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    SANTA ROSA — A Santa Rosa man was sentenced to 15 years to life for the stabbing murder of a cannabis grower, the Sonoma County District Attorney said on Friday. Carlos Martinez-Carceres, 23, originally from El Salvador, got into an argument with the victim in November of 2019 after he arrived at his home to purchase marijuana, prosecutors said. The victim Howard Quick, 55, was subsequently stabbed more than 30 times. His life partner found him dead on the kitchen floor. Related Articles Crime and Public Safety | Two slain in Oakland shootings Crime and Public Safety | 26-year-old man will spend decades in prison for fentanyl death of a teen, child sex assault Crime and Public Safety | DNA helps investigators ID another victim of convicted California serial killer Crime and Public Safety | Kaitlin Armstrong pleads not guilty in connection with death of elite cyclist Mo Wilson Crime and Public Safety | Suspect in fatal California officer shooting wanted out of Mongols, friends say Martinez-Carceres stole money...
    Share this: An East Flatbush man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for fatally shooting a 23-year-old man during an argument outside of the defendant’s family’s home in 2019. District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said, “This senseless act of violence took the life of a young man. The defendant’s guilty plea and today’s sentence hold him accountable for his actions and offer a measure of justice for the victim’s loved ones. We will not tolerate gun violence in the streets of Brooklyn.”  Gonzalez identified the defendant as Taliby Kaba, 24, of East Flatbush. He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Dena E. Douglas to 15 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision. The defendant pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter on March 31, 2022.
    A Japanese appellate court ruled that a U.S. naval officer will have to serve the prison sentence handed down to him for a fatal crash. Lt. Ridge Hanneman Alkonis was driving on May 29, 2021, about two hours from Yokosuka Naval Base when he hit pedestrians and parked cars outside a restaurant. The crash resulted in the deaths of an 85-year-old woman, and her 54-year-old son-in-law died days later. Others were injured. IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL FACES UNCERTAIN FUTURE AS TEHRAN SELLS WEAPONS TO RUSSIA “The appeal of this case is dismissed,” the Tokyo High Court Judge Akira Ando said on Wednesday, according to Stars and Stripes. “This is a case which is sufficient to consider a prison sentence.” The three-judge panel considered Alkonis’s remorse, the $1.6 million he paid to the victims’ families, and the fact that he has three children himself and still decided the weight of his crimes warranted him serving his sentence. He was a weapons officer at Yokosuka on the USS Benfold and remained on duty while free on bail pending the outcome of the appeal....
    A Maryland man will spend years behind bars after driving with a host of drugs in his system, crashing, and killing his passenger in Harford County, the State’s Attorney’s Office announced. Essex resident Joshua Zimmerman, 32, was sentenced to seven years in prison, followed by five years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter and other charges in June. On Dec. 27, 2020, at approximately 7:40 a.m, a Maryland Department of Natural Resources Officer was heading to work when he observed a Ford pickup truck that was laying on its side near 3440 Conowingo Road in the Village of Street, Harford State’s Attorney Albert Peisinger, Jr., said. When the officer stopped at the scene to investigate, he found Zimmerman exiting from the driver's side of the truck, and the victim, Regina Welch, was unresponsive on the side of the road after being ejected from the vehicle. She was airlifted to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma by helicopter and pronounced dead two days later on Dec. 29, 2020. During the investigation into the crash, state police troopers...
    A 50-year-old man from Clementon has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2018 fatal shooting of a Camden man, authorities said. On Thursday, June 9, Jermaine Venable was sentenced by Camden County Superior Court Judge Gwendolyn Blue, according to Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay and Camden County Police Chief Gabriel Rodriguez. On Feb. 23, Venable was found guilty on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, second-degree aggravated assault, and weapons offenses, they said. On July 18, 2018, the defendant shot and killed 18-year-old Jonathan Rojas and injured then 18-year-old Devon Fisher of Glassboro while they were inside a parked vehicle at 4th Street and Kaighn Avenue in Camden, they said. Venable was arrested that same day at 8th and Thurman Streets in Camden. This case was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Keith Carmy of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit. This case was a joint investigation by CCPO Homicide Unit Sergeant Matthew Barber, Sergeant Marcelle LaCroix of the CCPO Crime Scene Unit and Camden County Metro Police Department Detective Sean Miller.
    BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4) — Octavis Styles was sentenced Monday to 32 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections for the three shots he fired from a handgun during a March 2020 marijuana deal in Aurora. A press release from the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office stated that Styles and a companion, Thomas Boles, entered the East 16th Avenue apartment. They intended to purchase pot. Inside, they had a short conversation with apartment resident Surajadin Ahmed, 22. Octavis Desmond Styles was named a suspect in the fatal shooting two months after the incident. (credit: Aurora Police Department) Ahmed then excused himself and entered a bathroom, closing the door behind him. Not long after, Styles and Boles pulled out handguns, according to the DA’s Office, and threatened the other people in the apartment. Styles fired three shots through the bathroom door before he and Boles grabbed several large bags of marijuana and ran from the apartment. Ahmed was hit in the back, stomach and leg. He died at a local hospital. “This was a brutal, senseless killing which defies explanation,” said District...
