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Road rage driver avoids jail time for pointing BB gun

Oct. 21, 2018 3:54 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman who menaced a family with a BB gun during a road rage incident will avoid jail time. Betty Jean Holder, 49, of North Pole was initially charged with two counts of felony assault, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. In a plea arrangement, she pleaded guilty to...

Non-lawyer represents self in Texas case, gets life term

Oct. 21, 2018 3:02 PM EDT

BELTON, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas man who's not a lawyer but insisted on representing himself in a 2016 custody and kidnapping case has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The Temple Daily Telegram reports 36-year-old Tutankhamun Holt of Kempner must serve 30 years before he's eligible for...

Missouri woman sentenced to 7 years for crowbar death of man

Oct. 20, 2018 2:28 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield woman who killed her live-in boyfriend with a crowbar in 2017 has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty in a deal with prosecutors. The Springfield News-Leader reports that 47-year-old Jeanette Riddle pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary...

Man gets prison for theft of ATM from Helena bar-restaurant

Oct. 20, 2018 1:44 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man has been convicted of burglary after he was accused of stealing an ATM from a Helena bar and restaurant, putting it in the back of a pickup and leading deputies on a high-speed chase. The Independent Record reports Cory Robert Franklin of Helena was sentenced to 20 years...

3- to 7-year term imposed in case related to officer slaying

Oct. 20, 2018 11:35 AM EDT

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A woman charged with hindering the apprehension of a man sought in the shooting death of a western Pennsylvania police officer has been sentenced to three to seven years in prison. A Westmoreland County judge on Friday imposed the sentence on 40-year-old Lakita Cain of New...

Woman's mission to honor homicide victims is draining

Oct. 20, 2018 3:05 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — After almost every homicide in Pittsburgh, Tiffani Monique Walker gathers photos of the victims, learns their names and ages and how many kids they had, who loved them and who misses them. Then she posts that information to her Facebook page, "Stop the Killing, Embrace Life," with...

Man who killed 3 in Colorado Walmart gets life in prison

Oct. 19, 2018 11:12 PM EDT

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — The man who gunned down three people in a suburban Denver Walmart last year was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole. But more than 11 months after the crime, his motive remains a mystery. Scott Ostrem, 48, received three consecutive life terms plus 48 years as part of a...

Prosecutors seek tougher sentence for Dean Skelos in 2nd try

Oct. 19, 2018 7:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York state Senate leader convicted of public corruption charges should be given a longer prison term than he received at a previous sentencing, prosecutors told a judge Friday. They said in papers in Manhattan federal court that Dean Skelos deserves more than the five years he...

Man who posed as Uber driver convicted of rape, sentenced

Oct. 19, 2018 6:44 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A man who kidnapped and raped at least two women while posing as an Uber driver has been sentenced to life in prison plus 60 years. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Shukura Ingram Millender sentenced 33-year-old Gabriel Rendon-Villasana for rape, sexual battery and aggravated assault with...

Prosecutors: Bill Cosby's bid for new trial is 'meritless'

Oct. 19, 2018 6:07 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors in Bill Cosby's sex assault case called his bid for a new trial or sentencing hearing "meritless," and asked the judge to deny him a post-trial hearing. Cosby, 81, has asked for a do-over in the Pennsylvania sex assault case that ended with him being sent to prison last...