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    SANTA CRUZ — A Watsonville man has pleaded guilty to the murder of his 25-year-old wife. Cesar Hernandez leans toward a microphone in November 2020 to answer a question from Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Paul Burdick during his arraignment for the Oct. 14, 2020, murder of his wife, Brenda Becerra. (Shmuel Thaler — Santa Cruz Sentinel file)  Cesar Antonio Hernandez, 49, was arrested after the body of Brenda Becerra was found in the family’s car, parked on Mission Drive in Live Oak, outside Becerra’s workplace. Hours earlier on that Oct. 15, 2020 morning, family members had called police to report Becerra missing after Hernandez dropped off the couple’s two young children unannounced and with little explanation. Family then went to the couple’s home and found a stripped bed, only the odor of cleaning chemicals remaining. Four days later, Hernandez was taken into custody as he crossed from Mexico back into the United States. After his May 12, 2021 preliminary hearing, Hernandez was held to answer on his wife’s murder. During that hearing, details of the hours leading up...
    The newlywed husband accused of murdering his pharmacist wife in their luxury bungalow on a private island in Fiji has pleaded not guilty. Bradly Dawson, 39, from Tennessee, appeared in the High Court in Lautoka over the killing of Christe Chen, 36, on July 9 to deny the charges on Wednesday. His lawyers also claimed he never confessed to the attack - despite police's claims - and called for him to be granted bail. They claimed Fijian law favored bail and argued the court should not use the seriousness of the charge to decide if he should be sprung before trial. Dawson allegedly battered Chen to death in the secluded $3,500-a-night Turtle Island Resort bedroom just two days after they checked in. A medical examiner ruled the death a murder and found she suffered a traumatic brain injury caused by a brain bleed, severe traumatic head injuries and multiple traumatic injuries to her body. Her cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head but her body was so badly injured she was not able to be embalmed. The newlywed husband accused...
    Ilg told the hit man, "I would like to see evidence that it happened. If this goes well, I have another, more complicated job [for an] entirely different target with entirely different objectives." The other "target" was allegedly his estranged wife. Ilg reportedly wanted to hire a hit man to kidnap the mother of his child, torture her, inject her with drugs, and blackmail her. According to court documents, Ilg instructed the hired hit man to "stop all court proceedings" in their divorce that were pending at the time. "Plant drugs in her home and used needles a day or so after collecting her," Ilg purportedly wrote. "So, if people start looking for her while she is detained, they will find them." The baby doctor allegedly said, "Inject her with heroin 2 times per day. Teach her to inject herself. Send pics and videos of her injecting herself for bribery later." Ilg allegedly furnished the hit man with his wife's complete schedule. "By early April, Scar215 had reached out to yet another dark-web site, hoping to have...
    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man who had been charged in the presumed death of his missing wife has pleaded guilty to forgery for casting her 2020 election ballot for then-President Donald Trump. Barry Morphew pleaded guilty Thursday and was fined and assessed court costs of $600, The Denver Post reported. He avoids jail time as part of a plea agreement. Suzanne Morphew was reported missing on Mother’s Day in 2020 after she did not return from a bike ride near her home in the Salida area in southern Colorado. Barry Morphew, who pleaded for help finding his wife, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in 2021, but prosecutors dropped the charges in April. That decision followed the judge’s move to bar prosecutors from presenting most of their key witnesses during Morphew’s scheduled trial because they repeatedly failed to follow rules for turning over evidence in his favor. The evidence included DNA from an unknown male linked to sexual assault cases in other states, which was found in Suzanne Morphew’s SUV and raised the possibility of...
    Andy Jacobsohn, Getty A man once charged with murdering his missing wife pleaded guilty to casting a bogus vote for Donald Trump in her name. Barry Morphew, 54, pleaded guilty to one count of forgery in district court in Chaffee County, Colorado. By pleading guilty, he avoided jail time. Instead, he was sentenced to one year of supervised probation. His wife, Suzanne Morphew 49, went missing on May 10, 2020, after a bike ride. Prosecutors charged Barry Morphew with first-degree murder, but dropped the charges in April. When a ballot in Suzanne Morphew’s name arrived at the Chaffee County clerk’s office about five months after her high-profile disappearance, officials contacted police. Dated Oct. 15, the ballot featured Barry Morphew’s name on a line meant for a legal witness to sign the ballot. It did not feature a voter’s signature. Morphew told FBI agents he cast the fraudulent ballot “because I wanted Trump to win.” Trump lost Colorado to Joe Biden by more than 13 percentage points and more than 400,000 votes. The ex-president has baselessly claimed the election was stolen...
    WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) -- The once-powerful and now disbarred South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he murdered his wife and son 13 months ago, with one of his defense attorneys calling for a speedy trial to clear his name and prod authorities to "go for the real killers."Wearing a white face mask beneath his shaved head and ankle chains above shiny leather shoes, the 54-year-old Murdaugh made his first court appearance in Colleton County since being indicted in the murder case last week. Despite his not guilty plea, he agreed to remain jailed without bond.One of his lawyers, Dick Harpootlian, said the defense team wanted to avoid a bond hearing that might reveal new information about the killings and risk prejudicing potential jurors when the case goes to trial. He also said Murdaugh, already saddled with $7 million in bond on unrelated criminal charges, can't afford to put up cash for his release pending trial.Murdaugh has been behind bars since October, charged with financial crimes and several other misdeeds that were uncovered after the killings...
    Walterboro, South Carolina (CNN)Disgraced former South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the murders of his wife and son, who were found shot to death on the family's property in June 2021. The plea comes nearly a week after Murdaugh was indicted by a Colleton County grand jury on two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection to the deaths of his wife, Margaret "Maggie" Murdaugh, 52, and their youngest son, Paul Murdaugh, 22. The fall of the prominent Murdaugh family: A timeline of deaths, alleged embezzlement and an insurance scamWednesday's hearing was slated as a bond hearing, but Murdaugh and his attorneys requested a formal arraignment. Asked if he was guilty or not guilty, Murdaugh, who appeared in the Walterboro courtroom wearing a white shirt and khaki pants, responded, "Not guilty." Murdaugh's attorneys consented to no bond, and the judge ultimately denied bond.Maggie and Paul Murdaugh were found dead the night of June 7, 2021, after Murdaugh called 911 to report he had...
    DISBARRED attorney ALEX Murdaugh pleaded not guilty to murdering his son and wife at their family estate last year. Murdaugh's court appearance comes after a grand jury officially indicted him for the murders of Maggie and 22-year-old Paul last week. 1Alex Murdaugh pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife and son last yearCredit: Getty Images - Getty The 54-year-old is already jailed on dozens of charges, including a scam to fake his own death. The state's attorney general's office has not released any details on how police linked Murdaugh to the deaths after a 13-month investigation. More to follow...For the latest news on this story, keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun.
    WALTERBORO, SC (AP) — The disbarred South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to murdering his wife and son. His defense lawyers and prosecutors agreed to keep the evidence secret amid media attention. His defense asked the judge to deny him bond, saying he can’t afford to post it anyway and wants a speedy trial because he feels the killer or killers are still at loose. The prosecution denied that, telling the judge that all the evidence points to his guilt in the shootings of his wife and son. Circuit Judge Clifton Newman had previously denied Murdaugh bond after he was charged with stealing money from clients. A different judge later set bond at $7 million but Murdaugh was unable to pay and has remained in jail since October. His lawyers have complained several times that the bond was set too high, and said that because of lawsuits and frozen assets Murdaugh couldn’t even afford to buy underwear from the jail store. Murdaugh, 54, was indicted on two counts of murder in the...
    WALTERBORO, South Carolina—Alex Murdaugh, the exiled South Carolina legal titan who was already facing a stunning array of criminal charges before things went to another level last week when he was charged with murdering his wife and son, was back in court on Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty. A Colleton County grand jury last week indicted the 54-year-old former lawyer on two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection with the June 2021 killings of his 52-year-old wife, Margaret, and their 22-year-old son, Paul. Authorities say the mother and son were both found fatally shot near the hunting dog kennels at the family’s 1,700-acre estate in South Carolina. Murdaugh was the one who called 911. Prosecutors alleged that Maggie had been killed with an assault rifle while apparently attempting to flee the scene. Paul had been fatally shot with a shotgun at close range.“The evidence all came back to one person and that was Alex Murdaugh,” South Carolina Assistant Attorney General Creighton Waters said in court. During...
    WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) — Alex Murdaugh pleads not guilty to murdering wife and son, lawyers agree to keep evidence secret amid media attention. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CNN)NFL star Richard Sherman will avoid jail time after pleading guilty Monday to two misdemeanor charges and a traffic violation related to a July domestic incident in a Seattle suburb.As part of a plea arrangement, Sherman pleaded guilty to negligent driving in the first degree, criminal trespass in the second degree, and the infraction of speeding in a roadway construction zone, according to King County Court documents.Sherman was arrested on July 14 after attempting to break into his in-laws' home in Redmond, Washington. Police said they responded to a forced entry call and also went to the property investigating a hit and run. According to police, highway workers called 911 to report a possibly impaired driver barreling into the work zone and fleeing. A heavily damaged SUV with one of its wheels nearly detached was traced to Sherman, police said.Sherman, who spent two days in jail after he was arrested, won't return to detention unless he violates the conditions of two years of monitored court supervision. He was ordered to pay $500 for the traffic violation and $1,325 in fees....
