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    (CNN)Two men serving life sentences for murder in a Florida prison have been linked to two other murders with the help of newly discovered DNA samples, which led to the exoneration of another man who wrongfully served 37 years in prison for the rape and murder of Barbara Grams in 1983.Amos Robinson and Abron Scott allegedly raped and murdered 19-year-old Grams, whose beaten body was found behind a dental office in Tampa Heights on August 18, 1983, Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren said during a news conference Thursday after he was suspended as the state attorney by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his stance against criminalizing abortion providers.More than 2,800 have been wrongly convicted in the US. Lawmakers and advocates want to make sure theyre paid their dues.A grand jury indicted Robinson and Scott Thursday for the rape and murder of Linda Lansen, whose beaten body was found in Town and Country in July 1983 in bushes with a gunshot wound to the head, Warren said. "These two men not only robbed me, but they robbed a 7-year-old little...
    Charlie Adelson worked at the family's dentistry business, the Adelson Institute, in South Florida with Wendi's father and mother. Wendi told authorities her brother had joked about hiring a hitman as a divorce present, but he bought her a TV instead. Authorities reviewed surveillance video from city buses and found the green Prius. Footage showed that the Prius had a toll transponder. Investigators pulled the records of every Prius heading into Tallahassee around the time of Markel's murder. A green Prius was rented from a car rental company in Miami. The Prius was rented from a man named Luis Rivera – a leader of the Latin Kings gang. The car rental contract also listed Sigfredo Garcia – who was previously in a relationship with Katherine Magbanua. Garcia and Magbanua had two children together. Magbanua was in a romantic relationship with Charlie Adelson. Surveillance cameras at Markel's gym capture the moment that the green Prius pulled into the parking lot. Cell phone tower data show that Rivera and Garcia were in the area of Markel's home....
    From 1994 through 2004, Maxwell assisted Epstein with grooming and abusing girls as young as 14. Last December, after five days of deliberation, jurors found Maxwell guilty on five of the six federal sex trafficking charges. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Maxwell will be released on July 17, 2037. Earlier this month, Maxwell's lawyer filed paperwork to appeal her conviction, hoping to overturn her 20-year sentence. Maxwell continues to claim that she was a victim of Epstein and not a mastermind behind his sex trafficking ring. During a public statement last December, Maxwell fell short of apologizing to the women she abused, stating only that meeting Epstein was the "biggest regret" of her life.
    GHISLAINE Maxwell has been moved to a low-security prison in Florida where inmates can bake and take up yoga. The disgraced socialite, 60, was last month jailed for 20 years for decades of abuse after grooming dozens of girls for twisted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. 2Ghislaine Maxwell has been moved to a low-security prison in Florida after an appeal 2FCI Tallahassee, FloridaCredit: federal bureau of prisons Maxwell was found guilty of luring young girls to massage rooms for Epstein to molest between 1994 and 2004. And she has now been moved to low-security prison FCI Tallahassee in Florida according to the Bureau of Prisons. She will be eligible for release on 17 July 2037. It comes after Maxwell lodged an appeal against the sex trafficking conviction and 20-year sentence earlier this month. She had been held at the Metropolitan Detention Center, New York, since her arrest in July 2020. But her lawyers repeatedly complained that conditions at the Brooklyn jail were "reprehensible" and that Maxwell was subjected to invasive surveillance. They also alleged that Maxwell was deprived of water...
    By Michael R. Sisak and Michael Balsamo | Associated Press NEW YORK — Ghislaine Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite turned convicted sex trafficker, is off to Florida to serve a 20-year federal prison sentence for helping financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls — returning to the same state, but a far cry from the posh lifestyle, where she committed some of her crimes. Maxwell, 60, was moved last week to FCI Tallahassee, a low-security federal prison in Florida’s capital, from the Brooklyn federal jail where she’d spent the last two years under close watch in light of Epstein’s 2019 jail suicide, the federal Bureau of Prisons said. It wasn’t clear whether Maxwell would be held in restrictive housing or under other special precautions, given her notoriety and long-standing concerns about her well-being behind bars. Maxwell, who was convicted last December in Manhattan and sentenced in June, repeatedly complained about her treatment at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, her home since her July 2020 arrest. Maxwell and her lawyers complained that jail officers were flashing a light into her cell...
    (CNN)Ghislaine Maxwell has been transferred to a low security federal prison in Florida to continue serving her 20-year sentence for sex trafficking, Bureau of Prison records show.Maxwell, 60, has been assigned to Tallahassee FCI, described on its website as a "low security federal correctional institution with a detention center."She was convicted in December on five federal charges, including sex trafficking of a minor, as part of a yearslong scheme with Jeffrey Epstein to groom and sexually abuse underage girls.Prosecutors argued Maxwell and Epstein conspired to set up a scheme to lure young girls into sexual relationships with Epstein from 1994 to 2004 in New York, Florida, New Mexico and the US Virgin Islands. Four women testified during the trial that Epstein abused them and that Maxwell facilitated the abuse and sometimes participated in it as well.Her defense, meanwhile, argued she was a scapegoat for Epstein's wrongdoing and attacked the memories and motivations of the women who said they were sexually abused.Read MoreEpstein, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to state prostitution charges, was indicted on federal sex trafficking charges in July...