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    WASCO — Oh, what a difference a year makes. On April 21, 2021, Andrew Hall was a Contra Costa Sheriff’s deputy with the dubious distinction of being the county’s first law enforcement professional ever charged in an on-duty shooting, the killing of Newark resident Laudemer Arboleda during a November 2018 slow speed police chase in Danville. He remained employed despite the pending manslaughter and assault charges, with his attorneys predicting he would return to work after his acquittal. Just one day before the charges announced, Hall’s boss, Sheriff David Livingston, announced at a Board of Supervisors meeting that Hall had been cleared in the March 2021 killing of Tyrell Wilson in Danville, and that he planned to return Hall to work. Now, Hall is inmate number BS0253, following his 2021 trial and conviction of assault with a firearm. Though Judge Terri Mockler formally sentenced Hall to six years on March 4, he remained in the county jail for six weeks. On April 22, almost exactly a year after being charged, Hall was transferred to the state prison system. Hall is...
    (CNN)Kathy Boudin, a 1960s radical who was a member of the militant leftist group Weather Underground and who was imprisoned for her involvement in a fatal robbery, has died at the age of 78, according to her son, Chesa Boudin, San Francisco's District Attorney.Boudin died on Sunday with Chesa and her life partner, David Gilbert, by her side, according to a statement from Columbia University's Center for Justice, which she co-founded. She had been battling cancer for many years.In 1981, Boudin and Gilbert participated in the robbery of an armored Brinks truck in Nyack, New York, because they were trying to raise money for Black revolutionary organizations, the statement said.Boudin said she merely served as a decoy and never had a gun, pleaded guilty to a single felony charge and was sentenced to 20 years to life. She was released in 2003 after serving 22 years. "My mom fought cancer for seven years in her unshakably optimistic and courageous way," her son said. "She always ended phone calls with a laugh, a habit acquired during the 22 years of her...
    A drug dealer from Burlington County has been sentenced to 12 years in New Jersey state prison for causing the death of a customer to whom she sold fentanyl-laced heroin, authorities said. Shannon McGuigan, 36, of Pemberton Township must serve 85 percent of the term before becoming eligible for parole under the sentence handed down Friday, April 29 in Superior Court in Mount Holly, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina. McGuigan was found guilty in March of strict liability for a drug-induced death and several other drug charges, Coffina said. In a separate case, McGuigan pleaded guilty Friday to a single count of cocaine possession, for which she'll serve a four-year sentence concurrently, the prosecutor said. “We appreciate the Court recognizing the seriousness of the defendant’s crime and we hope that a significant sentence like this one will give people pause about selling dangerous drugs to others,” Coffina said.  An investigation began on May 30, 2017, after the decedent, 25, was discovered in her Pemberton Township home by her mother. An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian...
    A drug dealer from Burlington County has been sentenced to 12 years in New Jersey state prison for causing the death of a customer to whom she sold fentanyl-laced heroin, authorities said. Shannon McGuigan, 36, of Pemberton Township must serve 85 percent of the term before becoming eligible for parole under the sentence handed down Friday, April 29 in Superior Court in Mount Holly, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina. McGuigan was found guilty in March of strict liability for a drug-induced death and several other drug charges, Coffina said. In a separate case, McGuigan pleaded guilty Friday to a single count of cocaine possession, for which she'll serve a four-year sentence concurrently, the prosecutor said. “We appreciate the Court recognizing the seriousness of the defendant’s crime and we hope that a significant sentence like this one will give people pause about selling dangerous drugs to others,” Coffina said.  An investigation began on May 30, 2017, after the decedent, 25, was discovered in her Pemberton Township home by her mother. An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian...
    MIAMI (CBS Miami) — Three Florida correctional officers were denied bond Friday in Miami-Dade County court, one day after being charged with the murder of a handcuffed prisoner who had thrown urine at one of the officers. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Ronald Connor, 24, Christopher Rolon, 29, and Kirk Walton, 34, were in the midst of transferring the inmate from a cell in the mental health unit of a Miami-Dade County prison to a north Florida prison on Feb. 14. However, prior to being removed from his cell, the inmate threw urine on one officer. As a result, they handcuffed him and beat him, the department said. READ MORE: Violent Hallandale Beach Crash, Six Injured“After the inmate was removed, even though he was in handcuffs and compliant with officer commands, agents say the officers began to beat him. The inmate was beaten so badly he had to be carried to the transport van,” the department said. The inmate, who was not identified, was then “placed in a secure compartment by himself,” in the van. READ MORE:...
    A 56-year-old man from Galloway Township has been sentenced to 10 years in New Jersey state prison for selling a fatal overdose of heroin laced with fentanyl, authorities said. Brian Whitted was convicted for strict liability for a drug-related death in connection with the 2018 fatal overdose of 59-year-old Anthony Tamburelli, according to Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill. Whitted also pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to distribute heroin with co-defendant Emery Chapman. On Dec. 17, 2018, Galloway police found Tamburelli, dead in his residence from a drug overdose. A police investigation revealed that Whitted and Chapman sold Tamburelli the fatal combination of heroin and fentanyl, Shill said. This is an investigation by the Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office with the assistance of the Galloway Township Police Department. Assistant Prosecutor Allison L. Eiselen represents the state.
