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Ex-CEO sentenced to 7 years for visa fraud scheme

Sep. 20, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The former CEO of two Bellevue tech firms has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for a sophisticated visa fraud scheme that cheated workers out of their wages and cheated the government out of over $1 million in taxes. KOMO reports that 50-year-old Pradyumna Kumar...

Oklahoma man gets no-parole life sentence for killing deputy

Sep. 20, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — A man who narrowly avoided the death penalty for the shooting death of an Oklahoma sheriff's deputy has been formally sentenced to life in prison without parole. A judge on Friday sentenced Nathan LeForce to life in prison without parole for the 2017 killing of Logan County Deputy...

Woman gets 20 years for role in Missouri officer's death

Sep. 20, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

CLINTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman will serve 20 years in prison for her role in the death of a Clinton police officer. KMBC-TV reports Tammy Widger was sentenced Friday to 20 years for second-degree murder in the March 2018 death of Officer Christopher Ryan Morton. Morton was killed when officers...

Man who stole school bus in Alabama gets 8 years in prison

Sep. 20, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

ONEONTA, Ala. (AP) — A Kentucky man who pleaded guilty to stealing a school bus in Alabama has been sentenced to eight years in prison. AL.com reports 26-year-old Brandon Peckinpaugh of Bowling Green also pleaded guilty to a string of break-ins before the school bus theft in Blount County in August 2017....

Utah man sentenced to 10 years for selling fake oxycodone

Sep. 20, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Utah man to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to selling fentanyl-laced fake oxycodone pills that led to another man's death. The Deseret News reported Thursday that 38-year-old Adam Hemmelgarn of Hooper was sentenced to 128 months imprisonment...

Man sentenced for shooting death in Wichita last year

Sep. 20, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 24-year-old man was sentenced to 15.5 years for a fatal shooting in Wichita last year. Douglas Pete, of Wichita, was sentenced Friday in the death of 25-year-old Deonte Mitchell. Mitchell was found dead in February 2018 outside a Wichita home. He was shot in the back. District...

Idaho's death row is shrinking

Sep. 20, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

The population of Idaho's death row has been slowly shrinking, in part because some previously condemned inmates have won appeals, been resentenced to life in prison or died of natural causes. More than 40 people have been sentenced to death in Idaho since the 1970s, but only three people have been executed...

Man sentenced for human trafficking fights HIV test order

Sep. 20, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut businessman convicted for his role in a human trafficking ring that preyed on young men who were mentally ill and intellectually disabled is fighting a court-ordered HIV test. The Hartford Courant reports Bruce Bemer is arguing that the order violates his constitutional...

Tennessee attorney general appeals dropping death sentence

Sep. 20, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general is appealing after a black inmate on death row had his sentence converted to life in prison because of concerns that racism tainted his jury selection pool. Attorney General Herbert Slatery filed the appeal Friday, arguing that the order improperly...

Man gets 25 years for hitting, killing man in work zone

Sep. 20, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing a state highway worker while driving through a construction zone after huffing compressed air. Ethan James Anderson of Billings pleaded guilty in June to vehicular homicide while under the influence for the October...