    Ghislaine Maxwell has been sent to a Florida prison where she will serve her 20-year sentence for helping billionaire sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein abuse underage girls, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal. The disgraced socialite has been moved to FCI Tallahassee, a low-security prison in the Sunshine State. The Bureau of Prisons website indicates Maxwell will be eligible for release on July 17 2037, a date which appears to be longer than the 20 years she was given at her sentencing last month. The choice of prison by the BOP is against the recommendation of Judge Alison Nathan, who oversaw Maxwell’s trial for recruiting and trafficking underage girls for the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Judge Nathan asked the BOP - following a request from Maxwell’s lawyers - to send her to FCI Danbury in Connecticut. However the BOP has ultimate authority and decided against sending Maxwell there. Despite this Maxwell, 60, will likely welcome the news as she has complained bitterly about her treatment at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where she has been held since her arrest in July 2020....
    Kodak Black has been arrested and taken to jail in Florida after cops pulled the rapper over due to illegal window tinting, as reported by TMZ.  After cops smelled marijuana coming form inside the vehicle, a search was immediately conducted, and officers claimed to have discovered 31 oxycodone pills.  The performer, 25, has been arrested for various different charges since 2015, such as trespassing, robbery, and illegal possession of a firearm.  Arrested: Kodak Black, 25, was arrested on Friday in Florida after being pulled over allegedly for illegal window tint on his vehicle  Kodak was driving in a Dodge Durango when he was pulled over by law enforcement in Fort Lauderdale on Friday.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next P Diddy's girlfriend Yung Miami, 28, stuns in a satin two... Kodak Black suggests Jada Pinkett Smith would be happier... Kodak Black vies for Kim Kardashian's attention while paying... Kodak Black is arrested in Florida on New Year's Day on... Share this article Share Following a search of the SUV, police officers allegedly...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced a former Trump supporter to three years of probation and a $7,000 fine for sending an email threatening to kill Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and three other congresswomen. David George Hannon, 67, also must undergo mental and substance abuse treatment and have no contact with Omar or Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, according to a report in the Tampa Bay Times. Hannon, who pleaded guilty in April to threatening a federal official, sent the email after the four Democratic lawmakers held a news conference in July 2019 in response to criticism from former President Donald Trump, who said they should “go back” to the “crime-infested places” from which they came. “He was doing that because Trump told him to,” his daughter, Elizabeth Hannon Dillon, told the judge during the hearing on Wednesday. “He was a Trump supporter and now he regrets it.” This threat was “heinous and inappropriate in every regard,” U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle said. “This sort of...
    There are two worlds that exist in the complicated mind of Allen Stanford. One sees him on horseback at George Bush’s Texas ranch, enjoying a laugh with England players’ wives and landing at Lord’s in a helicopter to vaunt his multi-billion-dollar empire. The other sees him repeating ‘I’m innocent’ many times a week, worshipping Kevin Pietersen and, despite serving a 110-year prison sentence, maintaining his vision of being involved in cricket once again as he enters an eighth decade. The 72-year-old, jailed for orchestrating the second-largest investor fraud in US history which saw victims rinsed of $7billion (£5.7bn), has only given one previous interview since his 2009 incarceration. Realities of life in jail, where Stanford spends most of his days stewing away in an 8ft by 13ft cell with only a Bible for solace, could not be more marked for a man known for his flamboyant lifestyle. ‘I was running a good ship and doing things ethically and honestly, when the US government came in and said, “You’re nothing but a damn, sorry son of a bitch stealing from widows...
    DAYTONA BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) — A man who kill a coworker for having an affair with his wife has been sentenced to life in prison. A jury of seven women and five men took two hours on Thursday to find Damian DeRousha, 44, guilty of premeditated first-degree murder in the February 2021 shooting of Donald Geno, 31, at the Volusia County Fleet Maintenance Facility. READ MORE: Miami-Dade Bus Driver Accused Of Molesting 7-Year-Old GirlDeRousha looked straight ahead as Circuit Judge Karen Foxman sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. DeRousha was a special projects manager for Volusia County and Geno worked as a mechanic. DeRousha’s wife, Shauna, was an inventory control specialist. Prosecutors said on the day of the shooting, DeRousha confirmed his wife was having an affair with Geno. Assistant State Attorney Andrew Urbanak told jurors in his closing argument this was not a case of self-defense. Instead, it was an “unprovoked cowardly murder.” READ MORE: Partial Roof Collapse At Miami Coin Laundry In Strip Mall, Inspectors Condemned BuildingDeRousha sat in his pickup for 40...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Three Florida correctional officers were arrested Thursday and charged with murder in the fatal beating of a handcuffed prisoner who had thrown urine at one of the officers, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced. The guards were removing the inmate from a cell in the mental health unit of a Miami-Dade County prison on Feb. 14 to transfer him to a north Florida prison. After the inmate threw urine on the officer, they handcuffed him and a beating followed, the department said. “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 in a news release. The inmate, who was not identified in the statement, was placed alone in what authorities described as a secure compartment inside the van. The van made a stop along the way and that was when the inmate was found dead, laying on a bench inside the vehicle,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Three South Florida prison officers will face murder charges in connection with the fatal beating of an inmate at Dade Correctional Institution in February, according to CBS4 News partner, the Miami Herald. The office of the Miami-Dade State Attorney will be holding a press conference to announce the filing of criminal charges in the February 14, 2022 death of a prison inmate who was being transferred to another Florida correctional facility. The paper identified the officers as Ronald Connor, 24, Christopher Rolon, 29, and Kirk Walton, 34.