    A 31-year-old man from Essex County has been sentenced to 10 years in New Jersey state prison in connection with a fatal collision with a motorcycle, authorities said. Richard Diaz, 51, of Brooklyn was killed in the crash in Middlesex County, according to  Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Thomas Bryan of the Edison Police Department  Roland Q. Lyles, of East Orange, who was driving a Nissan Sentra, was found to be driving while intoxicated, they said. The crash occurred on Route 1 North in Edison at 2:19 a.m. on June 27, 2020. An investigation by Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and Captain Dominick Masi of the Edison Police Department determined that Lyles was traveling northbound on Route 1 near Grandview Avenue. Diaz was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick following the crash. He died on June 30, 2020, from his injuries. Lyles was subsequently charged with and pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated, Ciccone and Bryan said.
    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) — Samuel Birch was sentenced Friday to life in prison for the Thanksgiving 2020 murder of 24-year-old Mauricio Omar Perez, a gas station clerk whom Birch shot after asking for a pack of cigarettes and money from the convenience store’s register. “Dude, it’s going to be you, your stomach, or the money” Birch told Perez, according to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. “I can shoot you when I leave or I can shoot you right now.” (credit: Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office) Perez complied with Birch’s demands, but Birch responded with “thank you” and shot the clerk in the stomach before leaving the store. Perez died during surgery. (credit: Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office) Birch, 32, was convicted by a jury in March of two first degree murder charges, two counts of aggravated robbery, and one count of tampering with evidence. Friday, Judge Ryan Stuart sentenced 32 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections for the robbery counts, 18 months for the tampering, and life in prison for the murder convictions, per online court records. Samuel Birch (credit:...
    (CBS DETROIT) — A 22-year-old woman is sentenced to 20 years in prison for the stabbing death of another woman on the Isabella Reservation in Mt. Pleasant. Federal officials say Kaden Elizabeth Gilbert, Blanchard was sentenced after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. READ MORE: Detroit Woman Uses Late Mother's Lottery Numbers, Wins $150K Powerball Prize“My office extends its deepest condolences to the family of the victim in this case,” stated U.S. Attorney Ison. “It is our sincerest hope that this sentence brings a measure of justice to the victim’s family and friends.” Court records show that in November 2020, Gilbert went to the victim’s home and intentionally stabbed her, severing a femoral artery. The victim, identified as Nangonhs Massey, died after losing a significant amount of blood. READ MORE: Michigan Sees Slight Increase In COVID NumbersThe case went to federal court because the stabbing occurred on an American Indian reservation. “The FBI is committed to serving and protecting members of the Native American community – especially when they are victimized on Tribal land,” said Special Agent in Charge James A....
    CARMICHAEL (CBS13) — On Friday, Stephen Jackson was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison for a fatal stabbing that took place in Carmichael. Jackson was convicted of the first-degree murder of Jaitu Keys on March 4, 2022. READ MORE: Proposed Bonus Credits Would Double Recycling Refunds For CaliforniansThe original incident took place on November 9, 2019, at which point Jackson and a friend attended a high school football game together. READ MORE: 'You Don't Know What He's Capable Of': West Sacramento Midnight Prowler Has Neighbors On EdgeAfter the game, Jackson hid a GPS tracking device in the trunk of his friend’s car when she declined to come inside his house after the game. The friend left and picked up the victim, Jaitu Keys, in her car at which point Jackson, who had followed them, smashed the passenger window and stabbed the victim four times, including once in the heart. MORE NEWS: $45 Gift Cards Offered In Calaveras County For Vaccination BoostersThe friend then drove the victim to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
    A 63-year-old man from the Jersey Shore has been sentenced to six years in state prison for leaving the scene of a fatal crash, authorities said. Kevin Noonan, of Manchester, was sentenced on Friday, April 1, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer. The hit-and-run crash on April 13, 2021, killed Jack Gotfried, 69, of Whiting, after Noonan loaded furniture onto his pickup truck, the prosecutor said. Additionally, Superior Court Judge Lisa A. Puglisi suspended Noonan’s driving privileges for two years and fined him $2,500 on his previously entered guilty of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash resulting in death. On April 13, 2021, at approximately 3:45 p.m., Manchester police responded to a residence on Yorktowne Parkway in Whiting for a report of a pedestrian having been struck by a motor vehicle. Police found Gotfried laying in the roadway with traumatic injuries to his lower extremities. Gotfried was flown to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead, Billhimer said. An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit and Manchester police revealed...
    A drug dealer from Trenton has been sentenced to 12 years in New Jersey state prison for causing the death of a South Jersey man who fatally overdosed on fentanyl. Marvin Montoya, 35, must serve 85 percent of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina. Montoya pleaded guilty in January to strict liability for drug-induced death, Coffina said. “Fentanyl continues to take a horrendous toll on the residents of Burlington County,” Coffina said.  An investigation began after the victim, 23-year-old Michael Williams, was discovered by a relative in their Browns Mills home the morning of August 11, 2020, after he failed to get up for work, Coffina said. The investigation revealed that Williams had previously traveled to Trenton and purchased the drugs from Montoya in the city’s North Ward, the prosecutor said. An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood determined that Williams died of fentanyl toxicity. Montoya was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Laura Heisman. The investigation was conducted by the Pemberton Township Police Department, with assistance from the BCPO...