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 30-year-old man pleaded guilty Thursday to the murder of philanthropist Jacqueline Avant, the wife of legendary music executive Clarence Avant. Los Angeles County prosecutors said Aariel Maynor pleaded guilty in the fatal shooting of Avant and the attempted murder of her security guard at her Beverly Hills home in December. Maynor also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon and two counts of burglary. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 30 and could be sentenced to up to 170 years in prison, prosecutors said. Police were called to the Avants’ home early on the morning of Dec. 1 and found Jacqueline Avant, 81, with a gunshot wound. She was taken to the hospital but did not survive. An hour later, Los Angeles police officers arrested Maynor at a home in the Hollywood Hills about 7 miles (11.27 kilometers) away. Jacqueline Avant was a longtime local philanthropist who led organizations that helped low-income neighborhoods including Watts and South Los Angeles, and was on the board of directors...
    By Andrew Millman | Associated Press Diana Toebbe, the wife of a US Navy nuclear engineer who earlier this week pleaded guilty in a scheme to sell US naval secrets to a foreign country, pleaded guilty Friday in a federal courtroom in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Toebbe, 46, will face up to three years in prison as part of the plea agreement. Toebbe pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to communicate restricted data, which typically carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. FBI agents were monitoring and surveilling the Toebbes for months after an undisclosed foreign government informed the FBI that Jonathan Toebbe had sent them a package offering to sell nuclear secrets, according to the criminal complaint. They were eventually arrested on October 9 at what was to be a fourth dead-drop location. According to the plea agreement, Toebbe acted as a lookout for her husband during three “dead drops” — two in West Virginia and one in Pennsylvania — where they delivered SD cards containing classified information about nuclear submarines to undercover federal agents. The couple allegedly...
    (CNN)Diana Toebbe, the wife of a US Navy nuclear engineer who earlier this week pleaded guilty in a scheme to sell US naval secrets to a foreign country, pleaded guilty Friday in a federal courtroom in Martinsburg, West Virginia.Toebbe, 46, will face up to three years in prison as part of the plea agreement. Toebbe pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to communicate restricted data, which typically carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.FBI agents were monitoring and surveilling the Toebbes for months after an undisclosed foreign government informed the FBI that Jonathan Toebbe had sent them a package offering to sell nuclear secrets, according to the criminal complaint. They were eventually arrested on October 9 at what was to be a fourth dead-drop location.According to the plea agreement, Toebbe acted as a lookout for her husband during three "dead drops" -- two in West Virginia and one in Pennsylvania -- where they delivered SD cards containing classified information about nuclear submarines to undercover federal agents.The couple allegedly went to great lengths to hide the SD cards at...
    In this article NYTKen Kurson and Jared Kushner attend The New York Observer Celebrates Robert Kurson's New Book PIRATE HUNTERS at The Rusty Knot on June 15, 2015 in New York City.J. Grassi | Patrick McMullan | Getty ImagesKen Kurson, a former New York newspaper editor and close friend of Trump White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, pleaded guilty to reduced misdemeanor charges Wednesday in a case where he was accused of cyberstalking his ex-wife. Kurson's plea in Manhattan Supreme Court comes more than a year after then-President Donald Trump pardoned the 53-year-old political consultant in a federal criminal case where he had been charged in late 2020 with cybercrimes against other individuals. Under the plea deal, Kurson will be required to perform 100 hours of community service, with the expectation that the charges will be reduced to a violation in a year, the Manhattan District Attorney's office told CNBC. The New Jersey resident ran the newsroom of The New York Observer newspaper, now published online as Observer, when it was owned by Kushner, the wealthy scion of a New...
    Jonathan Toebbe had previously maintained that his wife had no knowledge of his attempted espionage. But as part of his plea, he said in court on Monday that he "conspired with Diana Toebbe." Authorities claim that in June 2021, after an undercover FBI agent sent $10,000 in cryptocurrency to Toebbe as a "good faith" payment, Toebbe and his wife traveled to West Virginia to perform a "dead drop" at a prearranged location. There, Toebbe left an SD card with sensitive information about U.S. submarine nuclear reactors inside a peanut butter sandwich, while his wife allegedly acted as a lookout. The agent followed up by sending Toebbe $20,000 in cryptocurrency, after which Toebbe sent the agent a decryption key for the SD card. A similar scenario played out two more times over the next several months, according to authorities. On one occasion in August. the agent sent Toebbe $70,000 in cryptocurrency after he concealed another SD card in a pack of chewing gum. "Among the secrets the U.S. government most zealously protects are those related to the design of its nuclear-powered...
