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  • Branch gets 7.5 years for killing cyclist check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 18, 2015 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge sentenced Joseph Branch to 25 years in jail for killing a cyclist in a drunk driving crash, but he will only serve about a third of it. Judge Mike Erwin suspended all but 7.5 years of Branch's sentence for vehicular homicide Wednesday. He told... more »
  • La. man sentenced to 21 years in child porn case

    February 12, 2015 4:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An Abita Springs man arrested in 2013 as part of a federal investigation into a global child exploitation operation has been sentenced to 21 years in prison. Twenty-eight-year-old Jonathan Johnson pleaded guilty last year to operating a child exploitation enterprise. Authorities said he operated an online network... more »
  • Two sentenced in courthouse cocaine conspiracy check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 10, 2015 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge sentenced two people Tuesday who admitted to their parts in a conspiracy to steal and sell cocaine taken as evidence and stored in the East Baton Rouge Parish courthouse. Judge Jules Edwards sentenced Terrance Ramirez and Colt Bell for their guilty pleas to charges... more »
  • Father sentenced to 4 years in children's deaths

    January 23, 2015 10:45 AM

    HOUMA - A man whose two young children died in a March 15 house fire in Houma has been sentenced to four years in prison. The Courier reports 22-year-old Romell Welsh Sr. pleaded guilty this week to two counts of negligent homicide in the deaths of 2-year-old Romell Welsh Jr.... more »
  • 3 sentenced in beating of Angola inmate in 2010

    January 9, 2015 9:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An Angola penitentiary guard who admitted to beating a handcuffed prisoner following a 2010 attempted escape has been sentenced to six years in prison by a Baton Rouge federal judge. Mark David Sharp, 32, is the third former corrections officer to admit to federal charges in the... more »
  • Justices to review sentences for young convicts

    December 12, 2014 2:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says it will decide whether its 2-year-old ruling throwing out mandatory life in prison without parole for juveniles should apply to older cases. The justices said Friday they will examine the case of a Louisiana man who has been imprisoned since 1985 for the accidental... more »
  • Man who shot pregnant wife to be sentenced next month Play Video

    October 19, 2014 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After two years, the man who shot his pregnant wife is being sentenced next month. Frank Atkins has been convicted of second degree murder and attempted second degree murder. He is facing a life sentence and will go before the court one last time next... more »
  • Woman gets 30 years for drunken deadly wreck

    September 25, 2014 3:38 PM

    LAPLACE - A LaPlace woman, drunk when she caused a car wreck that killed three people in Norco, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. One of the victims was a pregnant woman. State District Judge Emile St. Pierre handed down the sentence Thursday for 42-year-old Jennifer Englade, who... more »
  • Former police chief won't serve jail time for lies check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 18, 2014 10:39 AM

    SORRENTO - The former Sorrento police chief who admitted he lied to the FBI during a sexual assault investigation won't serve time in jail. Earl Theriot received two years of probation during sentencing Thursday. He previously pleaded guilty to the federal charges, admitting he lied to investigators who questioned... more »
  • Ex-Nagin official sentenced in bribery scheme

    September 4, 2014 3:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has given a 2½-year prison sentence to a former deputy mayor whose testimony helped convict former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin in a city hall corruption scandal. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon sentenced Greg Meffert Thursday. In a shaky voice, Meffert apologized for the... more »
  • Psychiatrist sentenced in Medicare fraud case

    August 26, 2014 3:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal authorities say a Louisiana psychiatrist has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme. The Justice Department says Dr. Zahid Imran was sentenced Monday for his role in the $258 million scheme. The department says the scheme... more »
  • Sentencing nears for former New Orleans mayor

    July 7, 2014 1:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two days before former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin learns his punishment for convictions stemming from years of corruption before and after Hurricane Katrina, his lawyer hopes to avoid what he calls a "virtual life sentence" for the man once seen as a reformer. Defense attorney Robert... more »
  • Olah formally sentenced for Powerhouse Gym fraud

    May 29, 2014 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge formally sentenced one of the organizers of the defunct Powerhouse Gym in Baton Rouge for their part in a fraud to get money for the business. District Judge James Brady sentenced Ronald Olah, 35, to eight months in a halfway house and two... more »
  • Man sentenced for threatening Governor Jindal

