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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.
April 28, 2004 | Robert W. Welkos
A Sherman Oaks man has pleaded guilty to one felony count of criminal copyright infringement for selling pirated copies of the HBO series "Sex and the City" on the Internet. William Jefferson Philputt, 33, could face up to three years in prison when he is sentenced in federal court in Los Angeles on July 2, prosecutors said.
August 22, 2001 | From Associated Press
A Bosnian Serb army officer pleaded not guilty Tuesday at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal to charges of murdering Muslims in a U.N.-declared "safe area" in 1995. Lt. Col. Dragan Jokic is charged with four counts of crimes against humanity and violations of the laws and customs of war in the July 1995 massacre of Muslim men and boys in the town of Srebrenica. He was stationed near the U.N. enclave during the 3 1/2-year war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Jokic, 44, has been held at the U.N.
August 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Prosecutors have more leverage against Michael Vick now that his remaining two co-defendants decided to plead guilty while he has maintained his innocence in a federal dogfighting conspiracy case. "He's hanging out there by himself, and that's a very uncomfortable place to be," said Anne Coughlin, a University of Virginia School of Law professor and expert on criminal procedure.
November 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones is prepared to take a plea deal that will get him probation in an effort to salvage his career after a Las Vegas strip club triple shooting. Under the written plea agreement obtained by the Associated Press, Jones intends to plead no contest to one charge of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct, a gross misdemeanor, in return for a promise to suspend a sentence of one year in county jail.
July 26, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Former Boeing Co. Chief Financial Officer Michael Sears has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to deceive the U.S. government about negotiations on a $23-billion contract, according to a person familiar with the matter. Sears, 57, is cooperating with prosecutors investigating negotiations he had with former Pentagon official Darleen Druyun, to whom he offered a job, the source said.
July 20, 2004 | From Associated Press
The brother of Sen. John Edwards, presumed Democratic vice presidential nominee, pleaded not guilty Monday to a 10-year-old charge of driving under the influence and was released on $5,000 bail. Wesley Blake Edwards was allowed to return to his home in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., said Mike Knight, spokesman for the Arapahoe County district attorney's office. A motions hearing and trial were scheduled for November. Edwards was ordered not to drink alcohol or drive without a license.
A judge Tuesday delayed the arraignment of Daniel Allen Tuffree and ordered the Simi Valley Police Department to give his defense attorneys all internal documents related to the shooting death of Officer Michael Frederick Clark. Investigators have said little about their internal investigation and Tuffree's attorneys said they have seen scant evidence to help prepare his defense on charges of capital murder, attempted murder and assault in the officer's death.
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