    The nuclear engineer accused of trying to sell nuclear submarine secrets hidden inside peanut butter sandwiches pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge that will put him behind bars for up to 17 years. Jonathan Toebbe, 43, who worked for the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, and his wife, Diana, were charged with espionage-related crimes after trying to trade secrets for $5 million in cryptocurrency. The FBI intercepted the plot, and when Toebbe and his wife allegedly passed SD cards hidden in a peanut butter sandwich, a Band-Aid wrapper, and a gum package, undercover agents were on the receiving end. “Among the secrets the U.S. government most zealously protects are those related to the design of its nuclear-powered warships," said Matthew Olsen, the assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s National Security Division. "The defendant was entrusted with some of those secrets, and instead of guarding them, he betrayed the trust placed in him and conspired to sell them to another country for personal profit.” On Monday, Jonathan Toebbe pleaded guilty in a West Virginia courtroom. His wife's case is...
    A QAnon follower from Michigan has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing his newlywed wife, who he believed was a CIA asset - and President Joe Biden's transgender daughter - who was involved in sex trafficking. Troy Burke, 45, of Elwell, entered the plea on Tuesday, and it was accepted by Judge Shannon Schelgel. Burke was arrested in January 2021 on open murder and firearms charges for the shooting death of his wife of just three months, 29-year-old Jessica Burke. The husband was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, which determined that Troy Burke was not criminally responsible for his actions at the time of the killing, said Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion. Troy Burke, 45 (left), has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to an open murder charge for fatally shooting his wife, Jessica, 29 (right) in Michigan in January 2021 The couple had been married for just three months when Jessica Burke was found shot to death inside their home in Elwell, Michigan (pictured on their wedding day in 2020)  After receiving the results...
    An Orange County multimillionaire who led investigators on a years-long manhunt after being charged with his wife’s slaying pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison. Peter Chadwick, 57, strangled and drowned his wife — 46-year-old Quee Choo Chadwick — in the bathroom of their Newport Beach home on Oct. 10, 2012, according to prosecutors. Police said he wrapped her in a comforter and dumped her body in a trash bin in San Diego County. The couple had been fighting over a possible divorce and related financial issues. Chadwick choked up as he entered a guilty plea in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana. As part of the plea agreement with prosecutors, Chadwick will not receive any credit toward his prison sentence for time he has served in county jail while awaiting trial. Before the plea deal, he had faced 25 years to life in prison if convicted. “I just want to express that I am truly sorry,” Chadwick said during the hearing. He added that he hoped his...
    SAN DIEGO — A TikTok star with nearly a million online followers pleaded not guilty on Monday to shooting and killing his newly estranged wife and a man she was with last week at a San Diego high-rise. Prosecutors said Ali Abulaban had surreptitiously installed a listening device on his 5-year-old daughter’s tablet device, and when he heard his wife and another man talking, he went to her apartment and shot them to death, the Union-Tribune reported. After the shootings, Abulaban, still armed, picked up his daughter from school, Deputy District Attorney Taren Brast said. The details were revealed during the San Diego County Superior Court arraignment for Abulaban, who pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder as well as special-circumstance allegations of multiple killings, the newspaper reported. Brast said outside court that Abulaban, 29, is a TikTok star known as JinnKid, with more than 940,000 followers on the social media app. His account features comedy skits and impersonations of the character Tony Montana from the 1983 film “Scarface.” Abulaban’s attorney did not comment on the allegations during the...
    A TikTok star with nearly a million online followers pleaded not guilty on Monday to shooting and killing his newly estranged wife and a man she was with last week at a San Diego high-rise.  Prosecutors said Ali Abulaban had surreptitiously installed a listening device on his 5-year-old daughter’s tablet device, and when he heard his wife and another man talking, he went to her apartment and shot them to death, the Union-Tribune reported.  After the shootings, Abulaban, still armed, picked up his daughter from school, Deputy District Attorney Taren Brast said.    (Nikolas Kokovlis/NurPhoto via Getty Images) BRIAN LAUNDRIE NOTEBOOK FOUND NEAR REMAINS ‘MAY BE SALVAGEABLE,’ POLICE SAY  The details were revealed during the San Diego County Superior Court arraignment for Abulaban, who pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder as well as special-circumstance allegations of multiple killings, the newspaper reported.  Brast said outside court that Abulaban, 29, is a TikTok star known as JinnKid, with more than 940,000 followers on the social media app. His account features comedy skits and impersonations of the character Tony Montana from the...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A TikTok star with nearly a million online followers pleaded not guilty on Monday to shooting and killing his newly estranged wife and a man she was with last week at a San Diego high-rise. Prosecutors said Ali Abulaban had surreptitiously installed a listening device on his 5-year-old daughter’s tablet device, and when he heard his wife and another man talking, he went to her apartment and shot them to death, the Union-Tribune reported. After the shootings, Abulaban, still armed, picked up his daughter from school, Deputy District Attorney Taren Brast said. The details were revealed during the San Diego County Superior Court arraignment for Abulaban, who pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder as well as special-circumstance allegations of multiple killings, the newspaper reported. Brast said outside court that Abulaban, 29, is a TikTok star known as JinnKid, with more than 940,000 followers on the social media app. His account features comedy skits and impersonations of the character Tony Montana from the 1983 film “Scarface.” Abulaban’s attorney did not comment...
