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Hotel cook sentenced for workplace shooting threat

Jan. 27, 2020 7:43 PM EST

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California hotel cook who threatened to shoot up his workplace and kept an arsenal at his home has been sentenced to three years and eight months in prison. Thirty-seven-year-old Rodolfo Montoya pleaded no contest earlier this month to two felony counts of making...

Kansas man sentenced in shooting death of 72-year-old man

Jan. 27, 2020 6:59 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One of three men charged in the 2017 shooting death of a 72-year-old Independence man at the victim's home, the Jackson County Prosecutors' office announced Monday. Xavier Otero, 34, of Kansas City, Kansas, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree...

Under court review: A little marijuana, a life sentence

Jan. 27, 2020 6:18 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A military veteran who was sent to prison for life after selling less than 1 gram (0.04 ounce) of marijuana to an undercover investigator should be allowed to pursue an appeal of the harsh sentence, defense attorneys told the Supreme Court of Louisiana on Monday. Attorneys representing...

FILE - This Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, provided by the Nassau County Police Department in Mineola, N.Y., shows Jelani Maraj, who was sentenced on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 to 25 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl at his Long Island home. A judge convicted Maraj of predatory sexual assault and child endangerment in November 2017. (Nassau County Police Department via AP, File)

Nicki Minaj's brother sentenced to 25 years to life

Jan. 27, 2020 6:11 PM EST

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — The brother of rapper Nicki Minaj was sentenced Monday to 25 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl at his Long Island home. A judge convicted Jelani Maraj of predatory sexual assault and child endangerment in November 2017. The victim testified during the...

Life sentence for crash that killed linemen after hurricane

Jan. 27, 2020 5:46 PM EST

CHIPLEY, Fla. (AP) — A man who prosecutors say was high on drugs when his pickup truck fatally struck three utility workers in the Florida Panhandle as they were repairing power lines after Hurricane Michael was sentenced Monday to life in prison. John Goedtke, 38, had pleaded no contest last week to three...

Woman who shot at police and others during chase sentenced

Jan. 27, 2020 5:45 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A central Missouri woman who shot at law enforcement officers and semi-trailer trucks during a police chase on Interstate 70 was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison without parole. Victoria Ann Buol, 27, of Boonville, was sentenced for possession of a stolen firearm...

Kansas clerk sentenced to prison for stealing public funds

Jan. 27, 2020 5:22 PM EST

MARYSVILLE, Kan. (AP) — A former Marshall County clerk accused of stealing of public funds has been sentenced to more than two years in prison, the Kansas attorney general's office said Monday. Sonya L. Stohs, 44, of Marysville, pleaded guilty in November in Marshall County District Court to one count of...

Man who stabbed ex-girlfriend sentenced to 15 years

Jan. 27, 2020 5:00 PM EST

WALTON, Ore. (AP) — A man who stabbed an ex-girlfriend west of Eugene was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison. David Lucius pleaded guilty in court last week to first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and stalking, KEZI-TV reported. He will also complete three years of post-prison supervision. In...

This undated photo provided by the Allegan County, (Michigan) sheriff's office shows Brian Stanley. Stanley, a Michigan priest accused of wrapping a teenager in bubble wrap was sentenced Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 to 60 days in jail for attempted false imprisonment. Stanley was accused of wrapping a boy in bubble wrap and tape in 2013 in a janitor's room at St. Margaret Church. The boy's eyes and mouth were also covered while he was left alone for an hour, according to the attorney general's office.(Allegan County sheriff's office via AP)

Priest gets 60 days in jail for bubble-wrapping boy

Jan. 27, 2020 3:49 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan priest accused of wrapping a teenager in bubble wrap was sentenced Monday to 60 days in jail for attempted false imprisonment. The Rev. Brian Stanley appeared in Allegan County court, two months after pleading guilty in a deal with the attorney general's office. He was initially...

Man gets over 3 year-sentence for fentanyl trafficking

Jan. 27, 2020 3:42 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in federal prison for fentanyl trafficking. Court documents say Abelino Morales-Padilla, 38, of Manchester, conspired with others to distribute the drug. In 2018, a confidential informant informed police that he would be coming from...