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U.S. Jails Releasing Illegal Immigrant Detainees: Jails across the country are no longer honoring federal requests to hold inmates for additional days while immigration authorities set up their deportation.  Cindy Carcamo of the Los Angeles Times reports that city and county jails across the U.S. began ignoring the holds after a series of federal court rulings issued this spring determined that immigration holds are no longer mandatory.  In California specifically, law enforcement agencies can only honor an immigration hold if the inmate has been charged with or is convicted of a serious offense.

Convicted Killer may Face Death Penalty: An Ohio jury is set to decide whether or not a 19-year-old convicted of murdering a U.S. Navy recruit should face the death penalty or not.  The Associated Press reports that if the jury decides to sentence Austin Myers to death, he will become the youngest inmate on the state's death row.  Myers was found guilty of murdering an 18-year-old Navy recruit in January after a burglary attempt.  Authorities later found the victim's body several counties away.

Woman Sentenced to Life for Quadruple Homicide: A Texas woman will spend the rest of her life behind bars after pleading guilty to helping her boyfriend murder two women and two children in 2010.  Lynh Bui of The Washington Post reports that 21-year-old T'keisha Gilmer blocked the door of one of the victim's apartments while her boyfriend shot all four of the victims execution style after a dispute occurred when a cooler full of marijuana went missing.  Gilmer's boyfriend was also convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.  

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