    Larry Millete pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and illegal possession of an assault weapon on Thursday, about 48 hours after law enforcement stormed his Chula Vista home and took him into custody for allegedly killing his wife. The 40-year-old appeared in court wearing a white face mask and a blue jail uniform, flanked by his lawyer.  His wife, Maya Millete, disappeared from their Chula Vista home on Jan. 7, the same day that she made an appointment with a divorce attorney.  MISSING MAYA MILLETE: HUSBAND LARRY ARRESTED FOR MURDER 9 MONTHS AFTER CALIFORNIA MOM VANISHED Larry Millete made his first court appearance on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife.  (KSWB) Tuesday's arrest came after a nine-month investigation by the Chula Vista Police Department, FBI, NCIS, and San Diego County District Attorney that included 67 search warrants and nearly 100 witness interviews.  "These efforts ultimately generated a variety of pieces of evidence that have become clear and overwhelming: Larry Millete, [Maya]’s husband, is responsible for [Maya]'s murder and disappearance," Chula Vista Police Chief Roxana Kennedy...
    The husband of a missing mother-of-three has pleaded not guilty to killing his wife.  Larry Millete's plea came after it was revealed that Larry he allegedly choked his wife until she lost consciousness.   Millete, who was arraigned in Southern California today on a murder charge, began acting increasingly strangely leading up to his wife Maya 'May' Millete's January 7 disappearance. Her friends said he became 'controlling' and 'stalker-like' as he 'became obsessed with [Maya's] activities and communications with other people' CBS 8 reported. Maya once told a friend that he choked her to the point of losing consciousness, according to a warrant obtained by the outlet. Larry was taken into custody at the family home on Tuesday morning around 11am, after murder charges were filed by the San Diego district attorney on Monday. Their three children are safe, but May's body has never been found.  The warrant also indicated that May sent her friend a text the day before she disappeared, saying: 'I told him I'm filing for divorce whether he likes it or not. I'm done trying to make it amicable for...
    A 41-year-old New Hampshire man charged with murdering his wife while the couple was in Vermont celebrating their first wedding anniversary has pleaded not guilty.  Joseph Ferlazzo appeared in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington via video conference Wednesday from the state prison in St. Albans and was ordered held without bail pending a hearing.  Ferlazzo’s defense attorney William Kidney entered the not guilty plea on behalf of his client. He declined to comment when reached by Fox News.  Emily Ferlazzo, left, and Joseph Ferlazzo.  (Vermont State Police) Joseph Ferlazzo told detectives on Tuesday he fatally shot his wife Emily Ferlazzo, 22, Saturday morning inside their camper van in Bolton and he later dismembered her body with a saw, police said. Chittenden County State’s attorney Sarah George said the evidence of guilt was great. Police said there had been "a history of domestic violence within the relationship and Emily has been seen with scratches and bruises." Joseph Ferlazzo told investigators Tuesday that he and his wife got into an argument inside their camper that got physical. Emily Ferlazzo later stopped...
    A 41-year-old New Hampshire man has confessed to killing his 22-year-old wife in Vermont following an argument in a small bus they had converted into a living and traveling space, according to police.  In a case eerily similar to the high-profile Gabby Petito case, Joseph Ferlazzo confessed to killing Emily Ferlazzo early Saturday morning after the couple traveled in their camper from their home in New Hampshire to stay at a vacation rental in Bolton, Vermont, according to Vermont State Police.  Investigators found the couple's camper containing human remains and other evidence that aligned with Joseph's confession soon after the young blonde-haired blue-eyed woman was reported missing, police reported.  The Northfield, New Hampshire man's arraignment began Wednesday at 10:30 am in Chittenden County Superior Criminal Court in Burlington for the murder of his wife.   He was held overnight without bond and appeared in court on Wednesday via video. His attorney entered a not guilty plea, according to NBC 10 Boston.   Joseph Ferlazzo, 41, (pictured in his mugshot) has confessed to killing his wife Emily Ferlazzo, 22, while traveling in the small...
