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  • Mississippi woman gets life prison sentence for hired killing of husband

    August 22, 2017 10:03 AM

    GULFPORT, Miss. - A Mississippi woman, accused of having a hit man kill the husband she claims had abused her for 30 years, has been sentenced to life in prison. Local news outlets report that Evelyn Garrison, 56, accepted a plea deal to first-degree murder Monday after she'd... more »
  • Calendar's Restaurant killer death sentence reinstated

    July 20, 2017 7:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court on Thursday reinstated Todd Kelvin Wessinger's death sentence in the 1995 double murder at a popular Baton Rouge restaurant. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 2015 decision by U.S. District Judge James Brady that Wessinger had not had an effective... more »
  • Man pleads guilty to cocaine distribution, sentenced to 15 years

    May 9, 2017 1:14 PM

    GONZALES – A Gonzales man will serve 15 years in jail after pleading guilty to charges of cocaine distribution, according to the 23rd Judicial District of Louisiana. Derrick Clark, 31, pleaded guilty to distribution of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance and possession of cocaine. The guilty plea was... more »
  • Senate backs bill giving some juvenile lifers shot at parole

    April 27, 2017 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state senators have agreed to give people convicted of murder as teenagers a chance at parole after serving 25 years of their life sentence. The 22-13 vote Wednesday came in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down automatic no-parole life sentences for crimes... more »
  • Arkansas inmate seeks stay of execution, citing attorney's plagiarism

    April 24, 2017 6:45 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A condemned Arkansas inmate is again asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to stop his execution, arguing that his previous attorney plagiarized a court filing. The Arkansas Supreme Court has repeatedly declined to stop Marcel Williams' execution, one of two planned for Monday night. In a late... more »
  • Two Arkansas men set to be executed want stays for poor health

    April 23, 2017 10:37 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Two Arkansas inmates scheduled to be put to death Monday in what could be the nation's first double execution in more than 16 years have asked an appeals court to halt their lethal injections because of poor health. Lawyers for Jack Jones and Marcel Williams asked... more »
  • Alabama ends death penalty by judicial override

    April 11, 2017 9:32 PM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed a bill ending the state's one-of-a-kind practice of allowing judges to sentence a person to death when a jury has recommended life imprisonment. Ivey spokeswoman Eileen Jones confirmed the move Tuesday. Alabama was the last state in the country to allow... more »
  • Daycare worker sentenced to five years for child's death Play Video

    February 24, 2017 2:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The woman accused of operating a daycare without a license and leaving a toddler in a hot van was sentenced to five years hard labor in a Baton Rouge courtroom Friday. Sheila Newman will serve only two years with five years of probation after her release.... more »
  • Obama cuts short Chelsea Manning's prison sentence

    January 17, 2017 4:41 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama is commuting the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who leaked classified documents. The White House says Manning is one of 209 inmates whose sentences Obama is shortening. Manning is more than six years into a 35-year sentence for leaking classified government... more »
  • Charleston shooter Dylann Roof sentenced to death

    January 10, 2017 5:01 PM

    CHARLESTON, SC - A jury has sentenced Dylann Roof to death for the murder of nine church goers in Charleston, South Carolina. The jury came to its decision after about three hours of deliberations. Roof, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, was guilty of opening fire on an African-American church... more »
  • Judge to ex-NFL star Darren Sharper: can't ignore damage

    August 18, 2016 7:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge who more than doubled former NFL star Darren Sharper's prison sentence told him that courts cannot ignore the damage he inflicted on women and on society at large. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo (TREESH mil-AH-zoh) had rejected a multistate plea agreement's 9-year sentence... more »
  • Donaldsonville man sentenced in manslaughter case

    July 26, 2016 11:35 AM

    GONZALES - A 28-year-old man has received a 12-year prison sentence in the shooting death of a Donaldsonville man. Shawn Broom, also of Donaldsonville, pleaded guilty April 26 to manslaughter in the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Michael Stewart on the porch of Donaldsonville home more than a year ago. Broom... more »
  • Smothers' murderer given life in prison instead of death penalty Play Video

    July 20, 2016 7:34 PM

    Baton Rouge - The legal maneuvering of the past 23 years has ended as 19th District Judge Richard Anderson complied with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling and re-sentenced convicted murderer Kevan Brumfield to life at Angola Prison. Brumfield was found guilty by a jury in 1995 for his part... more »
  • Accused drug dealer gets 10 year sentence for oxycodone distribution

