CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1986 |
A Pakistani court on Monday sentenced three Indian Sikh separatists to death and seven to life imprisonment for hijacking an aircraft to Pakistan. Judge Fazal Karim acquitted four others and told the convicted 10 that they could appeal before the Lahore high court within 30 days. The Sikhs hijacked two Indian airliners to this Pakistani border town in September, 1981, and July, 1984.
January 29, 2005 |
A nurse in Lucerne, Switzerland, was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of 22 elderly patients in nursing homes over a six-year period. Roger Andermatt, 36, killed the patients, mostly women between ages 66 and 95, with injections or by smothering them. He said he had acted to end their suffering, and because he and his colleagues were overburdened.
May 23, 1986 |
The convicted abductor and molester of a 14-year-old Long Beach boy was sentenced here Thursday to life imprisonment by a judge who called him "a blight on society." David Collins, 56, was found guilty of kidnaping Bobby Smith from his home in April, 1983, and molesting him during a 21-month trek across the United States. He finally was arrested by Providence police investigating an auto accident. Collins contended that the boy went with him willingly.
December 29, 1985 |
The National Assembly of Kuwait on Saturday called on Egypt to free a policeman sentenced to life imprisonment for killing seven Israeli tourists and honor him as a hero of the Arab people. The National Assembly asked Egypt to release Sgt. Suleiman Khater immediately and honor him because he has "restored to the Arab people some of its dignity."
December 18, 2000 |
A court in the central Rwandan town of Gitarama has sentenced 14 people to life imprisonment for genocide and crimes against humanity, Rwandan radio reported. The charges are related to crimes committed in Taba commune in 1994, when more than 800,000 Rwandan Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed. The radio report, monitored in Nairobi, Kenya, did not specify when the sentences were pronounced.
March 23, 2012
Seven years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that offenders younger than 18 couldn't be sentenced to death, arguing that juveniles are generally less culpable than adults because they are less mature, more impulsive and more susceptible to peer pressure. By the same unassailable logic, the court should hold that sentencing young murderers to life without parole is cruel and unusual punishment. Evan Miller and Kuntrell Jackson were both 14 when they committed their crimes. Miller and a 16-year-old friend beat a neighbor and set fire to his house in Alabama, leading to the neighbor's death by smoke inhalation.
November 22, 2002 |
The state Supreme Court rejected prosecutors' requests for life imprisonment of a man who served as a lookout during a double murder when he was 15. Leon Miller, 20, agreed on the spur of the moment in 1997 to stand watch while Chicago gang members killed two members of a rival group. He was tried as an adult and convicted of murder.
September 17, 2004 |
NORTHERN IRELAND A former Protestant guerrilla was sentenced to life imprisonment for the 1989 killing of Catholic lawyer Pat Finucane. Kenneth Barrett, who was also a police informer, was ordered to serve a minimum of 22 years. He had admitted the charge and 11 other offenses. Barrett, 41, was one of two gunmen who burst into Finucane's Belfast home while he was dining and shot him 14 times. The lawyer had defended Irish Republican Army suspects.