Latest Sentencing News

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...

Jonesboro man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend in 2018

Sep. 14, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A Jonesboro man has pleaded guilty to murder in the 2018 death of a woman described by prosecutors as his girlfriend. Court documents show 40-year-old Terrance Bernard Taylor pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder in the death of 37-year-old Shonda Gonzalez and was sentenced...

2 Omaha men sentenced to prison in separate child porn cases

Sep. 14, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal prosecutors for Nebraska have announced prison terms for two Omaha men convicted in separate child pornography cases. Officials say 36-year-old Chad Pedersen was sentence Friday to more than seven years in federal prison for receiving child pornography. Officials say searches of...

Death penalty hearing scheduled for 1985 murder of Boy Scout

Sep. 14, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments later this year about whether an Ohio man should be executed for the torture, rape and murder of a 12-year-old Boy Scout. Danny Lee Hill was sentenced to death for the 1985 slaying of Raymond Fife. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...

Man sentenced to life in prison for 2017 killing in Reno

Sep. 14, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A man convicted of murder in a 2017 Reno killing has been sentenced to life in prison. The District Attorney's Office announced Friday that a judge sentenced Dontay Thor Sevier to life in prison without the possibility of parole on his murder conviction plus 20 years for a deadly weapon...

Colorado man convicted of drunk driving skips sentencing

Sep. 14, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man convicted of killing two of his friends in a drunken driving accident has skipped his sentencing hearing. The Post Independent reported Friday that 41-year-old Cody Christopher was out on bond when he failed to appear for his sentencing Friday. Court officials...

Former janitor sentenced for school shooting

Sep. 14, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The former janitor of a Milwaukee school whose gun discharged and grazed a student has been sentenced to the four days he's already spent in jail. The Journal Sentinel reports 60-year-old Heriberto Martin pleaded guilty Friday to possessing a firearm on school grounds. Martin also may not...

SC man gets 23 years in prison for abuse death of son

Sep. 14, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

YORK, S.C. (AP) — A 34-year-old father has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for the beating death of his son who had broken ribs and bruises from head to toe. Bruce Williams had his lawyer read a letter in court saying he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and begged for forgiveness for not...

Man gets maximum 65 years in SC restaurant shooting

Sep. 14, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a 61-year-old man to the maximum 65 year prison sentence for shooting two men inside a restaurant in South Carolina. Prosecutors say it is lucky no one was killed and more people weren't wounded in the March 2018 shooting at Harold's Restaurant in downtown...

Man convicted of 2013 slaying freed pending new trial

Sep. 14, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

QUITMAN, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man sentenced to life in prison for a 2013 slaying is now free while he awaits a new trial. WALB-TV reports a Superior Court judge ordered Javis Denson released on bond after granting his motion for a new trial. Denson had been serving a life sentence for his 2017 conviction...