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FILE - In this Friday, March 13, 2020, file photo, Shomari Legghette listens as the jury finds him guilty of first-degree murder in the Feb. 13, 2018, killing of Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer, at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. Legghette was sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, to life in prison. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Man gets life term for murder of Chicago police commander

Oct. 28, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A man convicted of first-degree murder in the 2018 shooting death of a Chicago police commander was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison. Shomari Legghette, 47, received a mandatory life term for the fatal shooting of 53-year-old Cmdr. Paul Bauer because he was convicted of killing a police...

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....

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...

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...

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...

This undated photo provided by the Chester County, S.C., Sheriff's Office shows Charles Ugvine Coleman. A DNA sample taken from Coleman after his arrest for pointing a gun while drunk has cracked a long-cold case, identifying him as the lead suspect in the slaying of a woman four decades ago, according to court documents. Coleman, 65, was arrested last week and charged with murder and rape in the killing of Elizabeth Ann Howell Wilson, who disappeared after her shift at a textile mill on March 20, 1976, officials said. (Chester County Sheriff's Office via AP)

DNA sample after gun charge led to 1976 SC murder arrest

Oct. 27, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A DNA sample taken from a South Carolina man after his arrest for pointing a gun while drunk has cracked a long-cold case, identifying him as the lead suspect in the slaying of a woman four decades ago, according to documents. Charles Ugvine Coleman, 65, was arrested last week and...

NXIVM head Keith Raniere sentenced to 120 years in prison for turning some female followers into sex slaves

Oct. 27, 2020 4:23 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — NXIVM head Keith Raniere sentenced to 120 years in prison for turning some female followers into sex slaves.
FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson throws a pass against Ohio State during an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. Magistrate Judge Norah McCann King moved a change of plea hearing from June 18 to July 1, 2020, for Daniel Rippy. Rippy is accused of making an

1-year sentence for angry fan who made football game threat

Oct. 27, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A California man’s threats to harm college football players because they beat his favored team epitomized “fandom spiraled out of control,” something that can't be ignored in the age of mass shootings, a federal judge said Tuesday as he handed down a sentence of...

Longtime federal appeals court Judge Juan Torruella dies

Oct. 26, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Judge Juan Torruella, the first Puerto Rican to sit on a U.S. federal appeals court, died Monday at the age of 87, the Boston-based 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. Toruella served nearly four decades on 1st Circuit and took part in such high-profile rulings as the tossing of Boston...