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Leader of violent gang sentenced for role in 5 murders

Oct. 17, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say the leader of a violent gang has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the killings of five people. U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman says defendant Martin Neftali Aguilar-Rivera directed the central Ohio branch of the El Salvador-based MS-13 gang from 2015 to...

Montana man gets 20 years in prison for fatal shooting

Oct. 16, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who said he shot and killed another man because he had been sexually assaulted after overdosing on methamphetamine has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. The Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell reports 20-year-old Martin Chandler, of Coram, was sentenced Wednesday for the...

2 men sentenced to prison in Iowa for child porn offenses

Oct. 16, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Federal officials in Iowa say two men have been sentenced to prison in a child pornography case. Federal prosecutors for Iowa say 39-year-old Brian Lee Rhodes was sentenced to 30 years in prison on each of three counts of coercion and enticement of a minor and 20 years in prison...

Jury to decide on death sentence for 'Boy Next Door Killer'

Oct. 16, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury has started deliberating whether a man prosecutors have dubbed "The Boy Next Door Killer" will get a sentence of death or life in prison for the killings of two women and the attempted murder of a third. Closing arguments ended Wednesday in the penalty phase of the...

Louisiana high court upholds sentence in mom's bedsore death

Oct. 16, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has let stand a Baton Rouge woman's 40-year prison sentence in the 2014 bedsore-related death of her 82-year-old mother. The Advocate reports 58-year-old Joleslie Looney was convicted last year of manslaughter in the death of Bessie Looney. The state 1st...

Ex-Santee schools official gets prison for kickback scheme

Oct. 16, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge in Lincoln has sentenced a former Santee Community Schools superintendent and Iowa resident to two years in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funds. Federal prosecutors say 63-year-old Paul Sellon, of Hamburg, was sentenced Wednesday and...

Officer sentenced for drawing gun in road rage incident

Oct. 16, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore police officer has been sentenced to five years in prison for a road rage incident in which he drew his gun on a pedestrian who threw tea on his new car. The Baltimore Sun reports Officer Michael Gentil was sentenced on Wednesday following his August conviction on assault and...

Business owner gets 3 weeks for rigging son's ACT exam

Oct. 16, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The owner of a California jewelry business was sentenced Wednesday to three weeks in prison after she was accused of paying $15,000 to rig her son's ACT exam and of falsely listing him as a racial minority on college applications. Marjorie Klapper, 51, of Menlo Park, California, pleaded...

Tucson woman gets lifetime probation in death of infant son

Oct. 16, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson woman who pleaded guilty to felony child abuse in the 2016 death of her infant son has been sentenced to lifetime probation. Pima County prosecutors say Kimberly Gail Self was sentenced Wednesday. She was arrested last year on two felony charges and pleaded guilty in the case...

Court seems split on possible resentencing for teen sniper

Oct. 16, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal and conservative justices seemed split Wednesday on whether to grant a new sentencing hearing to Lee Boyd Malvo , one of two snipers who terrorized the Washington, D.C., region in 2002 when he was a teenager. The Supreme Court heard arguments on whether Malvo, who was 17 at the...