    A Hudson Valley man will spend up to five years in state prison for the shooting death of another man. Rockland County resident Collyer Goodman, age 20, of Valley Cottage, was sentenced on Thursday, Feb. 17, said Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh. Goodman, who had pleaded guilty to the charges of manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon, was 18 years old at the time he killed Darien Brydie, age 21, of Country Club Hills, Illinois in August 2020 in the village of Nyack, officials said. According to the DA's Office, on Sunday, August 23, 2020, Goodman was sitting in the rear right passenger seat of a vehicle, he proceeded to pull the trigger on his loaded 9mm gun, the bullet would travel through the seat striking Brydie who died minutes later from his injuries. “On August 23, 2020, a young man’s life was tragically ended by a senseless act of gun violence. My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Darien Byrdie, their lives will never be the same," said Walsh. Goodman was sentenced to one to three years in prison...
    RAPID CITY, S.D. — An 18-year-old Rapid City man has been sentenced to 40 years in state prison for a fatal shooting in 2018. A judge Monday sentenced Ronald Black Cloud in the death of 43-year-old Nathan Graham. Black Cloud was found guilty last October of second-degree murder for shooting Graham in the head, the Rapid City Journal reported. (United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois) Black Cloud was sentenced under a set of rules that prohibit minors from being sent to prison for life without a chance of parole. He was 14 when the crime was committed. According to Pennington County State’s Attorney Mark Vargo, Black Cloud cannot be given a life sentence without parole due to a series of U.S. Supreme Court rulings that indicated how minors charged as adults can be sentenced. South Dakota state law has changed to align with these rulings. Black Cloud will receive about 3 1/2 years of credit for time he has spent in the county jail. Ross Johnson, who told Black Cloud to shoot Graham, was sentenced...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A man was sentenced to life in prison for shooting and killing a man in the Hill District. READ MORE: Neary 100 Flights Canceled At Pittsburgh International Airport As Winter Storm Moves Across AreaJalaspian Charles was convicted of first-degree murder, recklessly endangering another person and a firearms violation in Isaac Harrison’s death. A judge ordered him to serve life in prison plus an additional 2 to 4 years. (Source: Pittsburgh Police) READ MORE: Live Winter Storm Tracker: Trifecta Of Rain, Ice, And Snow Expected To Arrive Throughout Western Pa.The shooting happened on Memorial Day along Chauncey Drive in 2019. Investigators said a small fight broke out before escalating into gunfire. Harrison was taken to the hospital and later died, police said. MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Weather: Glaze Of Ice Expected As Freezing Rain Begins To FallCharles was arrested in Denver a few months after the shooting.
    A convicted felon from Fairfield County serving federal prison time for a string of armed robberies in Connecticut has been indicted, again -- this time in a drunken-driving crash that killed a college senior nine years ago, NJ Advance Media reported. The DWI case has taken many twists and turns: Derrick D. Gilliam, age 35, won an appeal of his homicide conviction last January on the grounds that police took an unwarranted draw of his blood at the hospital after the fatal crash, the outlet said. Matthew Uhl, age 22, of Little Egg Harbor, was just two weeks away from graduating from Rowan College in New Jersey when he was allegedly struck by Gilliam while walking with friends near Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity in Glassboro on April 12, 2013, according to multiple media reports. Currently, Gilliam, of Bridgeport, is serving 10 years in federal prison for seven armed robberies one year after the fatal crash.  Gilliam and others were convicted of robbing banks, a CVS pharmacy, a Mobil gas station, and a Residence Inn hotel in Connecticut, according to federal...
    A 22-year-old man from Central Jersey has been sentenced to seven years in New Jersey state prison in connection with the death of another motorist while driving while intoxicated, authorities said. Arsalan Gul of Edison was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated in New Brunswick in a three-car crash that killed Brian O’Donnell, 32, of Robbinsville, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office. On Oct. 1, 2020, at approximately 11:30 p.m., New Brunswick police responded to a motor vehicle crash on Route 1. An investigation by Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and Officer Peter Maroon of the New Brunswick Police Department determined that Gul who was driving an Infiniti sedan, crashed into a Honda Civic, disabling it in the roadway where it was struck by another vehicle. The driver of the Civic, O’Donnell, was pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Gul must serve 85% of his sentence, approximately six years, before he is eligible for parole, the prosecutor's office said.  Upon his release, Gul will be subject to a twelve-year loss of license.
    A convicted felon serving federal prison time for a string of armed robberies in Connecticut has been indicted, again -- this time in a drunken-driving crash that killed a Rowan University senior nine years ago, NJ Advance Media reported. The DWI case has taken many twists and turns: Derrick D. Gilliam, 35, won an appeal of his homicide conviction last January on the grounds that police took an unwarranted draw of his blood at the hospital after the fatal crash, the outlet said. Matthew Uhl, 22, of Little Egg Harbor, was just two weeks away from college graduation when he was allegedly struck by Gilliam while walking with friends near Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity in Glassboro on April 12, 2013, according to multiple media reports. Currently, Gilliam, of Bridgeport, CT, is serving 10 years in federal prison for seven armed robberies one year after the fatal crash.  Gilliam and others were convicted of robbing banks, a CVS pharmacy, a Mobil gas station and a Residence Inn hotel in Connecticut, according to federal prosecutors. Gilliam was sentenced for those crimes in 2016....
    Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday reduced the sentence from 110 years to 10 years for the former truck driver convicted of causing a 2019 fatal crash that killed four people. Polis called the sentence imposed on Rogel Aguilera-Mederos[cq comment=”cq” ] “highly atypical and unjust” in his Thursday letter announcing the commutation. Aguilera-Mederos, 26, will be eligible for parole Dec. 30, 2026. “You were sentenced to 110 years in prison, effectively more than a life sentence, for a tragic but unintentional act,” Polis wrote in the letter. “While you are not blameless, your sentence is disproportionate compared with many other inmates in our criminal justice system who committed intentional, premeditated, or violent crimes.” The decision comes after the 110-year sentence imposed two weeks ago drew nationwide outrage and more than 5 million people signed a petition calling on the governor to reduce the sentence. The outcry prompted First Judicial District Attorney Alexis King, whose office prosecuted the case, requested that the judge reconsider the sentence. First Judicial District Court Judge Bruce Jones granted the request and scheduled a Jan. 13...
    About 100 people rallied at the Colorado State Capitol on Wednesday in support of clemency for the truck driver who was sentenced to more than a century in prison last week, with many in the crowd hoping to continue the movement’s mounting momentum. “This type of injustice has to stop,” said Leonard Martinez, an attorney for the trucker’s family. “It has to stop at every level. It starts with legislation, it starts with the district attorney’s offices and it starts with our judges. We cannot stop until this system has been changed.” Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, was sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 110 years in prison after he was convicted of 27 crimes after he lost his brakes while driving a semitrailer on Interstate 70 in Colorado’s high country in 2019. Aguilera-Mederos passed by a runaway truck ramp designed to stop out-of-control semis and instead crashed into stopped traffic in Lakewood, killing four people in a fiery 28-car pileup. The 110-year sentence drew immediate criticism, and calls for clemency have spread nationwide in the nine days since the sentencing. “I...
    An 18-year-old from Northern Westchester who admitted to stabbing two teenagers, one of whom died during a fight that started on social media, will spend time in prison, the District Attorney’s Office announced. Peekskill resident Matthew Torres has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter and assault earlier this year. In addition to his time behind bars, Torres was also sentenced to five years of post-release supervision. Torres had faced up to 25 years in prison. Rocah said that a dispute that started through social media involving several people led to them making a plan to fight in person on Nov. 28 last year.  The nature of the initial argument between the groups online has never been released. According to Rocah, Torres and the others met at the China Pier in Peekskill, where the fight began. During the course of the fight, Torres, who was 17 years old at the time, stabbed area resident Joaquin Salazar multiple times and Alexis Leon once before fleeing the scene on foot. Salazar was treated and died as a result...
    A 30-year-old Trenton drug dealer has been sentenced to eight years in New Jersey state prison for the death of a 22-year-old Burlington County woman who fatally overdosed on fentanyl-laced heroin, authorities said. Daquan Marshall, 30, of Trenton, must serve more than six years and nine months before he is eligible for parole, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said.  Marshall pleaded guilty in September to first-degree strict liability for drug-induced death, he said. “Drug dealers know that selling fentanyl can be deadly to any given customer from any given dose, and we intend to hold them accountable for their reckless conduct,' Coffina said in a statement. An investigation began on Oct. 30, 2018, when police officers from Burlington Township were dispatched to Central Avenue for a possible overdose.  Officers found the victim in a bedroom with a hypodermic needle near her body, Coffina said. Alexandra Kohfeldt, 22, of Springfield, was taken to Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, where she died on Nov. 4, 2018, without ever having regained consciousness, the prosecutor said. An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical...
    (CNN)The former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot a woman while responding to her 911 call in 2017 was resentenced Thursday to 4 years and 9 months in prison on a second-degree manslaughter charge after Minnesota's highest court threw out his third-degree murder conviction last month.He will receive credit for time already served, the judge said. Mohamed Noor was convicted in April 2019 of shooting and killing Justine Ruszczyk in July 2017 and was originally sentenced to 12.5 years in prison. Thursday's sentencing comes just over a month after the Minnesota Supreme Court vacated Noor's third-degree murder conviction for the fatal shooting. There was insufficient evidence to sustain the conviction, the court ruled, ordering Noor be sentenced on his conviction for second-degree manslaughter, a lesser charge. The new sentence is at the top of the state sentencing guidelines range for someone with no prior criminal record, which gives a 41 to 57-month range. Noor's attorney had asked the court to impose a sentence of 41 months, while prosecutors sought the maximum sentence for the remaining second-degree manslaughter conviction.
    A court sentenced the shooter responsible for the 2019 Chabad Synagogue attack in Poway, California, to life in prison without parole on Thursday. Twenty-two-year-old John T. Earnest received a sentence of 137 years without parole for the murder of Lori Gilbert-Kaye, three counts of attempted murder for the shooting of an 8-year-old girl, her uncle and Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein with an arson charge for a fire at a local mosque earlier that day, The Associated Press reported. ADL San Diego welcomes the sentencing of Poway Chabad synagogue shooter, John T. Earnest, which will see the assailant serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. See our full statement below: pic.twitter.com/jQiV3GUN93 — ADL San Diego (@ADL_SD) September 30, 2021 His guilty plea in July lead to the prosecution dropping any further attempts to seek the death penalty, instead opting for life in prison, the AP reported. (RELATED: 22-Year-Old Pleads Guilty To Deadly Shooting Synagogue Shooting, Avoiding Death Penalty) Thirteen victims and families got a chance to tell their stories and address the killer directly during the trial. John O’Connell,...
