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In College Admissions Brouhaha, the Longest Sentence Yet

Toby MacFarlane gets 6 months behind bars in California

(Newser) - Felicity Huffman has served her time , Lori Loughlin awaits her own fate, and an ex-California real estate executive has been hit with the longest prison sentence yet in the college admissions scandal . Per NBC News , six months behind bars was the sentence given Wednesday to Toby MacFarlane, 56, who was... More »

He Tried 'to Kill as Many People as Possible.' Now, His Fate

Salih Khater gets life in prison after plowing his car into crowd outside UK Parliament, injuring 3

(Newser) - A man who deliberately drove his car into several people outside Britain's Parliament in a bid "to kill as many people as possible" was sentenced Monday to life imprisonment for attempted murder. During a hearing at London's Central Criminal Court, Judge Maura McGowan said Salih Khater must... More »

CEO, Wife Get Jail Time in College Admissions Scandal

Gregory and Marcia Abbott to each spend month in prison after paying $125K to fix daughter's tests

(Newser) - As Felicity Huffman prepares for her 14-day stay behind bars at the end of the month, more sentences are rolling in for the college admissions bribery scandal—and this time, it's both members of a couple who will see jail time. Gregory Abbott, the CEO of International Dispensing Corp.... More »

Victim's Brother: This Is Why I Hugged the Shooter

Brandt Jean talks about his now-famous embrace with Amber Guyger

(Newser) - Feelings are "mixed" about the "remarkable" hug that the younger brother of Botham Jean gave to Amber Guyger at her sentencing hearing, per the Jean family attorney, but one person who's sure that what he did was right is Brandt Jean, ABC News reports. The 18-year-old made... More »

Man to Be Freed After Serving 36 Years for Stealing $50

Alabama man was sentenced to life without parole

(Newser) - An Alabama man who has served close to 36 years in prison for robbing a bakery with a pocket knife will be free within days. Alvin Kennard was 22 when he was sentenced to life without parole for the 1983 crime, in which nobody was injured and he made off... More »

Cult Leader Pushed Followers to 'Paradise.' Only It Wasn't

Shin Ok-ju jailed 6 years for assault, child abuse

(Newser) - A doomsday cult leader who told followers they could avoid impending war with an escape to Fiji has been jailed for six years. In 2014, some 400 people followed South Korea's Shin Ok-ju to what she claimed was "the only paradise land written in the Bible" and a... More »

Parents Learn Painful Detail as Daughter's Killer Sentenced

Shaun Gallon gets 3 life sentences in 2004 Jenner murders

(Newser) - "I snapped." With that, a California man admitted to the murders of an engaged couple shot in the head at close range as they slept on a beach in Jenner 15 years ago. The 2004 murders stumped law enforcement for more than a decade before a now-40-year-old survivalist... More »

Teacher Sentenced for Sex With 13-Year-Old

Brittany Zamora lashed out in a written statement

(Newser) - An Arizona teacher was sentenced Friday to 20 years behind bars—the lightest possible punishment—for having sex with a 13-year-old student, the Arizona Republic reports. Brittany Zamora, 28, expressed remorse in the Maricopa County courtroom, but her attorney appeared to blame the boy in a news conference after the... More »

Sundance Co-Founder Hears His Fate for Child Sex Abuse

Sterling Van Wagenen, 72, pleaded guilty to touching girl twice, gets at least 6 years in prison

(Newser) - A filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced a movie whose lead actress won an Oscar in the mid-1980s was sentenced Tuesday to at least six years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of a child. The judge who delivered the sentence of six years to... More »

She Lived 20 Years. Now Her Friend Will Go to Jail for 21

Emma Semler left Jennifer Werstler to die of heroin overdose

(Newser) - Tears flowing down her cheeks, Emma Semler turned to the family of a deceased friend and mouthed the words, "I'm sorry." The mother of Jennifer Werstler—who died of a heroin overdose on the floor of a KFC bathroom on her 20th birthday in 2014—wasn't... More »