    June 27, 2016 5:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An accused drug dealer was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for trafficking oxycodone. 43-year-old Kendrick D. Alexander, of Baton Rouge and New Iberia, must also serve three years of supervised release, forfeit $60,000 in drug trafficking-related proceeds and pay a $25,000 fine. A jury... more »
  • Family: Shooting victim recently had sentence commuted by President Obama

    June 5, 2016 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Family of a man who recently had his sentence commuted by the president have confirmed to News 2 that he is the surviving victim of a shooting on North Foster Drive in Baton Rouge Saturday. Boo Milton's father told The Investigative Unit his son was shot... more »
  • Habitual offender gets 60-year prison sentence

    May 20, 2016 12:52 PM

    AMITE - A Hammond man will spend 60 years in prison after he was convicted of fourth offense felony theft. 47-year-old Maurice Anderson’s criminal history extended back to June of 1989 when he was convicted of felony theft under two docket numbers. He was sentenced to serve two years... more »
  • 'Wrong neighborhood' attacker scheduled to be sentenced

    January 22, 2016 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The man accused of attacking a family at a gas station in Baton Rouge is scheduled learn his fate today. Jurors found Donald Dickerson guilty of second degree battery in a brutal attack two years ago. According to prosecutors, Dickerson told David Ray and his family "they were... more »
  • Ex-Subway pitchman to be sentenced for sex crimes

    November 19, 2015 5:28 AM

    INDIANAPOLIS- Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle is set to learn how much time he'll spend in prison on child porn and sex-crime charges. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt is scheduled to sentence Fogle Thursday after accepting his plea to one count each of travelling to engage in illicit sexual... more »
  • Man determined to be habitual offender sentenced to 60 years

    October 28, 2015 8:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A Baton Rouge man with no less than 18 arrests and four felony convictions has been sentenced to 60 years in prison as habitual offender. The stiff sentence that 42-year-old Cornelius Wilson received from state District Judge Tony Marabella prompted prosecutor Dana Cummings to dismiss pending drug-related... more »
  • Senate bill could cut nonviolent drug offenders' sentences

    October 22, 2015 1:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Nonviolent drug offenders could be eligible for shorter prison sentences under legislation approved by a Senate panel today as Congress took the initial steps to change the nation's criminal justice system. On a vote of 15-5, the Judiciary Committee approved a bill to give judges discretion to give... more »
  • Zachary man sentenced to running prostitution ring

    September 29, 2015 9:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A 34-year-old Zachary man who led a Baton Rouge-based sex-trafficking ring involving multiple prostitutes, including a 16-year-old girl, has been sentenced to more than 9 1/2 years in federal prison. Federal prosecutor said in a news release that Jeremie Jamocus Tate pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to... more »
  • Colvin gets 15 years in courthouse cocaine conspiracy

    September 8, 2015 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge formally sentenced former court clerk William Colvin to 15 years in jail Tuesday for stealing cocaine from an evidence locker at the East Baton Rouge courthouse in order to sell it. Colvin pleaded guilty to malfeasance, cocaine possession, and obstruction of justice charges in... more »
  • Afroman fined, ordered to get counseling for punching fan

    September 3, 2015 7:20 PM

    BILOXI, Miss. - Rap artist Afroman has been given a suspended six-month jail sentence, fined $330 and ordered to undergo anger management and impulse behavior counseling for punching a woman who jumped on a stage during a concert earlier this year. The Sun Herald reports Municipal Court Judge William... more »
  • Judge formally sentences James Holmes to life

    August 26, 2015 12:57 PM

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Colorado theater shooter James Holmes has been formally sentenced to life in prison. Judge Carlos Samour Jr. had no other option after a split jury decided the sentence earlier this month. A death sentence required a unanimous jury verdict. Samour sentenced Holmes Wednesday after two days of... more »
  • Judge formally sentences CarQuest killer to death

    August 10, 2015 4:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge formally sentenced Lee Turner Jr. to death Monday for killing two men at an auto parts stor in 2011. Judge Richard Anderson confirmed the jury's earlier sentencing after Turner's conviction in May of death by lethal injection. Turner was found guilty of killing... more »
  • Federal judge throws out death sentence in double murder

    July 28, 2015 10:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A federal judge has overturned Todd Wessinger's death sentence in the shooting deaths two decades ago of restaurant co-workers 27-year-old Stephanie Guzzardo and 46-year-old David Breakwell. U.S. District Judge James Brady ordered a new penalty phase hearing be held for Wessinger who has been on death row... more »
  • Obama commutes sentences of 2 Louisiana men