    A Florida man was sentenced to two years in federal prison after pleading guilty in a case in which he was accused of stealing his twin brother's identity to receive more than $63,773 in military veteran benefits. Wayne Bowen, 64, used his estranged brother's name, Social Security card, and military discharge papers around October 2014 to apply for federal subsidized housing benefits, according to the Justice Department, which noted the financial relief was funded as part of a joint program administered by the departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs. EGYPTIAN TIKTOKER SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON After Bowen was approved for benefits, he received $32,434 in medical services from the VA, $18,905 in housing subsidies from HUD, and $12,434 in nutritional benefits from the Department of Agriculture, the Justice Department said Tuesday. Bowen admitted to federal agents during an interview in November 2017 that he had been using his brother's identity for several years and had obtained a Florida ID card in his name, under which he had been arrested and...
    AN 'IDIOT' passenger who got battered by boxing legend Mike Tyson is a 'convicted thief and fraudster', it has been claimed. Tyson unloaded a flurry of punches into Melvin George Townsend III after he allegedly harassed the boxer aboard a JetBlue airplane at the San Francisco Airport. 3The convict, from Punta Gorda, Florida, has a lengthy criminal record having served 20- and 15-month prison sentences for a variety of crimes 3Tyson unloaded a flurry of punches into Melvin George Townsend III after he allegedly harassed the boxer aboard a JetBlue airplane at the San Francisco AirportCredit: TMZ The convict, from Punta Gorda, Florida, has a lengthy criminal record having served 20- and 15-month prison sentences for a variety of crimes. These include possession of Oxycodone, burglary, grand theft, fraud, and trafficking stolen property, according to a records search. The 36-year-old stole a trailer in 2018 by trespassing and hitching it to his pickup, reported TMZ. READ MORE SPORT STORIESBOY MOUNTAIN Fury was banned from boxing in juniors as he weighed 14 STONE at age of 14COOL AS ICE Man 'beaten...
    The man who was punched by Mike Tyson after allegedly harassing the boxing legend aboard a JetBlue airplane at the San Francisco Airport has been identified – and he has a lengthy criminal record. Melvin George Townsend III of Punta Gorda, Florida, has served 20- and 15-month prison sentences for a variety of crimes, including possession of Oxycodone, burglary, grand theft, fraud, and trafficking stolen property, according to a records search. The 36-year-old stole a trailer in 2018 by trespassing and hitching it to his pickup, reported TMZ, which was the first media outlet to identify him.  Townsend was last released from a Florida prison in July of 2020 after serving 15 months of a 25-month sentence for use of a fraudulent personal ID. Video from Wednesday's assault shows Tyson punching Townsend before the JetBlue flight had taken off from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale, leaving the Florida man with a bloody forehead. However, a representative for the Brooklyn-born boxer claims he was reacting to Townsend, an unruly passenger who had been harassing him and actually threw a water bottle...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A convicted felon in Florida has been sentenced to four years and three months in federal prison after appearing in a social media post holding a rifle. Christian Agosto, 22, of Brandon, was sentenced Wednesday in Tampa federal court, according to court records. READ MORE: Police: Woman Struck, Killed By Hit-Run Driver In LauderhillHe had pleaded guilty in December to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Agosto had been free from prison for about four months in July 2021, when he held and displayed a rifle during an Instagram Live video, prosecutors said. READ MORE: Miami Weather: Drier, Warmer SaturdayAgosto had spent about two years in state prison on several gun charges, and he was on community control through the Florida Department of Corrections. Agosto’s probation officer and other law enforcement officers searched Agosto’s home several days after the video was posted and recovered a loaded Ruger AR-556 rifle, officials said. The firearm matched the rifle Agosto had displayed during the Instagram video. MORE NEWS: 'We'll Not Be The Governor's Punching Bag,' Florida Black Elected Officials To...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Former Florida Elections Commission attorney Eric Lipman was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison Friday, after pleading guilty in December to child-pornography charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida. “Those who seek to view and share child pornography facilitate the abuse of children by those who produce and profit from this illegal content,” U.S. Attorney Jason Coody said in a press release Friday. READ MORE: Steelers QB Dwayne Haskins Struck, Killed By Vehicle In South Florida Lipman’s sentence includes 9 years of supervised release and for him to register as a sex offender. Lipman, 60, faced up to 20 years in prison. READ MORE: All Westbound I-595 Lanes Shut Down After Pedestrian Hit, Killed By Dump TruckHe pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute, receive and possess material constituting child pornography and distributing material constituting child pornography. Lipman worked for the commission from 2001 until April 2021. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in February 2021 that Lipman was involved in online chat groups that included distributing child...
    Shocking footage of a police dashcam video reveals the moment a steakhouse cook sat in the rear seat of a cruiser after he wrongfully arrested by the Coconut Creek Police in Florida. Leonardo Silva Oliveira, 26, can be heard repeatedly claiming his innocence to a police officer who said he had a warrant out for his arrest in Palm Beach County. 'It's impossible for me to be on probation because I've never been arrested,' Silva Oliveira told the cop in the video that was first obtained by NBC 6. The law enforcement agent, who is unidentified, subsequently replied: 'I hear you man, but some is saying you did, you were arrested and have and violated probation and you literally, all of your identification and the way you look identifies you as the person.' The fugitive Leonardo Silva Oliveira is wanted for probation violation stemming from 2017 charges for burglary dwelling and grand theft that had been filed in the Palm Beach County city of Boca Raton. Leonardo Silva Oliveira, the cook, was walking out of the Deerfield Beach restaurant the...
