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Man gets 4 years in prison in plot to bribe Russian official

Oct. 28, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A Maryland businessman convicted of plotting to pay a Russian official more than $1.5 million in bribes to get lucrative contracts for transporting uranium was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison. Mark Lambert, a former co-president and part-owner of Transportation...

Ex-cop who shot Black man gets probation on unrelated charge

Oct. 28, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A white former South Bend police officer whose fatal shooting of a Black man roiled then-Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a charge stemming from an on-duty sexual encounter he had a month before that shooting....

Capt. Wayne Hudson of the Douglas County Sheriff's office speaks at a news conference in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, April 1, 2020, to announce that Ronald Penzkowski a former director of communications for then-Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle a decade ago, was arrested on suspicion of making terroristic threats and stalking. Investigators say that Penzkowski sent at least 15 email messages to Dr. Adi Pour, Douglas County Health Director, threatening to

Ex-weatherman who threatened health director gets probation

Oct. 28, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former Omaha TV weatherman and spokesman for a former mayor has been sentenced to two years of probation for emailing death threats to a local health department director over her handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Ronald Penzkowski, 58, was sentenced Tuesday, the Omaha World-Herald...

This photo provided by the Alexandria Sheriff's Office shows 44-year-old Garrison Courtney. A former federal public affairs officer has been sentenced to 7 years in prison for pretending to be an undercover CIA operative to persuade companies to give him millions of dollars. Courtney used to work as a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration and before that for Republican congresswoman Katherine Harris of Florida. Courtney convinced companies to give him more than $4 million to provide what was supposed to be off-the-books funding for his classified task force. (Alexandria Sheriff's Office via AP)

Fraud by fake CIA operative lands 7-year prison term

Oct. 28, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — For years, Garrison Courtney had convinced people he was not just a federal public affairs officer but in fact a covert CIA operative working on a classified task force. The fraud was so compelling that even when it began to unravel, the people he duped stonewalled federal...

Pizza shop owner gets prison sentence for false tax returns

Oct. 28, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey shore pizzeria owner who admitted filing false income tax returns over a span of several years was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in federal prison. Giuseppe D’Arancio, 61, of Cape May Court House, must also pay $507,246 in restitution to the IRS and will have to...

This booking photo provided by the Lake County Sheriff's Department shows Jeremiah Farmer. Farmer, a convicted gang member who says he beat up jailed R&B singer R. Kelly in a Chicago cell has been sentenced to life in prison for a racketeering conviction that involved two 1999 murders. A federal judge in Hammond, Indiana, sentenced Farmer on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Lake County Sheriff's Department/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Gang member who says he beat up R. Kelly sentenced in deaths

Oct. 28, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A convicted gang member who said he beat up jailed R&B singer R. Kelly in a Chicago cell in August has been sentenced to life in prison for a racketeering conviction that involved two 1999 murders. A federal judge in Hammond, Indiana, sentenced Jeremiah Farmer, 39, on Tuesday...

Iowa man convicted in Nebraska man's 2018 stabbing death

Oct. 28, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Iowa man has been convicted of murder in the 2018 stabbing death of a Bellevue man during a botched robbery. Raymond Davis, 31, of Des Moines, Iowa, was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and a weapons count in the death of 39-year-old Brent...

Man gets 3 years for operating illegal butane honey oil lab

Oct. 28, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A Bend-area man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for running an illegal butane honey oil, or BHO extraction lab, on rural Alfalfa-area property, authorities said. U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams said Tuesday that Jacob Robe, 31, also will face three years’...

Man sentenced to 10 years for racially motivated assaults

Oct. 27, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Biddeford man convicted of violating a federal hate crime law with a pair of assaults on Black men was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday. Maurice Diggins, 36, was charged with two hate crime counts and one count of conspiracy in connection to attacks that prosecutors...

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019, file courtroom drawing, defendant Keith Raniere, center, leader of the secretive group NXIVM, is seated between his attorneys Paul DerOhannesian, left, and Marc Agnifilo during the first day of his sex trafficking trial. Raniere, a self-improvement guru whose organization NXIVM attracted millionaires and actresses among its adherents, faces sentencing Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, on convictions that he turned some female followers into sex slaves branded with his initials. (Elizabeth Williams via AP, File)

NXIVM guru gets 120 years in prison in sex-slaves case

Oct. 27, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Disgraced self-improvement guru Keith Raniere, whose NXIVM followers included millionaires and Hollywood actors, was sentenced to 120 years on Tuesday for turning some adherents into sex slaves branded with his initials and sexually abusing a 15-year-old. U.S. District Judge Nicholas...