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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Chinese real estate mogul Ren Zhiqiang speaks at a press reception for his book on China's property market in Shanghai. Ren, who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in a corruption case, the government announced. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

Critic of Chinese leader sentenced to 18 years in graft case

Sep. 21, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The former chairman of a state-owned real estate company who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday on corruption charges, a court announced. Ren Zhiqiang, who became known for speaking up about...

Critic of Chinese leader sentenced to 18 years on graft charges

Sep. 21, 2020 11:38 PM EDT
BEIJING (AP) — Critic of Chinese leader sentenced to 18 years on graft charges.

British man sentenced to 5 years for hacking US companies

Sep. 21, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A British man who was part of a hacking collective called The Dark Overlord was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for helping the group steal information from several companies in the U.S., including Missouri, Illinois and Georgia. Nathan Francis Wyatt, 39, was sentenced after he...

2 sentenced to life in absentia over Bulgarian bus bombing

Sep. 21, 2020 5:48 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A Bulgarian court on Monday sentenced two men to life in prison for their involvement in the 2012 bombing of a tourist bus that killed five Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian bus driver and injured nearly 40 people. Meliad Farah, a dual Lebanese-Australian national, and Hassan El...

Woman sentenced for buying bullets used in killings

Sep. 19, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for buying the bullets used in a shooting that left two dead and led to another killing one day later. Twenty-seven-year-old Nyadia Burden, of Springfield, was sentenced Wednesday after previously pleading guilty to...

FILE - In this June 18, 2007, file photo Ed Brown talks to reporters during a news conference in Plainfield, N.H. Brown is awaiting a Sept. 29, 2020, re-sentencing over a months-long armed standoff with U.S. marshals in 2007 to protest a tax evasion conviction. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Tax protester in 2007 standoff requests time served sentence

Sep. 19, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A man up for resentencing this month over a monthslong armed standoff with U.S. marshals in 2007 to protest a tax evasion conviction says he should be sentenced to the 13 years he has already served. Edward Brown, 78, was sentenced to 37 years in prison after the standoff at his...

FILE - This 2013 file photo released by the Orange County District Attorney's Office shows Lonnie Loren Kocontes. Kocontes, a former Southern California lawyer was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for strangling his ex-wife and throwing her body off a cruise ship in the Mediterranean in 2006. Lonnie Loren Kocontes was sentenced Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, after being convicted in June of first-degree murder with a special circumstances enhancement of murder for financial gain.(Orange County District Attorney's Office via AP, File)

Ex-California attorney sentenced for killing wife on cruise

Sep. 19, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former Southern California lawyer was sentenced Friday to life without the possibility of parole for strangling his ex-wife and throwing her body off a cruise ship in the Mediterranean in 2006. Lonnie Loren Kocontes, 62, of Safety Harbor, Florida, was convicted in June of...

Andrew Freund appears for a hearing at the McHenry County Courthouse, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Woodstock, Ill. Freund, who was charged with murder for his role in the beating death of his 5-year-old son, pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. (Matthew Apgar/Northwest Herald via AP, Pool)

Father gets 30 years after plea in death of Illinois boy, 5

Sep. 18, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A northern Illinois man who was charged with murder for his role in the beating death of his 5-year-old son pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. At a brief hearing, Andrew Freund Sr. pleaded guilty to felony charges of aggravated battery of a...

Man serving life requests death for Indiana prison slaying

Sep. 18, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A man serving two life sentences at an Indiana prison asked for the death penalty for a slaying of a fellow inmate, but a prosecutor said he is reluctant to pursue it. Tommy P. Holland, 45, of Indianapolis is charged with murder in the stabbing of Clifford Baggett at the Pendleton...

Man sentenced for fraud scheme that victimized NFL player

Sep. 18, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for defrauding an NFL player out of $250,000. Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Abayomi Jamil Martin of O'Fallon must also repay the money to Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr, along with $11,000 to credit card companies....