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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.
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 . . .
December 9, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
A judge postponed the sentencing of Adelphia Communications Corp. founder John Rigas and his son Timothy on fraud and conspiracy charges until Feb. 23 so attorneys can try to reach a restitution agreement. U.S. District Judge Leonard Sand in New York moved the sentencing from Jan. 5 at the request of prosecutors and defense attorneys. John Rigas, 80, and Timothy, 48, face dozens of years in prison for their convictions in July on charges of looting the No.
June 25, 1987 | From Associated Press
The sentencing of Billionaire Boys Club leader Joe Hunt for murder was unexpectedly postponed in Santa Monica today after his lawyer complained that he had not received Hunt's probation report in time to study it. Superior Court Judge Laurence Rittenband, noting that California law requires delivery of probation reports nine days before sentencing, said, "I have no alternative but to continue this until July 6."
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