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Repeat Offender Sentenced to 6 Years Serves 81 Days: KGET TV 17 News reports Israel Iglesias, a six-time DUI offender, was sentenced to 6 years in jail in Kern County, but was released after serving just 81 days. "It's a break I guess, and I'm taking full advantage of that," said Iglesias. Chief Deputy Kevin Zimmerman of the Kern County Sheriff's Department said they try to save beds for the most serious offenders, and Iglesias was released early because he is considered a non-violent, non-serious, and non-sexual offender. "Since my 18th birthday I've been in and out of prison every single year for one thing or another," Iglesias said. The Kern County Superior Court website shows Iglesias has had 23 different criminal cases, and has been through at least three substance abuse programs in the last four years.

Stay of Execution Issued in Texas: Michael Graczyk of the Associated Press reports the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Monday gave a reprieve to Steven Staley, who was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Wednesday for the 1989 shooting death of a restaurant manager during a botched robbery. Staley, who escaped from a halfway house in Denver, had implicated himself in the slaying in a written statement. In his appeal to the court, Staley's attorney said he was only deemed competent for execution because a state judge had ordered Staley be given drugs to make him competent. In its 8-1 ruling, the court said it had determined that Staley's execution should be halted "pending further order by this court," and gave no other reason.

Mississippi Requests 3 Executions on Consecutive Days: The Associated Press reports Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood's office on Monday asked the state Supreme Court to set execution dates for three men on consecutive days in June after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeals of Henry Curtis Jackson Jr., Gary Carl Simmons Jr. and Jan Michael Brawner. Tara Booth, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Corrections, said the department is capable of conducting three consecutive executions. Mississippi state law says that the state Supreme Court must set an execution date within 30 days after appeals are exhausted. 

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