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Convicted Sex Offender Accused of Rape: Authorities in Texas have arrested a convicted sex offender who is accused of raping two young girls and infecting them with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.  Mike Glenn of the Houston Chronicle reports that 33-year-old David Wilson is believed to have sexually assaulted his niece, who was just under 2-years-old at the time, and his ex-girlfriend's 14-year-old daughter.  Wilson was sentenced to four years in prison in 2004 after being found guilty of sexually assaulting another 14-year-old girl, he is currently being held in county jail without bond.

Parolee Charged in Cold Case Killing: An Illinois parolee with a lengthy criminal past has been charged with first-degree murder for a 2002 cold case killing.  Fox Chicago reports that 40-year-old Steven Podkulski was paroled on Wednesday after serving just five years of a 10-year sentence for a burglary conviction, police arrested him for the murder immediately after he was released from custody.  Podkulski is currently in county jail facing one count of first-degree murder and is being held on a $3 million bond.

Convicted Felon Shoots at CA Police Officer: A California man is behind bars and facing a possible life sentence after shooting at a police officer earlier this week.  Andrea Castillo of the Fresno Bee reports that 34-year-old Patrick Hall, who already has two prior felony 'strikes' against him, fired his gun while the officer held onto the barrel during an arrest attempt, the officer was taken to the hospital and is recovering after sustaining a severe burn to the palm of his hand.  If convicted, this will be Hall's third felony strike and he will face a possible life sentence.

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Teen Convicted in Brutal Double-Murder: A Colorado teen convicted of murdering a soldier and his pregnant wife has been sentenced to two back-to-back life sentences.  KRDO News reports that Mayco January, who was 17-years-old at the time of the murders, killed the couple after they walked in on him burglarizing their home.  January will be eligible for parole after serving a minimum of 80 years behind bars.  Under Colorado law, January was not subject to a third murder charge for killing the unborn child.

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty for Accused Killer: Prosecutors in Kentucky have announced plans to seek the death penalty for a man accused in a brutal kidnapping and murder.  WLKY News reports that 24-year-old Octavio Correa and a female companion kidnapped a man from his home earlier this year, shot him in the head, and left his body in the trunk of his car.  Co-defendant Tiffany Hodges is also in custody for the murder, but prosecutors have yet to announce whether they will pursue a possible death sentence for her as well.   

Convicted Killer Sentenced to Life in Prison Plus 202 Years: A Michigan man has been sentenced to life in prison plus an additional 202 years after being found guilty of raping three women and killing a fourth woman who tried to intervene.  Heidi Fenton of M Live reports that Duncan Willis broke into the home of one of the victim's under the false assumption that she had called Child Protective Services on him earlier that week. Willis proceeded to rape that woman along with two others over a 10-hour period until a fourth woman showed up and intervened.  The judge presiding over the case called this crime the 'most heinous cowardly act' he had ever heard of, and commented that the sentence handed down would ensure that Willis would remain behind bars for the rest of his life. 

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Cop Killer Sentenced to Life Without Parole: A California man convicted of killing a police officer nearly a decade ago has been re-sentenced to life without parole (LWOP).  Gary Peterson of the Contra Costa Times reports that this is the third time in six years that Andrew Moffett has been sentenced to LWOP  for the killing, which he committed when he was a few days shy of his 18th birthday.  The state Supreme Court ordered the re-sentencing earlier this year after modifying the interpretation of the state's sentencing law for under-18 murderers and then upholding the law, as modified, as consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court's 2012 decision in Miller v. Alabama.  CJLF filed a brief in the case on behalf of Officer Lasater's family.

Rapist to Spend Over 100 Years Behind Bars: An Arizona man convicted of nearly a dozen sexual assaults has been sentenced to more than 113 years in prison.  The Associated Press reports that 23-year-old Gregory Woody Jr. was found guilty of multiple felonies including aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping.  Police say he raped, beat, and choked two women last year, and DNA was finally able to link him to the crimes.

Supreme Court to Hear CA Death Penalty Case: The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear California's appeal of the decades-old death sentence given Hector Ayala for the murders of three people in 1985.  Deb Welsh of KPBS reports that Ayala's original death sentence was vacated after a the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals court ruled that he was denied a fair trial. California has not carried out an execution since 2006 and currently has 745 inmates on death row.   Oral argument in the case will be held this winter.

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Delaware Sets Execution Date for Murderer: A Delaware man convicted of raping and murdering a college student in 2005 is set to be executed for his crime December 4, 2014.  The Associated Press reports that 43-year-old James Cooke had his original conviction overturned in 2007 due to an error made by his public defender, he was then re-tried, convicted and sentenced to death again in 2012.  Cooke's most recent appeal to the state Supreme Court was denied in July 2014.

Teen Sentenced to Life in Prison: A Florida teen convicted of killing a security guard at an apartment complex in 2012 has been sentenced to life in prison with a possibility of parole.  WFTV News reports that Terrance Anthony was 16-years-old when he shot and killed the security officer.  Police reported that the victim had previously confronted Anthony because the teen did not live at the complex.  Anthony will be eligible for parole after his case is reviewed by a judge in 25 years.    

