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Hungry wayward goats cost Emmett County man $8,500
Animals were eating neighbor’s shrubs when police arrived; owner must pay other fines under no contest plea       
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Man ordered to pay $8,500 in restitution for wayward goats
PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) - A northern Michigan man has been ordered to pay more than $8,500 in restitution for damage his hungry goats caused to a neighbor's landscaping. The Petoskey News-Review reports (http://bit.ly/2cclDYT ) 55-year-old Frederick Thomas-Edward Hinkley pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge under an Emmet County animal ...
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Man who police say was recruited as killer takes plea deal
AURORA, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska man accused of being recruited to kill another man's wife has taken a plea deal. Court records say 30-year-old Derrick Shirley, of Bradshaw, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 1. He pleaded no contest last week to a felony charge of possessing a firearm ...
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86-year-old Grand Forks man pleads guilty to child porn
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - An 86-year-old Grand Forks man has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of possessing child pornography. Roger Whaley was arrested last November after police received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He entered pleas Tuesday. Each of the counts against Whaley ...
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Judge locks up 4 more principals in DPS scandal
One by one, the convicted principals pleaded for mercy, insisting they lived for their students and had suffered enough already.        
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Brother of wrestler Kurt Angle sentenced to prison for killing wife
A Dormont man was sentenced today to 2 ½ to 10 years in prison for killing his wife last year.
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DPS principal whose school won $500K gets 1 year
Ronald Alexander had asked for no jail time for his role in DPS kickback scam because his elderly mother needs him.        
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Principal whose school won 'Ellen' prize gets 1 year
Ronald Alexander had asked for no jail time for his role in DPS kickback scam because his elderly mother needs him.        
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Ex-DPS principal Alexander gets 12 months
They are set for sentencing Thursday morning in federal court for their roles in a $2.7 million bribery scheme        
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Live: 4 more ex-DPS principals face sentencing
They are set for sentencing Thursday morning in federal court for their roles in a $2.7 million bribery scheme        
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Minnesota man confesses to killing of Jacob Wetterling
MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota man confessed Tuesday to abducting and killing 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling nearly 27 years ago, recounting a crime that long haunted the state in chilling detail that included a handcuffed Jacob asking him, “What did I do wrong?”
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Man who authorities say faked death pleads guilty to fraud
A Florida businessman who authorities say faked his own death to defraud insurance companies has pleaded guilty. The Florida Times-Union reports that 63-year-old Jose Lantigua faces ...
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Man confesses to killing of 11-year-old boy in 1989
A Minnesota man confessed Tuesday to abducting and killing 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling nearly 27 years ago.
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New Jersey man to spend life after pleading guilty to LAX murder
The unemployed mechanic who gunned down a TSA agent in a shooting rampage three years ago pleaded guilty to murder and other charges.
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4 more ex-DPS principals face sentencing in scheme
They are set for sentencing Thursday morning in federal court for their roles in a $2.7 million bribery scheme        
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4 more ex-DPS principals face sentencing
They are set for sentencing Thursday morning in federal court for their roles in a $2.7 million bribery scheme        
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Williston man pleads guilty in oil patch explosives thefts
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Williston man accused of stealing explosives from companies operating in the North Dakota oil patch faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty. Tyler Porter was arrested in May and charged in federal court with five felonies that together carried a maximum punishment ...
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Reputed mob associate pleads no contest in attempted murder, insurance fraud cases
Reputed mob associate Ronald Galati Sr., serving time in federal prison for trying to have his daughter's boyfriend killed, pleaded no contest Wednesday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court to attempted-murder charges in a separate case in which he tried to have a friend and the friend's son killed.
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House arrest for judge in case-fixing scandal
Former Municipal Court Judge Joseph J. O'Neill, who pleaded guilty in Philadelphia's ongoing case-fixing scandal, was sentenced Wednesday to six months of house arrest for lying to federal agents.
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Woman pleads guilty in kidnapping, torture of 2 Chicago-area students in New York
A third defendant has pleaded guilty to being part of a plot to kidnap and terrorize two New York college students. Twenty-year-old Samantha Hughes is one of nine people charged after the abduction and torture of the two University of Rochester seniors in December. The victims, both from the Chicago...
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Camden man gets 30 years for stabbing to death woman, 38
A 27-year-old Camden man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of a woman in 2013, prosecutors said Wednesday.
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Former L&I inspector pleads guilty to extortion
A former property inspector with the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections pleaded guilty Wednesday to extorting nearly $4,000 in bribes from three people.
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Shailene Woodley cops plea deal for Dakota Access Pipeline bust
‘Divergent” star Shailene Woodley has struck a plea deal for trespassing during a Dakota Access Pipeline protest .
