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Texas Executes Man Convicted of Murdering Parents: Texas has executed its 14th inmate so far this year, 43-year-old Michael Yowell.  Michael Graczyk of the Associated Press reports that Yowell killed his mother, father, and grandmother before setting fire to their family home on Mother's Day in 1998.  Yowell's attempt to delay his execution by appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court that he received "shoddy legal help" had been denied earlier this week.  See also Kent's post yesterday.

Ex-Detroit Mayor Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison: Kwame Kilpatrick, who at one time was the very popular Mayor of Detroit, has been sentenced to spend 28 years in prison after being convicted on several corruption charges.  Christy Strawser of CBS News reports that Kilpatrick was given the lengthy sentence after being found guilty on several counts of racketeering, bribery, extortion, and tax crimes.  Detroit's U.S. Attorney has also recommended that Kilpatrick pay $9.6 million to the city of Detroit for restitution.

Arizona Executes Oldest Person on its Death Row: An Arizona man sentenced to death almost 35 years ago was executed Wednesday evening after his final attempt at an appeal was denied.  The Associated Press reports that 71-year-old Edward Schad Jr. was charged and convicted of murder after killing a man during a robbery and then dumping his body along a highway in 1978.  Schad was out on parole at the time of the murder for a 1968 attempted murder charge for the strangulation death of his male partner.  See also Kent's post Tuesday.

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