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Tessa Majors' Parents: It's 'Hard for Friends to Be Around Us'

Luchiano Lewis sentenced Thursday to nine years to life

(Newser) - A 16-year-old has been sentenced to nine years to life in prison after pleading guilty as an adult to the murder and robbery of Barnard College student Tessa Majors. Luchiano Lewis, who was 14 when he participated in the December 2019 stabbing attack in Manhattan's Morningside Park, cried in...

Man Used Fat Suit in Sneak Attack on Ex-Girlfriend
Man Attacked Ex With Acid So
Corrosive It Dissolved Paint

Man Attacked Ex With Acid So Corrosive It Dissolved Paint

Milad Rouf receives 15-year sentence in England

(Newser) - After his girlfriend broke up with him, a British medical student for weeks plotted his revenge. That included making a list of supplies, from a "fat suit," and "black morph suit" to a "wig" and "perfume," per the BBC . Finally, six weeks after the...

Man Going to Prison for Post About COVID, Grocery Stores

He falsely said an infected person was licking groceries

(Newser) - A Texas man who posted a COVID-19 hoax on social media in the weeks after the pandemic was declared will spend the next 15 months in federal prison. FBI agents in San Antonio launched an investigation in April 2020 after authorities were sent a screenshot of a Facebook post in...

Calif. Synagogue Gunman Hears His Fate

John T. Earnest gets life without parole for killing one person, injuring 3 in 2019 Poway shooting

(Newser) - Before John T. Earnest was sentenced Thursday for fatally gunning down one person and injuring three others, including a young girl, in a 2019 shooting at a Southern California synagogue, his lawyer asked if he could make a statement. The response of San Diego Superior Court Judge Peter Deddeh in...

Prosecutor: Sarah Everard's Killer Performed Fake Arrest
Life Will Mean Life for
Sarah Everard Killer

Life Will Mean Life for Sarah Everard Killer

Wayne Couzens given whole-life tariff

(Newser) - Update: Former Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens has been given the longest sentence possible under British law for the murder of Sarah Everard. After a two-day hearing that involved harrowing details of Everard's final hours and devastating victim impact statements from her family, the 48-year-old was sentenced to a...

Woman Gets Jail After 'Twisted' COVID Stunt in Supermarket

Margaret Ann Cirko gets 1 to 2 years for claiming she had virus, coughing on food

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania woman who pleaded guilty to coughing and spitting on food at a supermarket in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced Tuesday to at least a year in jail, per the AP . Margaret Ann Cirko, 37, pleaded guilty in June to a felony count of making...

Witnesses Say Mollie Tibbetts Was at Sex Trafficking House

Cristhian Bahena Rivera's sentencing delayed as attorneys seek new trial

(Newser) - Cristhian Bahena Rivera, convicted of killing Mollie Tibbetts in Brooklyn, Iowa, was supposed to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Thursday. Instead, sentencing will be delayed as a judge hears a motion to throw out his first-degree murder conviction and hold a new trial....

Capitol Rioter's Jail Sentence Is a Wash

Michael Curzio, who joined a white supremacist gang, gets 6 months, has been behind bars that long

(Newser) - A defendant in the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol was given a six-month jail sentence Monday, but because he's been held since the week after the riot, Michael Curzio will go free Wednesday. Judge Carl Nichols said in federal court that he lacked the authority to impose...

He Once Ruled South Africa. Now, a Prison Sentence

High court finds Jacob Zuma in contempt of court in corruption case, gives him 15 months in jail

(Newser) - Jacob Zuma's legal problems just worsened. Last month, the former president of South Africa pleaded not guilty to corruption, fraud, and other charges tied to a multibillion-dollar arms deal in 1999, when he was the deputy president. On Tuesday, the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the nation's highest...

Derek Chauvin Will Learn His Fate Today

Former Minneapolis officer could be sentenced to decades in prison

(Newser) - Derek Chauvin will be sentenced Friday for the murder of George Floyd—and while the former Minneapolis police officer remained silent during his trial, he will have an opportunity to speak before the sentence is delivered. Members of Floyd's family will have the opportunity to give victim impact statements,...

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...

His Mom Voted for Trump. She Died in 2008.

Pa. man gets 5 years of probation for unlawful voting for casting absentee ballot for dead mother

(Newser) - Elizabeth Bartman voted for President Trump in the 2020 election, but there was one problem: She'd been dead since 2008. Now, her son has been sentenced to five years of probation after he confessed to securing an absentee ballot in his mom's name and casting it. The Philadelphia ...

Chauvin Is Isolated in Prison
Chauvin Is
in Prison

Chauvin Is Isolated in Prison

Convicted killer is being kept from other inmates for his safety, officials say

(Newser) - Derek Chauvin will await sentencing in solitary confinement at a Minnesota prison, allowed out of his cell for an hour a day for exercise. The former Minneapolis police officer, convicted Tuesday of murder in the death of George Floyd, will be kept away from other inmates for his safety, the...

After 'Grotesque Test' Kills Elephant Seal, Prison Time

Jordan Gerbich gets 3 months behind bars after he says drunk pal asked him to shoot marine creature

(Newser) - A man will spend three months in prison for shooting an elephant seal in the head . Jordan Gerbich pleaded guilty to one count of illegally taking a marine mammal in December, more than a year after prosecutors said he shot an elephant seal in the head with a .45 caliber...

Husband Who Helped Wife Fake Her Death Learns His Fate
The Evidence Suggested She
Fell From a Cliff. It Was Planted
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The Evidence Suggested She Fell From a Cliff. It Was Planted

Rodney Wheeler gets 8 months of home confinement for helping wife fake death

(Newser) - A West Virginia man will spend eight months in confinement for helping his wife fake her own death. Rodney Wheeler called 911 on May 31, 2020, to report that his wife had fallen from a steep cliff some 1,400 feet above West Virginia's New River. After days of...

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...

Family Confronts Killer Who Shared Photos of Teen's Corpse

Brandon Clark gets 25 years to life for Bianca Devins' 2019 murder

(Newser) - Brandon Clark's choice to upload gruesome photos of the body of a 17-year-old social media personality he'd killed on July 14, 2019, didn't only result in his arrest. At Clark's sentencing hearing on Tuesday, the sister of murder victim Bianca Devins recalled how strangers continually sent...

She Faked a 'Traumatic Death.' That Just 'Made Matters Worse'

W. Va's Julie Wheeler gets year sentence for cliff fall scheme, on top of another sentence of 42 months

(Newser) - She thought she'd avoid jail by faking her death. Instead, she'll spend an extra year behind bars on top of an earlier sentence of 3.5 years. Julie Wheeler—who was found hiding in a closet last spring, days after her husband claimed she'd fallen from a...

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...

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