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Man gets 3 years in prison for assaulting officer in Owyhee

Jul. 14, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A man was sentenced to three years in prison for assaulting a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer in Owyhee with a screwdriver. Richard Frank Roa Jr., 36, previously pleaded guilty to assaulting a federal officer in the November 2017 attack. Authorities say the assault occurred after...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020, file photo, Myon Burrell sits inside his cell at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater, Minn. An independent panel of national legal experts will review the conviction of Burrell, who was a teenager when sentenced to life in prison nearly two decades ago for the murder of little girl struck by a stray bullet while studying in her south Minneapolis home, Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions and the New York-based Innocence Project announced Monday, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Legal experts review Black Minnesota teen's life sentence

Jul. 13, 2020 10:55 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An independent panel of national legal experts will review the conviction of an African American man sentenced as a teenager to life in prison for the murder of a little girl struck by a stray bullet, Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions and the New York-based...

This photo provided by the family shows Nancy Mueller. Mueller was killed by Daniel Lewis Lee in 1996. Relatives of the victims of Daniel Lewis Lee have pleaded for him to receive the same life sentence as the ringleader in the plot that led to the slayings. Now, family members say their grief is compounded by the push to execute Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. (Earlene Peterson/Courtesy of Family via AP)

Victims' relatives most vocal opponents of man's execution

Jul. 13, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Family members of three people slain in Arkansas more than 20 years ago have been among the most vocal opponents to the federal government's plan to execute one of the men convicted of killing their loved ones. That man, Daniel Lewis Lee, is first on the list of prisoners set to be...

FILE - In this June 12, 2017, file photo, Jason Scott Quate appears in court on child abuse charges in Las Vegas. Qaute, who also faces a murder charge in Illinois in the death of his 6-year-old daughter in a St. Louis suburb, was sentenced Monday, July 13, 2020, to 28 years to life in Nevada state prison after pleading guilty to felony child sex charges. Quate, 37, also was sentenced to lifetime supervision and registration as a sex offender following his guilty pleas last October to sexual assault with a minor and two charges of lewdness with a child. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Suspect in Illinois child death gets 28 years in Nevada case

Jul. 13, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man accused of murder in the death of his 6-year-old daughter in a St. Louis suburb was sentenced Monday to 28 years to life in Nevada state prison for his conviction on felony child sex charges. Jason Scott Quate, 37, also was sentenced to lifetime supervision and registration as a sex...

Trucker sentenced for Indiana crash killing mother, 2 girls

Jul. 13, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A truck driver was sentenced Monday to 9 years in prison for causing a highway construction zone crash in Indianapolis that killed a woman and her 18-month-old twin daughters. A Marion County judge ordered the prison term for Bruce Pollard, 58, of Sturgeon, Missouri, after he pleaded...

Montana oil executive given 18-month sentence for explosion

Jul. 13, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The president of an oil processing company whose Eastern Montana plant exploded in 2012 was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. Peter Margiotta was also sentenced to three years of supervised release for his part in the explosion that injured two workers and started a fired...

FILE - In this March 26, 2020, file image made from video, Brenton Harrison Tarrant appears in a screen via video link in Christchurch, New Zealand. The man who has admitting killing 51 worshippers in a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15, 2019 has dismissed his legal team and will represent himself at a sentencing hearing next month. Tarrant’s sentencing hearing, delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, will begin in Christchurch on Aug. 24. (TVNZ Pool via AP, File)

New Zealand mosque gunman to represent himself at sentencing

Jul. 13, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Australian white supremacist who admitting killing 51 worshippers in a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques has dismissed his lawyers and will represent himself when he is sentenced next month. Brenton Harrison Tarrant had pleaded guilty in March to 51 charges of...

Kentucky’s former Democratic Party chief to be sentenced

Jul. 12, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking prison time for Kentucky's former Democratic Party chief when he is sentenced this week, but attorneys for Jerry Lundergan are seeking probation. Lundergan and a codefendant are set to be sentenced July 16 in federal court in Frankfort, the Lexington...

Supreme Court vacates 4 more sentences after Oklahoma ruling

Jul. 11, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Native American man convicted in Oklahoma of first-degree murder and another who pleaded guilty to manslaughter had their convictions vacated because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that much of the eastern part of the state remains a reservation on which tribal members are subject to...

Kentucky man sent to prison for illegal gambling operation

Jul. 11, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man has been sentenced to one year and three months in prison for operating an illegal gambling operation on the internet. The Daily News reports Douglas Booth was sentenced Wednesday in Bowling Green federal court after reaching a plea agreement on charges including...