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Captain Charged in Sailor's Sad, Strange Death

Rick Smith is under arrest in the US Virgin Islands

(Newser) - A Maine seaman is facing up to 10 years in prison for the death of a sailor on his boat—who committed suicide. "Nothing like this has ever happened to me," Rick Smith tells the Press Herald . According to reports, interviews, and court documents, Smith was piloting his... More »

He Gave Her Drugs, Raped Her Body. Now the Sentence

Even the judge says she's 'outraged'

(Newser) - A young man who gave a teenager drugs, watched her OD, raped her, and joked about her dead body via text received his sentence Thursday: less than three years. Superior Court Judge Linda Krese said Washington state law restricted the sentence she could give a first-time offender like Brian Varela,... More »

Brit Sailor Admits Killing US Wife on Honeymoon

Lewis Bennett changes story, pleads guilty

(Newser) - A British-Australian man who claimed his American wife was lost at sea when their sailing catamaran sank off the coast of Cuba has admitted to killing her. Lewis Bennett, facing a second-degree murder charge, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Miami on Monday, reports the BBC . Bennett, 41, had been... More »

Mom Whose Baby Drowned in Hurricane Charged With Manslaughter

North Carolina authorities say Dazia Lee ignored barricades on closed road after Hurricane Florence

(Newser) - "I did everything I could as a parent to save him and protect him." That was the initial emotional statement given by Dazia Lee to the media after her 1-year-old son, Kaiden Lee-Welch, drowned while the two tried to flee surging North Carolina floodwaters in the wake of... More »

Cops: Dad Played Video Game While Infant Son Drowned

Alabama father charged with reckless manslaughter

(Newser) - A father in Alabama has been charged with reckless manslaughter in the drowning death of his 5-month-old son. Police say Cordarius Cotton, 23, put the boy in the bathtub at his Birmingham home Sunday night, turned the water on, and then forgot about his son for an hour while he... More »

Cop Says Man Shot in Home Ignored Her Commands

Lawyer slams 'self-serving' affidavit

(Newser) - Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer arrested for fatally shooting a man after she entered the wrong apartment, says Botham Jean ignored her verbal commands. According to an affidavit released Monday, Guyger told investigators that the door of Botham's apartment was unlocked and slightly ajar and it opened when... More »

Dallas Cop Charged Days After Killing Man in Own Apartment

Amber Guyger faces manslaughter charge

(Newser) - A Dallas police officer who killed a man in his home after entering the wrong apartment unit was arrested Sunday night—and the man's relatives, whose lawyer said Officer Amber Guyger was receiving favorable treatment , are wondering why it didn't happen sooner. The 30-year-old officer was arrested on... More »

After Finding Chilling Photos, Daughter Kills Her Father

Barbara Coombes, who was sexually abused for decades, gets 9-year sentence

(Newser) - A UK woman has been sentenced to prison for murdering her father and burying him in the garden—but only after she found his stash of child pornography that included images of herself. After pleading guilty to manslaughter, fraud, and false representation, Barbara Coombes received a nine-year sentence this week.... More »

Charge Laid After Body Found in NFLer's Basement

Janoris Jenkins' brother held in death of music producer 'Trypps Beatz'

(Newser) - A body discovered at the home of New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins has led to a manslaughter charge for his brother. William Jenkins, released from a New Jersey prison in 2016 after serving time for drug charges, was arrested in New York around 2am Tuesday; he had violated his... More »

Nurse Reveals Plea in Death of McMaster's Father

Christann Gainey, 30, is charged with manslaughter

(Newser) - A nurse intends to plead not guilty in the death of President Trump's former national security adviser's father at a Philadelphia senior care facility, her lawyer says. Thirty-year-old Christann Gainey was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter, neglect, and records tampering in HR McMaster Sr.'s death, the... More »

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 »

Cops: Boyfriend 'Did Nothing' as Diabetic Girlfriend Died

He now faces a manslaughter charge in her death

(Newser) - Fabiola Cosme-Feliciano was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 2, but that didn't stop the Florida 19-year-old from competing in weightlifting and cheerleading. "It showed that she can do everything just like everybody else," her cheerleading coach recalls. But Cosme-Feliciano died in December while staying at... More »

Selfie IDed Killer Thanks to Fashion Accessory

Cheyanne Antoine, 21, used belt to strangle best friend

(Newser) - Not far from the body of an 18-year-old woman found strangled to death in Canada in 2015 was a black belt that police believed was the murder weapon. It has since led them to Brittney Gargol's killer: her best friend. Initially charged with second-degree murder, Cheyanne Antoine, 21, pleaded... More »

Woman Who Shot BF for YouTube Stunt Hears Fate

Monalisa Perez pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in June killing

(Newser) - She hoped the stunt would be a viral hit. Instead, it's likely to land Monalisa Perez behind bars. The 20-year-old Minnesota woman has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter after fatally shooting her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz, through a hardcover book the pair believed would stop the bullet on June 26.... More »

White Ex-Cop Guilty of Shooting Daughter's Black Boyfriend

Jury convicts Shannon Kepler of first-degree manslaughter

(Newser) - A white former Oklahoma police officer was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter's black boyfriend after jurors in three previous trials couldn't decide whether to find him guilty of murder. Jurors deliberated about six hours Wednesday night before finding ex-Tulsa officer Shannon... More »

Cops: Child Found Dead After Couple Put Mattress Over Crib

Authorities say mattress was held down with rock salt, bungee cord

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania couple was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday in connection with the death of their 2-year-old son in April. Penn Live reports Justin Dwyer, 29, and Courtney Stash, 28, called 911 when they found their son Eoin unresponsive in his crib on April 25. During an interview... More »

Cops: Sub Owner Confesses Journalist Died in 'Accident'

Peter Madsen also reportedly admitted he 'buried [Kim Wall] at sea'

(Newser) - The mystery of what happened to a Swedish journalist who vanished after a ride on a Danish inventor's submarine is slowly becoming clearer. Though details are still scarce, Copenhagen police say Peter Madsen, after changing his story , has confessed that Kim Wall died in "an accident" on board... More »

Before Shooting Boyfriend for YouTube Glory, She Tweeted

Monalisa Perez tweeted it would be 'one of the most dangerous videos ever'

(Newser) - A Minnesota woman charged with fatally shooting her boyfriend in a failed YouTube video stunt foreshadowed the event when she tweeted that it would be "one of the most dangerous videos ever." Monalisa Perez, of Halstad, was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Pedro Ruiz... 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 »

'Sickening' Details of Fraternity Pledge's Final Hours Revealed

Eighteen frat members charged in death of Timothy Piazza

(Newser) - Eighteen fraternity members have been charged—eight of them with manslaughter—after a 19-year-old died during a pledging party in February at Penn State, the Washington Post reports. Video from security cameras inside the Beta Theta Pi frat helped authorities piece together the final hours of Timothy Piazza's life.... More »

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