets report 41-year-old Justin Cox pleaded guilty to murder on July 11. He fatally shot 34-year-old Felicia Miller on Nov. 19, 2017. A news release from the Cobb...

Guam Homeland Security official sentenced for mailing meth

Jul. 16, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Guam Homeland Security supervisor has been sentenced for mailing methamphetamine to his workplace, a report said. Ricky Q. Sanchez, 42, was sentenced Monday to serve 30 months in prison, The Pacific Daily News reported Tuesday. Sanchez pleaded guilty in 2016 to conspiracy to...

S. Carolina man trafficking fentanyl gets 15-year sentence

Jul. 16, 2019 8:08 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 15 years for trafficking fentanyl and other crimes. News outlets report 38-year-old Troy Carlisle Watt pleaded guilty Monday to trafficking fentanyl, burglary, failure to stop for blue light, assault and battery. A news release from...

August sentencing set for man in Omaha slaying

Jul. 16, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Aug. 28 sentencing hearing has been scheduled for an Omaha man who's pleaded no contest to a manslaughter charge. Douglas County District Court records say 29-year-old Anthony Harlan entered the same plea to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Prosecutors dropped...