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CA Attempted Murder Suspect Was Free Under Realignment:  Doug Saunders of the San Bernardino Sun reports that Richard Holquin, 46, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Holquin, out on probation under AB109, is suspected of shooting two men in Yucaipa after they failed to pay him owed money. He is being held at the San Bernardino Central Detention Center.

CA Jury Recommends Death for Cellmate Killer: 
Lewis Griswold of the Fresno Bee reports that a California jury has recommended the death penalty for Robert Galvan, 37. Galvan was convicted of brutally murdering his cellmate. He strangled him with electrical cord, slit his throat, and smashed his head against a concrete bed. Galvan says he killed his cellmate for calling him stupid. Galvan was serving four consecutive life terms for multiple assaults, kidnapping, and robbery at the time of the murder. He will be sentenced May 15.

CA Police Suspect They Are Being Targeted By Gun Thieves:
  Demian Bulwa of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that a surge in gun thefts from Bay Area cops has officers on high alert. Increases in home and car burglaries against officers are becoming an increasing problem for law enforcement. Ron Cottingham, president of the Peace Officers Research Association of California, says cops are prime targets for criminals and gang members because their homes and vehicles are sources for firearms.

CA Jury Recommends Death for Murderer, Rapist: 
Vik Jolly and Larry Welborn of the Orange County Register reports that a jury recommended the death penalty Wednesday for convicted rapist and murderer Waymon Livingston. Livingston, 29, carried out the crimes over a two-year period. He raped and murdered Melissa Ann Gonzalez in 2007. He had also raped three women besides Gonzalez, and assaulted another woman. DNA linked Livingston to the rapes and the murder. He will be sentenced April 26.

FL Man Pleads Guilty in Plot to Murder NY Judge, Prosecutor: 
Mosi Secret of the New York Times reports that Dejvid Mirkovic of Florida pleaded guilty to a murder for hire plot targeting a judge and prosecutor in New York. Mirkovic, 38, arranged to pay federal agents masquerading as hit men $40,000 to decapitate a judge and prosecutor in an act of revenge. The intended victims were targeted for their roles in convicting Mirkovic's business associate, Joseph Romano, of fraud. Romano received a 15-year sentence and will go to trial in May for his part in the plan.

NE Lawmaker Makes 37th Attempt Against Death Penalty:  Kevin O'Hanlon of the Lincoln Star Journal reports that Nebraska Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha has introduced LB542, his 37th attempt to overturn the state's death penalty.  The bill would replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole. Chambers has introduced similar bills every year from 1973 to 2008.

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