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In Chauvin Sentencing, 2 Vastly Different Requests

State asks for double the recommended maximum

(Newser) - Derek Chauvin will be sentenced June 25 on murder and manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd, but prosecutors and defense attorneys are still a long way apart—a full 30 years, according to a sentencing memorandum filed Wednesday. Prosecutors have requested a 30-year sentence for the former Minneapolis...

OB-GYN Gets 59 Years Behind Bars for Unneeded Procedures

Javaid Perwaiz 'used an arsenal of horrifying tactics to manipulate and deceive patients': US attorney

(Newser) - A Virginia OB-GYN accused of performing unnecessary hysterectomies and other procedures without his patients' consent was sentenced Tuesday to 59 years in prison, following his November conviction on 52 counts of health care fraud and other crimes after a three-week trial, reports the Washington Post . "Justice is done and...

Still Jailed Over Media Leak, Reality Winner Turns to Biden
Reality Winner Wants Biden
Answer on 'Glaring Discrepancy'
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Reality Winner Wants Biden Answer on 'Glaring Discrepancy'

Jailed for leaking intel report, she wants to know why she's behind bars for longer than Russian spy

(Newser) - Reality Winner, who's been behind bars for nearly four years , is set to be released from prison at the end of November, with a chance she could be sent to a halfway house before that. But the 29-year-old Air Force veteran—who leaked a classified National Security Agency report...

He Stole 2 Shirts From Saks, Spent 20 Years in Prison

Guy Frank was sentenced as a multiple offender

(Newser) - Guy Frank walked out of a Saks Fifth Avenue with two shirts he hadn't paid for in September 2000. On Friday, he walked out of a New Orleans prison a free man, having served 20 years for the crime. WDSU reports an arm of the Innocence Project New Orleans...

He Used Bitcoin to Try to Buy Killer Chemical: 'I Plan to Use It Soon'

Jason Siesser of Missouri apparently had had a difficult breakup that may have spurred purchase

(Newser) - A Missouri man was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years behind bars after prosecutors say he tried to buy off the dark web a dangerous chemical weapon that could kill hundreds, using cryptocurrency for his purchase. Per court documents cited in a Justice Department release , Jason William Siesser, now 46, pleaded...

He Called Poland's President a 'Moron,' Now Faces Prison

Writer Jakub Zulczyk apparently violated article making it a crime to insult the head of state

(Newser) - A popular Polish writer is facing a potential sentence of up to three years in prison for calling the nation's president a "moron" on social media, per the AP . Jakub Zulczyk had criticized the manner in which Polish President Andrzej Duda—a close ally of former President Trump—...

TSA Agent Jailed for Making Woman Show Breasts

TSA agent Johnathon Lomeli sentenced to 60 days in jail for LAX stunt in June 2019

(Newser) - A former Transportation Security Administration agent who was accused of tricking a traveler into showing her breasts as she went through security at Los Angeles International Airport pleaded no contest Friday to false imprisonment, authorities said. Johnathon Lomeli entered the plea to a felony count and was sentenced to 60...

She Insulted the King. Now, a Record 43-Year Sentence

Thai ex-civil servant was originally supposed to get 87 years behind bars for violating lese-majeste law

(Newser) - A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced a former civil servant to a record prison term of 43 years and six months for breaching the country's strict law on insulting or defaming the monarchy, lawyers said. The Bangkok Criminal Court found the woman guilty on 29 counts of violating...

Samsung Billionaire's 3 Years of Freedom Are Over

Lee Jae-yong's retrial in S. Korea corruption scandal earns him 2.5 years more in prison

(Newser) - Billionaire Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong was sent back to prison on Monday after a South Korean court handed him a 2.5-year sentence for his involvement in a 2016 corruption scandal that spurred massive protests and ousted South Korea's then-president. In a much-anticipated retrial, the Seoul High Court found...

Citizen Journo Accused of 'Picking Quarrels' Gets 4 Years

Zhang Zhan sentenced in China after reporting on coronavirus from Wuhan

(Newser) - Trying to keep a tight rein on news about COVID within its borders, the Chinese government has detained citizen journalists who've tried to push back on its propaganda regarding the virus. Now, what's believed to be the first sentencing of its kind: that of Zhang Zhan, a former...