    DUBLIN (AP) — A woman who was driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol when she lost control of her SUV killing two of her passengers pleaded no contest to second-degree murder charges. She faces 15 years to life in prison, authorities said Wednesday. Lauren Davis, who had a history of driving under the influence, pleaded no contest Monday to two counts of second-degree murder for the 2017 deaths of Violet Campbell, 16, and Alexis Garcia, 25, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced. READ MORE: UPDATE: Cal Fire Crews at Scene of Fremont Fire in Sonoma County On Nov. 22, 2017, the night before Thanksgiving, Davis was driving her Kia SUV with four passengers in Livermore when she lost control of the SUV, careening off the right side of the road and rolling over several times. Campbell was seated in the seat behind the driver and killed instantly. Alexis was in the rear passenger seat and was thrown out of the vehicle. She died five days later at a hospital from massive head injuries, O’Malley said. Two...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Hours before leaving office, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday granted clemency to six people, including the driver in a fatal 1981 armored truck robbery whose release was championed by his son, San Francisco’s top prosecutor. David Gilbert, 76, is serving a life sentence for his role in the bungled 1981 Brink’s robbery north of New York City, a bloody heist involving leftist revolutionaries that left a guard and two police officers dead. He is among the last surviving people still imprisoned in the $1.6 million robbery often seen as a last gasp of ’60s radicalism. Through Cuomo’s action, he will be referred to the state parole board for potential release. Under his sentence, he wouldn’t have been eligible for parole until 2056. In a news release, Cuomo’s office said that while locked up, Gilbert has made significant contributions to AIDS education and prevention programs, and worked as a tutor, law library clerk, paralegal assistant, teacher’s aide and aide in various prison programs. Gilbert’s son, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, said his “heart is...
    OAKLAND — A 30-year-old man charged with murder last year has accepted six years in state prison as part of a plea deal with Alameda County prosecutors, court records show. Irving Jimenez, of Oakland, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the killing of 40-year-old Daniel Ramirez. The plea deal was finalized last May, and Jimenez’s last court appearance, a restitution hearing, was held Friday, court records show. Police said in court records Jimenez stabbed Ramirez during an argument, then later confessed to both the stabbing and disposing of the knife. Authorities haven’t revealed the nature of the argument. At Jimenez’s May sentencing hearing, Daniel Ramirez’s sister, Nancy Ramirez, wrote a letter from her home in Mexico describing her brother as a “well-mannered, loving, hardworking man.” She said her brother talked about being in an abusive relationship, and told her that if anything happened to him, his girlfriend and a man she knew were likely responsible, though Ramirez said she didn’t know the man’s name. “To this day, we still cannot believe this happened, and my mother continues to wait...
    A 32-year-old Ocean County man has been sentenced to state prison for fatally shooting another man in South Toms River, authorities said Monday. Marcus Samuels, of South Toms River, previously pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in connection with the fatal shooting of Willie Love, 27, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said in a release. Samuels was behind the wheel of a 2004 Dodge Nitro when he pulled up to a vehicle driven by Love, of Beachwood, and fatally shot him near the Community Medical Center on June 8, 2015, Billhimer said. Love was later pronounced dead at Community Medical Center, authorities said. Samuels, who turned himself in on June 12, 2015, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit witness tampering after he allegedly worked with other Ocean County Jail inmates to attempt to influence a witness to retract or change the statement provided to investigators. Samuels faces two 10-year state prison sentences, as well as one five-year sentence, which will run concurrently, authorities said. He also must serve 85 percent of his sentence before parole eligibility as per the...
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A former NCAA champion runner was sentenced Wednesday to at least 40 months in prison for a drunken-driving crash that killed a woman in southeastern Michigan. Boaz Kisang Cheboiywo pleaded no contest in June to causing a death while operating a vehicle while drunk. READ MORE: Mayor Duggan, City Partners Dedicate Newly Expanded Neighborhood Park After Late Community Leader Antonio McDuffy The 42-year-old native of Kenya was involved in a multi-vehicle crash in April in Ypsilanti Township, 40 miles (64.3 kilometers) west of Detroit. Christen Knight, 38, of Canton was killed, MLive.com reported. “The one person who always made me feel better is gone. I’ll never feel OK,” husband Michael Knight said in court. “You won’t be forgiven by me. You won’t get that. Hopefully, you can forgive yourself because I won’t.” READ MORE: Detroit: Reparations Ballot Placement Met With Support, Criticism Cheboiywo had a blood-alcohol level of 0.26, far above the legal limit for driving, investigators said. He won NCAA championships in cross country and 10,000 meters in 2001 and 2002 and is a...
    RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A former NYPD officer pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other charges, for selling fentanyl that caused a fatal overdose. His five year prison sentence is not enough, according to the victim’s family. READ MORE: Loved Ones Attend Private Wake For NYPD Officer Anastasios Tsakos As CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reports, there were tears Monday outside a Riverhead courtroom, moments after the victim’s mother broke down during emotional remarks to the man who provided the fatal overdose to her son while serving as an NYPD cop. “He hid behind a badge, and at the same time was selling a weapon of mass destruction, fentanyl,” Jessica Bornschein said. Jessica’s son Ryan Bornschein, 28, grew up in West Babylon. attended Suffolk Community College and then, prosecutors said, met officer Joseph Recca. “What makes this case unique and particularly troubling is the fact that he was selling drugs while also serving as a police officer,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini. Ryan’s parents and only sibling say the former cop has destroyed their family. “My brother was the best, he...
    BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4) — A judge handed down a life sentence Friday morning in one of the first in-person trials held in the Adams County courthouse in several months due to restrictions put in place to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Steve Young, 45, was given life without the possibility for parole by Judge Sean P. Finn. READ MORE: Aurora Police Investigate Fatal Shooting On June 1 A jury found Young guilty of 1st Degree Murder on April 2. His trial began March 26, more than a year after the courthouse first closed its doors out of concern for the spread of COVID-19. Adams County courts first closed March17, 2020. They were re-opened in September only to close again in November as the number of positive cases began to rise locally and around the state. Steve Young  (credit: Adams County Sheriff’s Office) “I object to my all-white jury,” Young told the judge Friday. Young attended the trial in person but spoke via remote connection from the jail Friday. Reading a statement, Young declared the judge biased and was critical of his request...
    A former California resident has been sentenced to three months in federal prison for gunning down a protected elephant seal in the state, authorities said. Jordan Gerbich, 30, was sentenced on Monday for killing the marine mammal in September 2019 at an elephant seal viewing area near the Piedras Blancas State Marine Reserve in San Simeon, federal prosecutors said. Gerbich, who now lives in Utah, pleaded guilty last December to one count of illegally taking a marine mammal. He used a .45-caliber pistol to shoot and kill the seal resting on the beach in the Piedras Blancas rookery, according to his plea agreement. Northern elephant seals — a protected species under the Marine Mammal Protection Act — live up and down the Pacific coast, usually gathering in areas on land called rookeries to breed. The main threats that the mammals face include getting tangled in fishing gear and being hit by ships, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    SOUTH LAKE TAHOE  — A South Lake Tahoe man who was convicted of fatally beating his female roommate with a piece of firewood in 2019 has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. James Cleveland, who was 71 at the time, has been jailed since he was found guilty of first-degree murder in January in the killing of 65-year-old Valorie Turley. El Dorado County Judge Suzanne Kingsbury sentenced him March 19 and added an additional year to the sentence for a weapons enhancement, the Tahoe Daily Tribune reported on Wednesday. Related Articles 4 killed including a child in mass shooting at Orange County office building Hayward homicide: Woman stabbed downtown Exclusive: California prisoner admits to murdering serial killer known as the I-5 Strangler, calls it ‘a mission for avenging’ his victims San Jose: Three arrested in deadly February shooting Woman killed when her car is struck by suspects who had fled California cops Cleveland admitted during the trial that after Turley said something to upset him, he...
    An Omaha woman was sentenced Monday to prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a fatal accident last year on Interstate 80 in eastern Nebraska’s Sarpy County. Kenisha Prentice, 25, was ordered to serve five to 10 years in prison for felony motor vehicle homicide and 18 months to 3 years in prison for DUI causing serious bodily injured, with the sentences to be served consecutively, the Sarpy County Attorney's Office said in a news release. She also was fined $550 on two other traffic counts. The crash occurred around 8:15 p.m. on Feb. 9 near the Nebraska Highway 370 westbound entrance ramp, east of Gretna. Prentice’s car hit the rear of a stalled car driven by Nabil Shokai, 67, of Lincoln. Shokai was pronounced dead at a hospital. A passenger, Kalul Bor, 74, was injured. “This case illustrates the tragic and serious consequences of drunk driving,” said Deputy County Attorney Michael Mills. “Lives were irretrievably broken because of the bad choices made by Ms. Prentice.” Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,...
    YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life in prison after a 2017 home invasion in Yuma turned deadly. Jesus Andres Gonzalez was sentenced in Yuma County Superior Court nearly a year after being found guilty of the murder of a 20-year-old Leondre Richards. Prosecutors say the fatal shooting occurred while Gonzalez and four other people committed three home invasions looking for drugs and money. The Yuma Sun reported that at the conclusion of a five-week trial that ended in March 2020, Gonzalez also was convicted of three counts of burglary, six counts of aggravated assault and one count of kidnapping. The sentences he received in those convictions are to run currently with the life sentence. Gonzalez must serve at least 25 years of the life sentence before he’s eligible for parole. Three of the other four suspects were sentenced to prison terms ranging from eight years to 16 years. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Arizona, Associated Press
    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 20 years and three months in prison for being high on drugs when he caused a crash that killed two siblings. Hunter Black, 26, was sentenced Tuesday in Escambia County circuit court after pleading no contest to two counts of DUI manslaughter and one count of marijuana possession, the Pensacola News Journal reported. Black was driving on a Cantonment road, just north of Pensacola, in January 2019, when he swerved into the oncoming lane and hit another car head-on, officials said. The other vehicle's driver, Antoinette McCoy, 22, and her brother, Sean Banks, 15, were seriously injured in the crash. The sister and brother were airlifted to a Pensacola hospital, where they died, officials said. Black suffered no major injuries. An analysis of his blood sample, taken after the crash, revealed the presence of Xanax and cannabis in his system, prosecutors said. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Florida, Associated Press
    A 30-year-old man from Lakewood has been sentenced to six years in state prison for leaving the scene of a fatal crash, authorities said. Mashon Wilson was sentenced on Monday by Superior Court Judge Steven F. Nemeth based on a previously entered guilty plea to knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer. Nemeth also sentenced Wilson to 45 days in Ocean County Jail with credit for time served, and suspended his driving privileges for six months, regarding his guilty plea to driving while suspended in connection with the Nov. 28, 2018 motor vehicle crash, Billhimer said. Wilson also was sentenced to four years in state prison as a result of his previously entered guilty plea to an unrelated charge of burglary, the prosecutor said. The prison sentences will run concurrently. Wilson pleaded guilty to all charges on Jan. 8, 2021 before Superior Court Judge Guy P. Ryan. On Nov. 25, 2018, at about 7 a.m., Lakewood police responded West County Line Road and Cedar Road to investigate a two vehicle crash involving a fatality. Police found  that a 2019...
