March 21, 2013 |
An insurance agent was sentenced to 20 days in jail for his role in a large-scale prostitution operation housed in a Zumba studio in the scenic beach community of Kennebunk, Maine, officials said Thursday. The Zumba prostitution case attracted national, even international, media attention because of its size. It attracted more than 150 clients, some prominent, in the town of about 10,000. Many of the details, including the sale of sex in a fitness studio and the filming of some of the encounters, rattled the bucolic town, down the road from the Bush family compound.
March 19, 2013 |
T.J. Lane is guilty but not sorry for killing three high school classmates. His lack of remorse was printed on the shirt he wore to his sentencing in an Ohio court and conveyed by the middle finger he flipped to those he has hurt. The 18-year-old Chardon, Ohio, student was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for a February 2012 school shooting in which Lane killed three students and wounded three others with a .22-caliber handgun. Lane pleaded guilty last month. He killed Demetrius Hewlin, 16, Russell King Jr., 17, and Daniel Parmertor, 16. Officials said Lane, an alternative-school student, fired 10 shots in the Chardon High School cafeteria.
March 17, 2013 |
An Ohio judge Sunday sentenced two teenage boys to at least a year in a juvenile detention facility after finding them guilty of raping a classmate in a closely watched trial that hinged on text messages, tweets and pictures shared online and among the defendants and their friends. Judge Thomas Lipps' sentence means Ma'Lik Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays, 17, could remain in detention until the age of 21. Mays, who was also convicted of using nudity-oriented material involving a minor, for having pictures of the girl on his cellphone, was sentenced to an additional year in detention.
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March 12, 2013 |
A judge Monday vacated the 124-year sentence received by convicted rapist Andrew Luster in 2003 and ordered an April 4 hearing to determine a new sentence. Luster, a great-grandson of cosmetics giant Max Factor, was convicted on 86 counts of rape and drug charges after a jury viewed videotapes he made of himself engaging in sexual acts with three women rendered unconscious by GHB, a "date-rape" drug. Although Judge Kathryne Ann Stoltz refused to grant Luster a new trial and expressed skepticism about most of the arguments made by Luster's attorneys in more than a week of hearings, she agreed that his unusually long sentence needed to be reconsidered.
March 9, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Egyptian protesters set fire to a police social club and attempted to block the Suez Canal on Saturday after a court upheld death sentences for 21 soccer fans and acquitted seven police officers accused in a deadly stadium riot last year. Demonstrations in Port Said and Cairo marked the latest escalation in months of unrest and civil disobedience aimed at bringing down President Mohamed Morsi's embattled Islamist-led government. The rage came amid a widening security vacuum spurred by a nationwide police strike.
March 7, 2013 |
ROME -- Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was given a one-year jail sentence Thursday for breach of confidentiality after the publication of illegally obtained wiretaps by a newspaper controlled by his family. Berlusconi remains free pending appeals, and it's considered unlikely that the jail sentence will ever be enforced. But the verdict by a Milan court adds to a mounting number of legal tangles faced by Berlusconi, whose political coalition came in second in elections last month.
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March 5, 2013 |
A former U.S. Marine convicted of arson while stationed in Japan more than a decade ago pleaded no contest Tuesday to charges that he ignited numerous vehicle and motor home fires in the North Hollywood area. Kurt Kaye Billie, 35, entered his plea to two counts of arson of an inhabited structure and one count of aggravated arson. As part of his plea, he admitted setting 21 fires to vehicles and motor homes in July and August 2011 in the North Hollywood area. Deputy Dist. Atty.
March 1, 2013 |
Two American sailors will be imprisoned for the rape and robbery of a young woman in Okinawa, a crime that has renewed opposition to the heavy U.S. military presence on the Japanese island. The Naha court on Friday sentenced 24-year-old Christopher Browning to 10 years and 23-year-old Skyler Dozierwalker to nine years for the October assault on a woman who was walking home from work early in the morning, according to Japanese news reports. The attack was captured on security cameras.
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February 28, 2013 |
Testifying in a blue prison jumpsuit with his ankles chained, Andrew Luster cast himself Wednesday as a victim of tragically bad legal advice. Serving a 124-year sentence on rape and drug charges, Luster, the great-grandson of cosmetics giant Max Factor, took the witness stand in Ventura County Superior Court, where he hopes to have his unusually long sentence reduced because his legal representation was allegedly inept. With drawn face and sometimes terse answers, Luster said attorney Richard G. Sherman urged him to flee to Mexico - advice Luster followed a week into his 2002 trial.
February 27, 2013 |
Bobby Brown was sentenced Tuesday to 55 days in jail and four years' informal probation after pleading no contest to a DUI charge - one of two such arrests he had last year. Call it the "fool us once" sentence? Brown also pleaded no contest to driving with a suspended license. He'll be required to complete an 18-month alcohol-treatment program, and has been ordered to hit three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week. He got 10 days for drunk driving, another 10 days for driving on a suspended license and 35 days for violating his probation on his prior 2012 DUI, L.A. Now reported . Brown will also get an ignition interlock device on his vehicle - one of those things that tests blood-alcohol level before allowing the ignition to turn over. PHOTOS: Celebrity mug shots The New Edition singer had been sentenced to a day in jail and three years' probation for the March 26 arrest, which happened in the early afternoon after he was first pulled over in the Valley for talking on his cellphone while driving.