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SPORTS
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
February 9, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
While he was in town late last month to talk with local water agencies and policymakers about the drought, Gov. Jerry Brown also had a lower-profile but just as urgent meeting with Los Angeles County's top criminal justice officials. What is it with you L.A. people, the governor asked, and your resistance to split sentencing? It's a good question, even if it requires a bit of explanation. Under California's AB 109 public safety realignment, low-level felons do their time in county jail instead of state prison, and courts have the option to split their sentences between time behind bars and time under supervised release.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | James Barragan
A Tarzana man was sentenced Tuesday to 23 years and four months in state prison for fatally shooting his ex-wife and trying to kill her boyfriend. L.A. County Superior Court Judge Joseph A. Brandolino sentenced Hrant Meguerian, 60, for convictions of voluntary manslaughter and second-degree attempted murder. During the sentencing, which was attended by Meguerian's adult son and daughter, Brandolino said called the case “tragic.” Deputy L.A. County District Attorney Rena Durrant said the case was difficult for Meguerian family members.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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