    BOSTON (AP) — Ex-Florida prep school administrator who took students’ college entrance exams for bribes gets 4 months in prison. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A disgraced Florida youth pastor convicted of murdering and dismembering a 16-year-old boy he fostered has been sentenced to life in prison. Ronnie Hyde, 65, was convicted Friday in the June 1994 murder and dismemberment of Fred Paul Laster, whose torso was found behind a dumpster at a Lake City gas station. It took police two decades to identify the body as that of the teen.  Hyde, who was 38 at the time of the murder, denied the charges against him, despite DNA evidence connecting him to the crime.  'I would never hurt him,' Hyde said during his testimony Thursday, The Florida Times-Union reported. The former pastor maintained his innocence throughout his trial, claiming he last saw Laster when the teen, who was upset over a dispute with his sister, exited his vehicle along the highway and disappeared. After four days of testimony, Hyde was found guilty of Laster's murder. He was issued a mandatory life prison sentence with 1,851 days already served.   He also faces 25 child pornography charges for which he will stand in a separate trial.  Ronnie Hyde, 65, (left) was convicted...
    The infamous Florida man at the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021 who was photographed making off with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's lectern is claiming to have played a joke on the media before heading to prison.  Adam Johnson, about to turn himself in for a 75-day prison sentence for his behavior at the Capitol, was allegedly planning to hold a 'going to prison' party at a Bradenton, Florida restaurant called Caddy's.  Stephen Ananicz, the manager of Caddy's, said he put a kibosh on the event because it was attracting negative attention.   'Caddy's Bradenton is a family-friendly waterfront restaurant that had no knowledge of a 'Going to Prison' event being planned at its location,' Ananicz said in a statement. 'This event was never discussed or planned with anyone associated with the Caddy's brand.'  Ananicz added that the reports have led to staff being abused and in receipt of threatening emails.  Stay-at-home dad Adam Johnson, 38, who stole Nancy Pelosi's podium during the Capitol riot, on Friday was sentenced to 75 days in prison, a $5,000 fine and 200 hours...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A Cuban-born US Citizen has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for distributing Islamic terrorist propaganda videos online. Jonathan Guerra Blanco, a Florida resident, was sentenced in Miami federal court. READ MORE: 'A Massive, Massive Issue For The NFL, The Miami Dolphins': Brian Flores Explosive Claims In Class Action LawsuitHe pleaded guilty in December 2020 to attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization. READ MORE: Florida House Set To Consider Gov. Ron DeSantis' Push To Increase Immigration EnforcementAccording to court documents, federal investigators learned in 2019 that Guerra Blanco was following instructions the Islamic State terrorist group had widely distributed, directing adherents to publish propaganda, raise funds, recruit members and justify attacks on the United States. Guerra Blanco translated the group’s materials into Spanish for his target audience, prosecutors said. Guerra Blanco also produced videos that he intended to use to recruit Spanish speakers to the Islamic State’s cause and to terrorize citizens of Spain, officials said. Many of the videos glorified the terrorist group’s violence and called...
    The daughter of a former Florida mayor was sentenced to 20 months in prison Monday for lying to receive $300,000 in COVID-19 relief funds. Damara Holness, 29, was sentenced for "lying on a coronavirus relief loan application and fraudulently obtaining hundreds of thousands of dollars intended to help small businesses financially survive the COVID-19 pandemic," the Justice Department wrote. She will also be required to serve five years of supervised release and pay $300,000 in restitution. Holness had applied in 2020 for a $300,000 forgivable, federally guaranteed Paycheck Protection Program loan for her business, Holness Consulting, Inc. She falsely claimed in filling out the loan application and fraudulent payroll tax forms that her company employed 18 people and spent an average of $120,000 each month on payroll, according to the Justice Department. AMERICAN GOLD MEDAL HOPEFUL TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 DAYS BEFORE OLYMPICS “It’s a mistake that I made, and I’m putting it in my past to move forward,” Holness told Local 10. “I apologize to the community. I apologize to my family. I apologize to...
    By Larry Neumeister | Associated Press NEW YORK — A Florida man who helped Rudy Giuliani seek damaging information against Joe Biden in Ukraine was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and fined $10,000 Friday in an unrelated campaign finance case. Igor Fruman was told to report to prison March 14. He pleaded guilty in September to a single charge of solicitation of a contribution by a foreign national. As part of the plea, he admitted soliciting a million dollars from a Russian entrepreneur, Andrey Muraviev, to donate to Republicans in Nevada, Florida and other states as part of an effort to launch a recreational marijuana business. Federal prosecutors in New York had urged Judge J. Paul Oetken to sentence Fruman to between three and four years in prison. Defense lawyers had argued he should face no incarceration because he has otherwise led a law-abiding life. Oetken said the crime of soliciting foreign money for U.S. political campaigns was serious and deserved incarceration. “It undermines the integrity of elections in our country,” he said as he announced...
    Share this: A Florida man who helped Rudy Giuliani seek damaging information against Joe Biden in Ukraine was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and fined $10,000 Friday in an unrelated campaign finance case. Igor Fruman was told to report to prison March 14. He pleaded guilty in September to a single charge of solicitation of a contribution by a foreign national. As part of the plea, he admitted soliciting a million dollars from a Russian entrepreneur, Andrey Muraviev, to donate to Republicans in Nevada, Florida and other states as part of an effort to launch a recreational marijuana business.
