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Unusual Sentence Greets YouTuber Who Killed Beau

Mother of 2 Monalisa Perez to serve 180 days in jail in 10-day increments

(Newser) - A woman who fired a handgun aimed at her boyfriend, whose only protection was a thick book , will serve just 180 days in jail following his June death. A Minnesota judge approved a deal in which 20-year-old mother of two Monalisa Perez pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in exchange for... More »

'Pharma Bro' Faces High-Stakes Sentencing

Prosecutors want Shkreli to get 15 years

(Newser) - Is "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli a master manipulator who conned wealthy investors or a misunderstood eccentric who used unconventional means to make those same investors even wealthier? A federal judge in Brooklyn will have to weigh the conflicting portrayals of the former pharmaceutical company CEO on Friday at his... More »

Teen Who Livestreamed DUI Crash Gets 6 Years

Obdulia Sanchez kept filming after her sister was killed

(Newser) - "I f------ killed my sister ... I know I'm going to jail for life," California teen Obdulia Sanchez said in livestreamed video of the DUI crash that killed her little sister last year . "I don't f------ care at all." The 18-year-old was sentenced Thursday not... More »

Larry Nassar Handed His Final Sentence

Given 40 to 125 years in prison over Twistars abuse

(Newser) - Larry Nassar was sentenced Monday to a third prison term of 40 to 125 years behind bars for molesting young athletes at an elite Michigan training center. He had pleaded guilty to penetrating girls with ungloved hands when they sought treatment for injuries at Twistars, a gymnastics club that was... More »

Slender Man Sentence an Issue of 'Community Protection'

Morgan Geyser, 15, was sentenced to 40 years in a mental hospital for her role in stabbing attack

(Newser) - A Wisconsin girl who stabbed a classmate in an attack inspired by the fictional horror character Slender Man was sentenced to 40 years in a mental hospital Thursday. Judge Michael Bohren granted the maximum penalty that prosecutors had sought, and he discounted Morgan Geyser's youth—she was just 12—... More »

Victim Describes Nassar Abuse Starting When She Was 6

I'm here to 'destroy your world,' Kyle Stephens tells disgraced ex-Team USA coach in court

(Newser) - "Little girls don't stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world" and "I have been coming for you for a long time," Kyle Stephens told disgraced ex-USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar on Tuesday. Revealing her identity for the first time,... More »

'Vulgar Butcher' Gets 8 Years in Prison for Subversion

Activist Wu Gan was known for irreverent remarks, imagery in mocking Chinese officials

(Newser) - A prominent activist who called himself the "Ultra Vulgar Butcher" was given an eight-year prison sentence Tuesday for subversion, the harshest sentence handed down in a sweeping crackdown on rights campaigners. Per the AP , the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People's Court said in an online statement that Wu... More »

Serial Con Man's Unusual Sentencing Request Granted

Jimmy Sabatino, who ran $10M fraud job from prison, will have almost zero contact with anyone

(Newser) - In what the Sun Sentinel calls an "extremely unusual" case out of Florida, a judge has granted an inmate accused of running a multimillion-dollar fraud job out of his jail cell his sentencing request: to keep him away from nearly every person on Earth so he won't be... 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 »

Judge Gives 'Nasty' Texter a Writing Assignment

Daren Young has to come up with 144 compliments for his former girlfriend

(Newser) - A judge on the Hawaiian island of Maui has handed down an unorthodox sentence to a man who pleaded no contest to violating a protection order preventing him from contacting his ex-girlfriend. Judge Rhonda Loo ordered Daren Young on Friday to write 144 compliments about his ex-girlfriend, in response to... More »

Bergdahl Won't Be Let Off Hook Over Trump's Comments

Judge rules court hasn't been directly affected by Trump's criticism of Bergdahl

(Newser) - A military judge has rejected arguments by attorneys for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl that criticism by President Trump is preventing him from having a fair sentencing hearing. The AP reports the judge, Army Col. Jeffery Nance, said Monday the court has not been directly affected by Trump's criticism of... More »

Man Who Beat 'Adulterous' Wife Escapes Jail Time

Activists slam 'revolting' court ruling in Portugal

(Newser) - Women's rights groups reacted with outrage after a Portuguese court quoted the Bible in a ruling that justified a suspended sentence for a man who attacked his "adulterous" ex-wife with a nail-spiked bat, NPR reports. The appeals court judges in Porto called adultery a "serious attack" on... More »

At Bergdahl's Sentencing, Those Forever Harmed by Search to Speak

Sentencing hearing pushed to Wednesday due to lawyer's family emergency

(Newser) - Can two days feel as excruciatingly long as five years? Ask Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was supposed to learn his fate on Monday after pleading guilty last week to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. CNN reports his sentencing hearing has been pushed to Wednesday because of a family emergency... More »

Weiner Going to Prison Over Sexting Scandal

Fallen politician sentenced to 21 months

(Newser) - Anthony Weiner is no longer merely a disgraced politician. Soon, he'll be an inmate. A judge on Monday sentenced the former congressman to 21 months in prison for sending explicit texts to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina, reports the AP . Weiner's attorneys had argued for probation, saying... More »

Man Murdered Urologist Over 21-Year-Old Grudge

Stanwood Elkus gets life in prison

(Newser) - A retired barber who murdered a urologist inside his Southern California office in 2013 over a 21-year-old grudge was sentenced Friday to life in prison plus 10 years without the possibility of parole, the Los Angeles Times reports. In 1992, Ronald Gilbert—then a medical resident at the veterans hospital... More »

42 Years After Girls Vanish From Mall, a Guilty Plea

Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. sentenced to 48 years in prison

(Newser) - A 60-year-old man who pleaded guilty in the killing of two young sisters from Maryland was sentenced Tuesday to 48 years in prison, more than four decades after the girls vanished during a trip to a local shopping mall, the AP reports. Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. entered his plea in... More »

Billionaire Samsung Heir Sentenced to 5 Years In Prison

Lee Jae-yong guilty of bribing former president

(Newser) - A South Korean court has sentenced the billionaire Samsung heir to five years in prison for bribery and other crimes that fed public anger leading to the ouster of Park Geun-hye as South Korea's president. The Seoul Central District Court said Friday that Lee Jae-yong , 49, was guilty of... More »

Rapist Finally Done In —by His Dentures

Thomas Maupin pleads guilty to 2001 rape in Memphis

(Newser) - While in prison for a murder for which he was twice convicted and later acquitted, Thomas Maupin had a set of dentures made. Years later, that set would become a key piece of evidence helping to put him behind bars again. According to Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich, dentures... More »

Pair Who Killed Woman for Deflating Ball Learn Their Fate

Natalie Bollen, William Jelly sentenced to 7 years

(Newser) - Her lawyer described it as "an impetuous moment of madness," one that Natalie Bollen will now atone for with seven years of her life. Bollen, 28, and her father William Jelly, 48, were sentenced Wednesday to seven years in jail for a fatal assault on Bollen's neighbor,... More »

Guy Who Robbed Bank to Escape Wife Must Stay Home

Sorry, Lawrence

(Newser) - Lawrence John Ripple told police he robbed a Kansas City bank in September to get out of living with his wife. During sentencing Tuesday, he got the very opposite of his wish. In a rare move, a federal judge sentenced 71-year-old Ripple, who pleaded guilty to bank robbery in January,... More »

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