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Man accused of hitting judge who sentenced him to prison

Dec. 12, 2019 3:29 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland man is accused of hurling a metal pitcher at the head of a judge who had just sentenced him to life in prison on charges including sodomy and false imprisonment. Travis Burroughs, 36, was sentenced Wednesday morning after being convicted of the charges last month, news outlets...

Texas inmate executed for killing prison supervisor in 2003

Dec. 11, 2019 9:04 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate was executed by lethal injection Wednesday evening for killing a supervisor at a state prison shoe factory in Amarillo nearly 17 years ago. Travis Runnels, 46, was convicted of slashing the throat of 38-year-old Stanley Wiley on Jan. 29, 2003. Runnels was executed at...

Man sentenced in UTV crash that killed girlfriend

Dec. 11, 2019 7:06 PM EST

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man charged for his role in driving a utility vehicle that crashed and killed his girlfriend was sentenced to 60 days in prison and five years probation. Rockingham resident Andrew Ielpi, 28, was sentenced Tuesday in connection with a UTV crash that killed his girlfriend,...

Man who rammed police car after chase gets 12 years

Dec. 11, 2019 6:33 PM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A judge sentenced a Woodburn man to 12 years in prison Tuesday for leading Springfield police on a high-speed chase in 2017 that ended with the man ramming a police vehicle. KEZI-TV reports Iosif Ivanov was sentenced Tuesday after pleaded guilty in October to 10 charges including...

Cohen wants sentence trimmed for cooperating against Trump

Dec. 11, 2019 6:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen wants his three-year prison sentence reduced as a reward for providing authorities information about alleged misdeeds by President Donald Trump, according to court papers filed Wednesday in which he said his incarceration is “a powerful and humbling punishment.”...

Judge tosses conviction, grants new trial in child rape case

Dec. 11, 2019 5:40 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware man serving life in prison for raping a young girl has been granted a new trial because of prosecutorial misconduct. A judge ruled Wednesday that prosecutors violated Quentin Jones' rights at his 2016 trial by failing to disclose an agreement with a prison inmate who was a key...

Missouri appeals court weighs wrongful conviction allegation

Dec. 11, 2019 5:40 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri appeals court will decide if St. Louis' top prosecutor has the authority to request a new trial for a man who has spent nearly 25 years in prison for a murder she believes he didn't commit. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that lawyers for Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner on...

72-year-old man sentenced to 30 years for sexual child abuse

Dec. 11, 2019 5:20 PM EST

HAYDEN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for repeated sexual abuse of a girl over a 10-year span. Herbert Writesman, 72, was sentenced Wednesday on over 30 counts of sex crimes including first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 and...

Former TV personality gets prison time for child molestation

Dec. 11, 2019 3:10 PM EST

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A former home remodeling show personality convicted of molesting a 10-year-old girl at his Connecticut home was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison. Christopher Dionne, 37, of Old Lyme, has maintained his innocence and is expected to appeal his convictions for...

Justices appear split in Arizona death sentence case

Dec. 11, 2019 1:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared divided Wednesday over whether an Arizona death row inmate should get a new sentencing trial nearly 30 years after being convicted of killing two people in home burglaries. The outcome of inmate James Erin McKinney's appeal could affect as many as 15 of...