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Additional Charges Filed Against IN Cop Killer:  A Gary, Ind., man faces new charges in addition to murder in the fatal shooting a police officer two years ago.  ABC 7 News reports that Carl Blount, 27, will face charges that include intimidation, battery and the unlicensed carrying of a handgun, stemming from a domestic violence incident that occurred before the July 2014 murder of Officer Jeffrey Westerfield.  Lake County prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Blount at his trial, which is scheduled to begin on Feb. 6.

Sex Offender Sentenced to Life:  A convicted sex offender from New York spat blood toward his teenage victim during his sentencing hearing on Monday after the victim made a statement urging the judge to send him to prison for life.  Tim Darragh of NJ reports that Clifford Wares, 43, was given a life sentence after the judge determined he should not be allowed back into society due to his criminal history and abhorrent behavior.  Wares was convicted last month of six counts including interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct, production of child pornography, online enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity and making interstate extortionate threats.  In 2011, when the victim was 13, she met Wares online and was persuaded to send nude photos of herself to him.  He later became angry when she refused to engage in bestiality, contacted her network of online friends and humiliated her.  Another teenage victim testified that she was picked up by Wares and forced to perform oral sex on him in a state park and was later threatened via fake online profiles he made.  Before his trial and after his conviction, Wares sent computer and handwritten letters to both victims and their families that contained deadly threats.  Wares claims that he is innocent, asserting that someone hijacked his identity.  The judge ruled, however, that "society didn't need to wait for him to kill someone before he was imprisoned for life."

Cops Charged in Freddie Gray Case Want Cases Dismissed:  The remaining Baltimore police officers facing charges in the death of Freddie Gray filed motions to dismiss their cases on Monday.  Kelly Cohen of the Washington Examiner reports that in their motions, Lt. Brian Rice, Officer William Porter, Officer Garrett Miller and Sgt. Alicia White all cited "defects" in the prosecution.  The motions for dismissal followed last week's acquittal of Caesar Goodson, who faced the most serious charge of second-degree murder.  Last December, Porter's trial ended in a mistrial while Officer Edward Nero was acquitted last month.  Rice is scheduled to begin trial Tuesday, followed by Miller's on July 27, Porter's retrial on Sept. 6 and White's on Oct. 13.  They all face charges of manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office stemming from the death of Gray, 25, who died in April 2015 after sustaining a fatal spinal injury while shackled in a police van.  All six officers charged pleaded not guilty.

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Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't Ware's first "victim" actually considered "non-violent?"

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