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August 28, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas -- Closing arguments are expected Wednesday in the sentencing of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the convicted gunman in the deadliest attack on a domestic U.S. military base. Hasan, 42, was convicted of of premeditated murder last week in connection with the Nov. 5, 2009, shootings here that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30. He faces a potential death sentence. The Army psychiatrist has defended himself at sentencing, as he did at his trial. However, he has refused to make a statement, call witnesses or submit evidence during about four weeks of testimony . Prosecutors, by contrast, called more than 100 witnesses and submitted more than 700 pieces of evidence.
March 7, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Lenny Dykstra had already filed for bankruptcy and was fighting to somehow keep the $17.4-million mansion he had purchased from hockey legend Wayne Gretzky when he was interviewed by The Times' Alejandro Lazo back in October 2010 . Back then, a defiant Dykstra was confident he would once again make his way back to the top. "I have been fighting my whole life," Dykstra said. "That's why I have a new theme song, dude, and I am going to play it for you: "I want to be a billionaire, so … bad, buy all of the things I never had," he sang along, loudly and off-key, to the Travie McCoy song "Billionaire," as it blared from his Bose computer speakers.
August 25, 2009 | Michael Rothfeld
Assembly Speaker Karen Bass on Monday removed plans to create a commission to reevaluate California's sentencing laws from a package intended to cut spending on state prisons, saying she expected to win approval for the revised proposal later this week. It was unclear whether Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) -- senators ratified a $525-million package of spending reductions Thursday -- would go along with the Assembly's limited version. The sentencing review is one of Steinberg's priorities, and his house would have to approve the Assembly's changes before the legislation could go to the governor.
August 21, 2013 | By Rick Rojas, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- A stream of prosecution witnesses spoke Wednesday of families torn apart, of children left with physical and emotional scars and of lasting damage to the military's relationship with Afghan civilians because of the rampage U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pleaded guilty to perpetrating. But as the sentencing hearing continued, defense attorney John Henry Browne wanted to simply introduce the jury to "Bobby. " Bales' brother and a longtime family friend talked about "Good Time Bobby," the fun-loving guy from a blue-collar family in Norwood, Ohio.
July 21, 1998 | From Associated Press
A 29-year-old woman will follow her husband to death row for the murder of their 4-year-old niece, who was beaten and starved for months before being scalded to death in a bathtub, a judge ruled Monday. Superior Court Judge Michael Wellington, accepting a jury's recommendation, sentenced Veronica Gonzales to death for the 1995 killing of Genny Rojas.
January 17, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A self-proclaimed homeless gang member convicted of murdering two car salesmen and two other men within a seven-month period in East Los Angeles was sentenced to death Friday. A Los Angeles jury convicted Angel Mendoza, 39, in October of four counts of murder, three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and multiple special allegations. The death penalty was recommended by the jury and affirmed by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen. A parole officer who completed the pre-sentencing investigation said Mendoza showed no remorse for the killings and remained troubled by mental illness.
November 8, 1994
A chiropractor who threw his bride overboard on their honeymoon cruise in 1988 was resentenced Monday to 33 years, nine months in prison after a judge reviewed his life sentence for murder. Scott Robin Roston of Santa Monica was convicted five years ago of the second-degree murder of Karen Waltz Roston nine days after they were married.
August 4, 1999 | Associated Press
The sentencing of presidential friend Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie on campaign finance violations was postponed Tuesday until Nov. 1. Trie's sentencing had been set for Aug. 12, but prosecutors said they need more time to assess his cooperation as part of his plea agreement.
September 6, 1997
As two Mexican Mafia members were sentenced to life in prison, a defense attorney criticized the prosecution of the prison gang Friday, contending that it won't help stem violence in Los Angeles. "Will this sentence or the others you have imposed deter crime?" Deputy Federal Public Defender Ellen Barry asked a Los Angeles judge before he passed judgment on her client. "No," she said, answering her own question. "This prosecution and these life sentences will not stop . . .
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