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July 13, 2002
A Ventura County Superior Court judge is considering whether serial rapist Vincent Sanchez can plead guilty to murder without specifying the degree of the crime. Sanchez, 31, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted rape and attempted kidnapping as well as two special circumstance allegations in connection with the July 2001 slaying of 20-year-old Moorpark College student Megan Barroso. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
May 16, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Actor Sylvester Stallone pleaded guilty Tuesday to two charges of importing banned substances into Australia, saying he takes the muscle-building drugs for a medical condition and didn't know he was breaking the law. Stallone, star of the "Rocky" and "Rambo" films, didn't appear in court. He left Australia in February after authorities confiscated the substances.
October 4, 1990 | Associated Press
A man arrested in the disappearance of two girls abandoned without food or water in the searing Mojave Desert pleaded guilty to child endangerment Wednesday. Alan Erickson, 36, of Pioneertown, entered his plea to two counts of child endangerment before Municipal Judge Bert Swift. Erickson was charged in connection with the disappearance of Silver Putman, 6, and her half-sister Kristina Johnson, 3. Erickson was a family friend.
September 9, 1993
An Oregon man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted and shot a Torrance woman and then killed her husband, who had walked in on the attack. Randy Eugene Garcia, 22, entered his plea Monday during his arraignment before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James A. Bascue. A pretrial hearing before Judge Jacqueline Connor has been scheduled for Oct. 5 to determine if prosecutors have gathered evidence for Garcia to stand trial.
August 3, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A construction worker accused of killing a gay man over an unwanted sexual advance rejected a plea bargain in a Rockford, Ala., court, refusing to plead guilty in exchange for a guarantee he wouldn't get the death penalty. Charles M. Butler is one of two men charged in the Feb. 19 slaying of Billy Jack Gaither, 39, who was beaten with an ax handle and burned atop a pile of kerosene-soaked tires.
September 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A man pleaded guilty in Phoenix to killing a Japanese tourist whose body was found below a waterfall at an Indian reservation that includes part of the Grand Canyon. Randy Redtail Wescogame, 19, said he encountered the woman while she was hiking alone and offered to guide her to falls in the area.
December 4, 2003 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
An Encino man who was part of an alleged kidnap-for-ransom ring has pleaded guilty in state court to killing five Los Angeles County residents whose bodies were found in a Northern California lake, prosecutors said Wednesday. The plea agreement struck Monday between Ainar Altmanis and the district attorney's office came more than a year after he entered a deal with the U.S. attorney's office to avoid a possible death penalty in the upcoming federal case.
February 9, 1999 | P.J. Huffstutter
An educational psychologist charged with illegally billing insurance companies for nonexistent medical treatments has pleaded guilty to two counts of grand theft, the state Department of Insurance said Monday. Margaret Ferrin, 39, who worked out of her home in Huntington Beach, was placed on probation for 3 1/2 years and ordered to complete 400 hours of community service and pay $5,983 in restitution, the department said.
May 23, 1996
Mary Ruth Blanco, a West Covina grandmother accused of trying to rob a gas station in a vain attempt to pay the family's taxes, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to second-degree robbery charges by reason of temporary insanity as her attorney told the court she was "driven insane by the IRS." The 71-year-old woman faces a minimum of four years in state prison if convicted because of the special circumstance arising from the alleged use of a handgun in the botched May 4 robbery.
September 30, 2009 | Tina Susman
An Afghan immigrant charged with conspiring to bomb U.S. targets in an attack possibly intended to coincide with the Sept. 11 anniversary pleaded not guilty in federal court Tuesday. Najibullah Zazi of Aurora, Colo., was ordered held without bail in what authorities have called the first Al Qaeda-linked plot on U.S. soil since the 2001 attacks. He appeared beside his attorney, wearing orange sneakers, black trousers and a tunic. Zazi, 24, his heavy beard neatly trimmed, did not speak, and there were no family members in the packed courthouse.
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