    March 13, 2014 7:31 PM

    NEWARK, NEW JERSEY- A man from New Jersey got two years probation as his sentence for pleading guilty to making threatening phone calls to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal two-years ago. Ronnie McMillian of Hawthorne left voice-mail messages to Jindal and other Republicans saying they would "get a bullet in... more »
  • "Jihad Jane" prison time

    January 6, 2014 7:22 PM

    PHILADELPHIA- The woman known as "Jihad Jane" was sentenced to ten years in prison for a terror plot aimed at a cartoonist who offended Muslims. Colleen LaRose could have gotten a life sentence but the judge accepted a government request to reduce the term because of Larose's extensive cooperation... more »
  • Sentence given in Powerhouse Gym case

    December 19, 2013 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - One of the two men who set up the defunct Powerhouse Gym has been sentenced to 41 months in prison. Matthew Bernard made an agreement with the U.S. Attorney to plead guilty to bank fraud charges. He admitted to falsifying documents in order to obtain... more »
  • Teen gets 30 years in NO abduction, rape

    September 11, 2013 4:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 16-year-old boy, the youngest of three teenagers charged in the rape, abduction and robbery of a woman in New Orleans' Garden District earlier this year, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison as part of a plea deal. Sheldon Jefferson also agreed to testify against... more »
  • Soldier sentenced to death for Fort Hood shooting

    August 28, 2013 2:00 PM

    FORT HOOD, Texas - A military jury has sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for killing 13 people during the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. Hasan never denied being the gunman and has said the attack on unarmed soldiers was motivated by a desire to protect Muslim insurgents fighting... more »
  • Trevor Reese given life sentence in child's slaying

    August 22, 2013 4:31 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Trevor Reese was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. Reese had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2010 killing of 8-year-old Jackson Attuso. Attuso's throat was slashed on a recreational trail in West Feliciana Parish.... more »
  • Manning sentenced to 35 years in WikiLeaks case

    August 21, 2013 9:41 AM

    FORT MEADE, Md. - A military judge has sentenced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for giving a trove of military and diplomatic secrets to the website WikiLeaks. Manning was sentenced Wednesday at Fort Meade, near Baltimore. The judge convicted the 25-year-old soldier last month... more »
  • LSU DB Jefferson enters misdemeanor plea

    August 19, 2013 3:26 PM

    GRETNA - Freshman LSU defensive back Rickey Jefferson has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and has been sentenced to two years' probation in connection with his arrest along a Mardi Gras parade route in Metairie last February. The 18-year-old Jefferson, whose older brother is former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson, Monday... more »
  • Bouvay given 24-year sentence for LSU bomb threat

    August 9, 2013 10:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A district judge sentenced William Bouvay to more than two decades in jail for calling in a fake bomb threat to LSU. Bouvay received a 24-year sentence at his hearing Friday morning in Baton Rouge. He pleaded guilty to the charges this past April. The... more »
  • Judge: Manning guilty, but not of aiding the enemy

    July 30, 2013 2:00 PM

    FORT MEADE, Md. - Former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning has been acquitted of the most serious charge against him -- aiding the enemy -- a charge that carried a potential life sentence. But he still faces up to 136 years in prison at a sentencing hearing that begins... more »
  • Man sentenced to nearly 10 years for selling crack

    July 25, 2013 12:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has sentenced a 39-year-old New Orleans to nearly 10 years in prison for trying to sell crack cocaine to a New Orleans police officer. U.S. Judge Martin L.C. Feldman sentenced Hoxie Marcelin on Wednesday to 115 months in prison for possession with intent to... more »
  • Kenner business man sentenced in bribery case

    July 25, 2013 12:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Kenner telecommunications contractor and the last defendant in the four-year investigation of Jefferson Parish political corruption, has been sentenced. U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown sentenced Bill Mack on Thursday to 20 months for conspiring to bribe Parish President Aaron Broussard. Mack admitted paying Broussard $66,000... more »
  • Family of seven killed in crash protest sentencing

