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Teen Turns Down Plea Deal, Ends Up With 65-Year Sentence

18-year-old Lakieth Smith laughs during his sentencing

(Newser) - Lakieth Smith probably regrets his decision to turn down a 25-year plea deal offered to the Alabama teen in March. On Thursday, the 18-year-old was sentenced to 65 years in prison on charges of burglary, theft, and felony murder, reports the Montgomery Advertiser . It was actually a police officer, not... More »

Woman Questioned in New York Prison Escape

Authorities talk to ex-worker at Clinton Correctional Facility

(Newser) - Authorities are investigating whether a female accomplice was involved in the escape of two prisoners from a New York penitentiary on Friday or Saturday, police tell Reuters . Officials are talking to a woman who worked at the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemor, NY; she was an employee, not a... More »

France Charges Merah's Brother

Preliminary terrorism, murder charges filed against Abdelkader Merah

(Newser) - French prosecutors today filed preliminary murder and terrorism charges against Abdelkader Merah, the brother of Mohamed Merah, the man suspected of gunning down seven people in Toulouse last week. Abdelkader Merah, 29, has been held since Wednesday pending charges; that prosecutors have filed them indicates a strong reason that a... More »

Toulouse Gunman's Brother May Be Charged

Abdelkader Merah detained, may have been accomplice

(Newser) - Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah may be dead, but French authorities are eying complicity charges for his brother, Abdelkader, reports Sky News . "Police inquiries have produced grave and matching pointers that suggest his (Abdelkader's) participation as accomplice in crimes relating to a terrorist enterprise is plausible," says a... More »

Lawyers: John Wayne Gacy Had Accomplice

They cite evidence suggesting the serial killer had help

(Newser) - John Wayne Gacy had help abducting and killing at least some of his victims, and one or more accomplices may still be at large, say two criminal defense attorneys who reviewed the cases. The attorneys tell the Chicago Sun-Times that it seems unlikely Gacy could have killed at least three... More »

Murderous Cons Hiding Out in Yellowstone

Two fugitives, fiancee may be heading to Canada

(Newser) - The remaining two murderous cons who escaped from an Arizona prison and their female accomplice are hiding out in Yellowstone Park, police believe. The trio likely fled to the area after one of the escapees murdered an older couple in New Mexico and stole their pickup truck, according to law... More »

Cops ID Pentagon Shooter, Eye Second Man

John Patrick Bedell, 36, showed no emotion

(Newser) - Authorities have identified the man behind today’s shooting at the Pentagon as John Patrick Bedell, 36, and are seeking a second man in connection with the incident, which left two Pentagon police officers injured and Bedell hospitalized. Sources tell AP that law-enforcement agencies—which now include the Secret Service... More »

NYPD: Zazi Had 2 Accomplices

Would-be subway bomber working with authorities

(Newser) - New York police said today Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan-born man who admitted plotting to bomb the city's subway system, planned to attack commuters at rush hour with at least two other bombers. Zazi, 25, pleaded guilty yesterday to several charges, and is cooperating with investigators. More »

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