Latest Sentencing News

Sentencing set for man convicted of lying in probe of attack

Nov. 11, 2019 10:47 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A Dec. 17 sentencing hearing has been scheduled for an Arizona man convicted of making false statements to FBI agents during the investigation of the 2015 attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in suburban Dallas. Abdul Khabir Wahid was found guilty this summer of making false...

Utah death-row inmate featured in best-selling book dies

Nov. 11, 2019 7:01 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah death-row inmate who killed his brother's wife and her toddler because of his strong polygamist beliefs in a case made famous by the book "Under the Banner of Heaven" has died of natural causes, prison officials said Monday. Ron Lafferty, 78, died at the state prison in the...

Oklahoma man gets 15-day jail term for concealing dead wife

Nov. 11, 2019 6:12 PM EST

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — A 70-year-old Oklahoma man has been sentenced to 15 days in an Arizona jail for concealing the dead body of his wife in his vehicle. Rodney Puckett also was sentenced in Pinal County Superior Court to three years of supervised probation. He's already served more than 180 days in jail...

Prosecutors seek sentencing date for ex-Trump campaign aide

Nov. 11, 2019 3:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to set a sentencing date for next month for former Trump campaign official Rick Gates. The request on Monday is a sign that Gates' extensive cooperation with the government is coming to an end. Gates pleaded guilty last year in special counsel Robert...

Missouri mother sentenced to life for baby's drowning

Nov. 11, 2019 1:54 PM EST

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman who drowned her 6-month-old son in a bathtub has been sentenced to life in prison. The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Sydney Jones was sentenced last week for child abuse resulting in death. Jurors found her guilty in July after a witness testified that he found...

Ohio Senate president pledges action on drug sentencing bill

Nov. 11, 2019 11:16 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The leader of the Ohio Senate is pledging to take action by year's end on a bill designed to reduce low-level drug possessions to misdemeanors and increase penalties for drug dealers. The legislation is part of a long-running attempt by lawmakers to reduce Ohio's prison population....

Sentencing set for man convicted of killing police officers

Nov. 11, 2019 5:24 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has set a sentencing date later this month for an Ohio man convicted of killing two suburban police officers responding to a 911 hang-up call. Quentin Smith was found guilty Nov. 1 of two counts of aggravated murder for fatally shooting Westerville officers Eric Joering and...

Vietnamese court finds Australian guilty of terrorism

Nov. 11, 2019 4:53 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese court on Monday sentenced a 70-year-old Australian to 12 years in jail on terrorism charges, state media reported. The Tuoi Tre newspaper said Chau Van Kham, a Sydney resident of Vietnamese origin, was found guilty of "terrorism to oppose the people's administration" in a...

Maryland man gets 40 years for killing his aunt

Nov. 11, 2019 3:00 AM EST

ELKTON, Md. (AP) — A 26-year-old Maryland man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing his aunt. The News Journal of Wilmington reports Jacob Michael Johnston was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. Johnston was arrested in October 2018 days after 60-year-old...

Maryland man gets prison time for auto loan scheme

Nov. 10, 2019 6:30 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A former mortgage broker has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for defrauding people and financial institutions out of over $1 million through an auto-loan application scheme. The Capital Gazette of Annapolis reports a federal judge on Friday also ordered 48-year-old...