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Sentences Handed Down in Ohio Bridge Bomb Plot

Sentences Handed Down in Ohio Bridge Bomb Plot

Hemera/Thinkstock(AKRON, Ohio) — Three men convicted of a plot to blow up an Ohio bridge last spring received stiff prison sentences Tuesday in an Akron courtroom.Douglas Wright, the admitted ring leader who goes by the name of “Cyco,” got an 11-year …

Oklahoma Judge Sentences Teen to Church for 10 Years

Oklahoma Judge Sentences Teen to Church for 10 Years

Comstock/Thinkstock(MUSKOGEE, Okla.) — Anybody who knows Oklahoma District Court Judge Mike Norman probably yawned at the news that he’d sentenced a teen offender to attend church as part of his probation arrangement, and that the judge’s …

Hazing Death Plea Gets Leniency, But Not from Victim’s Mom

Hazing Death Plea Gets Leniency, But Not from Victim’s Mom

Champion Family Photo(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — The first of a dozen defendants charged in the hazing death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion appears to have gotten off easy with the judge Monday, but not with Champion’s mother.Champ…

Airline Employee Sentenced to Life for Role in Drug-Smuggling Ring

Airline Employee Sentenced to Life for Role in Drug-Smuggling Ring

United States Attorney’s Office(NEW YORK) — A former American Airlines baggage handler was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison for his role in leading a vast, multi-million dollar drug-smuggling ring known as the “Bourne Organization” and using the…

Texas Mom Who Glued Daughter’s Hands to Wall Gets 99 Years in Prison

Texas Mom Who Glued Daughter’s Hands to Wall Gets 99 Years in Prison

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — The Texas mom who beat her two-year-old daughter and glued her hands to a wall was sentenced Friday to 99 years in prison.Judge Larry Mitchell gave the life sentence to a tearful Elizabeth Escalona, 23, because “you sa…

Jerry Sandusky Sentenced to 30 to 60 Years in Prison

Jerry Sandusky Sentenced to 30 to 60 Years in Prison

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(BELLEFONTE, Pa.) — Jerry Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in prison for the sexual abuse of 10 children after a Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday sentenced him to 30 to 60 years in jail.”I’m not going to sentence you…

Missing Defendant in Texas Gang Rape Case Sentenced to 99 Years

Missing Defendant in Texas Gang Rape Case Sentenced to 99 Years

Hemera/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Authorities in Texas are searching for a convicted rapist who vanished in the middle of his trial and has been sentenced to 99 years in prison.Eric McGowen, 20, was not in court for his conviction or for his sentence on Th…

Wife of Ousted Chinese Leader Receives Suspended Death Sentence

Wife of Ousted Chinese Leader Receives Suspended Death Sentence

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(BEIJING) — Precisely on time and as expected, the Intermediate People’s Court in Hefei, China, announced on Monday that Gu Kailai, the wife of ousted party chief Bo Xilai, received a suspended death sentence for the a…

Amy Senser Sentenced to 41 Months in Hit-and-Run Death

Amy Senser Sentenced to 41 Months in Hit-and-Run Death

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Amy Senser, the wife of former Minnesota Vikings player Joe Senser, claimed to be deeply remorseful after receiving her 41-month prison sentence for killing Anousone Phanthavong in a hit-and-run accident last year.”I’m so…

Grandpa Sentenced to 27 Months for Abusing Grandkids on Hike

Grandpa Sentenced to 27 Months for Abusing Grandkids on Hike

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — A grandfather who was convicted of child abuse after forcing his three grandsons on a hike through the Grand Canyon was sentenced Thursday to 27 months in prison, the minimum punishment possible.Prosecutors said Chris…

Charles Taylor Sentenced to 50 Years for Role in Sierra Leone Crimes

Charles Taylor Sentenced to 50 Years for Role in Sierra Leone Crimes

JERRY LAMPEN/AFP/Getty Images(LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands) — Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years behind bars on Wednesday for his role in the atrocities committed in neighboring Sierra Leone during the country’s decade-lon…

All Three ‘Dougherty Gang’ Siblings Sentenced to Prison Time

All Three ‘Dougherty Gang’ Siblings Sentenced to Prison Time

ABC News(DENVER) — The three “Dougherty gang” siblings, who went on a multi-state crime spree in 2011, were sentenced to prison Monday in Colorado. Among them, they will serve 74 years behind bars.Ryan Dougherty, 22, the last to be sentenced, was give…

Rod Blagojevich Gets in the Last Word Before Heading to Prison

Rod Blagojevich Gets in the Last Word Before Heading to Prison

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — On the verge of spending the next 14 years of his life behind bars, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich told reporters on Wednesday that attempts to overturn his conviction on corruption charges were “not over.”Blago…

Guilty Plea From Mom Whose Son Died After She Left Him in Minivan

Guilty Plea From Mom Whose Son Died After She Left Him in Minivan

Commonwealth of Va Dept of Corrections(PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va.) — Karen Murphy, the Virginia mother who inadvertently left her two-year-old son in her minivan and found him dead hours later, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of misdemeanor child …

Mexican Gang Boss Gets Life Sentence in US Consulate Murders

Mexican Gang Boss Gets Life Sentence in US Consulate Murders

Comstock/Thinkstock(EL PASO, Texas) — A U.S. district judge Wednesday sentenced one of the Mexico’s top gang bosses to life in prison without parole for his role in the March 2010 murders of a U.S. consulate employee and two others.Wednesday in El Pas…

Buried Alive Fiance Gets 20 Years in Prison

Buried Alive Fiance Gets 20 Years in Prison

Hemera/Thinkstock(WEST YORKSHIRE, England) — A man who put his fiancée in a cardboard computer box and tried to bury her alive because he was bored with her was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison.Judge Peter Collier at Leeds Crown Court in …

Joran Van Der Sloot to Be Sentenced in 2010 Peru Murder

Joran Van Der Sloot to Be Sentenced in 2010 Peru Murder

Sebastian Silva/AFP/Getty Images(LIMA, Peru) — Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch national long believed to be responsible for the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, will be sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty to the murder of a Pe…

Joran Van Der Sloot to Be Sentenced in 2010 Peru Murder

Joran Van Der Sloot to Be Sentenced in 2010 Peru Murder

Sebastian Silva/AFP/Getty Images(LIMA, Peru) — Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch national long believed to be responsible for the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, will be sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty to the murder of a Pe…

Natalee Holloway’s Suspected Killer Seeks Deal in Peru

Natalee Holloway’s Suspected Killer Seeks Deal in Peru

Sebastian Silva/AFP/Getty Images(LIMA, Peru) — Joran van der Sloot, accused of murder in Peru and the prime suspect in the disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba, appears to be considering a plea deal that could get him out of prison…

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