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September 27, 2008 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
The convicted mastermind of an investment scam that bilked retirees out of nearly $190 million was sentenced Friday to spend the rest of his life in state prison. Daniel Heath, 51, of Chula Vista was sentenced in Riverside County Superior Court to a term of 127 years and four months. According to Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Quesnel, who prosecuted the case, Heath would have to spend half that time in prison before being eligible for parole.
February 28, 2008 | Mark Magnier, Times Staff Writer
It seemed like a gift from heaven in a country where very little is free. When security guard Xu Ting went to an ATM in the southern city of Guangzhou on a Friday night in the spring of 2006 and withdrew $140, he noticed that it only deducted 14 cents from his account. Over the next eight hours, he made 170 more withdrawals, pocketing upward of $24,000.
January 12, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Former Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam was sentenced to life imprisonment, ending a 12-year trial on charges of genocide and other crimes committed during his rule. Mengistu, tried in absentia, is unlikely to ever spend a day behind bars, however, as he lives comfortably in exile in Zimbabwe, which says it won't deport him as long as he refrains from political activity.
May 27, 2006 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
The only attacker known to have survived the 2004 Beslan school siege, which ended with the deaths of 331 hostages, was convicted of murder Friday and sentenced to life imprisonment. The sentence triggered anger among some victims' relatives who had demanded that the defendant be executed, but others supported the decision.
January 29, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
December 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
An Israeli military court sentenced a Palestinian militant to 67 terms of life imprisonment for preparing bombs -- in belts, a computer case and a guitar case -- that killed dozens of people. The court said Abdullah Barghouthi of the Hamas group confessed and "boasted he had trained dozens of 'engineers' who he hoped would carry out even more deadly attacks."
September 17, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
July 29, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A German law student who kidnapped and murdered the 11-year-old heir to a private banking dynasty was sentenced to life imprisonment. Magnus Gaefgen, 28, confessed to abducting Jakob von Metzler in September 2002 and killing him. He was arrested one day after collecting a ransom of about $1 million.
February 23, 2003 | Howard Rosenberg, Times Staff Writer
It was nearly 3 p.m. on a wet, blustery afternoon when Bob Simon arrived at East Jerusalem's American Colony Hotel in a trench coat, his battered 40-year-old attache case belying how high his star is ascending at CBS News. The week's agenda: interviews for a "60 Minutes II" story on Palestinian young women-turned-suicide bombers.
January 25, 2003 | Monte Morin, Times Staff Writer
Adriana Vasco, the Anaheim woman convicted of arranging a murder that took the life of a doctor she had had an affair with as well as his wife, was sentenced Friday to life imprisonment without hope of parole. Vasco, a 35-year-old mother of two and former medical receptionist, wept and pleaded for forgiveness during the proceeding.
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