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January 26, 2004 | John-Thor Dahlburg, Times Staff Writer
Sixteen-year-old Lionel Tate, sent behind bars for the rest of his life for a murder he committed at age 12, could be a free boy again as soon as today. At their Pembroke Park residence in suburban Fort Lauderdale, his mother has been readying her only child's room. "My son wants to come home. I want him home," said Kathleen Grossett-Tate, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.
January 5, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A teen whose life sentence for beating a 6-year-old playmate to death was thrown out signed documents pleading guilty to second-degree murder in a deal that could get him out of prison as early as this month. Lionel Tate, 16, signed the papers at a maximum-security juvenile prison in Okeechobee, where he is being held in the 1999 death of Tiffany Eunick.
December 28, 2003 | Jaime Hernandez, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The state attorney general's office will ask the 4th District Court of Appeal on Monday to reconsider a decision throwing out Lionel Tate's first-degree murder conviction and life sentence in the slaying of a 6-year-old playmate. Prosecutors say in the motion that the panel incorrectly considered post-verdict arguments and the trial court's findings.
December 19, 2003 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
A judge on Thursday tossed out several charges against two of three young men, including the son of a top Orange County sheriff's official, accused of raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl and videotaping it. The ruling scales back the possible penalties and is a big victory for the high-powered defense team employed by Donald Haidl, a wealthy businessman and campaign contributor to Sheriff Michael S. Carona who works without pay as an assistant sheriff.
December 7, 2003 | Claire Luna and H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writers
As trial nears for a teenager accused in the gang rape of an unconscious girl at his wealthy father's Newport Beach home, a lawsuit filed by his family further tangles a legal frenzy surrounding the case. Newport Beach police say Gregory Haidl, 18, and two friends videotaped the 16-year-old girl in July 2002 as they took turns raping her at the home of Don Haidl.
November 15, 2003 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Four teenage boys once locked in their cells for up to 23 1/2 hours a day at the Men's Central Jail checked into their new temporary home Friday in Norwalk, where they will be allowed to attend classes and eat meals in common areas. They are the first group of juveniles charged with adult crimes to be moved out of the Los Angeles jail since summer, when local ministers, youth advocates and others criticized the harsh conditions under which the young men were being detained while awaiting trial.
October 10, 2003 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
By the time the embers inside the Anaheim apartment building had cooled, 100 people were homeless and a firefighter was injured after having plunged through the roof. The fire setters turned out to be ages 6 and 7. They had been playing with matches. A week later another child, this time a girl from Placentia, escaped injury but destroyed her bedroom after she lighted a candle.
September 3, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Appeals court judges hearing the case of Lionel Tate, the teen whose lawyers said he was imitating pro wrestling moves when he killed a 6-year-old girl, questioned whether some children might be too young to be imprisoned with no chance of parole. Tate, who was 12 when he killed Tiffany Eunick, was too immature to understand what was at stake when he was sentenced to life without parole, his attorneys argued in a West Palm Beach courtroom. Judge Fred A.
August 30, 2003 | Jube Shiver Jr., Times Staff Writer
A Minnesota teenager was arrested Friday and accused of distributing one of the computer infections that slowed global Internet traffic and shut down some corporate networks this summer. Federal law enforcement officials said 18-year-old Jeffrey Lee Parson of Hopkins, Minn., was charged with one count of intentionally causing or attempting to cause damage to a computer.
July 26, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Three teenagers have been arrested in the apparent gang-related shooting death of a man who confronted them outside his mother's apartment in November, police said. A 16-year-old who allegedly admitted to the shooting and two 15-year-olds will be charged in the slaying of Jonathan Townsend, 18, of Windsor, authorities said. The two younger boys were picked up in Santa Rosa. The older boy was arrested in Rochester, Minn. The three are members of a Santa Rosa street gang, police said.
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