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Serial rapist gets life in prison for northern Utah attacks

Apr. 7, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — A long-haul truck driver was sentenced to life in prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to 17 first-degree felonies, including sexually assaulting at least eight women in Davis County in Utah. Mark Douglas Burns, 69, of Ogden, pleaded guilty in February to aggravated sexual assault,...

Man who broke into cars at national parks gets prison

Apr. 7, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — A man who broke into dozens of vehicles at Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks has been sentenced to two years in federal prison after he serves a more than two-year state prison term. Michael Pickering, 41, broke into at least four dozen cars belonging to hikers...

Chad's ex-dictator granted home arrest amid virus threat

Apr. 7, 2020 6:14 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre has been granted 60 days of home arrest by Senegal’s justice ministry because of the threat of COVID-19 in the prison where he is serving a life sentence. Habre, 78, is at greater risk because of the large number of arrested people taken to...

In this file picture taken on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, Miroslav Marcek, one of the suspected shooters in the slaying of an investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova sits in a courtroom ahead of the trial in Pezinok, Slovakia. On Monday April 6, 2020, a court in Slovakia has convicted Miroslav Marcek, a former soldier, of murder of an investigative journalist and his fiancee and sentenced him to 23 years in prison. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek/File)

Defendant in Slovak reporter's slaying sentenced to 23 years

Apr. 6, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A Slovakian court on Moday sentenced a former soldier to 23 years in prison for the alleged contract killings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee, a case that triggered a political crisis and brought down the country’s government. The court in the town of...

Woman to be sentenced in 2018 Hawaii Police officer death

Apr. 4, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Sentencing has been scheduled in June for a woman accused of helping a man who fatally shot a Hawaii Police Department officer in 2018. Jamie Jason, 37, was one of four passengers inside a vehicle with Justin Waiki, 33, when they were stopped by police days after Waiki fatally...

Man sentenced for bank robberies involving lame disguises

Apr. 4, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — An Illinois man who pleaded guilty in a string of Indiana bank robberies pulled off while he wore wigs and fake beards as disguises has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. The Tippecanoe County judge who sentenced Joseph Kruger, 41, on Wednesday specified that the Tilton, Illinois,...

Illinois court affirms Indiana man's sentence in 2015 attack

Apr. 4, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois appellate court has affirmed the 68-year sentence of an Indiana man convicted in a brutal attack of a woman at her suburban Chicago home in 2015. Londale Madison, 36, was sentenced in 2017 for sex assault, attempted murder and home invasion. Prosecutors said the South...

No home detention for man worried about virus in prison

Apr. 4, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The federal government said it's not willing yet to release a Detroit-area man who fears he could catch the coronavirus while serving a prison sentence for health care fraud. U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow said Rajesh Doshi isn't a threat to the public. He recommended that Doshi serve the...

Cuba gives prominent dissident house arrest, reads sentence

Apr. 3, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban dissident José Daniel Ferrer was placed under house arrest Friday after a court sentenced him to 4 1/2 years for assault and kidnapping but released him from the prison where he had spent the past half year. Ferrer, a strong opponent of the island’s communist government, is...

Indiana man convicted of 2002 murder is granted new trial

Apr. 3, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

WARSAW, Ind. (AP) — A mentally disabled man alleging he was coerced into confessing to a 2002 murder of an Indiana woman was released from prison after a judge granted his request for a new trial. Andy Royer was released Thursday, the South Bend Tribune reported. Kosciusko Superior Court Judge Joe Sutton...