He Admitted Killing His Wife at Sea. Now He Learns His Fate

Lewis Bennett to be reunited with daughter in 8 years

(Newser) - He faced up to eight years in prison, and that's what he got. Lewis Bennett—who admitted to involuntary manslaughter in the May 2017 death of his wife at sea, three months after their wedding—received eight years in federal prison at his Tuesday sentencing in Miami, reports ABC... More »

YouTube Star Hears Fate on 'Extraordinarily Serious Offenses'

Austin Jones, 26, gets 10 years in prison on child pornography charges

(Newser) - A YouTube star who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges has found out what price he'll pay for it. BuzzFeed reports Austin Jones, 26, was sentenced Friday to 10 years behind bars in federal prison after he admitted to convincing six young teens to send him sexually explicit videos... More »

Alleged Russian Agent Maria Butina Learns Her Fate

She'll serve 9 more months in prison before deportation

(Newser) - "I came here to better my life to get a degree," Maria Butina told a US federal court on Friday. "Now I'm a convicted felon with no money, no job, and no freedom." The Russian gun rights activist was sentenced to 18 months in prison... More »

Pair Who Enslaved Girl for 16 Years Learn Their Fate

Husband, wife in Texas each sentenced to 7 years

(Newser) - A husband and wife in Texas have each been sentenced to seven years in prison for enslaving a Guinean girl for 16 years. Mohamed Toure and Denise Cros-Toure, both 58, could be deported to their native Guinea as a result of Monday's decision, which also requires that they pay... More »

Man Who Tossed Daughter Off Bridge Learns His Fate

A Florida jury sentences John Jonchuck

(Newser) - A Florida jury on Tuesday found a man guilty of first-degree murder for dropping his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge four years ago, despite arguments from his attorneys that he was insane and thought his actions would actually save her, the AP reports. He was automatically sentenced to life in... More »

Kids Stand by Dad Convicted of Killing Their Millionaire Mom

Roderick Covlin's daughter calls him 'one of the most caring and loving people I know'

(Newser) - In killing his millionaire wife for her fortune, Roderick Covlin used a chokehold so tight he broke a bone in her neck. He then left the body in the bathtub of the couple's Upper West Side, Manhattan, home for his 9-year-old daughter to find. Later, he'd pose as... More »

Pledge Died After a Frat Party. Now Come the Jail Sentences

Dad of late Timothy Piazza: Men were 'individual players in a larger cast, but they knew the script'

(Newser) - Sentencing day has come and gone for four ex-fraternity brothers at Penn State tied to the death of a 19-year-old pledge. Per the Centre Daily Times , Michael Bonatucci, Luke Visser, and Joshua Kurczewski were sentenced Tuesday by Centre County Judge Brian Marshall to minimums behind bars ranging from 30 days... More »

Teen Who Pushed Friend Off Bridge Is Going to Jail

Prosecutors had recommended home detention

(Newser) - A teenager who pushed her friend off a 60-foot bridge in Washington state last summer is going to jail despite a deal with prosecutors. Tay'Lor Smith, 19, was ordered by Clark County District Court Judge Darvin Zimmerman to spend two days in jail and 38 days on a county... More »

Teen Who Planned School Massacre Learns His Fate

Wash. teen turned in by grandma gets 22 years

(Newser) - A Washington state teenager reported to authorities by his grandmother after she saw plans for a school massacre has been sentenced to 22 years in prison. Everett resident Joshua O'Connor, 19, pleaded guilty in December to charges including attempted first-degree murder and possession of an explosive device, KOMO reports.... More »

Judge Sentences Women for Leaving Jugs of Water

The humanitarian-aid workers each get 15 months of probation

(Newser) - Four women who left food and water for migrants in a deadly border area have been sentenced by a federal judge, the Arizona Republic reports. US Magistrate Judge Bernando Velasco sentenced them Friday to 15 months of unsupervised probation and a $250 fine, on charges of abandonment of property and... More »

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