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Man pleads guilty in fatal shootings of 8 from Ohio family

Apr. 22, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

A man pleaded guilty Thursday in the murders of his child’s mother and seven members of her family in 2016 — a grisly crime that spread terror across their rural Ohio community and stirred rumors of drug dealers and hit men before authorities concluded it stemmed from a custody dispute. ...

Man charged in pastor's wife's slaying sentenced to 29 years

Apr. 22, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man charged in connection with the fatal shooting of an Indianapolis pastor’s pregnant wife in 2015 has been sentenced to 29 years in prison under a plea deal in which he agreed to testify against two co-defendants. Jalen E. Watson, 27, pleaded...

EXPLAINER: Why is Chauvin unlikely to face maximum sentence?

Apr. 22, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Chauvin is already locked away in Minnesota's only maximum-security prison, held in a single cell for his own safety. But it will be two months before the former Minneapolis police officer learns his sentence for George Floyd’s death. ...

Prisoners seek postponement in death warrant litigation

Apr. 22, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Two death-row prisoners have asked the Arizona Supreme Court to hold off on scheduling litigation over warrants that would trigger the state’s first executions in almost seven years. In court filings Tuesday, lawyers for Clarence Dixon and Frank Atwood...

High court moves away from leniency for minors who murder

Apr. 22, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court made it easier Thursday to sentence minors convicted of murder to life in prison without the possibility of parole, a ruling that reflects a change in course driven by a more conservative group of justices. In a dissent, a liberal...

Men who tried to crash into police building enter plea deal

Apr. 22, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa men charged with terrorism after they tried to crash a vehicle into the Muscatine police headquarters have agreed to a plea deal. The Muscatine Journal reports that 24-year-old Gilberto Daniel Castillo III and 21-year-old Marc Anthony...

Research on shaken baby syndrome helps free 15-year inmate

Apr. 22, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California man imprisoned for 15 years in the death of his month-old son is free after prosecutors and a judge agreed that the scientific research underlying what was once called “shaken baby syndrome” has changed significantly in recent years. ...

Virginia man convicted a second time for online solicitation

Apr. 22, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man pleaded guilty and was convicted for a second time on Thursday of sending sexually explicit messages to a child. Darren Wayne Penrose, 59, of Floyd, was in the circuit courts of his home county and Montgomery County after...

Man gets jail time for torching Biden-Harris farm display

Apr. 22, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

DALTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man was sentenced Thursday to one year in jail for burning down a stack of hay bales that a local farm had decorated in support of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris during the lead up to last year's presidential election, prosecutors said. ...

Man whose pipe bomb mostly misfired in a crowded New York City subway station in 2017 is sentenced to life in prison

Apr. 22, 2021 12:34 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Man whose pipe bomb mostly misfired in a crowded New York City subway station in 2017 is sentenced to life in prison.