His Release Date Was 2419. It Just Got Pushed to Now

'Stunning reprieve' from judge for money launderer Juan Carlos Seresi, serving a 505-year sentence

(Newser) - A money launderer who was sentenced nearly 30 years ago to five centuries behind bars just got what CNN calls a "stunning reprieve." A Los Angeles federal judge decided he should be let out of prison ASAP. US District Court Judge Stephen V. Wilson ruled Thursday that 73-year-old...

Man Gets 25 Years in Prison for Torching Black Churches

Prosecutors: Holden Matthews, 23, burned down 3 La. churches to impress 'black metal' fans

(Newser) - Three Black churches in Louisiana whose roots stretch back to the post-Civil War Reconstruction period were burned to the ground in 2019, and now a 23-year-old white man is being held accountable for what a DOJ official calls "acts of hate." Holden Matthews, who pleaded guilty to three...

Sentencing for Terror Attack Facilitator: 'He Knew Better'

Enrique Marquez gets 20 years in prison for his role in 2015 San Bernardino attack that killed 14

(Newser) - The California man who provided the guns used in the 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting has found out his fate. The San Bernardino Sun reports that 28-year-old Enrique Marquez—who was convicted of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and making a false statement on federal firearms-purchase forms—was...

Ex-Green Berets Get 20 Years in Prison

Luke Denman and Airan Berry allegedly tried to help overthrow a president

(Newser) - A Venezuelan court has sentenced two former US special forces soldiers to 20 years in prison for their part in a blunder-filled beach attack aimed at overthrowing President Nicolás Maduro, the AP reports. Lawyers for the former Green Berets, Luke Denman and Airan Berry, said they were barred from...

Former US Marine Sentenced to 9 Years in Russian Prison

Trevor Reed says he's not guilty

(Newser) - Former US Marine Trevor Reed drank too much vodka at a farewell party in Moscow last summer. Now, he might not be saying farewell to the country until 2029. A Russian court sentenced the Texan to nine years in prison Thursday for allegedly attacking a police officer, just short of...

3 Men Caught, Sentenced Over Infamous Drowning

Turkey sentences them to 125 years each

(Newser) - Turkey has thrown three human traffickers behind bars in the case of a Syrian toddler whose death made headlines around the world, CNN reports. The three organizers, caught by Turkish law enforcement after fleeing the trial, were each sentenced Friday to 125 years in prison. Their crime: "killing with...

Calif. Man Sentenced for Harassing Parkland Families

Brandon Fleury gets 5.5 years for cyberstalking, threats

(Newser) - A 22-year-old California man has been sentenced to 5.5 years in prison for harassing friends and family of victims of the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. Brandon Fleury, a Santa Ana resident, was convicted of three counts of interstate cyberstalking and one count of interstate transmission of a...

Guy Asks Jail Guard to Charge His Phone, Gets 12 Years

Willie Nash calls the sentence 'grossly disproportionate to the crime'

(Newser) - A man arrested on a misdemeanor charge in Mississippi has been sentenced to 12 years for carrying a cellphone in jail, NBC News reports. Willie Nash was found guilty of carrying the contraband in August 2018, and didn't appeal the verdict, but called the sentence "grossly disproportionate to...

Ex-Congressman Sentenced: 'My Life Has Been Shattered'

Chris Collins, first in Congress to endorse Trump, gets 2-plus years for securities fraud, lying to FBI

(Newser) - A former congressman who was one of President Donald Trump’s first supporters was sentenced Friday to two years and two months in federal prison after admitting he helped his son and others dodge $800,000 in stock market losses when he learned that a drug trial by a small...

'Britain's Most Prolific Rapist' Is Sentenced

Reynhard Sinaga gets life sentence; authorities says he may have had 200 victims

(Newser) - A mild-mannered student who prosecutors say led a double life as "Britain's most prolific rapist" has just earned another life sentence. Reynhard Sinaga, 36, has so far been convicted of 136 rapes of men in multiple trials, reports the Guardian . Based on evidence from Sinaga's phone, however,...

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