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Officer who killed teen used racial slurs, excessive force

Jan. 18, 2019 3:47 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Several black motorists testified Friday that the white officer who fatally shot Laquan McDonald used racial slurs and excessive force during traffic stops in the years before the 2014 killing that was captured on a shocking dashcam video. Jason Van Dyke was in court to be sentenced for...

The Latest: Witness unable to identify Van Dyke in courtroom

Jan. 18, 2019 3:47 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of the Chicago police officer who fired the shots that killed black teenager Laquan McDonald (all times local): 2:45 p.m. A prosecution witness at the sentencing of the Chicago police officer who killed black teen Laquan McDonald wasn't able to identify the...

Ohio State whistleblower gets probation in harassment case

Jan. 18, 2019 3:17 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The whistleblower who helped spur an investigation into alleged, decades-old sexual abuse by an Ohio State team doctor has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor telecommunications harassment charge in a tangentially related case. A municipal court judge on Friday sentenced 50-year-old...

Recovery home founder gets early prison release in drug case

Jan. 18, 2019 3:10 PM EST

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — The founder of a drug recovery home for women in southern Indiana has been released from prison just weeks after the state's high court revised her original 30-year drug-related sentence. Lisa Livingston was released Wednesday from Rockville Correctional Facility, The News and...

Man who rear-ended taxi, killing passenger, gets prison time

Jan. 18, 2019 3:02 PM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Boston man who had been bar hopping on St. Patrick's Day two years ago before he drove into the rear of a taxi at more than 120 mph, killing the passenger, has been sentenced to up to eight years in prison. Prosecutors say 43-year-old Michael Spinale was sentenced Thursday after...

Man faces sentencing in death of wife found on mountaintop

Jan. 18, 2019 2:50 PM EST

ROXBURY, N.J. (AP) — The husband of a woman whose body was found on a mountaintop in Oklahoma in 2009 faces sentencing in her death. The Record reports court documents filed Thursday show Donald Wilson pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and faces five years in prison. He had been scheduled for...

Man admits shooting detective, Marshals Service officer

Jan. 18, 2019 2:27 PM EST

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — A southeast Missouri man has pleaded guilty to several charges for shooting two officers last summer. KFVS-TV reports that James Odell Johnson Jr. pleaded guilty Friday to assaulting officers, possessing a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sentencing is...

Tennessee governor grants parole in murder-for-hire case

Jan. 18, 2019 1:58 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is granting parole to a man serving a life sentence in a 1994 murder-for-hire. A woman who was wounded in the attack says she's petrified she might encounter him once he's out. Among his final 20 pardons and three commutations Friday, Haslam commuted...

Tennessee man sentenced for embezzling $178K from trust

Jan. 18, 2019 12:42 PM EST

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A former 911 director in Tennessee has been sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for embezzlement. The Jackson Sun cited a release from the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday that said 42-year-old Brian Black of Dyersburg was sentenced and will face another hearing to...

Man gets 25 years for killing of estranged wife

Jan. 18, 2019 12:37 PM EST

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who killed his estranged wife and abandoned his 6-year-old daughter in a bus depot while on the run has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Elmer Gomez Ruano was in court in Stamford on Thursday to plead guilty to murder in the 2016 killing of Dionicia...