    July 23, 2013 10:56 AM

    CLINTON - Family members of seven people killed by a drunken driver in Slaughter rallied outside the Clinton courthouse today, where they will finally get to review a pre-sentence report for Brett Gerald. The family members held signs claiming judicial racism on the part of the judge in the... more »
  • Mother sentenced in daughter's drowning death

    July 19, 2013 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge mother has been placed on probation for four years after pleading guilty to negligent homicide in the bathtub drowning of her 11-month-old daughter. The Advocate reports state District Judge Louis R. Daniel on Friday sentenced 23-year-old LaShay R. Bradley to five years in jail... more »
  • Governor commutes sentence of man doing life at Angola

    July 12, 2013 11:09 PM

    ANGOLA- The governor commuted the sentence of a man at the state penitentiary serving time for a murder in Baton Rouge years ago. Shelby Arabie was in prison for life but will now only serve 45 years. He has completed about half. Governor Bobby Jindal said Arabie is... more »
  • Denham Springs man sentenced in child porn case

    July 12, 2013 9:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 44-year-old Denham Springs man has been sentenced in Baton Rouge to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to possession, receipt and attempted receipt of child pornography. David L. Whitehead was also ordered by U.S. District Judge James J. Brady on Thursday to serve 10 years... more »
  • Louding sentenced to life in prison without parole

    July 9, 2013 1:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge sentenced Michael "Marlo Mike" Louding to life in prison without parole today for the murder of Terry Boyd in 2009. Judge Trudy White called Louding a "cold-blooded hit man," and said he'd been "infected" by Torrence Hatch, the rapper known as Lil Boosie, and... more »
  • Former Plaquemines sheriff gets 46 months, $10K

    July 3, 2013 11:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former Plaquemines Parish sheriff Irvin "Jiff" Hingle must spend nearly four years in prison and pay a $10,000 fine for taking bribes from a jail construction contractor. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance on Wednesday rejected Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Chester's request for a 31-month sentence on the... more »
  • Former Orleans Parish sheriff employee sentenced to five years

    July 3, 2013 11:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former high-ranking employee of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office has been sentenced to five years in prison for coordinating a bid-rigging and kickback scheme with contractors. Federal prosecutors say John Sens, who pleaded guilty and is cooperating in an ongoing probe of Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin... more »
  • Appeal for reduced sentence outrages victims' family check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 19, 2013 4:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The attorney representing convicted killer Brett Gerald wants his sentence reduced. Tommy D'Amico is filing an appeal with the First Circuit Court of Appeals, calling his client's 35-year sentence for seven counts of vehicular homicide excessive. He believes Gerald's sentence for each count shouldn't run consecutively. ... more »
  • Drunk driver asking for shorter sentence again

    June 19, 2013 10:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Attorneys for the Greensburg man who killed seven people in a drunken crash said they're going to ask a judge to reduce his sentence again. Brett Gerald pleaded guilty this past December to seven counts of vehicular homicide in the May 2012 wreck. He initially... more »
  • Proposed bill would lessen jail time for simple marijuana possession check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 4, 2013 9:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposed bill making its way through the Capitol could mean lighter sentences for simple marijuana possession convictions. Representative Austin Badon (D.) of New Orleans introduced HB 103. It passed the house but still needs two-thirds approval from the Senate. "My bill only addresses the... more »
  • La. inmates face life in 2011 kidnapping death

    May 30, 2013 9:29 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Two Louisiana inmates were facing life sentences Thursday in the kidnapping death of an Ohio businessman abducted from a hotel in Mississippi during a 2011 crime spree. Darian Pierce and Ricky Wedgeworth were inmate workers with jobs as groundskeepers at the Louisiana State Police compound in... more »
  • Former Baton Rouge lawyer sentenced in fraud case

    May 23, 2013 2:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - James M. Bernhard III has been sentenced to 27 months in prison Thursday for wire fraud in connection with the theft of over $453,000 from his former law firm's trust account. Bernhard, who pleaded guilty to the wire fraud charge, surrendered his law license shortly before he... more »
  • Convicted Pa. abortion doctor gets life in prison

