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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich shakes hands with a supporter as he arrives home in Chicago on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, after his release from Colorado prison late Tuesday. Blagojevich walked out of prison Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich released from prison after Trump pardon

Feb. 19, 2020 2:08 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich walked out of prison Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. The Republican president said the punishment imposed on the Chicago Democrat and one-time contestant on Trump's...

Modesto man pleads guilty to killing 6, including children

Feb. 19, 2020 1:45 AM EST

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A man who killed five people in a California central valley home was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without possibility of parole. Martin Martinez, 35, entered pleas of murder with special circumstances of lying in wait and committing multiple murders in the 2015 attack. In...

President Donald Trump talks to the media before he boards Air Force One for a trip to Los Angeles to attend a campaign fundraiser, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump goes on clemency spree, and the list is long

Feb. 18, 2020 8:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump went on a clemency blitz Tuesday, commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence and pardoning former New York City police commissioner Bernie Kerik, among a long list of others. Those who got a break from Trump include financier Michael...

Virginia mom sentenced for drunken fight, leaving kids alone

Feb. 18, 2020 6:45 PM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman who left her two children alone while getting into a drunken fight at a beach party pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor charges. Shelby Oliver, 28, pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor and public intoxication and was sentenced to two...

FILE - This July 23, 2014, file photo shows a state prison in Florence, Arizona. Advocates for overhauling Arizona's criminal justice system want to put a proposal on the November ballot that would cut the sentences of non-dangerous offenders for good behavior. A ballot proposal filed on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, would allow for the release of non-dangerous offenders after serving 50 percent of their sentences. Currently, inmates generally must serve 85 percent of their punishments. (AP Photo/File)

Proposal would cut prison time for non-dangerous offenders

Feb. 18, 2020 6:10 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Advocates for overhauling Arizona’s criminal justice system want to put a proposal on the November ballot that would cut the sentences of non-dangerous offenders for good behavior. A ballot proposal filed on Tuesday would allow for the release of non-dangerous offenders after serving...

Man sentenced to at least 22 years in 2019 slaying

Feb. 18, 2020 5:24 PM EST

CHALLIS, Idaho (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting another man, then burning and burying the body, was sentenced Tuesday to at least 22 years in prison. KIFI reports that Ben Savage plead guilty to the slaying of 23-year-old Charles McBride in February of 2019. Judge Stevan H. Thompson called the...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2019 file photo, former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, leaves federal court in Washington. The Justice Department said Tuesday it will take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it will seek for Roger Stone, an announcement that came just hours after President Donald Trump complained that the recommended sentence for his longtime ally and confidant was “very horrible and unfair.

Judge refuses to delay sentencing of Trump ally Roger Stone

Feb. 18, 2020 5:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday refused to delay sentencing for Roger Stone on his witness tampering and lying to Congress conviction as President Donald Trump kept up his unrelenting defense of his longtime confidant and said he wouldn’t be quieted on social media even if he's making...

FILE - This Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, released by Missouri Department of Corrections, shows death row inmate Walter Barton. The Missouri Supreme Court announced on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, that it has set an execution date for Barton who was convicted of killing 81-year-old Gladys Kuehler in the rural Missouri town of Ozark in 1991. Barton would be the first Missouri inmate executed since Russell Bucklew was put to death in October. (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Execution date set for man convicted of killing 81-year-old

Feb. 18, 2020 5:03 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri man convicted of killing an 81-year-old mobile home park manager nearly three decades ago now faces execution in May. The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday set a May19execution date for Walter Barton, 64. He would be the first Missouri inmate put to death since Russell Bucklew...

Las Cruces man gets prison term for child abuse, sex crimes

Feb. 18, 2020 4:32 PM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man has been sentenced to 141 years in prison for child abuse and sexual contact involving a minor. Prosecutors say 49-year-old Juan Villalobos-Diaz was convicted at a jury trial on charges of criminal sexual penetration of a child under age 13, multiple counts of...

Massachusetts man gets life sentence for killing mother

Feb. 18, 2020 4:17 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing his mother and leaving her body under the family Christmas tree has been sentenced to life in prison. John Madulka, 28, of Worcester had been scheduled for a jury trial on a first-degree murder charge in the beating and...