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March 23, 1998 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not so many years ago, what Alex Delgado was willing to do would have been almost unheard of in a court of law. Facing three counts of robbery from a series of crimes in January, Delgado turned down a Los Angeles prosecutor's offer of three years in state prison and instead offered to serve twice as long behind bars. The catch: Rather than pleading guilty to two of the robberies, Delgado would admit to only one to avoid facing the ultimate three-strikes punishment in the future.
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February 24, 2001 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A dozen or so miles from the Los Angeles Sports Arena where he stood atop the Olympic platform with a gold medal around his neck, former boxer Henry Tillman was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for attempted murder and voluntary manslaughter. Compton Superior Court Judge Steven C. Suzukawa sentenced Tillman after the 1984 Olympic boxing champion accepted a plea bargain that will require that he serve only a year more in state prison.
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April 23, 1994 | ROBERT L. JACKSON and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys for accused spies Aldrich H. Ames and his wife have signed an agreement extending the time for grand jury charges until May 13 in a clear sign that negotiations on a plea agreement are nearing conclusion, it was learned Friday.
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June 30, 1993 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A preliminary hearing for a man accused of murdering his girlfriend's infant daughter--one in a series of Antelope Valley child abuse homicides--was postponed Tuesday to give the defendant time to consider a plea bargain that would settle the case. Peter Alvarez, 23, of Lancaster reportedly would face a long prison sentence--although less likely than if convicted of murder--if he agrees to admit guilt under the terms of an unspecified offer from the district attorney's office.
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March 28, 1993 | ANDREA FORD and RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Ever since last May, when four men were arrested in the beating of truck driver Reginald O. Denny, their impending trial has been paired in the public mind with the federal trial of four policemen accused of beating Rodney G. King. Despite the odds against it, despite the fact that they were proceeding through different court systems, the two cases seemed destined--perhaps dangerously so--to be tried at the same time, almost one year after the first King verdicts sparked rioting.
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September 16, 1993 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors have reached plea bargains with Christopher David Fisher and a juvenile co-defendant charged with plotting to blow up the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in an effort to start a race war, a federal attorney said Wednesday. Assistant U.S. Atty. Marc Greenberg declined to reveal details of the agreements, and defense attorney Anna Ho could not be reached for comment. U.S. Atty.
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January 5, 1995 | PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a brief, unheralded court hearing in Norwalk on Wednesday, two illegal immigrants who pleaded guilty to manufacturing fake identification documents became the first defendants sentenced under the sole section of Proposition 187 now in effect.
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February 16, 2001 | From Associated Press
A former government official from Thailand and two businessmen pleaded guilty Thursday in a scheme to smuggle Iraqi oil. Surasak Nananukool, a former Thai deputy finance minister, pleaded guilty in federal court to a felony currency violation in a plea agreement. A more serious charge of conspiracy was dismissed as part of the agreement, which was signed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
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April 8, 1994
David V. Cox, 27, whose Marine court-martial was depicted in the Broadway hit play and film "A Few Good Men." Cox and several other Marines were charged in the beating death of a fellow Marine. Seven accepted plea bargains, but Cox and two others chose court-martials. Cox was acquitted and later received an honorable discharge. His experiences formed the basis for the successful play and the recent film starring Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise and Demi Moore.
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September 14, 2000 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wen Ho Lee walked out of court a free man Wednesday after a federal judge repeatedly apologized for incarcerating him for nine months without trial and angrily rebuked the Clinton administration for its handling of a case that "embarrassed this entire nation." In a morning marked by high drama, laughter and tears of joy, the former Los Alamos nuclear weapon scientist agreed in thickly accented English to a negotiated deal that brings an abrupt end to the highly controversial case.
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