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A Tampa-area man who collected over $800,000 in COVID-19 relief funds has been sentenced to three years and six months in prison for fraudulently collecting the funds. Louis Thornton III, 63, of St. Petersburg, was sentenced Friday in Tampa federal court, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in September to wire fraud. He must also pay back the money he received. READ MORE: Ready To Restart The Race: Phil Keoghan Talks About The Return Of 'The Amazing Race' After A 19-Month "Pit Stop"According to court documents, Thornton submitted fraudulent applications in 2020 for Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Paycheck Protection Program loans through the Small Business Administration on behalf of several defunct companies. READ MORE: Out Of Work? These Places Are HiringThe documents said Thornton’s applications fraudulently claimed the companies were operational and had suffered economic injury from the pandemic. Thornton obtained a total of $814,632.50 and used the money to invest in stocks, futures and commodities, the documents said. The Paycheck Protection Program represents billions of dollars in forgivable small-business loans for Americans struggling because...
    WEST PALM BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) – A judge sentenced a young Florida man to life in prison for killing a 13-year-old at a sleepover in 2018.  Corey Johnson, 21, apologized at his sentencing and denounced a militant Islamic group that his lawyers claimed influenced his thinking. Circuit Judge Cheryl Caracuzzo denied a request to have Corey Johnson spend 40 years behind bars for the killing of Jovanni Sierra, saying she doesn’t believe rehabilitation is likely because of his willingness to kill for radical views. READ MORE: School: Florida Substitute Teacher Quits Job After Yelling Racial Slur“I know I contributed to the spread of evil in this world,” Johnson, now 21, told the court, the Palm Beach Post reported. Jurors found Johnson guilty in November of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder for the stabbing attack during the victim’s birthday sleepover at his best friend’s home in Palm Beach Gardens. Johnson was 17 at the time, and offended by a remark Sierra had made about his newly pronounced faith, prosecutors said. He also stabbed Elaine Simon, who owned the home...
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A young Florida man convicted of killing a 13-year-old friend during sleepover five years ago apologized at his sentencing hearing and denounced a militant Islamic group that his lawyers claimed influenced his thinking. The judge sentenced him to life in prison. Circuit Judge Cheryl Caracuzzo denied a request to have Corey Johnson spend 40 years behind bars for the killing of Jovanni Sierra, saying she doesn’t believe rehabilitation is likely because of his willingness to kill for radical views. “I know I contributed to the spread of evil in this world,” Johnson, now 21, told the court, the Palm Beach Post reported. Jurors found Johnson guilty in November of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder for the stabbing attack during the victim’s birthday sleepover at his best friend’s home in Palm Beach Gardens. Johnson was 17 at the time, and offended by a remark Sierra had made about his newly pronounced faith, prosecutors said. He also stabbed Elaine Simon, who owned the home where the party was, and Dane Bancroft, her...
    More On: kodak black Rapper Kodak Black avoids prison in teen assault case Kodak Black’s security guard shot in Florida Kodak Black’s clemency may not keep him out of jail amid sex assault charges Rapper Kodak Black tweets thanks to Trump for presidential pardon It’s not a new start for rapper Kodak Black, who found himself in trouble with the law again to kick off 2022. The rapper was nabbed on a trespassing charge at 1:30 a.m. Saturday in his hometown of Pompano Beach, Fla., the Broward County Sheriff’s Office told The SunSentinel. Black, whose legal name is Bill Kapri, has been arrested several times, including in April 2019 on drug and weapons charges as he attempted to re-enter the United States from Canada. The same year, he was sentenced to three years in federal prison after admitting he falsified documents to buy weapons in Miami. On his last day in office in 2020, former President Trump commuted Black’s three-year federal prison sentence, of which the “No Flockin'” star had served about half. In April, Black was...
    A Florida man who enthusiastically attacked police at the US Capitol on January 6 with a fire extinguisher, a wooden plank and a pole was sentenced to more than five years in prison on Friday, the longest sentence for a Capitol rioter thus far.The video in the featured media above is from a previous report.Robert Scott Palmer is the first person to be sentenced for the felony of assaulting an officer with a dangerous weapon. His 63-month sentence could set a benchmark for the more than 140 others who face the same charge."Every day we are hearing about reports of antidemocratic factions, people plotting potential violence in 2024," District Judge Tanya Chutkan said as she handed down the sentence. "It has to be made clear that trying to stop the peaceful transition of power, assaulting law enforcement, is going to be met with certain punishment. Not staying at home, not watching Netflix, not doing what you were doing before you got arrested." This image shows Robert Scott Palmer at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Federal Bureau of Investigation /...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) –  A homeless man arrested in Miami, accused of killing an innocent teen could have been sentenced to two decades in prison for a past crime. With a past littered with violent offenses, how was he still on the streets? READ MORE: Miami Boat Show Move In 2022 Could Impact ManateesBetween 2004 and 2016, Semmie Williams faced at least a dozen criminal charges spanning three states, including several charges in Florida. “I would describe it as an innocent child victim having a chance encounter with a very violent criminal,” said Chief Clint Shannon, Palm Beach Gardens Police Department. CBS4 News obtained court documents from one of Williams’ prior violent crimes in 2014 – aggravated assault with strangulation and battery on a senior citizen in Georgia. According to documents, the offenses had a possible maximum sentence of 21 years. Fulton County prosecutors wanted to keep Williams behind bars saying that the attack was unprovoked, and if Williams was allowed to leave their custody it was “basically just exporting a potentially violent situation to another jurisdiction.” READ MORE: Video Captures...
