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Nebraska man sentenced for strangling wife

Jul. 8, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man was sentenced Wednesday to prison for strangling his wife and throwing her body in the Missouri River. KMTV reports that Brandon Norton, of the Omaha suburb of Bellevue, was sentenced to 41 1/2 to 62 years in prison in the June 2018 death of 32-year-old Jennifer Norton....

Idaho Supreme Court rejects age-related death row appeal

Jul. 8, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a man who says he was too young to be sent to death row after he was convicted of killing two people at the age of 19. James Harvey Hairston was sentenced to death in the killing of an elderly couple during a robbery in 1996. At the...

Pennsylvania inmates file challenge to parole restrictions

Jul. 8, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

Six Pennsylvania inmates serving defacto life without parole sentences for crimes where they did not kill or intend to kill someone are challenging the state's felony murder statutes as unconstitutional under the state's ban on cruel punishment. The six inmates represented by lawyers from the Abolitionist Law...

Kansas man sentenced to 12 years in cruise ship killing

Jul. 8, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in federal prison for killing his girlfriend by strangling her and pushing her over a balcony on a cruise ship off the coast of Florida. Eric Newman, 55, of Topeka, also was sentenced to five years of supervised release during a hearing...

Inmate who ran crack cocaine ring from behind bars sentenced

Jul. 8, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man convicted of continuing to run a crack cocaine trafficking ring while an inmate at the state prison with the help of his mother has been sentenced to more than six years in a federal prison, prosecutors said Wednesday. Fellow inmates provided James Gomes, 33, of...

Farmington woman gets prison for running over federal lawman

Jul. 7, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Farmington woman accused of running over a federal law enforcement officer with a vehicle was sentenced to more than nine years in prison Tuesday. Prosecutors said 33-year-old Nakrista Saiz was given a 110-month sentence for assault on a federal officer involving use of a deadly...

FILE - In this June 23, 2018, file photo, U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson speaks during a news conference in front of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Fla. A Maryland man who worked for a Defense Department contractor has been sentenced to six months of home detention for threatening to kill Wilson, who supported vaccination requirements for public school students. Darryl Albert Varnum told U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 that he was drunk when he called in the death threat last year. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Man avoids prison for threatening vaccine bill sponsor

Jul. 7, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man who worked for a Defense Department contractor was sentenced on Tuesday to six months of home detention for threatening to kill a member of Congress who sponsored vaccination requirements for public school students. Darryl Albert Varnum told U.S. District Judge...

Ex-officer gets 4 months for deadly crash near Arrowhead

Jul. 7, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former police officer was sentenced Tuesday to four months in jail for causing a 2018 wreck that killed a Kansas teenager and injured two others outside the stadium where the Kansas City Chiefs play. Thirty-five-year-old Terrell Watkins pleaded guilty in early June to first-degree...

12 years in prison for West Fargo man in fatal DUI crash

Jul. 7, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A West Fargo man has been sentenced to spend 12 years in prison for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a passenger in his vehicle last summer. A judge in Cass County on Monday suspended eight years of a 20-year sentence and ordered Daniel Dal Pozzo to serve five years of...

Oklahoma attorney general convinced of Julius Jones' guilt

Jul. 6, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma death row inmate whose case has drawn the attention of actors and athletes was convicted because of overwhelming evidence of his guilt, Attorney General Mike Hunter said Monday. Hunter released a summary of trial transcripts in the case that he says directly refute what he...