    A QAnon-obsessed dad who allegedly shot dead his two young children with a spear gun at a Christian resort in Mexico pleaded not guilty to the gruesome murders in a California court. The plea comes after Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, admitted to the FBI that he killed his two young kids just days after the 'heinous, cruel and depraved' act, according to court documents. Coleman had told the agents that 'he received visions and signs that his wife possessed serpent DNA and had passed it onto his children'.  He will remain in an undisclosed federal prison - after prosecutors at the US District Court in San Diego argued Coleman is a flight risk and a danger to others or himself - until his next hearing, which is scheduled for November 5.   Santa Barbara District Attorney Joyce E Dudley said his not guilty plea last Wednesday was expected, even with the FBI's testimony. She told the Santa Barbara News-Press that 'a confession isn't the same as an admission of guilt'. QA-non-obsessed father-of-two Matthew Taylor Coleman (pictured in court sketch), 40, pleaded not guilty to...
    PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a fatal crash in West Virginia involving a newlywed couple. Ricky Lynn Olivo Jr., 40, of Woodstock appeared Monday in Mercer County for a plea hearing in the 2020 crash that killed Corey McKinney and injured his wife, Sabrina McKinney, the day after they got married, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported. READ MORE: 2 Injured After Horses Collide At Meadows RacetrackOlivo pleaded guilty to DUI causing serious bodily injury and DUI under the influence of controlled substances, the newspaper reported. Misdemeanor charges were dismissed. READ MORE: Wolf Administration Announces $5M In Grants To Promote Grassroots Vaccine OutreachUnder the plea agreement, the state will oppose alternative sentencing, but it won’t take a stance on whether the sentences run consecutively or concurrently. Prosecutor Lauren Lynch told the court that an investigation by the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment showed that Olivo crossed the center line and hit the ATV with the couple head on. MORE NEWS: WATCH: Car Crashes Into South Park Day Care Playground; Driver Charged...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Former Ald. Ricardo Munoz pleaded guilty Monday to stealing nearly $38,000 from a political fund he one controlled to use on personal expenses, including a relative’s college tuition, tickets to sporting events, travel, jewelry, and more. Munoz, 56, was indicted in April on 15 counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. On Monday, He pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. He READ MORE: Kenosha Police Investigating Report Of Active Shooter At Carthage College According to the plea agreement, while Munoz was serving as chairman of the Chicago Progressive Reform Caucus, he absconded with $37,891.99 from the group’s political action committee to use on personal expenses. The caucus removed him as chairman in 2019, after accusing him of questionable spending in filings with the Illinois State Board of Elections. The complaint led to the federal charges against Munoz. According to the plea agreement, he used the money he stole for jewelry from a Louis Vuitton store, an insurance payment on his car, women’s clothing...
    A Louisiana millionaire has pleaded guilty to orchestrating a kidnapping plot against his ex-wife which unraveled when the men who he'd hired to take her  drowned while trying to get away from police with her tied up in the back of their van. Lawrence Michael Handley, 53,  a recovering alcoholic, sold his healthcare company for $21million in 2015, two years before he filed for divorce from his wife, Schanda. The pair both claimed that the other had tried to have them killed.  In August 2017, two men - Sylvester Bracey and Arsenio Haynes - went to Schanda's home to kidnap her. They put a bag over her head, tied her up and threw her into the back of a van then set off.  Handley had hired them while he was high on meth and cocaine, according to his lawyer. It's unclear why Handley wanted to kidnap his ex or if he intended to kill her.  After placing Schanda in the back of their van at gunpoint, the two kidnappers drove away but they ran into traffic.  Rather than wait it out, they drove...
    RICHARD SHERMAN’S wife Ashley held his hand after the NFL star pleaded not guilty to five criminal charges including drunk driving and domestic violence.  The pro athlete appeared at a court hearing on Friday with his wife seated in the gallery as the prosecutor ticked off the list of criminal charges from Tuesday's altercation. 7NFL star Richard Sherman walked out of his Friday arraignment for domestic abuse and drunk driving holding hands with his wife AshleyCredit: AP 7The 33-year-old defensive back pleaded not guilty to all five chargesCredit: AP 7Footage emerged of Sherman appearing to throw his body into the door of his father-in-law's home on Tuesday nightCredit: KIMA TV The run-in reportedly led to his father-in-law pepper-spraying him after Sherman allegedly tried to break into the home of his wife’s parents. “We enter a plead of not guilty to all of the charges,” Sherman’s attorney Cooper Offenbecher told King County District Judge Lisa Paglisotti during Friday’s arraignment hearing that was captured on video. Sherman spoke with the prosecutor and then folded his hands and faced the judge to...
