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FILE - In this June 18, 2007, file photo Ed Brown talks to reporters during a news conference in Plainfield, N.H. Brown is awaiting a Sept. 29, 2020, re-sentencing over a months-long armed standoff with U.S. marshals in 2007 to protest a tax evasion conviction. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Tax protester in 2007 standoff requests time served sentence

Sep. 19, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A man up for resentencing this month over a monthslong armed standoff with U.S. marshals in 2007 to protest a tax evasion conviction says he should be sentenced to the 13 years he has already served. Edward Brown, 78, was sentenced to 37 years in prison after the standoff at his...

FILE - This 2013 file photo released by the Orange County District Attorney's Office shows Lonnie Loren Kocontes. Kocontes, a former Southern California lawyer was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for strangling his ex-wife and throwing her body off a cruise ship in the Mediterranean in 2006. Lonnie Loren Kocontes was sentenced Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, after being convicted in June of first-degree murder with a special circumstances enhancement of murder for financial gain.(Orange County District Attorney's Office via AP, File)

Ex-California attorney sentenced for killing wife on cruise

Sep. 19, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former Southern California lawyer was sentenced Friday to life without the possibility of parole for strangling his ex-wife and throwing her body off a cruise ship in the Mediterranean in 2006. Lonnie Loren Kocontes, 62, of Safety Harbor, Florida, was convicted in June of...

Andrew Freund appears for a hearing at the McHenry County Courthouse, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Woodstock, Ill. Freund, who was charged with murder for his role in the beating death of his 5-year-old son, pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. (Matthew Apgar/Northwest Herald via AP, Pool)

Father gets 30 years after plea in death of Illinois boy, 5

Sep. 18, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A northern Illinois man who was charged with murder for his role in the beating death of his 5-year-old son pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. At a brief hearing, Andrew Freund Sr. pleaded guilty to felony charges of aggravated battery of a...

Man serving life requests death for Indiana prison slaying

Sep. 18, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A man serving two life sentences at an Indiana prison asked for the death penalty for a slaying of a fellow inmate, but a prosecutor said he is reluctant to pursue it. Tommy P. Holland, 45, of Indianapolis is charged with murder in the stabbing of Clifford Baggett at the Pendleton...

Man sentenced to repay millions in marijuana lab explosion

Sep. 18, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison and ordered to repay millions of dollars for his role in a marijuana lab explosion that caused a wildfire in which a firefighter got hurt. The Mail Tribune reports 24-year-old Michael Cashmareck was sentenced in Jackson County...

Mom gets 30 years for killing baby and leaving body in trash

Sep. 17, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — A Florida woman who killed her 6-month-old son in South Carolina because she was angry when the child's father wouldn't answer her texts or phone calls was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday. Vernita Lashon Jones told police she suffocated her son,...

FILE - This Nov. 24, 2019 file photo shows Taylor Swift at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. A Texas man is sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to stalking and sending threatening letters about Swift. A federal judge in Nashville, Tennessee handed down the sentence Wednesday to Eric Swarbrick, who sent over 40 letters and emails to Swift's former record label in 2018, asking the CEO to introduce him to Swift. Over time the letters became more violent and threatening. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Texas man sentenced to prison for stalking Taylor Swift

Sep. 16, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced an Austin, Texas, man to 30 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to stalking and sending threatening letters and emails to pop star Taylor Swift's former record label. According to records filed in federal court, Eric Swarbrick was given the...

FILE - Iin this Jan.13, 2020 file photo, former president of the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Lamine Diack arrives at the Paris courthouse, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. A Paris court is delivering its verdict Wednesday Sept. 16, 2020, in the trial of Lamine Diack on corruption, money laundering and breach of trust charges against the one-time supremo of global track and field athletics, and according to prosecutors, creamed off millions for himself, with his son.(AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

Former IAAF head Lamine Diack sentenced to 2 years in prison

Sep. 16, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Former track federation president Lamine Diack was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for corruption during his nearly 16-year tenure at the IAAF, most notably a scheme that allowed Russian athletes who paid millions in hush money to keep competing when they should have been suspended...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2015 file photo, Palestinians mourn at the graves of Riham Dawabsheh, 27, her husband Saed Dawabsheh and their 18-month-old son Ali, in the West Bank village of Duma, near Nablus. On Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, the Lod District Court handed down three life sentences to Jewish extremist Amiram Ben-Uliel convicted in a 2015 arson attack that killed the Palestinian toddler and his parents. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Israeli minor gets 3 1/2 years for role in deadly 2015 arson

Sep. 16, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court sentenced a young man on Wednesday to 3 1/2 years in prison for his role in the 2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents in the West Bank village of Duma. The unidentified youth, who was a minor at the time of the attack, was found guilty last...

Former track federation president Lamine Diack found guilty of corruption; sentenced to 2 years in prison, fined $590K

Sep. 16, 2020 9:03 AM EDT
PARIS (AP) — Former track federation president Lamine Diack found guilty of corruption; sentenced to 2 years in prison, fined $590K.