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Utah death row inmate who is imprisoned for 1998 murder asks parole board for mercy ahead of hearing

Jul. 22, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

Utah officials are set hear testimony Monday about whether a man facing execution next month should be spared the death penalty for a 1998 murder and remain imprisoned for life. The parole board hearing comes after state officials said Saturday that they no longer planned to use an...

Today in History: July 22, First solo around-the-world flight

Jul. 22, 2024 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, July 22, the 204th day of 2024. There are 162 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 22, 1933, Aviator Wiley Post landed at Floyd Bennett Field in New York City, completing the first solo...

Man sentenced in prison break and fatal brawl among soccer fans outside cheesesteak shop

Jul. 21, 2024 13:24 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man convicted of helping two other men escape prison while he was in custody over a fatal brawl among soccer fans outside a famed Philadelphia cheesesteak restaurant has been sentenced in both cases. Court documents indicate that Jose Flores-Huerta, 36, was...

Ethnic Greek politician returns to prison in Albania after attending European Parliament opening

Jul. 20, 2024 09:06 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A member of Albania’s ethnic Greek minority returned to prison Saturday after a five-day reprieve to attend the opening session of the European Parliament where he was elected to represent Greece's ruling party. Fredis Beleris, who holds dual Greek-Albanian...

Who are some of the Americans behind bars in Russia, and what are the prospects for their release?

Jul. 20, 2024 00:04 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Arrests of Americans in Russia have become increasingly common with relations sinking to Cold War lows. U.S. citizens jailed on various charges in the country include a vacationing corporate security executive and a dual national visiting her family in...

Missouri woman who served 43 years in prison is free after her murder conviction was overturned

Jul. 19, 2024 21:22 PM EDT

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) — A woman whose murder conviction was overturned after she served 43 years of a life sentence was released Friday, despite attempts in the last month by Missouri’s attorney general to keep her behind bars. Sandra Hemme, 64, left a prison in Chillicothe,...

Idaho inmate gets life sentence for escaping state custody at Boise hospital

Jul. 19, 2024 15:24 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho inmate was sentenced Friday to life in prison for escaping state custody at a Boise hospital after the corrections officers guarding him were violently attacked. Skylar Meade pleaded guilty to the escape and to sentencing enhancement for being a...

Marine accused of flashing a Nazi salute during the Capitol riot gets almost 5 years in prison

Jul. 19, 2024 14:38 PM EDT

A Marine who stormed the U.S. Capitol and apparently flashed a Nazi salute in front of the building was sentenced on Friday to nearly five years in prison. Tyler Bradley Dykes, of South Carolina, was an active-duty Marine when he grabbed a police riot shield from the hands of two...

UN panel calls on Belarus to release Nobel Peace laureate from prison

Jul. 19, 2024 12:36 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A United Nations panel of human rights experts called on Belarus to release the Nobel Peace Prize-winning founder of the country's most respected rights group, who has been behind bars for three years. Ales Bialiatski's imprisonment came amid a widespread...

Former Trump executive Allen Weisselberg released from jail after serving perjury sentence

Jul. 19, 2024 11:19 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Retired Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg was released from New York City's Rikers Island jail on Friday after serving a sentence for lying under oath, his lawyer and correction department officials confirmed. The former chief financial officer at...