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Man Handed 13-Year Sentence Leaps to His Death

Jason Binkiewicz died Friday

(Newser) - Sudden death apparently sounded better to Jason Binkiewicz than 13 years in prison. The 42-year-old Dillonvale, Ohio, man had in July been found guilty of attempted murder and felony assault after shooting a man in the face on Nov. 27, 2015; he was handed a 13-year sentence Friday morning, reports... More »

Ex-NFL Star Darren Sharper Gets 18 Years in Multiple Rapes

He pleaded guilty to distributing drugs with intent to rape

(Newser) - Former NFL star Darren Sharper has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in a case where he was accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four states. Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced Sharper on Thursday, reports the AP . He had pleaded guilty or no-contest to... More »

Ex-Israeli PM Goes to Prison

Ehud Olmert still says he's innocent

(Newser) - Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday began a 19-month prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice , defiantly proclaiming his innocence in a farewell video as he became the first Israeli premier to be placed behind bars, the AP reports. His imprisonment capped a stunning fall from grace that... More »

Militants Who Grabbed Fed Building Won't Like This

Dwight and Steven Hammond turning themselves in

(Newser) - Two ranchers whose legal woes spurred an armed takeover of a government building in Oregon are reporting to prison today to serve their sentences—but will ask President Obama for clemency, the Oregonian reports. Dwight Hammond Jr., 73, is facing up to five years and son Steven, 46, around four... More »

Court: Man in Solitary Since 1972 Can Be Tried 3rd Time

Louisiana accused of pursuing 'vengeance over justice'

(Newser) - Louisiana can keep "Angola Three" inmate Albert Woodfox in jail and continue its plans to try him a third time in the 1972 killing of a prison guard, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The 2-1 decision by the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a June order... More »

Battered Woman to Stay in Jail Until 2030 for BF's Abuse

Tondalo Hall denied clemency in Oklahoma for not protecting kids from partner

(Newser) - Tondalo Hall wasn't accused of abusing her two young children but was handed a 30-year sentence for failing to protect them from her abusive boyfriend. Her partner, meanwhile, nabbed a plea deal and served just two years for breaking the ribs and femur of their 3-month-old infant; he was... More »

Obama Gives 46 Non-Violent Offenders a Break

President commutes sentences, mostly for drug offenders

(Newser) - President Obama is cutting the prison sentences of 46 convicts as part of a broader effort to make the criminal justice system fairer and ease the punishment of those serving more time than their crimes warranted. The president has now issued nearly 90 commutations, most of them to non-violent offenders... More »

Guy Gets 2 Years for Killing Cats of Fiancee's Family

Timothy Olschafskie pleads guilty to killing 5 cats

(Newser) - A Connecticut man has been sentenced to two years in prison for killing five cats belonging to his fiancee's family—a crime that animal rights advocates protested outside of court. Timothy Olschafskie (ol-SHAF'-skee) pleaded guilty Friday in Enfield Superior Court to multiple counts of maliciously killing animals. He... More »

DOJ Plan: Cut 20K Inmates' Jail Time by 23 Months

Holder-endorsed proposal would reduce nonviolent offenders' sentences

(Newser) - Some 9% of the federal prison population could see their sentences reduced by an average of 23 months thanks to a new Justice Department proposal endorsed by Eric Holder. The US Sentencing Commission voted in April to reduce drug sentences for nonviolent offenders in the future; this proposal, presented to... More »

In Blow to Revolution, Egypt Activists Sent to Prison

The nation's old order wants revenge, analysts say

(Newser) - Three Egyptian activists who played key roles in the 2011 uprising were handed prison sentences yesterday—a sign that officials may be retaliating against the pro-democracy movement, the New York Times reports. Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel, and Ahmed Douma each received three-year sentences and more than $7,000 in fines.... More »

Man Sentenced for Firing AK-47 at Trick-or-Treater

12-year-old boy killed, stepfather and brother wounded in incident

(Newser) - A 27-year-old South Carolina man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing a trick-or-treater who came to his door on Halloween 2008. Quentin Patrick was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to murder in the death of TJ Darrisaw. Prosecutors say the 12-year-old boy was shot at least... More »

Man Gets 20 Years in Teen Sex Slave Case

Victim gave emotional testimony at sentencing

(Newser) - A man received a 20-year federal prison sentence today for holding a young woman captive as a sex slave for six years. Edward Bagley, 46, was sentenced after a federal court judge in Kansas City accepted a plea agreement. He pleaded guilty in January to one count of using an... More »

Oops: Colorado Releases Hundreds of Prisoners Early

Court deciding who should go back to jail

(Newser) - Hundreds of Colorado inmates have gotten early tickets out of the big house thanks to clerical errors, an audit by the state's Department of Corrections has revealed. Judges are currently looking over the cases to determine how many of the freed convicts should be locked back up, the Denver ... More »

Voice of Charlie Brown Sentenced in Stalking Case

Judge: 'Don't be a blockhead'

(Newser) - Good grief: Charlie Brown is going to rehab. Peter Robbins, the original voice for the character, was sentenced to a year in jail yesterday after he was found guilty of threatening his ex and stalking her plastic surgeon, the AP reports. But he'll be allowed to do his time... More »

Man Jailed for DUI ... for 13 Years

Timothy Morrow has been convicted of drunk driving eight times

(Newser) - When does a DUI conviction carry a 13-year prison sentence? Apparently, when it's your eighth one. That's what Timothy Morrow, 43, found out this week, the Chicago Tribune reports. Morrow has not only been convicted eight times—with the first coming at age 17—he's been cited... More »

Colorado Gunman Released 4 Years Early by Mistake

Court blames clerical error for Evan Ebel's release

(Newser) - A clerical error allowed the man suspected of killing Colorado's prisons chief to be released from custody about four years early, officials said today. In 2008, Evan Ebel pleaded guilty to assaulting a prison guard in a court in rural Fremont County. He was to be sentenced to four... More »

Mom Gets 99 Years for Gluing Tot's Hands

Elizabeth Escalona sentenced for beating her toddler

(Newser) - A Dallas woman who beat her 2-year-old daughter and glued the toddler's hands to a wall because she was struggling with potty training was sentenced today to 99 years in prison. Family members in the courtroom sobbed loudly as the judge announced Elizabeth Escalona's punishment. Escalona pleaded guilty... More »

Cambodian Activist, 71, Sentenced to 20 Years

Sonando accused of attempting to overthrow government

(Newser) - Cambodian-French radio broadcaster and activist Sonando, 71, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for attempting to overthrow the country's government, according to a Phnom Penh court. Some 13 others were also found guilty of inciting a rebellion among villagers, Reuters reports. Sonando pleaded not guilty to the... More »

Madoff's Brother to Plead Guilty, Get 10 Years

Peter Madoff was a top exec at Bernie's fraudulent hedge fund

(Newser) - Bernie Madoff's brother is heading to prison for 10 years. Peter Madoff made an agreement with prosecutors and will plead guilty on Friday to two charges: falsifying the records of an investment adviser and conspiracy to commit securities fraud and other crimes, reports the Wall Street Journal . Peter served... More »

Muslim Hits Nurse for Removing Wife's Burka During Birth

He gets 6 months for slugging French health-care worker

(Newser) - A Muslim man has been sentenced to six months in a French prison for slugging a nurse as she removed his wife's burka during childbirth. Nassim Mimoune, 24, was first ejected from the delivery room at a Marseille hospital after he accused the health-care worker of "rape" during... More »

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