    July 13, 2015 4:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two Louisiana men were among 46 inmates nationwide whose prison sentences for non-violent drug offenses were commuted by President Barack Obama. On Monday, Obama cut the sentences of Brian Nickles, a 46-year-old man from New Orleans, and James Nathan Walton, a 42-year-old man from Thibodaux. Both men... more »
  • Florida man faces sentencing for having sex on the beach

    July 6, 2015 9:19 AM

    BRADENTON, FL.- A man convicted of having sex on a Florida beach in front of families will soon learn how long he must spend in prison. Jose Caballero is scheduled to be sentenced Monday. He faces a possible 15 years in prison, but prosecutors say they will seek 2.5 years.... more »
  • Agency cancels mistakenly scheduled hearing in grape soda child killing

    June 2, 2015 11:30 AM

    ROGERSVILLE, TN -The Tennessee Department of Correction has canceled a hearing that had been mistakenly scheduled to determine whether to shorten the sentence of a woman convicted of killing her stepdaughter by forcing her to drink grape soda. Department spokeswoman Neysa Taylor said 58-year-old Mary Vaughn was mistakenly certified... more »
  • DeQuincy man convicted in shooting death of girlfriend

    May 21, 2015 1:39 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - A DeQuincy man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of his girlfriend. State District Judge Guy Bradberry will sentence 55-year-old Leo Paul Thibodeaux on Aug. 7 to mandatory life in prison. Thibodeaux was convicted Tuesday of the March 28, 2012, death of... more »
  • Bill reducing sentences for marijuana possession narrowly passes House

    May 14, 2015 3:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- With the narrowest of votes, the Louisiana House voted to lower the maximum sentence for repeat marijuana possession from 20 years to eight years. The bill by Rep. Austin Badon, a New Orleans Democrat, moved to the Senate with a 53-36 vote. That was the minimum support needed... more »
  • Grandma gets life without parole

    May 11, 2015 8:58 PM

    GADSDEN, ALABAMA- A woman was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for making her granddaughter run until she died. Joyce Hardin Garrard denied she meant harm but told the jury at her trial she was making the girl run as practice because she wanted to... more »
  • Bill decreasing marijuana sentencing passes House committee

    May 6, 2015 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A House legal committee approved a bill that could lower the maximum sentence for repeat marijuana possession from 20 years to eight years. But a measure to ask Louisiana voters if pot should be legal was widely opposed and withdrawn without debate. Rep. Austin Badon, a New... more »
  • All involved in violent home invasion, murder sentenced to prison

    April 22, 2015 10:27 PM

    GONZALES - A three-year-old triple murder case that rocked the usually quiet Ascension Parish ended with convictions of the final three suspects in the case being sentenced to hard labor Wednesday. Rolando Stewart received 63 years; Travis Moore was sentenced to 26 and Devon James received 15. Last year,... more »
  • Child predator back in custody

    April 22, 2015 12:02 PM

    CLINTON - Authorities said a convicted child predator who skipped out on his sentencing hearing last week has been taken back into custody in East Feliciana Parish. Sheriff's deputies said 35-year-old Prentiss Corey Chavers was arrested Wednesday morning and is being booked into the parish jail this afternoon. ... more »
  • Woman sentenced to 2 years in theft of Social Security funds

    April 14, 2015 11:20 AM

    MONROE - Federal prosecutors say a 53-year-old Monroe woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing more than $200,000 in Social Security payments. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says Cassandra D. Ellis was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James on one count of theft... more »
  • Killer Jodi Arias gets life term with no chance for release

    April 13, 2015 12:26 PM

    PHOENIX - A judge has formally sentenced convicted murderer Jodi Arias to life in prison, ending a nearly seven-year-old case that attracted worldwide attention. The decision by Judge Sherry Stephens was largely a formality after a jury deadlocked last month on whether to give Arias the death penalty or life... more »
  • Woman given 8 years in Mississippi hate crime killing

    April 9, 2015 5:21 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A second woman who was part of a group that repeatedly searched Mississippi's capital city for black people to assault has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate on Thursday sentenced Shelbie Brooke Richards of Pearl on one count... more »
  • Branch gets 7.5 years for killing cyclist 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 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 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Woman who escaped prison has run before 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 »

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