    May 14, 2013 3:38 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies who were born alive has agreed to give up his right to an appeal and will be spared a potential death sentence. Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the deaths of the babies who were... more »
  • Pittman receives 20 year sentence for manslaughter

    May 9, 2013 10:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge formally sentenced Adrian Pittman today to 20 years in prison for his part in a 2009 murder involving "Marlo" Michael Louding. Pittman pleaded guilty to manslaughter in November after cutting a deal with prosecutors to testify against Louding. A jury found Louding guilty... more »
  • Man sentenced to 25 years after no contest plea

    May 6, 2013 11:26 AM

    LIVINGSTON - 51-year-old David Lee Scott was sentenced to 25 years in prison for armed robbery and selling drugs, according to the district attorney's office in Livingston Parish. Scott pleaded no contest to the charges on April 29. In September 2012, Walker City Police say Scott entered a... more »
  • Victim's family calls suspended sentence "sickening"

    May 3, 2013 4:08 PM

    GONZALES - A man who pleaded guilty to killing a baby in a wreck nearly 20 years ago won't have to serve a day of his prison sentence, which the state never enforced. That decision was issued by Judge Jessie LeBlanc in Ascension Parish today. In court, she ruled... more »
  • Judge orders suspended sentence for convicted killer

    May 3, 2013 10:40 AM

    GONZALES - A judge suspended a two-year sentence today for Stanley White, who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in 1995 after a car wreck but never served his prison sentence. The judge said the state was negligent for not imposing the sentence in a timely fashion and that two... more »
  • New Orleans man sentenced in child porn case

    April 19, 2013 9:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 48-year-old man will serve a nine-year prison sentence for downloading photos depicting the sexual abuse of children. U.S. District Judge Nannette Brown on Thursday also ordered Myles Fitzgerald Guidry to spend the rest of his life under federal supervision after he is released. Acting U.S. Attorney... more »
  • Man sentenced to 40 years in ULL student's death

    April 10, 2013 3:58 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison in the January 2010 shooting death of a University of Louisiana at Lafayette student. The Advertiser reports 46-year-old Jose Luis Segura Jr. was sentenced Wednesday. Segura was initially charged with second-degree murder in 22-year-old Allen Aucoin Jr.'s killing,... more »
  • Sentencing delayed for key witness in Nagin case

    February 6, 2013 7:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - For the third time, a federal judge has postponed a sentencing hearing for a Louisiana businessman who pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan didn't give a reason for moving Frank Fradella's sentencing hearing from March 13... more »
  • La. judge suspended over misconduct in drug case

    January 31, 2013 7:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Supreme Court has suspended a judge for one year without pay over allegations that his decision to reduce a man's prison sentence was based on personal and political motivations. The divided Supreme Court also on Tuesday ordered 7th Judicial District Court Judge Leo Boothe to... more »
  • Woman who escaped prison has run before check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 1, 2013 5:56 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- Authorities said the woman who escaped overnight from a state prison in St. Gabriel was serving a 25-year sentence for manslaughter, and offered a reward for information leading to her capture. St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau said 33-year-old Keana Barnes climbed over a fence at the... more »
  • Weatherton given life sentence for kidnapping, rape

    December 18, 2012 5:32 PM

    GONZALES - An Ascension Parish judge handed down a life sentence today for a man convicted of kidnapping and rape who was featured on "America's Most Wanted". Bobby Weatherton acted as his own attorney in the sentencing phase of the trial. He was convicted in March of beating and... more »
  • Marine killer's girlfriend gets 2 years in prison

    December 18, 2012 10:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The girlfriend of a Houston man accused of fatally stabbing a decorated Marine wearing his dress blues in the French Quarter has been sentenced to 26 months in prison. The Times-Picayune reports 23-year-old Helaina Amrine pleaded guilty this summer to obstruction of justice and accessory after the... more »
  • Used car dealer sentenced in odometer fraud case

    November 30, 2012 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Justice Department says Beau Michael Guidry of Baton Rouge has been sentenced in connection with an odometer tampering scheme that defrauded victims in and around Louisiana. U.S. District Judge James J. Brady sentenced Guidry Thursday to 20 months in prison and one year of supervised release... more »
  • Sisters sentenced in federal identity theft, fraud case

