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He Got HIV on Purpose. What He Planned Was Even Worse

Stephen Koch tells judge he wanted to infect others

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Arkansas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after admitting he purposefully contracted HIV with the goal of infecting others. Stephen Koch of Scranton was initially arrested on drug charges, though an informant later told police Koch was also viewing child pornography. A subsequent search of... More »

South Korea's Ex-Prez Found Guilty, Sentenced to 24 Years

'The defendant abused her presidential power entrusted by the people'

(Newser) - South Korea's former President Park Guen-hye has been sentenced to 24 years in prison, less than 13 months after she was forced from office amid a corruption scandal. Park, who was found guilty on charges including abuse of power, was also fined $17 million in a verdict that was... More »

She Spewed Racist Remarks at Cops. Now She's Going to Jail

Vicky Momberg is South Africa's first person sentenced to up to 3 years of prison time for racism

(Newser) - Vicky Momberg didn't just say the slur one time to black police officers. She said it nearly 50 times, and that rant has now earned her a three-year prison sentence, with one year suspended. The BBC calls the South African ruling a "landmark" one, as it's the... More »

She Didn't Even Want to Vote. Now She's Going to Jail for It

Convicted felon who'd been on supervised release says she didn't know she couldn't vote

(Newser) - Crystal Mason cast her vote in the 2016 presidential election just like millions of other Americans—but unlike millions of other Americans, the Texas woman was a convicted felon, and on Wednesday she was sentenced to five years for that vote in Tarrant County. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Mason,... More »

Judge Who Gave Teen 241 Years Wants Sentence Tossed

But Missouri is defending constitutionality of lengthy sentence

(Newser) - Missouri is defending a prison sentence for a man who committed robbery and other crimes on a single day when he was 16 and now isn't eligible for parole until he's 112 years old, the AP reports. State Attorney General Josh Hawley says in a US Supreme Court... More »

Less-Than-Sympathetic Judge Sends Meek Mill to Prison

Judge Genece Brinkley went against prosecutor's recommendation

(Newser) - Rapper Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison on probation violations Monday by a Philadelphia judge who said the musician had wasted several chances to clean up his act following a 2009 gun and drug case. The sentence rounded out a roughly decade-long back-and-forth between the... More »

Sentencing Twist: Hong Kong Activists Now Going to Prison

Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, Alex Chow originally given community service

(Newser) - A court has overturned the earlier sentences of young Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and two other student leaders and sentenced them to prison in connection with huge pro-democracy protests in 2014, the AP reports. Last year, Wong and student leader and disqualified lawmaker Nathan Law were sentenced to community... More »

Woman, 19, Gets 30 Years in Prison After Stillbirth

Prosecutors in El Salvador argued she blew off prenatal care

(Newser) - In what the Guardian is calling "the latest in a long line of failures of justice against pregnant women" in El Salvador, a 19-year-old was on Wednesday sentenced to 30 years in prison after a stillbirth. Per Al Jazeera , Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz was convicted of "aggravated homicide,... More »

Prisoner to Be Freed After 'Conscience-Shocking' Move

Rene Lima-Marin mistakenly released in 2008, free for 6 years—until he was rejailed

(Newser) - "Utterly unjust." That's how a Colorado judge describes Rene Lima-Marin's 98-year sentence for robbing two stores, a wrong he's righted after nearly two decades. Lima-Marin was just 19 when he and a friend robbed two video stores in 1998, per CNN . No one was injured... More »

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 »

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