    PLEASANT VALLEY (CBS13) – A husband pleaded guilty on Wednesday to the first-degree murder of his wife, Heather Gumina Waters in 2019, the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office announced. Anthony John Gumina also pleaded guilty to two counts of felony domestic violence against his wife. READ MORE: Concern From Community After Bullets Fly Through West Sacramento Apartment According to the district attorney, Gumina admitted in a courtroom filled with Heather’s family and friends that he slammed her to the ground and strangled her until she was no longer breathing. The DA said Gumina also admitted to putting a rope around Heather’s neck so he could move her out of the house. Gumina reportedly blamed his deceased wife for hurting his pride and honor, officials said. “He started, essentially, by trying to justify his actions,” said Cheryl Sommers, a family friend and attorney for Heather’s family. The district attorney’s office said investigators learned of previous incidents that provided a clearer picture of Gumina’s past abuse of his wife. He was arrested and charged with domestic violence for allegedly tackling Heather...
    More On: Coronavirus Tales Andrew Lloyd Webber to risk arrest for June theater reopenings Southwest Airlines bans passenger who knocked flight attendant’s teeth out COVID thief funds: 8 accused of stealing $2M in coronavirus relief, flaunting cash online Companies are offering ‘returnships’ for caregivers aiming to get back to work The wealthy Vancouver couple that flew a private plane to the Yukon Territory and posed as local motel workers to get a COVID-19 vaccination intended for vulnerable remote Indigenous residents pleaded guilty in connection with their elaborate fraud. Rodney Baker, a casino executive, and his actress wife Ekaterina entered guilty pleas Wednesday to charges of failing to adhere to an entry declaration form and failing to self-isolate, according to the CBC. The couple, who reportedly earned $36 million in stock options last year, were fined a total of $2,300 and avoided jail time, the wire service said. They were facing up to six months behind bars for the January scam. “Fortunately, nothing physical happened in this case, no one got COVID as a result,” Yukon Territorial Court Judge Michael...
    Mark McCloskey and his wife, Patricia, will pay fines and forfeit their guns as punishment for their misdemeanor crimes. A Republican Senate hopeful in Missouri and his wife pleaded guilty on Thursday to misdemeanor charges. The pair became conservative movement heroes last June after their brandished guns at nonviolent protestors marching against systemic racism. Mark McCloskey admitted to fourth-degree assault and to pay a $750 fine. His wife, Patricia, will pay $2,000 for second-degree harassment. Both will forfeit the firearms used. "The prosecutor dropped every charge except for alleging that I purposely placed other people in imminent risk of physical injury, right, and I sure as heck did," Mark McCloskey told reporters. The two had originally been indicted in October on felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon and evidence tampering. "That's what the guns were there for and I'd do it again any time the mob approaches me, I'll do what I can to place them in imminent threat of physical injury because that's what kept them from...
    By Sonia Moghe, Maria Santana and Ray Sanchez | CNN The wife of Mexican drug boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman pleaded guilty Thursday to drug trafficking and money laundering charges related to her husband’s narcotics empire. Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, entered her plea in a federal court in Washington nearly two years after Guzman was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years for engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise as well as drug trafficking and firearms charges as leader of the murderous Sinaloa Cartel. A former beauty queen with an interest in fashion, Coronel wore a green prison uniform and white face covering Thursday as she told US District Judge Rudolph Contreras — through an interpreter — that she understood and accepted the conditions her plea agreement. “Are you entering this plea because you are guilty and for no other reason?” Contreras asked Coronel, for each of the three counts. “Si,” Coronel, a dual US-Mexican citizen, answered in Spanish. Coronel was arrested in February on international drug trafficking charges at Dulles International Airport and remained detained pending trial. Her...
    Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, has pleaded guilty to charges she helped her husband run the Sinaloa cartel.    Coronel Aispuro, 31, pleaded guilty to three federal charges Thursday in a federal court in Washington.     The charges include conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine over years, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and engaging in transactions with a foreign drug trafficker.    Coronel Aispuro was arrested at Dulles International Airport outside Washington in February and has been held in custody since.    Her arrest was a surprise as no moves were made against her for two years despite her being implicated during her husband’s trial in 2019.   FILE - In this courtroom sketch, Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, foreground right, reads a statement through an interpreter during his sentencing in federal court, July 17, 2019, in New York.  Guzman’s cartel operated ruthlessly for 25 years, smuggling tons of drugs into the U.S. while using extreme violence against anyone who got in the way.     He was...