    November 16, 2012 3:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A U. S. District judge sentenced two Baton Rouge sisters to four years in federal prison apiece for running a three-year, six-figure credit card scheme. U. S. Attorney Don Cazayoux Jr. said Trachell Brown was sentenced today to 51 months in prison for bank fraud and... more »
  • NYC man sentenced to life in subway terror plot

    November 16, 2012 2:51 PM

    NEW YORK - A Bosnia-born U.S. citizen has been sentenced to life behind bars for his role in a foiled suicide-bomb plot on New York City subways in 2008. Adis Medunjanin received the sentence Friday in federal court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors had accused Medunjanin and two high school classmates of... more »
  • Woman gets 17 years in stabbing death

    November 14, 2012 4:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 29-year-old Baton Rouge woman has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for the stabbing death of her boyfriend after an argument at their home. State District Judge Bonnie Jackson sentenced Katina Carter, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, in the July 15th death of 26-year-old Ladrian... more »
  • Sentence wraps up for Ohio woman with 'idiot' sign

    November 14, 2012 8:07 AM

    CLEVELAND - A woman sentenced to stand at the curb with an embarrassing sign for driving on the sidewalk past a stopped school bus has served out the second half of her two-hour punishment. The sentencing judge, unhappy that Shena Hardin was smoking and texting during Tuesday's hour, had... more »
  • Ariz. shooter listens to victims, little reaction

    November 8, 2012 12:40 PM

    PHOENIX - The man who pleaded guilty to a deadly Arizona shooting rampage is watching and listening as victims speak, showing little emotion or reaction. Jared Loughner is being sentenced to life in prison for killing six people and wounding many more, including then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Mark Kelly, Giffords' husband,... more »
  • Man given 35 years in "Good Samaritan" shooting

    October 29, 2012 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge sentenced Jonathan Murray, one of the men connected to the 2010 shooting which injured a Baton Rouge "Good Samaritan", to 35 years at hard labor for his part in the crime. Murray pleaded guilty in April to armed robbery and taking part in a... more »
  • Ex-Leesville police chief gets prison in gun probe

    October 16, 2012 4:33 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A former Leesville police chief has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number. U.S. District Judge Richard Haik on Tuesday sentenced 51-year-old Bobby Hickman to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Federal... more »
  • Bell given life for killing former chief's brother-in-law

    October 12, 2012 12:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge sentenced Leandre Bell, the man convicted of killing the brother-in-law of Baton Rouge's former police chief, to life in prison today. Bell, was convicted of two counts of murder and a host of other charges, including armed robbery. Leandre Bell was formally sentenced... more »
  • Jerry Sandusky sentenced to at least 30 years

    October 9, 2012 10:06 AM

    BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall. The sentence means the 68-year-old former Penn State assistant coach will be in prison at... more »
  • Ex-prof gets life in prison for meeting rampage

    September 24, 2012 4:28 PM

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A former university professor has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing three of her colleagues and wounding three others during a faculty meeting. The jury deliberated for about 20 minutes before convicting Amy Bishop on Monday. Amy Bishop, a former professor at the... more »
  • Taiwan co. fined $500 million for LCD price fixing

    September 20, 2012 1:25 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A Taiwanese company has been fined $500 million and two of its former top executives sentenced to three years in prison for their leading roles in a global LCD screen price-fixing conspiracy. The sentences handed down Thursday are among the harshest penalties ever given in an antitrust... more »
  • Woman gets prison in Medicare fraud plot

    September 11, 2012 4:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman who worked as a patient recruiter for several Louisiana medical equipment companies has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for her role in a Medicare fraud scheme. U.S. District Judge James Brady in Baton Rouge also on Tuesday ordered 47-year-old Karen Rayburn to pay... more »
  • Charges give Colo. prosecutors sentencing options

    July 30, 2012 5:14 PM

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Colorado prosecutors charged the suspect in the Aurora movie theater shooting with multiple counts for each victim to create more options during sentencing, if he's convicted. James Holmes was charged with 24 counts of murder, two each for the 12 people killed, and 116 counts of attempted... more »
  • N.O. rapper gets prison in firearms case

