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Astute Viewer Busts Poachers on Hunting Show

Observant man noticed hunters didn't have correct licenses while hunting elk

(Newser) - An eagle-eyed viewer in Wyoming watching a hunting show on cable TV noticed something amiss—an observation that's led to two hunters from Bedford, Ky., being sentenced for poaching and forced to pay hefty fines, the AP reports. Per a release from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the... More »

Singapore Rages After US Man Gets 4 Years for Sex With Girls

Thousands say punishment isn't enough—they want him caned

(Newser) - A mixed martial arts teacher originally from the US found out his fate in Singapore last week for having sex with two 15-year-old girls—and thousands are decrying the punishment as not being nearly as punitive as it should be, the BBC reports. Nearly 29,000 people have signed on... More »

Guy Crashes Drone, Gets 30 Days in Jail

It might be the first sentence of its kind

(Newser) - In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, a 38-year-old man has been sentenced to time behind bars because he lost control of his drone. Paul Skinner, who owns an aerial photography business in Washington state, was found guilty of reckless endangerment in January and handed... More »

'Never Have I Seen a Man Fallen From Such a Height'

Donald Tsang sentenced in misconduct case involving luxury apartment

(Newser) - A former leader of Hong Kong was sentenced Wednesday to 20 months in prison for misconduct after failing to disclose plans to rent a luxury apartment for his retirement from a businessman applying for a broadcasting license, the AP reports. It was a stunning downfall for Donald Tsang, 72, who... More »

'Dr. Death' Sentenced in Texas

Christopher Duntsch to serve life after botched surgeries

(Newser) - Mary Efurd came out of back surgery in 2012 unable to use her legs and missing a third of her blood. Her Texas neurosurgeon has now been sentenced to life in prison as a result, reports the Dallas Morning News . A jury found Christopher Duntsch, 45, guilty of intentionally causing... More »

Mint Worker Who Smuggled Gold in Butt Sentenced

After prison, he needs to get $145K from somewhere

(Newser) - A Canadian man who smuggled $145,000 in gold out of the country's mint is on his way to prison—and will probably be searched extremely thoroughly on the way in. Leston Lawrence, found guilty in November of smuggling 22 gold "pucks" out of the Royal Canadian Mint... More »

British Man Sentenced Over Plot to Kill Trump

He tried to grab cop's gun at Las Vegas rally

(Newser) - A British man who confessed to plotting to kill Donald Trump has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal custody for trying to grab a police officer's gun at a rally in Las Vegas earlier this year. Michael Steven Sandford, a 20-year-old who has been diagnosed... More »

Man Gets 6 Months in Oregon's First Revenge Porn Sentencing

Says he and his ex were trying to make porn, and that the material was copyrighted

(Newser) - One year after Oregon made revenge porn illegal, the state has handed down its first sentence in a revenge porn case. In June, Benjamin Barber, who is 31, posted pornographic footage of himself with a former partner without his partner's consent to multiple adult sites. Now a jury has... More »

Man Accused of 'Massive Sextortion' Plot Gets 38 Years

Anton Martynenko 'terrible human being' for luring teen boys into sending nude pics: victim

(Newser) - What's said to have been the biggest child-pornography production case in Minnesota history ended Tuesday in a St. Paul courtroom, and two of the victims faced down their tormenter there. "We all can now be given freedom from this," one of the unnamed victims, now a young... More »

Jacob Wetterling's Family Confronts Boy's Killer

Danny Heinrich sentenced to 20 years for 11-year-old's murder—but not before Jacob's loved ones spoke

(Newser) - It was a tense, emotional courtroom scene in Minneapolis Monday morning as one chapter in the abduction, sexual assault, and murder of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling came to a close. At a US District Court hearing for 53-year-old Danny Heinrich, who was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on one... More »

Guy Who Hacked Celeb Nude Photos Is Sentenced

He will serve 18 months in federal prison

(Newser) - A hacker who stole hundreds of nude photos of celebrities that ended up online in 2014's "fappening" won't be seeing any naked women for a while: Ryan Collins, a 36-year-old from Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, according to the Hollywood Reporter . He... More »

Actor Murdered Neighbors to Pay for Honeymoon

Daniel Wozniak sentenced to die for grisly killings

(Newser) - When struggling actor Daniel Wozniak couldn't afford the fancy wedding and honeymoon he wanted, he decided to murder his friends and neighbors instead of going for a cheaper option. The 32-year-old former resident of Costa Mesa, Calif., was sentenced to death Friday for the 2010 killings of Samuel Herr,... More »

What's Going to Happen to Guy Who Hacked Bush Family

'Guccifer' to be sentenced Thursday

(Newser) - A Romanian hacker who targeted the Bush family, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and others is expected to get a prison sentence of at least two years. Forty-four-year-old Marcel Lazar, better known as "Guccifer," is scheduled for a sentencing hearing Thursday in federal court in Alexandria, Va.... More »

Wife Sentenced for Murder of Olympic Bronze Medalist

Jane Laut handed 2 consecutive 25-year-to-life terms

(Newser) - The wife of a 1984 Olympic medalist was sentenced to a potential life sentence on Tuesday for shooting him in what she claimed was self-defense following years of abuse. Jane Laut, 59, was given two mandatory, consecutive prison terms of 25 years to life for first-degree murder and using a... More »

She Stole a Baby in 1997, Is Finally Sentenced for the Crime

Woman who took Zephany Nurse sentenced to 10 years

(Newser) - The incredible saga of Zephany Nurse has reached its end: The South African woman found guilty of snatching a 3-day-old Zephany from her sleeping mother's hospital room in 1997 has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors had sought 15, reports Reuters . Judge John Hlophe had harsh words... More »

Pistorius Gets 6 Years for Murder

Judge goes easy on 'fallen hero'

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp , with the judge who decided the punishment calling the double-amputee Olympian a "fallen hero." South Africa's minimum sentence for murder is 15 years, but the judge said "substantial and... More »

Pistorius Removes Prosthetics in Court to Show 'Vulnerability'

Defense had him walk on stumps to try to get out of long prison sentence

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius tried in vain in March to appeal his conviction before South Africa's highest court in the 2013 murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and so he made a last-ditch effort Wednesday to avoid a lengthy prison sentence: He took off his artificial legs, Reuters reports. Pistorius lawyer Barry... More »

Judge OKs Putting Durst Away for 7 Years

Real estate heir will be sent to Calif. prison for his medical needs

(Newser) - A New Orleans judge officially approved Robert Durst's February plea deal on a gun charge and sentenced him to seven years in prison on Wednesday, Reuters reports. For more than a year, the real estate heir has languished in a New Orleans prison after being nabbed with a handgun... More »

Courtroom Crooner Channels Adele at Sentencing

Michigan man is apparently very sorry

(Newser) - A convicted felon may be rolling in the deep (trouble), but that didn't stop him from breaking out into song during his recent sentencing hearing, the Ann Arbor News reports. Singer Adele was the apparent inspiration behind the courtroom crooning of 21-year-old Brian Earl Taylor, who appeared March 10... More »

Doc Sentenced for Murdering 3 Patients by Drug Overdose

Hsiu-Ying 'Lisa' Tseng gets 30 years to life for recklessly prescribing meds

(Newser) - On Friday, Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng, convicted of murdering three of her patients by drug overdose, was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison, making her the only US doctor ever convicted of murder for recklessly prescribing meds, the lead prosecutor said. Although her defense team portrayed the Southern... More »

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