    by Alexandra Martinez This story was originally published at Prism. Nancy DeNike remembers one of the few uplifting moments during her five-year sentence at Homestead Correctional Institution in Florida’s Miami-Dade County: hearing her name announced at mail call. For her, and for other incarcerated people, it was a moment of connection to the outside world, to hold a picture of loved ones or feel the indentations of a handwritten letter. But across the nation, that tactile connection is becoming a thing of the past. On Oct. 11, Florida became the most recent in a growing number of states to ban physical routine mail. The decision, which will go into effect Nov. 29, is right in time for the holidays, when the desire and need for communication is critical for incarcerated people’s mental health. “There’s no color in prison, there’s nothing positive,” says DeNike. “If somebody got a magazine subscription, that thing would be dog-eared because we pass it all over the dorm, it’s a big deal. It just is one more step in my mind of trying to...
    Adam Johnson, 36, pleaded guilty in Washington federal court to one count of entering or remaining in any restricted building A Florida stay-at-home dad photographed carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's lectern during the January 6 Capital insurrection pleaded guilty on Monday for his part in the riot. Adam Johnson, 36, pleaded guilty in Washington federal court to one count of entering or remaining in any restricted building, according to court records. Johnson, from Parrish, faces up to six months in prison, but a judge will make a final decision at a hearing scheduled for February 25. A plea agreement recommends that Johnson pay $500 restitution for his share of the damage.  Prosecutors have said the riot caused nearly $1.5 million in damage to the US Capitol. Authorities say Pelosi´s offices were among those breached by the mob objecting to President Joe Biden's election victory over former Republican President Donald Trump. Five people died in the violence. A photo that circulated around the world after the violent uprising showed a grinning, waving man identified as Johnson carrying the lectern through the...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Three Florida women were sentenced this week to federal prison time for defrauding California’s unemployment system. Bonia and Bonize Bon, 32-year-old twin sisters from North Miami, and 32-year-old Eldia Dieujuste of Miami, were each sentenced Monday to a year and a day in federal prison. They were also ordered to pay $104,570 in restitution to the California Employment Development Department. READ MORE: Staples Center To Be Renamed Crypto.com Arena In Largest Naming Rights Deal In HistoryFederal prosecutors said the three women stole “monies that were intended to be used to help persons who had lost their jobs through no fault of their own” by exploiting “the mechanisms put in place by EDD to help unemployed workers more easily apply for these benefits – for example, on-line applications and rapid processing of applications.” READ MORE: 'QAnon Shaman' Receives 41-Month Prison Sentence For Capitol RiotThe Bons and Dieujuste each pleaded guilty last year to mail fraud in connection with the case, according to the Department of Justice. Investigators say they used the personal information of California residents to...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A Florida man accused of beating a pit bull puppy, stabbing it 50 times, and stuffing it into a suitcase while the dog was clinging to life will serve 10 years in prison after admitting to the crime, his defense lawyer said Tuesday. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports Brendan Evans, 35, of Hollywood agreed to plead guilty four years after the attack on Ollie the pit bull, according to his lawyer, Michael Gottlieb. READ MORE: Search Continues For Missing Boater In Waters Near Julia Tuttle CausewayThe dog died two days after being discovered. The attack on the Ollie caused an international outcry. READ MORE: Veteran’s Day Spotlight: Assistant Miami Beach Police Chief Paul Acosta Served His Country & Now Serves His CommunityEvans first denied being involved, but investigators found cat paws and rats with severed heads in his freezer, bloodstains in his bathroom, and dried blood and animal fur in his oven, the newspaper reported. Evans has been held in jail since his arrest four years ago. He was initially charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty but...
    A 29-year-old Florida man pleaded guilty Monday to attempting to materially support terrorism after he posted multiple documents online for ISIS terrorists with instructions on creating homemade bombs.  Samuel Baptiste is facing up to 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release when he is sentenced in January, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.  A mock-up of a pipe bomb is displayed by authorities at City Hall in New York.  (Associated Press) In November 2016, Baptiste uploaded documents entitled, "Instructions: How to Make a Homemade Pipe Bomb," "Pipe Bombs," "Improvised Explosive Devices" and "Improvised Munitions Black Book, Volume 1." FORMER CHICAGO COLLEGE STUDENT CONVICTED OF TERRORISM CHARGE, TRYING TO HELP ISIS The documents were uploaded for "persons whom he believed were acting on behalf of ISIS," according to the U.S. Attorney prosecuting the case.  next Image 1 of 2 ISIS has long waged a recruitment and propaganda war online. (Reuters) prev Image 2 of 2 This undated file image posted on a militant...
    PHOTO VIA ADOBE IMAGESA Leon County circuit judge has backed the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida in a public-records dispute with the state Department of Corrections about data used in calculating tentative release dates of inmates. Judge John Cooper last week granted partial summary judgment to the ACLU in a lawsuit filed in 2019. The ACLU has sought information from the department as part of an effort to propose changes to reduce what it describes as “over-incarceration” and racial disparities in people who are imprisoned. “However, to propose meaningful legislation, the ACLU needs to better understand the current prison population, FDOC’s (the Department of Corrections’) calculations of tentative release dates and how amending legislation may affect them,” the civil-liberties group said in a June motion. The ACLU said the department provided four data sets but did not provide five additional categories of information used to calculate tentative release dates. In his ruling last week, Cooper rejected a series of arguments raised by the department. “FDOC argues because it provided 9 million pieces of data,...