    July 18, 2012 5:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans rapper who pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm and conspiring to obstruct justice has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. Christopher Dorsey, known as "BG," also was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan to three years of supervised release following... more »
  • 'Shame' punishments like ponytail cutting increase

    June 25, 2012 6:07 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY- A legal scholar says unconventional sentences that seek to shame defendants are steadily increasing and turning state courts into circus shows. A 13-year-old Utah girl received such a punishment recently in juvenile court after cutting a 3-year-old girl's hair with dollar-store scissors. George Washington University Professor Jonathan... more »
  • Stanford to learn sentence for role in $7B swindle

    June 14, 2012 7:09 AM

    HOUSTON - If federal prosecutors have their way, former Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford could receive a prison sentence that spans two centuries for bilking investors out of more than $7 billion in one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history. The 62-year-old Stanford is set to be... more »
  • Pool cue beating

    May 14, 2012 7:29 PM

    A man who beat a 12-year-old with a pool cue and was identified via Facebook photos got 20-years in prison in New York. Scott miles is also a registered sex-offender. The judge who sentenced him says he turned the boy's house into a "house of terror." Police don't know why... more »
  • Former Port Allen councilman sentenced

    April 26, 2012 1:10 PM

    WEST BATON ROUGE - The Port Allen councilman caught up in 2009's Operation Blighted Officials sting received a lenient sentence in court Thursday due to his cooperation with authorities. A federal judge sentenced former Port Allen City Councilman Johnny Johnson to 6 months in a half-way house and 2... more »
  • Trucko Stampley given life sentence check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 19, 2012 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge sentenced Trucko Stampley, who was convicted in February of shooting and killing four Baton Rouge residents in their home, to four life sentences today. Stampley was found guilty on four counts of first-degree murder back on Feb. 3. He was accused of killing Marie... more »
  • Man gets jail sentence for wearing saggy pants

    April 11, 2012 11:39 AM

    PRATTVILLE - Authorities in central Alabama say a man has been given a three-day jail sentence for contempt of court for wearing so-called saggy pants. Twenty-year-old LaMarcus D. Ramsey was in Autauga County Circuit Court on Tuesday to enter a plea on a charge of receiving stolen property. Circuit Judge... more »
  • Cocaine dealer sentenced to 23 years in prison

    March 28, 2012 11:07 AM

    THIBODAUX- A Raceland man has pleaded guilty to distributing cocaine and sentenced to 23 years in prison. The Comet report 33-year-old Juanches Shelby was originally charged with seven drug crimes. Assistant District Attorney Rene Gautreaux said the Lafourche Parish District Attorney's Office dismissed all but one and agreed not to... more »
  • Judge asked to toss ex-N.O. cop's death sentence

    March 20, 2012 7:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Defense attorneys are asking a federal judge to order a new trial, throw out the conviction or overturn the death sentence for a former New Orleans police officer found guilty of arranging a woman's murder in 1994. The request filed Monday by a Capital Appeals Project attorney... more »
  • Former Rutgers student convicted in webcam case

    March 16, 2012 11:45 AM

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate's love life has been convicted of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy in a case that exploded into the headlines when the victim of the snooping committed suicide. Twenty-year-old Dharun... more »
  • Nigerian underwear bomber faces life sentence

    February 16, 2012 4:22 AM

    DETROIT - The government expects at least five passengers will speak in court at the sentencing of a Nigerian man who admits trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas 2009. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison Thursday, four months after pleading guilty in... more »
  • Former New Roads Mayor gets 11 years in prison

    January 17, 2012 7:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE-- Fomer New Roads Mayor Tommy Nelson will spend eleven years in a federal prison for racketeering and fraud. Judge Brian Jackson sentenced Nelson Tuesday afternoon, telling Nelson, "This kind of conduct is intolerable. The people of New Roads trusted you. You took an other that you would put... more »
  • Gambling Priest gets 3 Years

    January 13, 2012 7:32 PM

    A Catholic Priest in Summerlin, Nevada got three years in federal prison for stealing $650,000 dollars from his parish to support his gambling habit. Monsignor Kevin McAuliffe had no reaction when the judge chided him for abusing his position of trust but there were muffled sobs from his supporters in... more »
  • Rapper's murder conviction, sentence upheld

