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Man Who Sought Revenge at Wrong Home Pleads Guilty

Kevin Bui was accused of setting fire that killed 5 Senegalese family members in Colorado

(Newser) - A Colorado man pleaded guilty Friday to a house fire that killed five members of a Senegalese family in 2020 in a case of misplaced revenge caused by mistakenly tracking his stolen iPhone to the home. Kevin Bui pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder. A plea deal reached...

Bride in Viral Dress Debate: 'My Husband Is Trying to Kill Me'

Keir Johnston pleads guilty to assault on wife Grace Johnston, whom he wed in 2015

(Newser) - A guest at their wedding wore what became the dress that broke the internet . Now their marriage might be broken as well. Keir Johnston, one half of a Scottish couple who appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2015 after a viral debate about color perceptions stemming from a photo...

'Killer Nurse' Hears Her Fate: 'Have Fun With the Devil'

Heather Pressdee gets 3 life sentences for administering excess insulin that led to 17 deaths

(Newser) - No one has to worry about Heather Pressdee ever taking care of a patient again. The 41-year-old dubbed the "killer nurse" by her own colleagues pleaded guilty to murder and other charges on Thursday, avoiding the death penalty but earning herself three consecutive life sentences for first-degree murder, plus...

Former Trump CFO Pleads Guilty to Perjury
Former Trump CFO
Gets Second Jail Term

Former Trump CFO Gets Second Jail Term

Allen Weisselberg will serve 5 months in prison for perjury in his boss' civil fraud trial

(Newser) - Allen Weisselberg, a retired executive in Donald Trump's real estate empire, received his expected sentence of five months in jail Wednesday for lying under oath during the civil fraud lawsuit brought against Trump in New York. Weisselberg pleaded guilty last month to two counts of perjury in connection with...

Allegedly Drunk Pilot Arrested 35 Minutes Before NYC Flight
Scotland Jails US Pilot
Who Tried to Fly Drunk

Scotland Jails US Pilot Who Tried to Fly Drunk

Ex-Delta pilot Lawrence Russell, a recovering alcoholic, will spend 10 months behind bars

(Newser) - A former Delta Air Lines pilot from Georgia will spend 10 months in jail in Scotland for trying to fly a plane across the Atlantic with a blood-alcohol level more than two times the aviation limit. Lawrence Russell Jr., 63, of Fulton County was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty. He'...

Ex-US Ambassador Pleads Guilty to Spying for Cuba

Victor Manuel Rocha, former diplomat to Bolivia, is said to have helped communist nation for decades

(Newser) - For more than four decades, a diplomat working in the US State Department secretly funneled information to Cuba's communist government. That's according to prosecutors, and now to Victor Manuel Rocha himself, a former ambassador to Bolivia who on Thursday switched his initial plea of not guilty to guilty...

Fatal Gender Reveal Stunt Leads to Jail Time

California's Refugio Jimenez Jr. cops to involuntary manslaughter after firefighter died in El Dorado Fire

(Newser) - A man whose family's gender reveal photo shoot sparked a Southern California wildfire that killed a firefighter in 2020 has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. The El Dorado Fire erupted on Sept. 5, 2020, when Refugio Jimenez Jr., Angelina Jimenez, and their young children staged a photo shoot for...

Another Trump Attorney Pleads Guilty in Georgia

Jenna Ellis reaches a deal with prosecutors over 2020 election

(Newser) - Jenna Ellis, an attorney and prominent conservative media figure, reached a deal with prosecutors Tuesday and pleaded guilty to reduced charges over efforts to overturn Donald Trump's 2020 election loss in Georgia, per the AP . Ellis, the fourth defendant in the case to enter into a plea deal, was...

Ex-Cop Who Sexually Assaulted Dozens Hears His Fate

Former Philly police officer Patrick Heron, 54, is sentenced to 15 to 40 years in state prison

(Newser) - A former Philadelphia police officer has been sentenced to 15 to 40 years in state prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting women and girls—often while in uniform and in the back of his police vehicle, per the AP . Patrick Heron, 54, entered his pleas Friday after reaching an...

