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System slow to resolve complaints of Chicago police torture

Sep. 15, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Decades after evidence first emerged that Chicago police detectives were repeatedly winning confessions through coercion and torture, the Cook County criminal justice system struggles to respond to the complaints of hundreds of defendants that they were coerced years ago into falsely...

California governor says 21 inmates earned shorter sentences

Sep. 14, 2019 12:24 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced that he is commuting the sentences of 21 inmates, most serving life terms and several who otherwise had no chance of ever leaving prison. The decisions give them a chance at release if a parole board agrees. They are: — Allen...

Venezuelan opposition leader denies ties to criminal gang

Sep. 13, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó rejected allegations Friday that he has ties to an illegal armed group in Colombia, as officials launched an investigation based on photos appearing in social media purportedly showing him posing with members of the gang. The pictures...

Man pleads not guilty to alleged killing for gang status

Sep. 13, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man has pleaded not guilty to a federal murder in aid of racketeering charge in the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man in Portland allegedly to increase his status in the Hoover gang. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 23-year-old Javier Fernando Hernandez entered the plea Thursday....

Man sentenced to life for fatal shooting outside nightclub

Sep. 12, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Boston man has been sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of a Massachusetts gang rival at a Rhode Island nightclub. The Providence Journal reports 29-year-old Rashawn Banks pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder in the June 2018 death of 25-year-old Jacorey...

10 people now charged in Baltimore suburb slaying

Sep. 12, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Police in Baltimore County have now arrested 10 people in connection with a suspected gang-related slaying earlier this summer in Towson. Police on Thursday announced the arrests of three more people in the death of 21-year-old Daniel Alejandro Alvarado-Cuellar. Seven others were...

3 teens sentenced for robbing pizza delivery drivers

Sep. 12, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia district attorney says three teenagers have pleaded guilty to robbing and assaulting two pizza delivery drivers in 2017. News outlets report three teenagers pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon and participation in criminal street gang...

2 of 23 accused Aryan Warriors face death penalty in Vegas

Sep. 11, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Prosecutors in Las Vegas are seeking the death penalty for two accused white supremacist gang members who have pleaded not guilty to killing a fellow Nevada state prison inmate more than three years ago. The announcement came Wednesday during a court appearance for 36-year-old Anthony...

LA gang fugitive arrested after SWAT standoff in Sparks

Sep. 10, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A Los Angeles gang fugitive with an extensive violent criminal record has been arrested in Nevada after a standoff with a SWAT team in Sparks. The U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force had been looking for 42-year-old Terry Williams since May when he walked away from a halfway house...

MS-13 member gets 50 years in prison in quadruple slaying

Sep. 9, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — An MS-13 gang member who pleaded guilty to participating in the brutal massacre of four young men on Long Island in 2017 has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. Freiry Martinez was sentenced by a federal court judge on Monday after apologizing for the pain he caused. He said he...