    December 29, 2011 3:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana appeals court has upheld the murder conviction and life imprisonment sentence of rapper Corey "C-Murder" Miller for a teenager's 2002 shooting death. A three-judge panel from the state's 5th Circuit Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected Miller's argument that he didn't get a fair trial.... more »
  • Michael Jackson's doctor sentenced to 4 years

    November 29, 2011 12:07 PM

    LOS ANGELES - The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson has been sentenced to the maximum term of four years behind bars. Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced Tuesday, three weeks after a jury convicted the cardiologist of involuntary manslaughter. The judge chastised him for a "horrific violation of trust"... more »
  • Daycare workers sentenced in child's death

    November 10, 2011 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge sentenced two daycare workers today after they pleaded guilty to negligent homicide for the death of a child in their care back in 2009. Kyandrea Thomas and Michelle Veals were both given a five-year suspended sentence with five years probation as part... more »
  • Dad Sentenced for Child Starvation

    October 20, 2011 7:37 PM

    A father who abandoned his 14-year-old daughter to the custody of her unfit mother in Philadelphia faces 21/2 to 5 years in prison because she starved to death. In addition, two social workers who failed Danieal Kelly got the same sentence. Daniel Kelly left his daughter in a squalid apartment... more »
  • Former mayor gets 10 years in FBI sting

    October 12, 2011 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former White Castle mayor Maurice Brown received a ten-year sentence today for his conviction on federal racketeering and bribery charges. Brown was also sentenced to two years of supervised release after his prison term is complete, and ordered to pay a $5,513 fine. Brown was... more »
  • Accomplices in restaurant killing sentenced

    October 6, 2011 4:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Larry Sterling and Ikey Washington, who were accused of being involved with the murder of a Georgia man at a Baton Rouge restaurant, pleaded guilty and were sentenced today. Authorities said the two were working with Antonius Jones, who was convicted in August of killing David... more »
  • BR tax preparer sentenced for fraud

    September 15, 2011 3:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge sentenced a Baton Rouge tax preparer today after she pleaded guilty to filing for more than $120,000 in bogus tax refunds. U. S. District Court Judge Brian Jackson gave Melissa Edwards 30 months in prison and ordered her to pay more than $56,000 in... more »
  • Judge calls restaurant murderer's actions "despicable"

    August 29, 2011 2:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Judge Louis Daniel sentenced Antonius Jones to life without parole this morning for shooting and killing a man in a Baton Rouge Waffle House last year. Before Jones was sentenced, Daniel told Jones his actions left a mark on this community. "The victim's family will... more »
  • Restaurant shooter given life sentence

    August 29, 2011 10:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge sentenced Antonio Jones, 21, to life without parole this morning for shooting and killing a man in a Baton Rouge Waffle House last year. Jones was convicted this past May of killing David George Demersseman, 54, during a robbery attempt at the restaurant last... more »
  • Iran Missile Parts Case

    August 15, 2011 7:21 PM

    A man who pleaded guilty to trying to illegally export missile parts to Iran from the U.S. is going to federal prison for four years. Davoud Baniameri attempted to buy parts from a company in Illinois that was controlled by law enforcement. The U.S. Attorney in Chicago says Baniameri endangered... more »
  • Ex-White Castle mayor's sentencing postponed

    August 11, 2011 11:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former White Castle Mayor Maurice Brown has learned he could be sentenced to a prison term ranging from 19 years to 24 years for his March conviction on federal racketeering and fraud charges. The Advocate reports Brown's sentencing was postponed indefinitely Wednesday by U.S. District Judge... more »
  • Former deputy to serve 5 years in tampering case

    July 29, 2011 1:02 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - A former Assumption Parish sheriff's lieutenant will serve five years in prison, followed by five years of supervised probation, for tampering with evidence in hundreds of narcotics cases. The Advocate reports state District Judge Jane Triche-Milazzo sentenced 46-year-old Louis Lambert of Labadieville on Thursday. Lambert, who... more »

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