Sentencing

FILE - This August 2019 file photo released by the Utah Department of Corrections shows Ron Lafferty. Utah prison officials say Lafferty, a death-row inmate whose double-murder case was featured in the book "Under the Banner of Heaven" and who was nearing an execution by firing squad, has died of natural causes. Utah Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kaitlin Felsted said in a statement Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, that 78-year-old Lafferty died at the state prison in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper. (Utah Department of Corrections via AP, File)
November 11, 2019 - 7:01 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah death-row inmate who killed his brother's wife and her toddler because of his strong polygamist beliefs in a case made famous by the book "Under the Banner of Heaven" has died of natural causes, prison officials said Monday. Ron Lafferty, 78, died at the state prison in...
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This photo provided by Iowa Department of Corrections shows Benjamin Edward Schreiber. The Iowa Appeals Court has ruled against Schreiber, a convicted killer, who says he "died" during a medical emergency and thus fulfilled his life sentence. A district judge found little merit in Schreiber's argument, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, saying Schreiber's filing confirmed that he was still among the living. (Iowa Department of Corrections via AP)
November 08, 2019 - 1:49 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Appeals Court has ruled against a convicted killer who says he "died" during a medical emergency and thus fulfilled his life sentence. Wapello County court records say Benjamin Schreiber has been serving the life term since being convicted in 1997 of beating a man...
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This undated photos shows Takuma Sakuragi. A court in southern China has sentenced the former Japanese politician to life in prison in a five-year-old drug trafficking case. Sakuragi was detained in 2013 when found carrying about 3.3 kilograms of illegal stimulants in his luggage, according to Japanese news reports. (Kyodo News via AP)
November 08, 2019 - 4:50 am
BEIJING (AP) — A court in southern China sentenced an elderly former Japanese politician to life in prison Friday for smuggling drugs in shoes packed inside a suitcase he was trying to take to his home country. A man from Mali was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve and a Guinean received a...
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A trial continues as fentanyl drug traffickers are sentenced in court, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Xingtai, north China's Hebei Province. The court sentenced at least nine fentanyl traffickers Thursday in a case that was a culmination of a rare collaboration between Chinese and U.S. law enforcement to crack down on global networks that manufacture and distribute lethal synthetic opioids. (Jin Liangkuai/Xinhua via AP)
November 07, 2019 - 5:51 am
XINGTAI, China (AP) — A Chinese court sentenced nine fentanyl traffickers on Thursday in a case that is the culmination of a rare collaboration between Chinese and U.S. law enforcement to crack down on global networks that manufacture and distribute lethal synthetic opioids. Liu Yong was sentenced...
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View of the International Criminal Court, or ICC, where Congolese militia commander Bosco Ntaganda is scheduled to hear the sentence in his trial in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. The ICC is delivering the sentence on Ntaganda, accused of overseeing the slaughter of civilians by his soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002 and 2003. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
November 07, 2019 - 5:06 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court has sentenced a Congolese warlord known as "The Terminator" to 30 years imprisonment after he was convicted of crimes including murder, rape and sexual slavery. Bosco Ntaganda was sentenced Thursday after being found guilty in July of...
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In this Dec. 31, 2017 photo provided by the South Dakota Department of Corrections is Charles Rhines at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls. South Dakota Circuit Judge Jon Sogn has denied Rhines' request to delay his execution next week over the drug to be used. Rhines had argued that pentobarbital does not act quickly enough to comply with state law. Rhines, is scheduled to be executed in November 2019 in South Dakota for a 1992 fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer while burglarizing a doughnut shop. (South Dakota Department of Corrections via AP)
November 02, 2019 - 9:53 am
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Donnivan Schaeffer was delivering supplies to the South Dakota doughnut shop where he worked when a former co-worker who was in the middle of burglarizing the place ambushed the 22-year-old, stabbing him in the stomach. Bleeding from his wound, Schaeffer begged to be taken...
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Former DeKalb County police officer Robert Olsen becomes prepares to be processed after his sentencing, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Decatur, Ga. Olsen, who was convicted of aggravated assault and other crimes in the fatal shooting of an unarmed, naked man, was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison.. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
November 01, 2019 - 7:04 pm
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia police officer convicted of aggravated assault and other crimes in the fatal shooting of an unarmed, naked man was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison. Robert "Chip" Olsen was responding to a call of a naked man behaving erratically at an Atlanta-area...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2018, booking file photo released by Pulaski County, Ark., Sheriff's Office is William Burnell Alexander. Alexander pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, to aggravated robbery and three counts of first-degree murder and was sentenced to 60 years in prison in the December 2017 slayings of Mariah Cunningham, 5-year-old Alaylah Fisher and 4-year-old Elijah Fisher. (Pulaski County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
October 30, 2019 - 4:25 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Little Rock man pleaded guilty to helping his half brother kill a woman and her two young children while robbing the family's home — a crime in which prosecutors say he held the woman while his accomplice tortured the kids to death in front of her. William Burnell...
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In this undated photo made available by the Georgia Department of Corrections, inmate Ray Jefferson Cromartie is in custody. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said in a news release Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, that 52-year-old Cromartie is scheduled to die Oct. 30. Cromartie was convicted in the April 1994 slaying of Richard Slysz at a convenience store in Thomasville, just north of the Florida border. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)
October 30, 2019 - 12:50 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — With about eight hours to spare before a man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk was set to be put to death Wednesday, the state's highest court stepped in and temporarily halted the scheduled execution. Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, was to receive a lethal injection at 7 p...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 2, 2019, file photo, Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher leaves a military court on Naval Base San Diego. On Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 the chief of naval operations denied a request for clemency and upheld a military jury's sentence that will reduce the rank of a Gallagher, a decorated Navy SEAL convicted of posing with a dead Islamic State captive in Iraq in 2017. Adm. Mike Gilday made the decision after carefully review of the trial and the arguments made by Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher's lawyers. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
October 29, 2019 - 6:25 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. chief of naval operations on Tuesday denied a request for clemency and upheld a military jury's sentence that will reduce the rank of a decorated Navy SEAL convicted of posing with a dead Islamic State captive in Iraq in 2017. Adm. Mike Gilday made the decision after...
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