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Florida Cannibal Sentenced to 60 Years: A Florida man who ate the brains and eyes of a man he murdered with an ax has been sentenced to spend 60 years in a maximum-security psychiatric hospital.  The Associated Press reports that a panel of three judges found 36-year-old Tyree Smith not guilty by reason of insanity in July after several witnesses testified that he posed a significant threat to the community.  Smith will be committed to a psychiatric hospital in Connecticut to fulfill his sentence.

Mississippi Begins Releasing Inmates with Electronic Monitors: The Mississippi Parole Board has begun releasing inmates convicted of nonviolent crimes under one condition; they must wear an electronic monitoring ankle device.  The Associated Press reports that releasing inmates and electronically monitoring them is saving the state money since they no longer need to pay for their housing, food, and medical expenses.  In the month of August, 60% of the 715 inmates that applied for early release were granted their request.

Fatal Gang Rape Trial Ends in Guilty Verdict: The high profile gang rape of a young female student on a bus last December in India is finally coming to an end after a judge found four men guilty.  Fox News reports that the men were found guilty on several counts of rape and murder and face a possible death sentence when they are brought before a judge tomorrow.  Another man, who was also involved in the attack, hung himself in his jail cell prior to the beginning of the trial.

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