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Ex-VA doctor sentenced to 25 years over molesting patients

Jan. 25, 2021 6:14 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former doctor at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to federal charges that he molested three male patients and violated their civil rights. U.S. District Judge Frank Volk sentenced Jonathan Yates, 52,...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Elizabeth Jo Shirley. Shirley was sentenced Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, to more than eight years in federal prison for unlawfully retaining a document containing national defense information and three years for committing international parental kidnapping. Prosecutors said that Shirley, who previously served in the Air Force, planned to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government.(West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File)

Woman sentenced in scheme to offer information to Russia

Jan. 25, 2021 6:03 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who once served in the Air Force was sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison Monday for planning to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government. Elizabeth Jo Shirley, 47, pleaded guilty last year as part...

FILE - This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, a Green Beret, who died from non-combat related injuries in Mali in June 2017. Tony DeDolph, a U.S. Navy SEAL, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, for his role in the hazing-related death of Melgar.  (U.S. Army via AP, File)

Navy SEAL gets 10 years for his role in Green Beret's death

Jan. 25, 2021 1:18 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A U.S. Navy SEAL has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the hazing death of a U.S. Army Green Beret while the men served together in Africa. The SEAL's attorney said he plans to appeal the punishment. Tony DeDolph received the sentence Saturday from a jury of fellow...

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2019 file photo provided by the Washington County, Arkansas Sheriff's Department, Robert Levy is pictured in a booking photo. Levy, a former pathologist at an Arkansas veterans hospital has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, after pleading guilty last year to involuntary manslaughter in the death of a patient he'd misdiagnosed. (Washington County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)

Ex-VA doctor who misdiagnosed patient sentenced to prison

Jan. 25, 2021 11:39 AM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A former pathologist at an Arkansas veterans hospital has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty last year to involuntary manslaughter in the death of a patient he misdiagnosed. Robert Morris Levy, 54, of Fayetteville was sentenced Friday in federal...

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong arrives at the Seoul High Court in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Samsung scion Lee will not appeal a court ruling that sentenced him to two and a half years in prison for bribing South Korea's then-president for business favors. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Samsung scion Lee won't appeal prison sentence for bribery

Jan. 25, 2021 4:06 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong and prosecutors have decided not to appeal a court ruling that convicted him for bribing South Korea’s former president for business favors, confirming a prison term of two and a half years for the country’s most influential corporate...

This undated photo provided by the Michigan Department of Corrections shows David Bennett, who has been in prison for nearly 50 years for murder when he was a teenager. Bennett won a major decision from the Michigan appeals court that should lead to his eventual release. A Wayne County judge violated Bennett's rights when he cited mental health as a reason to keep him locked up with no chance for parole, the appeals court said Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Michigan Department of Corrections via AP)

Juvenile lifer locked up for nearly 50 years could go free

Jan. 22, 2021 1:29 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A man who has been in prison for nearly 50 years for murder when he was a teenager has won a major decision from the Michigan appeals court that should lead to his eventual release. A Wayne County judge violated David Bennett's rights when he cited mental health as a reason to keep him...

DCI Daniel Stoten gives a statement outside the Old Bailey, where those involved were sentenced for their part in a people-smuggling plot that ended in the deaths of 39 migrants, in London, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Four people-smugglers convicted of killing 39 people from Vietnam who died in the back of a container truck as it was shipped to England have been sentenced to between 13 and 27 years in prison. The victims, aged between 15 and 44, were found in October 2019 inside a refrigerated container that had traveled by ferry from Belgium to the eastern England port of Purfleet. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)

People smugglers jailed in UK for deaths of 39 in container

Jan. 22, 2021 12:10 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Four people-smugglers convicted of killing 39 people from Vietnam who died in the back of a container truck as it was shipped to England were sentenced Friday to between 13 and 27 years in prison. The victims, between the ages of 15 and 44, were found in October 2019 inside a refrigerated...

Today in History

Jan. 22, 2021 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2021. There are 343 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Roe v. Wade decision, declared a nationwide constitutional right to abortion. Former President Lyndon B. Johnson died at...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2019, file photo,  former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen, right, walks with his attorney, Kurt Altman, as they leave a court hearing in Phoenix. Petersen, who has acknowledged running an adoption scheme in three states that involved women from the Marshall Islands, is required to report to federal prison by midday Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, to start serving a 6-year sentence for his guilty plea in Arkansas to conspiring to commit human smuggling. Petersen also is awaiting sentencing for related convictions in Arizona and in Utah. (AP Photo/Jacques Billeaud, File)

Ex-Arizona official to head to prison for illegal adoptions

Jan. 20, 2021 12:57 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona politician must report to prison Thursday to begin serving the first of three sentences for running an illegal adoption scheme that paid pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to come to the U.S. to give up their babies. Paul Petersen, a Republican who served as Maricopa...

A woman identified only by her first name Anchan, right, talks to her friend as she arrives at the Bangkok Criminal Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced the retired civil servant to a record 43.5 years in prison for insulting the monarchy by posting audio clips online of comments critical of the royal institution. (AP Photo)

Thai court gives record 43-year sentence for insulting king

Jan. 19, 2021 7:15 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced a former civil servant to a record prison term of 43 years and six months for breaching the country's strict law on insulting or defaming the monarchy, lawyers said. The Bangkok Criminal Court found the woman guilty on 29 counts of violating the...