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Polygamists in food stamp fraud case avoid prison time
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Another suspect has accepted a plea deal in a food stamp fraud case brought against 11 polygamists on the Utah-Arizona border last year that marked a major government effort to try to crack down on the sect. Preston Barlow pleaded guilty Friday to a food ...
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Woman found guilty of neglecting 40-pound teen
A jury found an Indiana woman guilty of neglecting a girl who was starved, savagely beaten and trapped in a locked room.       
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Woman pleads guilty to role in marijuana smuggling deaths
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - A woman has pleaded guilty in connection with the deaths of two Oklahoma men who were found in a burning pickup in northern Colorado. The Greeley Tribune reports (https://goo.gl/PtUwMM ) 27-year-old Samantha Simmons pleaded guilty Wednesday to being an accessory to a crime. As part of ...
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Ohio man enters guilty plea in air base security breach
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of causing the evacuation of two buildings at Ohio's largest military base has pleaded guilty in a deal that dismissed several of the charges against him.
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Man pleads guilty to buying rifles in San Bernardino attack
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A California man who bought high-powered rifles used in the San Bernardino terror attack pleaded guilty on Thursday as the father of one of the victims angrily denounced the plea deal as a "slap on the wrist."Enrique Marquez Jr. appeared in federal court in Riverside with his hands cuffed and chained to his waist. He sounded choked up after the prosecutor described what he had done.
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Convicted child rapist pleads guilty in unrelated case
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - A Northampton man already serving a lengthy prison sentence after being convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls has pleaded guilty to unrelated child rape charges. The Daily Hampshire Gazette (http://bit.ly/2lVzNCb ) reports Stanley Michalski pleaded guilty Wednesday to child rape, indecent assault and battery on ...
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Montana woman pleads guilty in fatal DUI crash
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 38-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a man in southeastern Montana. The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2lNwAse) that Ethel Marie Brady, from the Lame Deer area, pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter for the September crash on U.S. ...
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Green pleads guilty to murder of his 4 children
Gregory Green, of Dearborn Heights, faces 45-100 years in prison for the murders of two kids and two stepkids        
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Friend who supplied rifles to San Bernardino terrorists agrees to plead guilty
The man who purchased two rifles used in the 2015 San Bernardino terror attacks will plead guilty to federal terrorism charges this week, ending a series of criminal court cases that followed one of the deadliest terror attacks committed on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. Enrique Marquez Jr., a...
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Pittsburgh man gets 15 to 40 years for killing 6-year-old
A Carrick man will serve 15 to 40 years in prison after he pleaded guilty this morning to third-degree murder for inadvertently shooting and killing a 6-year-old girl.
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Babysitter who tried to rob bank with kids in backseat sentenced to 6 years in prison
A babysitter accused of robbing a bank with children in the backseat of her car will likely spend the next six years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to three charges in two separate cases.
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Jury deliberating on whether to convict former Summit County councilwoman on corruption charges
A jury is deliberating on whether to convict former Summit County Councilwoman Tamela Lee on corruption charges after the FBI said she used her political influence with a convenience store owner who gave her bribes. Tamela LeeFBI  CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A jury is deliberating on whether to convict former Summit County Councilwoman Tamela Lee on corruption charges after the FBI said she used her political influence with a convenience store owner who gave her bribes. Lee, 58, of Akron faces charges of conspiracy, honest services mail fraud, Hobbs Act bribery, obstruction of justice and making false statements to law enforcement. The trial began Monday in U.S. District Judge Christopher Boyko's courtroom. The jury began deliberating Friday afternoon. Prosecutors centered their case on two acts they say Lee did in exchange for bribes from Omar Abdelqader, a North Canton man who owns several Bi-Rite convenience stories in the Akron area. Those acts include having Lee try to fix a criminal case involving Abdelqader's nephew and having her write a letter on her Summit County letterhead to the IRS on behalf of Abdelqader's friend. In exchange, Abdelqader gave Lee cash -- $40 here, $100 there -- as well as cigarettes and food, prosecutors said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Hollingsworth said during his closing arguments that these were characterized as campaign donations, but the money always went into her personal bank account. He played back phone calls and read transcripts of calls captured on an FBI wiretap that he said proved both Lee and Abdelqader knew exactly what they were doing. In one call, when a friend told Lee that Abdelqader must like him, she responded by saying "No. Omar ask me for more damn favors." She later says it's because "him and his people, them folks always in trouble." In other phone calls, the pair explicitly talk about money. "She used him for cash. He used her for political influence," Hollingsworth said. Timothy Ivey, Lee's federal public defender, told the jury that the calls that prosecutors played to the jury did not show a conspiracy, but rather conversations between friends. Abdelqader knew Lee through her husband, and said he was helping Lee out while her husband was in Yemen for three months. He said Lee is entitled to have a private life, and the conversations were being mischaracterized by the government as a grand conspiracy. "This is the type of conversation a person has with a friend, not some clandestine bribe situation," Ivey said. He encouraged the jury to listen to the "entirety of conversations," and not just clips that prosecutors cherry-picked. He said the government's evidence amounted to a "rancid stew of which you shouldn't partake of." Lee, who served as a councilwoman from 2011 until 2016. She lost a primary election last year and is no longer on the county council. She rejected a plea agreement from prosecutors that could have sent her to prison for between 30 and 46 months. If convicted, faces more than 10 years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines. She indicated before the trial that she may take the stand in her own defense. She chose not to do so and did not put on any of her own evidence. Abdelqader pleaded guilty in January to six federal charges. His brother, Abdelrahman Abdelqader, also pleaded guilty to corruption-related charges. Both will be sentenced in May. Samir Abdelqader, Omar Abdelqader's nephew and Abdelrahman Abdelqader's son pleaded guilty last year to making false statements to the FBI. Boyko placed him on three years' probation. If you would like to comment on this story, please visit Friday's crime and courts comments section.