    El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel Aispuro pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering charges in court Thursday. Aispuro entered her plea in federal court, according to CNN. The wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman pleaded guilty to charges in the U.S. and admitted that she helped her husband run his criminal empire. Emma Coronel Aispuro pleaded guilty to three federal offenses as part of a plea deal. https://t.co/Um7Aa9YazV — The Associated Press (@AP) June 10, 2021 “This is an arm’s length plea agreement,” her attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said, according to CNN. “She’s happy to take responsibility … [to] get on with her life.” (RELATED: Wife Of Cartel Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Arrested For Alleged Role In Husband’s Drug Trafficking) Aispuro was originally arrested in February on charges relating to participating in the illegal distribution and importation of drugs into the U.S. plus her involvement in assisting in El Chapo’s prison escape. Aispuro reportedly illegally distributed and imported one kilogram or more of heroin, five kilograms or more of cocaine, one thousand kilograms or more of marijuana...
    The wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman pleaded guilty on Thursday to United States federal charges and admitted she aided with the management of her husband's massive-scale drug operations. Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, was brought before a federal court in Washington to plead guilty to three federal offenses as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors. When asked by a judge if she had committed the crimes the federal prosecutors described, she said, "Yes," through a translator. Coronel was arrested in February at Dulles International Airport in Virginia and has been jailed since then. EL CHAPO'S WIFE ARRESTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING AND CONSPIRACY TO HELP CARTEL LEADER ESCAPE MEXICAN PRISON Her infamous husband was sentenced to life in prison in July 2019 after he was found guilty of murder conspiracy and drug-trafficking charges earlier that year. Coronel "worked closely with the command-and-control structure” of the Sinaloa Cartel and plotted to distribute large quantities of drugs across Mexico, knowing they would be smuggled into the U.S., prosecutors claimed. She allegedly helped the Sinaloa Cartel import more than...
    More On: el chapo ‘El Chapo’s beauty-queen wife to plead guilty in drug-trafficking case Live like El Chapo did: Mexico raffling off drug kingpin’s ritzy holdings US lifts sanctions on Sinaloa turncoat who helped convict El Chapo Colombian drug kingpin pleads guilty in NYC court to mass cocaine production The wife of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán pleaded guilty Thursday to helping her notorious drug lord hubby run his expansive Sinaloa Cartel. Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, copped to charges including conspiracy to distribute vast amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana while working for the murderous cartel that her husband ran for years in Mexico. The former beauty queen, who married El Chapo more than a decade ago, also pleaded guilty to money laundering and engaging in transactions and dealings in properties of a designated significant foreign narcotics trafficker. She faces life in prison. Speaking through a Spanish interpreter, Coronel’s only words during the hour-lnog proceeding in Washington, DC federal court were “guilty” to each of the three counts. She also confirmed that she understood she wouldn’t...
    Washington — The wife of notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges that stem from assisting her husband run his multi-billion dollar criminal empire. Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, entered her plea during a hearing Thursday at the federal district court in Washington, appearing in person before U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras and wearing a green prison uniform and white mask. Speaking through a Spanish translator, Coronel Aispuro told the court she is pleading guilty to all three criminal charges related to her involvement in her husband's sprawling drug enterprise. Coronel Aispuro is being held without bond and will be sentenced in September.  Prosecutor Anthony Nardozzi told the court that Coronel Aispuro "aided and abetted" the Sinaloa cartel, of which her husband was the leader, from 2011 to 2017 and, after Guzmán's arrest in Mexico, served as the "go-between" for his cartel in furtherance of its drug trafficking. Nardozzi also accused Coronel Aispuro of conspiring with Guzmán's sons to coordinate his 2015 prison break through an elaborate one-mile-long underground tunnel and of...
    WASHINGTON -- The wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman pleaded guilty Thursday to charges in the U.S. and admitted that she helped her husband run his multibillion-dollar criminal empire.Emma Coronel Aispuro, wearing a green jail uniform, appeared in federal court in Washington and pleaded guilty to three federal offenses as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors.The charges include knowingly and willfully conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine for several years. She also pleaded guilty to a money-laundering conspiracy charge and to engaging in transactions with a foreign narcotics trafficker.The 31-year-old was arrested in February at Dulles International Airport in Virginia and has been jailed since then.Prosecutors have alleged Coronel Aispuro "worked closely with the command-and-control structure" of the Sinaloa cartel and conspired to distribute large quantities of drugs, knowing they would be smuggled into the U.S.As Mexico's most powerful drug lord, Guzman ran a cartel responsible for smuggling cocaine and other drugs into the United States during his 25-year reign, prosecutors say. They also said his "army of sicarios," or "hit men," was...
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