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Doctor gets 7 years behind bars for prescription scheme

Jan. 15, 2021 4:15 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A doctor has been sentenced to seven years in prison for her role in a scheme to prescribe Adderall to people without a legitimate medical purpose. Leslie Caraceni, 58, of Uxbridge, was also sentenced Wednesday in federal court to three years of probation, federal prosecutors said in a...

Killer who became mentor in prison has sentenced reduced

Jan. 15, 2021 3:45 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut inmate who helped start a mentoring program for younger prisoners has had his sentence reduced and could be released next year. Clyde Meikle, 49, who was convicted of murder in the shotgun slaying of a cousin in 1994, was granted a sentence modification Friday from 50...

This 2015 photo provided by Shawn Nolan Chief, Capital Habeas Unit Community Federal Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, shows Dustin Higgs at the Federal Prison in Terre Haute, Ind. Higgs, the last federal inmate facing execution before President Donald Trump leaves office was sentenced to death for the killings of three women in a Maryland wildlife refuge in 1996. Higgs is scheduled to be executed on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, at the federal prison in Terre Haute. ((Federal Bureau of Prisons/Community Federal Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania via AP))

Man convicted in 3 killings to be last executed under Trump

Jan. 15, 2021 3:38 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The last federal inmate facing execution before President Donald Trump leaves office was sentenced to death for the killings of three women in a Maryland wildlife refuge, a crime that led to a life sentence for the man who fired the fatal shots. Dustin Higgs, 48, who is scheduled...

Man convicted of killing ex-girlfriend sentenced to prison

Jan. 15, 2021 3:29 PM EST

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man who killed his one-time girlfriend in a Sioux City hotel room before setting the rooom on fire has been sentenced to 75 years in prison. Jordan Henry, 31, was sentenced Friday in Woodbury County District Court to 50 years for second-degree murder and 25-years for arson, the...

Ex-Alabama psychiatrist sentenced in federal pill mill case

Jan. 15, 2021 1:44 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former psychiatrist in Alabama will not serve any time for his role in a federal pill mill case. James Edwards, who was at one time charged with drug distribution in an 87-count indictment, pleaded guilty to one count of information for aiding or abetting the acquisition of a...

Bond revoked for NW Indiana man charged in Capitol riots

Jan. 15, 2021 1:18 PM EST

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A federal magistrate has revoked the bond for a northwest Indiana man awaiting sentencing in a gang-related case after the FBI charged him for allegedly taking part in the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol. U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew P. Rodovich in Hammond granted the federal...

Court orders new trial for man convicted of abusing daughter

Jan. 15, 2021 1:14 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A state appeals court on Friday overturned the conviction of a southern New Jersey man convicted of sexually abusing his daughter beginning when she was 5, and ordered a new trial. The three-judge panel wrote that some testimony shouldn’t have been admitted at the man’s...

Christina Bollo of Urbana, Illinois, holds a sign as she protests the execution of Corey Johnson, near the Federal Correctional Complex, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Terre Haute, Ind. (Joseph C. Garza/The Tribune-Star via AP)

US executes Virginia gang killer despite COVID-19 infection

Jan. 15, 2021 11:46 AM EST

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. government executed a drug trafficker Thursday for slaying seven people in a burst of violence in Virginia’s capital in 1992, with some witnesses in the death-chamber building applauding as the 52-year-old was pronounced dead. Corey Johnson's execution went ahead...

Man who abandoned overdosing man sentenced on fed charges

Jan. 15, 2021 11:26 AM EST

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP) — A man who abandoned an fatally overdosing man in a Port Townsend hospital parking lot has been sentenced on related federal charges. The U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release that 38-year-old Adam Michael Kelly on Thursday was sentenced to more than five years for...

Former Guam mayor sentenced to 3 years in extortion case

Jan. 15, 2021 10:06 AM EST

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A former Guam mayor has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for extorting money from an informant who posed as a drug trafficker. Former Yona Mayor Jesse Mendiola Blas was sentenced Thursday to 37 months in prison, with credit for 15 months already served, the...