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Mother pleads guilty to accessory charge in 'Baby Doe' case
BOSTON (AP) — A woman whose ex-boyfriend is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter pleaded guilty Friday to helping dispose of the girl's body in a plea deal that's expected to lead to her release from jail less than two…
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Bolingbrook trustee, guilty of DUI, gets supervision, community service order
Bolingbrook Village Trustee Michael Lawler says he has begun serving 100 hours of community service that was part of his sentencing following a guilty plea to drunken driving charges. Lawler, 60, who was charged in December, pleaded guilty to one count of DUI last month. He was given 12 months...
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Portland woman gets 15 years in husband's death
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Portland woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in the shooting death of her estranged husband in Lake Oswego. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://goo.gl/sJAuhl ) 51-year-old Nancy Westbrook was sentenced Tuesday in the Feb. 4 death of 36-year-old Joshua Westbrook. She was initially charged ...
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Man sentenced to 80 years in 2015 Regal Inn killing in Rosedale
A man was sentenced to 80 years in prison Monday in the fatal 2015 shooting of another man at the Regal Inn in Rosedale. Last year, Telly Dane Williams, 32, entered an Alford plea in Baltimore County Circuit Court to a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Aaron Lamont Burrell, 38. In an...
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Despite protests in Pittsburgh, man deported to Mexico
A Mexican-born man who had resided in Pittsburgh was deported this morning despite a high-profile, Pittsburgh-based campaign on his behalf.
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Former sheriff makes plea deal in 2012 shooting case
JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - A plea deal has been reached in a 2012 shooting case involving a former Henderson County sheriff. The Jackson Sun reports (http://bit.ly/2knMOqg) Ricky Lunsford pleaded guilty Monday to charges of attempted involuntary manslaughter and unlawful possession of a weapon. Lunsford was convicted on charges he shot ...
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Adviser admits to stealing $1M from Glen Rice, others
Brian Ourand, 55, of Chicago pleaded guilty to wire fraud Monday in federal court.        
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Oregon man sentenced to 10 years for string of burglaries
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A burglar arrested by Eugene police last month has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after accepting a plea agreement. The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/hoN8EK ) 26-year-old Ryan Hershey pleaded guilty Monday to 11 counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary. Police say Hershey ...
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Former financial adviser to Mike Tyson, Glen Rice pleads guilty in criminal fraud
Heavyweight champ Mike Tyson said his financial adviser was so close that he invited the money man to his wedding. Basketball star Glen Rice called the adviser "one of his best friends." But the man advising them about their money was stealing, according to a guilty plea Monday in federal court...
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NE Ohio ex-councilwoman faces federal trial in bribery case
CLEVELAND (AP) - A former northeastern Ohio councilwoman accused of accepting bribes for political influence will have her case heard by a federal jury after refusing a plea deal that would have included 30 months in prison. The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/2lkOu25 ) reports that a jury was chosen Monday ...
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Transients plead guilty in killings of tourist, yoga teacher
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two transients pleaded guilty Monday to murder in the deaths of a Canadian tourist who was camping in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park during a music festival and a yoga teacher walking his dog on a…
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Michigan lawmaker resigns to resolve criminal loan charges
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker with a lengthy criminal record resigned from office Monday as part of a plea deal to resolve charges that he submitted fraudulent pay stubs to secure a $3,000 loan in 2010.
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State Rep. Brian Banks resigns in plea deal over falsified documents
The Harper Woods Democract had faced felony charges but pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and resigned his seat today.        
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Suspect gets 30 years in Florida mosque fire
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — An ex-convict who posted anti-Islamic rants online pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Monday to setting fire to a mosque that the Orlando nightclub shooter attended occasionally.
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Suspect pleads no contest to Florida mosque fire
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — An ex-convict who posted anti-Islamic rants online pleaded no contest Monday to setting fire to a mosque that the Orlando nightclub shooter occasionally attended and now faces up to 30 years in prison.
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