    A convicted murderer with a rap sheet of violent attacks against women was released from prison last year only to strike again, allegedly admitting that he stabbed a Florida mother to death who had been missing for weeks before the gruesome discovery of her body over the weekend, police said.  Eric Pierson, 54, was charged with first-degree murder Saturday just hours after the body of 33-year-old Erika Maria Verdecia, the mother of a young daughter who had been missing since Sept. 24, was found discarded in Davie canal in Sunrise, a city in central-western Broward County, Florida.  According to an arrest affidavit, Pierson allegedly admitted to detectives that he stabbed Verdecia with a screwdriver four times — twice in the neck and once in each eye – on Sept. 25, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. In her initial missing persons’ notice, Sunrise police noted that Verdecia’s "separation from her family was completely out of character."  ALEX MURDAUGH DEFENSE SPARS WITH ALLEGED HITMAN OVER MEDICAL RECORDS IN BOTCHED SUICIDE PLOT  "Why is this guy in the streets? Why?," the victim’s mother,...
    A Florida man exonerated of rape and murder after 37 years in prison is suing police and the city of Tampa over his wrongful conviction and initial death sentence. Robert DuBoise, 56, left prison in late Aug. 2020 after officials revealed new evidence that proved his innocence. Untested DNA evidence from a rape kit proved he did not rape and murder 19-year-old Barbara grams in 1983. No one else had been arrested.  Former inmate Robert DuBoise, 56, meets reporters with his sister Harriet, left, and mother Myra, right, outside the Hardee County Correctional Institute after serving 37 years in prison, when officials discovered new evidence that proved his innocence Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Hardee County, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius) Having lost almost four decades of his life, DuBoise has taken aim at those who helped convict him in the first place, the Tampa Bay Times reported. His federal lawsuit names as defendants the city of Tampa, four police investigators – all now retired – and forensic dentist Dr. Richard Souviron, who testified a bitemark on the victim...
    A Florida veterinarian was sentenced to more than 21 years in federal prison on October 8 for recording and sharing videos of himself sexually abusing dogs and possession of child pornography. Prentiss K. Madden, 40, was a licensed veterinarian in Aventura, Florida, and has been sentenced to 272 months in federal prison. Madden “recorded himself sexually abusing dogs, shared the bestiality videos on-line, and collected on-line child pornography,” a press release from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of Florida states. Madden also accessed images of child pornography through the use of the cloud storage service Dropbox, had thousands of images of child pornography on his phone, and was the recipient of child pornography images and videos in social media chats, the release states. According to the U.S. attorney’s office, on July 29, Madden pleaded guilty to five charges: Madden pleaded guilty to three counts of receipt of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2); one count of possession of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(4)(B); and...
    A neo-Nazi, who called himself a 'political prisoner,' dressed up as the Joker and talked of 'accelerat[ing] a race war' on social media, sobbed Tuesday during his sentencing for firearms offenses. Paul Miller, 32, will serve 41 months in jail for possessing ammunition and an unregistered short-barreled rifle, which were uncovered when the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force swarmed his home in Fort Lauderdale. On March 2, Miller was arrested for lying about his convicted felon status while applying for a concealed carry permit in 2018 -  400 rounds of ammunition and the unregistered rifle were uncovered during the FBI raid on the same day.  The agency ramped up efforts to combat domestic terrorism following the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, and pinpointed Miller. Its Joint Terrorism Task Force swarmed his Fort Lauderdale residence, and found an unregistered rifle and 400 rounds of ammunition. He told agents that he was preparing for a 'coming civil war', according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Prosecutors argued in court that he was 'on the precipice' of doing something with them....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A Florida man has been sentenced to six years and five months in prison for stealing the identities of local, state and federal officials in a case involving more than $50,000 in fraudulent payments, authorities said. Michael T. Watters, 51, of Ocoee, was sentenced Monday in Orlando federal court, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in July to aggravated identity theft and wire fraud. READ MORE: Government Shutdown Latest: What Happens If Federal Agencies Close?According to court documents, Watters created approximately 35 counterfeit driver licenses using the stolen identities of current and former lawmakers. Between December 2018 and May 2019, Watters used those counterfeit licenses to pass about 265 counterfeit checks as payment at various stores in the Orlando area. READ MORE: Miami FC Midfielder Jahshaun Anglin Accused Of Sexually Battering WomanProsecutors said Watters caused total losses of $53,156.43 to the affected businesses. Court records didn’t name the officials whose identities were stolen. MORE NEWS: Four People On Helicopter That Crashed At Miami Executive Airport(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Alexis Rodriguez, the man who ran as a no-party candidate for Florida Senate District Seat 37 last year appeared in court Tuesday. Seated next to his lawyer, he heard the terms of his plea deal via Zoom. READ MORE: Who Is Eligible To Receive Monoclonal Antibodies To Treat COVID-19? Rodriguez was facing a slew of charges, but because of the deal, he will serve 36 months probation, including 12 months of house arrest. Afterward, an emotional Rodriguez apologized for his actions. READ MORE: Doctors, Expecting Broward Mother Stress Importance Of Pregnant Women Getting The COVID Vaccine “I am deeply sorry for my actions and I want to apologize to my family, my loved ones and my friends, I would like to publicly offer a sincere apology to the residents of Florida District Senate 37 including Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez, the people of Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, and anyone else who was affected by my actions.” Rodriguez was facing up to 20 years in prison. MORE NEWS: Miami Weather: Scorching Heat Continues In South Florida...
