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Convicted Sex Offender Pleads Guilty to 297 Charges: An Ohio man has accepted a plea deal that will require him to spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to hundreds of charges including murder, kidnapping and rape.  Thomas J. Sheeran of the Beatrice Daily Sun reports that 49-year-old Elias Acevedo pled guilty to the cold-case murders of two women more than 15 years ago as well as sexual attacks and assaults on minors, some dating back more than 25 years.  Authorities had re-opened the murder cases and presented Acevedo with mounting evidence linking him to the crimes, offering him a plea deal that would take the death penalty off the table if he provided details about the crimes he had committed.

Convicted Killer set to be Released Early: A gang member convicted of murdering a young California woman ten years ago is set to be released from a juvenile justice facility after serving only eight years of his suggested 10-year sentence.  Larry Altman of the Daily Breeze reports that 22-year-old Doheen Pratt, who was just 13-years-old at the time of the murder, was convicted and sentenced in 2006 to spend nearly 10 years in juvenile hall, the maximum sentence a 13-year-old can receive in the state of California.  Had Pratt been a year older at the time of the murder, prosecutors could have tried him as an adult and pursued a possible life sentence.  

Ohio to Use Two-Drug Method in Upcoming Execution: The Ohio Department of Corrections will use a two-drug combination in an upcoming execution for a man convicted of raping and murdering a pregnant woman more than 20 years ago.  The Associated Press reports that the state has elected to use a combination of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a painkiller, making Ohio the first state in the U.S. to use this particular method of lethal injection.  This is Ohio's second attempt at using the two-drug method, the first attempt was halted after the inmate's request to donate organs to his family resulted in a last-minute reprieve from the governor.       

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