Sidney Powell Takes a Plea, Must Apologize to Georgians

She gets 6 years of probation, must testify in the election interference case

(Newser) - Lawyer Sidney Powell pleaded guilty to reduced charges Thursday over efforts to overturn former President Donald Trump's loss in the 2020 election in Georgia, becoming the second defendant in the sprawling case to reach a deal with prosecutors. Powell, who was charged alongside Trump and 17 others with violating...

Pair Accused of Trafficking Sea Cucumbers Could Get 25 Years

Zunyu Zhao, Xionwei Xiao plead guilty to illegal importation of endangered species worth $10K

(Newser) - Wildlife traffickers pleaded guilty this week in federal court in California to illegally importing endangered sea cucumbers—which are prized in China for food and medicine and as a reputed aphrodisiac—from Mexico. Zunyu Zhao and Xionwei Xiao were charged with conspiracy and illegal importation of brown sea cucumbers worth...

Prosecutors Are Breaking Deal, Hunter Biden Tells Judge

Disagreement involves a gun diversion program

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors are trying to back out of a critical provision in his plea deal with them, Hunter Biden told a court. The agreement appeared to fall apart when a judge declined to approve it last month. In a filing Friday, prosecutors said that there is no deal anymore and...

Feds: Twitter Hacker Left 'Impressive Trail of Destruction'

UK man pleads guilty to scheme that targeted accounts of 130-plus names, including Musk, Biden

(Newser) - A UK man arrested in Spain two summers ago and accused of hacking into the Twitter accounts of some big names—including the current owner of the platform himself—has pleaded guilty to the plot, which also involved the theft of a hefty amount of crypto. On Tuesday, the US...

Former UConn Student Pleads Guilty to 2020 Murder

Peter Manfredonia faces 55-year sentence

(Newser) - Former University of Connecticut student Peter Manfredonia has pleaded guilty to crimes including murder and home invasion in connection with a crime spree that killed two people in 2020. Authorities say the 26-year-old will be sentenced to 55 years in prison under a deal agreed to by families and surviving...

Despite Lies, Man Who Killed Gone Girl Actor Gets Light Sentence

Brian Boyd struck Lisa Banes on a New York street

(Newser) - The man who hit Gone Girl actor Lisa Banes with his moped on a New York street, killing her, was on Wednesday sentenced to one to three years behind bars, the New York Daily News reports. Brian Boyd had pleaded guilty to manslaughter in September, but prosecutors said that after...

Buffalo Gunman Admits Supermarket Massacre

He pleads guilty for life in prison, faces possible death sentence on federal charges

(Newser) - The white gunman who massacred 10 Black shoppers and workers at a Buffalo supermarket pleaded guilty Monday to murder and hate-motivated terrorism charges, guaranteeing that he'll spend the rest of his life in prison, per the AP . Payton Gendron, 19, entered the plea Monday in a courthouse roughly 2...

Ex-Officer Pleads Guilty in George Floyd Killing

Former Minneapolis cop J. Alexander Kueng admits aiding and abetting charge

(Newser) - A former Minneapolis police officer pleaded guilty Monday to aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd, just as jury selection was about to begin, per the AP . Another former officer waived his right to a jury trial, setting up an unusual proceeding in which the judge...

Michigan School Shooter Admits What He Did

Ethan Crumbley pleads guilty, faces life in prison

(Newser) - A teenager pleaded guilty Monday to terrorism and first-degree murder in a Michigan school shooting that killed four students and put an extraordinary focus on the boy's home life and the alleged role of his parents in the tragedy, per the AP . Ethan Crumbley pleaded guilty to all 24...

American Driver Admits Role in UK Teen's Death

Anne Sacoolas pleads guilty from the US, is unlikely to spend any time behind bars

(Newser) - Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a US diplomat, has admitted to causing the death of teen motorcyclist Harry Dunn while driving on the wrong side of the road in the UK in 2019. Dunn's parents fought to have Sacoolas returned to the UK to face justice after she fled...

Cardi B Pleads Guilty in Strip Club Fights

Deal calls for 15 days of community service

(Newser) - Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B resolved a yearslong criminal case stemming from a pair of brawls at New York City strip clubs by pleading guilty Thursday in a deal that requires her to perform 15 days of community service. The 29-year-old "WAP" singer agreed to a conditional discharge just as...

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