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Former executive sentenced to 9 years in fish fraud scheme

Jul. 15, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A former executive accused of defrauding investors in a scheme to build an $11 million fish farm in South Dakota has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier on Monday also ordered Tobias Ritesman to pay $680,000 in restitution. The...

Judge to sentence father, son convicted of investor fraud

Jul. 15, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — On Tuesday, a federal judge will sentence an Alabama attorney and his son who were convicted of defrauding investors and a bank out of millions of dollars. Prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence of 17½ years Donald Watkins Sr. and 6½ years for his son, Donald Watkins...

Man sentenced to 2nd life term in Charlottesville car attack

Jul. 15, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — An avowed white supremacist was sentenced to life in prison plus 419 years Monday for deliberately driving his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters during a rally in Virginia, killing one woman and injuring dozens. James Alex Fields Jr., 22, remained stoic as Circuit Court...

Man serving life called 'likely innocent,' ordered freed

Jul. 15, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man sentenced to life in prison a quarter-century ago was ordered freed from prison Monday after the Philadelphia prosecutor's office told the court last month that he was "likely innocent" of the murder for which he was convicted. Chester Hollman III, 48, was freed from state prison...

Salvadoran accused of abortion faces retrial, hefty sentence

Jul. 15, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A young woman who gave to birth to a baby in an outhouse toilet in El Salvador was back in court Monday facing a second trial for murder in a case that has drawn international attention because of the country's highly restrictive abortion laws. Evelyn Beatriz...

California man gets life in prison for killing couple

Jul. 15, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing an engaged couple from the Midwest while they were camping on a Northern California beach in 2004. Judge Robert LaForge of Sonoma County Superior Court sentenced Shaun Michael Gallon, 40, Monday to three consecutive life terms...

The Latest: Charlottesville victims describe pain of attack

Jul. 15, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the state sentencing of a man convicted on federal hate crime charges related to a white nationalist rally (all times local): 4 p.m. A woman who was seriously hurt in a car attack on anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia called the man...

Mother sentenced for killing adopted son, burning down home

Jul. 15, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

NORWICH, N.Y. (AP) — A woman has been sentenced to up to 11 years in prison for working with her husband to kill their teenage adopted son and burn down their central New York home to cover it up. Heather Franklin pleaded guilty to manslaughter and arson in April. She was sentenced Monday by Chenango...

Australian model sentenced for airline flight disturbance

Jul. 15, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Australian model was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles to community service and probation for slapping a flight attendant and going on an obscene tirade during a flight, with a federal judge saying he believed she was deeply remorseful and did not deserve fines or prison time. U.S....

Nevada inmate serving rape sentence dies in prison hospice

Jul. 15, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Officials say a 56-year-old Nevada prison inmate who was serving 10 years to life for rape, sexual assault, robbery and battery in Las Vegas has died behind bars. The Nevada Department of Corrections reported Monday that Terrance Smith died Saturday at the Northern Nevada...