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Thousands of Violent Felons to be Released in November:  As a result of the U.S. Sentencing Commission's decision to lower federal sentencing for all drug trafficking and distribution crimes, thousands of dangerous felons will be released from federal prison this November.  Kerry Picket of the Daily Caller reports that among the potential released are inmates with violent backgrounds that committed crimes ranging from assault to murder.  In early 2014, the Sentencing Commission made a two-level reduction in the base offense levels for all drug trafficking and distribution offenses that could impose mandatory minimum sentences.  The result "will be to reward drug traffickers and distributors who possessed a firearm, committed a crime of violence or had prior convictions," says House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.

Charleston Shooter to Face Hate Crime Charge:  The man accused of gunning down nine black church members at a historic African American church in Charleston, South Carolina is to be indicted Wednesday on a federal hate crime charge.  The AP reports that 21-year-old Dylann Roof is already facing state charges including nine counts of murder for the June 17 shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church during a bible study.  It has not been said whether state prosecutors will seek the death penalty.

U.S. Attempts to Revoke Citizenship of Imam:  Justice Department officials are hoping to win denaturalization of a Somali-born man because he attempted to conceal past associations with Islamic groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Bryan Denson of Oregon Live reports that Mohamed Sheikh Abdiraham Kariye, the imam of Portland, Oregon's largest mosque, failed to tell immigration officials that he raised money, recruited fighters, and provided training for insurgents battling the Soviet military during the 1980s war in Afghanistan, and possibly had direct dealings with Osama bin Laden at a time.  The revelation of Kariye's deception came out of a joint investigation conducted by the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Killing Prompts Wyoming Tribe to Seek Hate Crime Prosecution:  The Northern Arapaho Tribe is imploring federal authorities to file hate crime charges against a Wyoming man after he fatally shot one tribe member and wounded another at a detox center on Saturday.  Ben Neary of the AP reports that 32-year-old city parks worker Roy Clyde told investigators that he shot the victims as they lay in bed at the Center of Hope detox center in Riverton, Wyoming because he was "incensed by homeless people drinking and relieving themselves in local parks."  Chairman of the Northern Arapaho Business Council Dean Goggles says that violence against Indian people is a growing trend in the city of 11,000 residents, and tribal leaders intend to travel to Washington, D.C., next week to address the matter with federal officials.  Clyde has been charged with murder and attempted murder.

Investigators Ponder Niagara Falls Serial Killer:  Two slayings in Niagara Falls occurring nearly three years apart but showing strikingly similar circumstances, has New York investigators wondering whether a serial killer is in the community.  Kevin Conlon of CNN reports that the dismembered remains of 30-year-old Loretta Gates were found in various areas of the city in September 2012, and last month, the headless, limbless torso of Terri Lynn Bill, who "was like an aunt to Gates," was discovered.  Niagara Falls Police Capt. Kelly Rizzo says that nearly 100 investigators canvassed targeted areas around the city on Tuesday and are "definitely closer to figuring out who did it based on the information we got."

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