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November 5, 1999 |
An Irvine man was sentenced Thursday in Nashville to 10 years in prison for trying to bring a pistol and silencer onto an airplane. Gregory C. Krug of Irvine was convicted in U.S. District Court in June of possessing a silencer, attempting to take the gun on an airplane without permission and trying to take the gun across state lines with the intent to commit murder. Federal prosecutors said Krug had plans to kill up to 15 Tennessee judges, attorneys and his sister.
June 24, 1996 |
A former soldier was convicted of murdering four of his co-workers at a Taco Bell restaurant during a robbery in 1994. Officials said Courtney Mathews, 21, forced the four to lie on the floor after the restaurant closed and then shot them execution-style. Mathews briefly closed his eyes and looked down Saturday after hearing he had been found guilty of four counts of murder and one count of aggravated robbery.
June 17, 2001 |
Ring Paulino Deng survived civil war in his native Sudan, four years of slavery and an arduous escape that eventually took him on a 6,400-mile journey to the United States. He died at age 19 with a knife in his chest outside the Nashville apartment where he had settled, the victim of a parking dispute. Family and friends can't believe his struggle ended this way. "We thought the United States was safe," said Deng's cousin, Mabior Manyok.
March 10, 2000 |
Memphis was a city in mourning Thursday--flags were at half-staff, bouquets of flowers were placed on fire hall steps and firefighters and law officers wore black bands across their badges. All were in memory of two firefighters and a sheriff's deputy who were slain Wednesday--allegedly by one of their comrades, firefighter Fred Williams--in a rampage that has angered and saddened this Mississippi River city.
October 24, 1998 |
Days after a much-loved Tennessee state senator was found shot to death on his hog farm, his opponent in the upcoming election was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree murder. Byron (Low Tax) Looper, a 34-year-old Republican known throughout the state for his run-ins with the law and his erratic behavior, hadn't been seen since Oct. 18, one day before Sen. Tommy Burks, 58, was found dead in his pickup truck, shot once above the left eye.
May 20, 1998 |
A high school senior shot and killed another student, apparently because the two had argued about a girl, police said. The shooting occurred about 2 p.m. in a parking lot at Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville. Jacob Davis, 18, confronted Robert "Nick" Creson, 18, and fired three times, police said. Creson died about 15 minutes after being brought to Lincoln Regional Hospital, spokesman John Fitzsimmons said. Davis was charged with first-degree murder and reckless endangerment.