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'Soldiers of Allah' Found Guilty in Brutal Murder: A jury in a London courtroom has found two Muslim men guilty in the vicious murder of a British sodlier.  Fox News reports that 25-year-old Fusilier Lee Rigby was returning to his barracks when he was run over, stabbed to death, and nearly decapitated in the brutal attack.  The two men, self identified as "Soldiers of Allah",   pled not guilty but never denied involvement in the crime.  They were captured in a video shortly after the attack justifying their actions as 'revenge.'  The pair will be sentenced January 2014.

Convicted Killer Sentenced to Life may Become a Free Man: A California man sentenced to life in prison 20 years ago, for a murder he committed as a minor, may one day have a shot at parole and become eligible for release.  CBS Los Angeles reports that Edel Gonzalez will be the first California inmate re-sentenced under the new California Sentencing for Youth Act, also known as SB 9.  The new law allows inmates who were given life sentences as minors to petition for parole after serving a minimum of 15 years.

Obama Commutes Sentences for Crack Users: President Obama has commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates who were convicted of crack cocaine offenses.  Charles Savage of the New York Times reports that each of the inmates has spent at least 15 years behind bars, and six of the eight had been given life sentences.  This is the first time retroactive sentencing has been applied to inmates who, under today's sentencing laws, would have received significantly shorter jail terms.    

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