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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 »

Judge Sentences Man to 5 Days in Jail for Child Porn

He argues child porn is widely available and punishments are too harsh

(Newser) - NBC News has a shocking story about a federal judge in New York City who gave a man facing up to 10 years in prison for child pornography a sentence of only five days in jail—time he'd already served following his initial arrest in 2013. Investigators found... More »

Prison Seamstress: 'I Live With Regret Every Day'

Joyce Mitchell sentenced to up to 7 years in 'worst mistake I have ever made'

(Newser) - Joyce Mitchell , the prison worker who helped two convicts escape an upstate New York correctional facility in June, wept during her sentencing Monday. "If I could take it all back I would," Mitchell said "in a choked voice," per NBC News . "I live with... More »

One Last Tsarnaev Question to Be Answered Today

Boston bomber will be sentenced to death—but will he speak?

(Newser) - A nun says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev expressed remorse, while prosecutors played video of him giving the finger to a security camera. But today, secondhand narratives and hand gestures may give way to words straight out of the Boston Marathon bomber's mouth during his sentencing, NBC News reports. Although defense lawyers... More »

Road-Rage Guy Gets 27 to 50 Years

Martin Zale, 69, settled dispute with 9mm handgun

(Newser) - A Michigan man who shot another driver in the face during a road-rage confrontation got 27 to 50 years in prison yesterday—and won't be eligible for parole until he's 96, USA Today reports. Martin Zale, 69, shot and killed 43-year-old Derek Flemming, a father of two, when... More »

Tsarnaev's Fate in Jury's Hands

Attorneys spar in closing arguments of Boston Bomber's trial

(Newser) - Now Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's fate is up to the jury: either life in prison or the death sentence. Attorneys made their closing arguments today in the sentencing phase of Tsarnaev's trial, with prosecutors focusing on the carnage he helped inflict and defense attorneys on his reported remorse, the Boston ... More »

Blackwater Guards Get Hefty Sentences

Nicholas Slatten gets life; 3 others get 30 years each

(Newser) - A federal judge sentenced former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded 17 others. The carnage in Baghdad's Nisoor Square caused an international uproar over the use... More »

Revenge-Porn Guy Gets 18 Years

Kevin Bollaert, 28, shows little emotion in San Diego courtroom

(Newser) - The man behind a "revenge porn" website was sentenced yesterday to 18 years in prison for posting thousands of private photos and charging women to have them removed, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Kevin Bollaert, 28, was convicted last month of 27 felony counts—21 for identity theft and... More »

Woman Who Fatally Stopped for Ducks Gets Jail

Emma Czornobaj to serve 90 days, on weekends

(Newser) - A Canadian woman who stopped her car on a highway in 2010 to assist ducklings was sentenced to jail time today, some four years after a father and daughter crashed into her vehicle and died. Convicted of two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of dangerous driving... More »

Next for 'Broken' Oscar Pistorius: Sentencing

Witnesses testify in latest hearings

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of negligent killing—comparable to manslaughter, the New York Times notes—but the case isn't over: The next step is sentencing hearings, and they could last at least a week, the Times reports. With Pistorius facing anything from a fine to 15 years... More »

Guy Fires Warning Shot, Gets 20 Years

Florida man says he was protecting his family

(Newser) - A man who fired a warning shot at his daughter's troubled boyfriend and told him "the next one's between your eyes" got 20 years for doing it—and by law has to serve every day of the sentence, CBS News reports. "And I was just like,... More »

Bin Laden's Son-in-Law Gets Life Sentence

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith showed 'no remorse whatsoever' for vocal role after 9/11

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden's son-in-law was sentenced today to life in prison for acting as al-Qaeda's spokesman after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was sentenced by US District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, who said he saw "no remorse whatsoever" from the 48-year-old imam. "You... More »

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