Murderer Challenges Prison Porn Ban: A Connecticut man convicted of murder and sentenced to more than 50 years behind bars is suing the state for his right to look at pornography in prison.  Pat Eaton-Robb of the Associated Press reports that 44-year-old Dwight Pink Jr. claims that the porn ban violates his constitutional rights, and that guards are using it as a way to deny him access to an art book that uses nude models to teach readers how to 'draw the human form.' The state maintains that Pink has not been harmed by the ban and that none of his rights have been violated.

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Accused Murderer Faces Death Penalty in Two States: An Illinois man who sparked a two-state manhunt last month will now face death penalty trials in both Ohio and Kentucky for his crimes.  Jill Drury of WDTN News reports that 41-year-old Terry Froman is accused of murdering a teenager in Kentucky and then kidnapping the boy's mother and driving her to Ohio, where he shot and killed her as well.  Froman will face murder charges in Kentucky first, then face kidnapping and murder charges in Ohio, he is being held on $1 million bond.

Convicted Sex Offender Identified as Murder Suspect: An Indiana man is behind bars and facing murder charges after confessing to killing at least seven women.  CBS Chicago reports that 43-year-old Darren Vann, who is a registered sex offender in Texas, allegedly told police that the murders date back to as many as 20 years ago, and so far, all of his victims appear to be women.  Vann claims to have victims in other states as well, but is only choosing to discuss his Indiana victims because the state has the death penalty and he wants to be executed for his crimes.

Parole Denied for Convicted Cop Killer: One of the men convicted of murdering a Massachusetts police chief will remain behind bars after being denied parole for the second time since being convicted two decades ago.  Scott J. Croteau of The Telegram reports that 42-year-old Kenneth B. Padgett, along with two co-defendants, were breaking into homes and stole a vehicle on the morning of February 1, 1994, when the officer pursued them one of the men fired several rounds piercing his lung and heart, leaving him for dead.  Since being incarcerated, Croteau has had several disciplinary issues and involved himself in a white supremacist gang.  His next parole hearing will be in a few years.

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Rapist/ Murderer Released from Prison: An Oregon man convicted of raping and murdering a high school classmate more than two decades ago has been released from custody.  Emily E. Smith of The Oregonian reports that Conrad Engweiler, who was 15-years-old at the time of the killing, was convicted of raping and strangling Erin Tonna Reynolds to death in 1990, he was originally sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 30 years but that sentence was eventually reduced after several parole hearings.  Engweiler will be required to register as a sex offender and will be supervised for a minimum of three years.

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty Against Accused Killers
: Prosecutors in Georgia intend to seek death sentences for a pair of men accused of kidnapping and murdering a young couple in August 2014.  Steve Visser of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the two men are accused of kidnapping a man and his pregnant wife for ransom.  The couple was later found shot to death just miles away from their home.  One of the suspects, 40-year-old Cleveland Gay, was released on parole earlier this year after serving nearly 22 years of a life sentence he received in 1992 for murdering two people when he was 15-years-old.

Murderer Sentenced to Life: A Washington man convicted of murdering two people and nearly killing a third has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole.  KOMO News reports that 39-year-old Aaron Livingston agreed to plead guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder for the beating death of his girlfriend and a man he suspected she was having and affair with.  After the murders, Livingston tried to kill a 60-year-old family friend by strangling her with an electrical cord. 

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Ex Con Charged With Murder: A repeat felon has been arrested and charged with killing a Northern California man and then shooting the man's mother earlier this year.  KTVU News reports that 34-year-old Demond Spikes shot the man in the abdomen and the head before turning the gun on his mother and shooting her through a sliding glass door.  If convicted, Spikes faces a possible life sentence since he already has two prior felony convictions and this would become his third strike.

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty for Accused Killer: Prosecutors in Kansas have announced their plans to seek the death penalty for a man accused of murdering his adoptive parents.  Tim Potter of the Wichita Eagle reports that 19-year-old Anthony Bluml began resenting his parents after he was kicked out of the home for smoking marijuana.  Police believe he killed his parents in order to gain access to the couple's life insurance.  Bluml is just one of four defendants charged in the murder.  His biological mother also participated in the killings and has also been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Realignment Offender Linked  to Car Theft Ring: A California man currently on Post-Release Community Supervision (PRCS) for a vehicle theft conviction has been arrested yet again for stealing more vehicles and knowingly receiving stolen property.  Allison Gatlin of The Californian reports that 45-year-old Gary Dean had been arrested at least six times between 2006 and 2011 on a variety of charges.  IN 2011 he was arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle.  He was released on PRCS after serving time behind bars.  Dean is currently being held in county jail on a number of charges including vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, and possession of stolen vehicles.