    GLOBE, Ariz. (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting three people at a bar in Globe in 2018 has been sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutors said Sterling Randall Hunt reached a plea agreement in the case and was sentenced Thursday in Gila County Superior Court to three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. Hunt was 22 years old at the time of the November 2018 shootings. Authorities said the victims had gone outside to smoke a cigarette when Hunt walked out of the bar and opened fire. They all had been playing pool before the shooting occurred. Globe police said a man and woman died at the scene and another female victim died several days later at the hospital. Hunt was later arrested on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. Phoenix TV station KPHO reports that a year after the fatal shootings, the city dedicated a bench to the three victims. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Arizona, Associated Press
    A man serving time for a San Francisco car crash that killed two people is suspected in the death of a fellow inmate Monday at High Desert State Prison, in Susanville, the state’s prison agency says. David Morales, 27, was one of two inmates seen assaulting a third man around 6:30 p.m., said the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Guards fired rubber bullets to break up the attack. The victim — Christian Lepe, 24 — suffered multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead an hour later in the prison’s medical facility. Two “inmate-manufactured weapons” were found at the scene of the attack, the agency said. Morales and the other suspected assailant, Ricardo Palmerin, have been placed in segregated housing during an investigation of the attack. Palmerin, 26, is serving 20 years for second-degree attempted murder in Kings County plus an extra four years for possession/manufacture of a deadly weapon while imprisoned. Lepe was serving nine years for an assault in Tulare County. Morales was sentenced in 2017 to 24 years for a series of crimes committed on the morning of...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) —  A Glen Burnie man is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 28-year-old Jorge Perez in May 2019. Derek Hoey was found guilty of first-degree murder by a Baltimore City jury on Thursday. His girlfriend, Kara Bach, was convicted of being an accessory after the fact to murder and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. At about 1:27 a.m. on May 4, 2019, Baltimore Police were called to the 5700 block of Pennington Avenue for a report of a stabbing. When they got there, officers found Jorge Perez with multiple stab wounds to his body. He was taken to Shock Trauma where he died from his injuries. While at the scene, a witness said he saw a blue four door Saturn driving erratically with a white male driver, a white female passenger and a passenger in the back seat of the vehicle. The witness said the Saturn stopped and the white male exited the driver seat, opened the rear passenger door and appeared from afar to begin “punching” the passenger in the back seat....
    A Middlesex County man has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison in connection with a fatal alcohol-related crash in which he hit the other driver head-on, authorities said. Aliaksandr Tsytsenia, 30, of Old Bridge, was sentenced on Wednesday on the charges of second-degree vehicular homicide and third-degree aggravated assault, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief William Volkert of the Old Bridge Police Department announced today that an Old Aliza Akhtar, 19, of Old Bridge was killed in the collision and her passenger was injured, Ciccone and Volkert said. Superior Court Judge Diane Pincus ordered Tsytsenia’s prison sentences be served consecutively.Tsytsenia will have to serve the first eight and a half years of his sentence without parole.  In pleading guilty, Tsytsenia admitted he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the fatal crash, Ciccone said. As a result, Judge Pincus ordered Tsytsenia driver's license be revoked for 30 years. Tsytsenia was charged following an investigation by Officer Ronald Atlak of the Old Bridge Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation determined that on May 25, 2019, Tsytsenia was...
    A 39-year-old Lakewood man has been sentenced to 30 years in state prison for killing another man in 2016, authorities said. Merrill Spencer pleaded guilty on Nov. 22 to aggravated manslaughter, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.  He was sentenced on Wednesday before Superior Court Judge Rochelle Gizinski and has been held in Ocean County Jail since his arrest in June 13, 2016, Billhimer said. On June 13, 2016, Lakewood police officers responded to Martin Luther King Boulevard. Officers found Johntel Thomas, 23, of Toms River, with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest lying on the sidewalk.Thomas was pronounced dead a short time later, the prosecutor said. Video surveillance footage helped identify Spencer as the shooter, Billhimer said.  Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Pressman and Assistant Prosecutor Kaitlyn Burke handled the case.
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