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Indonesian court sentences Frenchman to death for drugs

May. 20, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

MATARAM, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court on Monday sentenced a Frenchman to death for smuggling 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) of drugs to the tourist island of Lombok, even though prosecutors had only sought a 20-year sentence. Felix Dorfin, 35, sat silently when a panel of three judges handed down the...

Sister of ex-NBA player charged with threatening witness

May. 20, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The sister of former NBA player Sebastian Telfair was accused on Monday of threatening a woman who testified against him at his New York City gun-possession trial. Octavia Telfair was charged in federal court in Brooklyn with transmitting an interstate threat and released on $100,000 bail....

Man gets 40 years for starting shooting that killed boy

May. 20, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A 21-year-old Florida man has been sentenced to four decades in prison for starting a gunfight that killed a 6-year-old boy. The Miami Herald reports Irwen Pressley was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to murder. Miami-Dade police say Pressley and two other young men targeted a rival at...

Inmate sentenced to death will get new trial in 1997 slaying

May. 20, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 49-year-old man sentenced to death will get a new trial in the 1997 slaying of a Cincinnati convenience store owner. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a 2018 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that agreed with attorneys for Ahmad Fawzi Issa (AH'-mahd FOW'-zee EE'-sah)...

Man gets life in shooting deaths of 3 inside Detroit eatery

May. 20, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A man convicted in the fatal shootings of three other men inside a Detroit fast food restaurant has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Thirty-year-old William Wilbourn-Little of Detroit was given the mandatory punishment on Monday after earlier being convicted of three counts...

Judge won't delay sentencing for 2015 'The Bachelor' star

May. 20, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — A judge has refused to delay sentencing for a northern Iowa farmer who appeared on ABC's "The Bachelor" and who was involved in a fatal crash. Thirty-seven-year-old Chris Soules pleaded guilty Nov. 13 to a reduced charge of leaving the scene of a serious injury accident. His...

Denmark: Syrian man gets jail for terror planning

May. 20, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Syrian asylum seeker in Sweden received Monday a 12-year prison sentence for planning to explode one or more bombs in the Danish capital of Copenhagen and stabbing random people with kitchen knives. The Copenhagen City Court said Moyed Al Zoebi, 32, acted on behalf of the...

Report: Iran gives death penalty for American woman's murder

May. 18, 2019 1:42 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state-owned newspaper says the country's Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for an Iranian man accused of murdering an American woman during a robbery. The Saturday report by the "Iran" daily identified the accused only by his first name, Siamak. The report says the...

El Salvador sentences 7 in 'black widows' insurance killings

May. 17, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A court in El Salvador sentenced seven gang members to up to 30 years Friday for the notorious "black widows" killings, in which women were forced to marry men who were then killed to collect on life insurance policies. Prosecutors accused the defendants of recruiting women...

Pastor gets life in prison on child sex trafficking charges

May. 17, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A minister in Ohio who pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking has been sentenced to life in prison. Federal authorities say Cordell Jenkins was among three Toledo-area pastors who paid teenage girls for sex over the past few years and shared photos and videos of the girls. A federal...