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Nevada High Court Upholds Death Sentence: The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled in favor of upholding the death penalty for a California man convicted of murdering his wife in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2006.  Sean Whaley of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports that prosecutors allege that John Watson shot his wife before cutting her body up with a band saw.  In letters written from jail, Watson admitted to cooking and eating part of his wife's body, but police have yet to find any remains.  Watson challenged his sentence based on the claim that he suffered from mental illness.

Texas Man Sentenced to Life in Brutal Killing: A Texas man convicted of brutally murdering a woman and her one-year-old son in 2011 has been sentenced to in prison.  Annie Potasznik of CBS Dallas Fort Worth reports that 31-year-old Thomas Olivas brutally stabbed the woman before setting her apartment on fire with her infant son trapped inside.  Police believe the pair had a prior relationship and their was an argument concerning payment of child support.  Prosecutors chose not to seek the death penalty, resulting in an automatic sentence of life without parole.

Convicted Killer Won't be Granted Early Release: The man responsible for the brutal killing of a South Carolina high school student in 1995 will stay behind bars for another year despite an attempt made by the state to release him ahead of schedule.  John Monk of The State reports that 36-year-old Calen Radwell was a juvenile at the time of the killing and was sentenced to spend 20 years after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.  For reasons unknown the state's Corrections Department moved his release date up by almost a year leaving the victim's family outraged.  The judge ruled in favor of the victim's family, ordering that Radwell fulfill his entire sentence and be released in the fall of 2015.

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