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Tennessee doctor sentenced in opioid overdose death

Oct. 20, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee doctor who pleaded guilty to causing the overdose death of a patient by illegally prescribing the painkiller hydrocodone has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. Thomas K. Ballard III was one of 53 medical professionals in the...

Nikolas Cruz set to plead guilty to Parkland massacre

Oct. 20, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Nikolas Cruz is scheduled to plead guilty to 17 counts of first-degree murder Wednesday for the 2018 shooting massacre at a Florida high school, as his attorneys turn their focus to saving him from a death sentence. ...

No sentence reduction for man convicted in 2015 Texas attack

Oct. 19, 2021 20:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has refused to reduce the 30-year prison sentence for an Arizona man convicted of helping to plot a 2015 attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in suburban Dallas, even though one of his convictions was dismissed after it was discovered the FBI had withheld...

Silverton man gets 25 years for child rape

Oct. 19, 2021 20:06 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Silverton man convicted of raping a child was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Monday. The Statesman Journal reports a jury found Mauricio Barba Duran guilty of first-degree rape and sodomy in Polk County Circuit Court following a four-day trial,...

Texas nurse convicted of killing 4 men with air injections

Oct. 19, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

TYLER, Texas (AP) — A Texas nurse was convicted Tuesday of capital murder in the deaths of four patients who died after prosecutors say he injected them with air following heart surgeries. The Smith County jury deliberated for about an hour before finding William...

Kansas man sentenced for series of armed robberies in KC

Oct. 19, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man from Overland Park, Kansas, was sentenced Tuesday to 19 years in federal prison for a series of armed robberies in Kansas City and Grandview, Missouri, three years ago. U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs sentenced 28-year-old Joshua West,...

Former teacher sentenced on sex abuse, trafficking charges

Oct. 19, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former New Hampshire high school teacher who pleaded guilty to human trafficking and manufacturing child sex abuse images was sentenced to prison on Tuesday. Joshua Harwood, 38, of Manchester, pleaded guilty to the charges last month. ...

Woman reaches plea deal after daughter found dead amid filth

Oct. 19, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A 50-year-old Louisiana woman has accepted a 50-year sentence as part of a plea agreement in the death of her 25-year-old disabled daughter, who died dehydrated and in filth. Karen Johnson Harrison of the Plainview area pleaded guilty Monday to...

Former Kentucky constable sentenced to 11 years in prison

Oct. 19, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky constable that was convicted of violating people’s rights by illegally searching or detaining them and taking money or other property without going through the legal process has been sentenced to 11 years and eight months in prison. ...

3rd man sentenced for deadly Indiana gun shop robbery

Oct. 19, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — A third man has been sentenced to prison for the robbery and fatal shooting of a southern Indiana gun shop owner slain more than seven years ago. A federal judge ordered a 30-year prison sentence last week for DeJuan Andre Worthen, who had...