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New Virginia sentencing law ends high court’s DC sniper case

February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lee Boyd Malvo, the Washington, D.C., area sniper, and Virginia agreed Monday to dismiss a pending Supreme Court case after the state changed criminal sentencing law for juveniles.Under the new law, signed by Gov. Ralph Northam earlier...

Inmate says in letter that he killed 2 molesters in prison

February 21, 2020

CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) — A California inmate serving a life sentence for murder confessed in a letter that he beat to death two child molesterswith another inmate's cane hours after a prison counselor ignored his urgent warning that he might become violent.In...

Inmate dubbed the ‘Starved Rock Killer’ freed after 59 years

February 21, 2020

PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An 80-year-old man who spent nearly 60 years in prison after being convicted of killing one of three suburban Chicago women whose brutalized bodies were found in a state park walked out of prison Friday.Chester Weger emerged...

Tennessee man gets electric chair for killing fellow inmate

By TRAVIS LOLLER | February 21, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A convicted murderer was put to death in Tennessee's electric chair Thursday, becoming the state's fifth prisoner over 16 months to choose electrocution over the state's preferred method of lethal injection.Nicholas Sutton, 58,...

Trump ally Roger Stone sentenced to over 3 years in prison

By ASHRAF KHALIL, MARK SHERMAN, and MICHAEL BALSAMO | February 20, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, was sentenced to more than three years in prison Thursday for obstructing a congressional investigation in a case that has sparked fears about presidential interference in...

Judge gives prison time to friend of gunman who killed 9

By DAN SEWELL | February 20, 2020

CINCINNATI (AP) — A friend of a gunman who killed nine people in a shooting rampage in Dayton, Ohio, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison on Thursday on unrelated federal firearms charges.Ethan Kollie, now 25, pleaded guilty in November to lying on...

Abuse victims look to Vatican after UN meetings in Geneva

By JAMEY KEATEN | February 19, 2020

GENEVA (AP) — Three deaf victims of sexual abuse by priests in Argentina wrapped up a string of meetings with United Nations human rights officials in Geneva on Wednesday, hoping to build pressure on the Vatican — and Pope Francis himself — to come...

Tennessee governor won’t intervene in scheduled execution

By TRAVIS LOLLER | February 19, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Wednesday he will not grant clemency to a death row inmate whose group of supporters includes family members of his victims and past and present prison workers.Nicholas Sutton, 58, was sentenced to...

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich returns to Chicago, maintains innocence

By MICHAEL TARM | February 19, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich returned home to Chicago early Wednesday, shaking hands and signing autographs after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption.Blagojevich...

President Trump goes on clemency spree, and the list is long

By JILL COLVIN, ZEKE MILLER, and MICHAEL TARM | February 19, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump went on a clemency blitz Tuesday, commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence and pardoning former New York City police commissioner Bernie Kerik, among a long list of others.Those...

Judge refuses to delay sentencing of Trump ally Roger Stone

By ASHRAF KHALIL | February 18, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday refused to delay sentencing for Roger Stone on his witness tampering and lying to Congress conviction as President Donald Trump kept up his unrelenting defense of his longtime confidant and said he wouldn’t...

Illinois man, 80, set for release in 1960 triple-killing

February 16, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — An 80-year-old man is set to be released from an Illinois prison this week, nearly six decades after he was sentenced to life for the killing of one of three suburban Chicago women whose brutalized bodies were found in a state park.Chester...