    Robert Francis Krebs has spent most of his adult life in prison for robberies. With the sentence he received for a 2018 bank robbery in Tucson, the 84-year-old will probably be locked up for the remainder of his life An 84-year-old serial bank robber has been sentenced to more than 21 years in prison after he committed another armed heist to 'get back to the penitentiary.'   Robert Francis Krebs had been out of prison for just seven months when he held up a credit union in Tuscon, Arizona, on on January 13, 2018, and had struggled to adjust to life outside prison. Krebs had previously served more than 30 years for a 1981 bank robbery in Florida and was sentenced to three years in prison after a 1966 conviction in Chicago for embezzling $72,000 from a bank where he worked as a teller. He also served an additional 17 years for theft and armed robbery convictions from Arizona dating to 1980. He was convicted of the latest robbery in March last year and was sentenced Tuesday. It is likely...
    Former Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Felipe Vazquez has been sentenced to two to four years in prison for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in Westmoreland County (Pennsylvania) in 2017. In May, Vazquez was found guilty on 15 charges: 10 counts of sexual abuse of a minor, two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, and single counts of statutory sexual assault, indecent sexual assault and corruption of a minor. Vazquez, 30, is also getting two years probation and will need to register as a sex offender for as long as he remains in the country. Vazquez did not deny having a sexual relationship with the teenager, but said he did not know she was only 13. The relationship continued until Vazquez, a native of Venezuela, was arrested in 2019. According to local station WPXI, prosecutors claimed Vazquez had groomed the teenager over text messages in which he referred to her as 'kid.' Vazquez may also face charges in Florida and Missouri for related crimes involving the same victim. Former Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Felipe Vazquez has been sentenced to...
    Today is Friday, August 6 and these are the main news of the day: 1.- The Jackson health system announced drastic measures for its staff after the alarming increase in COVID-19, including the mandatory vaccination of its employees and suppliers. Miami Dade County announced that its employees will have to show proof of vaccination starting August 16, or they will have to show negative tests once a week. 2.- The Carnival cruise line will force its passengers to wear masks in certain spaces and vaccinated passengers will have to show a negative COVID-19 test taken at least three days before boarding, a measure that previously only applied to non vaccinated. 3.- Pembroke Pines Police are asking the community for help in identifying a man who abandoned two elderly dogs. A surveillance camera recorded the man leaving the two pets at the corner of NW 119th Avenue and 19th Street. Both dogs are safe in a shelter. 4.- Since the July 11 protests in Cuba, hundreds of protesters are still in prison, including the artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara....
    More On: child abuse Mom arrested after her 12-year-old daughter gives birth Woman charged for faking adopted son’s mystery illness Florida woman accused of keeping autistic child inside homemade cage Mom of dead toddler knew accused killer wanted her son ‘culled’: court docs A Louisiana man was sentenced to 15 years behind bars after he admitted to having sex with a teenage girl whose bedroom he secretly lived in, authorities said. Johnathan Rossmoine, 36, was arrested last September after the 15-year-old girl’s parents found him hiding in her closet in Spring Hill, Florida. He pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of sex with a minor and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. When Rossmoine was arrested on Sept. 27, the victim told deputies he’d been “living off and on” in her bedroom for five weeks, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies found Rossmoine still hiding in the closet when they arrived at the house, the statement said. see also ...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison for torching a sporting goods store during racial protests in 2020. A Tampa federal judge imposed the sentence on 21-year-old Terrance Lee Hester Jr., who pleaded guilty to an arson charge in April, according to court records. Federal investigators say Hester was identified through video surveillance footage as he threw a flaming white cloth through a broken window at a Champs Sports store. Later, prosecutors say, he was seen with a burning palm frond moving toward the store’s back door. Damage was estimated at $1.2 million. No one was injured. The potential maximum prison sentence for Hester was 20 years. The store was burned during several nights of racial justice protests in Tampa following the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer. Similar protests were held around the country. The Tampa Bay Times reports that state prosecutors charged 120 people with 265 separate crimes related to the unrest, including burglary and grand theft. Hester’s father...
    The Florida man convicted of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and killing 11-year-old Carlie Brucia in 2004 has died in prison as he awaited a resentencing hearing that could have saved him from death row. Joseph Smith, 55, died in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections on Monday, State Attorney Ed Brodsky said in a statement. Smith’s cause of death was not immediately provided. DEFENSE RESTS WITHOUT WITNESSES IN UBER RIDE MURDER TRIAL "While nothing can bring back Carlie, we are grateful that her family, her friends, and the entire Sarasota community will finally have closure and will not have to endure any further court proceedings to bring Smith to justice," Brodsky said. In this handout image provided by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, kidnap victim Carlie Brucia, 11-years-old, is shown in this undated image. ( Sarasota County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images) The case made national headlines after Smith was captured on surveillance footage grabbing Carlie by her arm and leading her away from Evie’s Car Wash in Sarasota on Feb. 1, 2004. Her body was found four...
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