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Murderer Sentenced to Nine Life Terms: A California judge has sentenced the leader of a notorious Mexican drug trafficking gang to nine life terms without the possibility of parole after being found guilty on multiple counts of murder and kidnapping.  KUSI News reports that 35-year-old Juan Estrada Gonzalez was sentenced to 29 years in prison in Mexico in 2003, but he escaped and came to the United States, where prosecutors say he murdered six people between 2004 and 2007.  Estrada Gonzalez's co-defendant was also sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

NJ High Court Upholds Attempted Murder Conviction: The New Jersey Supreme Court has upheld the attempted murder conviction for a man found guilty of shooting a police officer in 2012.  WMUR News reports that Myles Webster was sentenced to 60 years to life in prison for shooting the officer multiple times at close range, leaving him critically injured.  Webster appealed his conviction based claiming that he was wrongly identified by the officer and witnesses interviewed at the scene of the crime.     

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty Against Florida Man: Prosecutors in Florida will seek the death penalty for a man charged with the of killing his girlfriend's one-year-old son.  The Tampa Bay Times reports that 24-year-old Austin Hamilton allegedly beat the young boy repeatedly with a belt before dropping him on his head, resulting in his death.  Hamilton admitted to police that he 'lost control' while changing the boy's diaper and hit him multiple times with a belt, but has pled not guilty to first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse charges.

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Realignment Offender Suspected of Murder: Police in Barstow, CA believe that the person responsible for murdering a man Monday night is on active Post-Release Community Supervision (PRCS), a form of probation started under Governor Brown's Realignment legislation.  Jose Quintero of the Desert Dispatch reports that 22-year-old Andrew Gallegos, a known gang member, stabbed his victim to death Monday evening just after 8:00 p.m.  Police have yet to locate Gallegos and are warning citizens not to approach him as he is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Rapist Denied Release: An Ohio man scheduled for release from prison this week will remain behind bars after his DNA linked him to five unsolved rapes.  Sean Rowe of Fox Columbus reports that 54-year-old Dwayne Wilson, who was already serving a five-year sentence for a separate sexual assault conviction, will now be charged with nine counts of rape and five counts of kidnapping after DNA linked him to assaults against five women between 1994 and 1997.  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine recently launched a campaign to test thousands of rape kits that had gone un-tested across the state, so far, the campaign has resulted in over 1,000 hits to DNA already in a nationwide database.   

FL Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentence: Florida's highest court has upheld the death sentence for convicted rapist and murderer William Davis III.  Desiree Stennett of the Orlando Sentinel reports that Davis kidnapped a 19-year-old receptionist from her workplace before raping and strangling her to death.  Davis never denied his involvement in the murder and actually requested that he be sentenced to death during his trial. His attorneys have not announced whether they will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Convicted Murderer Beats Mother to Death: A New Jersey man is in custody and charged with beating his mother to death just days after he was released from serving a 30-year prison sentence for murder.  The Associated Press reports that 45-year-old Steven Pratt allegedly beat his mother to death Sunday morning after his family threw a welcome-home party for him celebrating his release from prison.  In 1984, Pratt was convicted of murdering his next-door neighbor when he was 15-years-old and sentenced to 30 years in prison after being tried as an adult, he is once again facing first-degree murder charges and is being held on $1 million bail.

OK Attorney General Seeks to Delay Upcoming Executions: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed a notice seeking to delay three of the state's upcoming executions.  The Associated Press reports that the attorney general has announced that the state needs more time to obtain execution drugs and time to train staff on new execution protocols.  Oklahoma put all executions on hold after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett earlier this year.
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Convicted Killer Sentenced to 160 Years in Prison: A Chicago man has been sentenced to 160 years in prison after being found guilty of stabbing to death a 14-year-old girl nearly three years ago during a botched home robbery.  ABC News reports that 41-year-old John Wilson Jr., an ex-con, stole the young girl's cellphone after killing her and taunted her mother by sending text messages from her phone.  Wilson was given the maximum sentence for the killing, as the state of Illinois does not have the death penalty.

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Man Wearing GPS Device Arrested on Drug Charges: A Massachusetts man on federal probation for drug possession and distribution has been arrested again for drug sales despite having a GPS monitoring device attached to his ankle.  George Graham of The Republican reports that 26-year-old David Faust was arrested Thursday afternoon for selling cocaine, OxyContin, and marijuana throughout the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.  Faust has a lengthy criminal past and has been arrested on multiple occasions for drug possession and sales.

DNA Links Man to Cold Case Murder: A Texas man is behind bars and facing murder charges after a DNA sample linked him to a 2008 cold case killing.  Shaley Sanders of KCBD News reports that 43-year-old Billy Lumbaugh Jr. is the man believed to be responsible for killing a Lubbock woman in 2008 and dumping her body in a field.  In addition to the murder charge, Lumbaugh was also linked to an unsolved rape and an unsolved kidnapping and robbery. 

Kansas Man Faces Possible Death Sentence: A Kansas man faces a possible death sentence if he is found guilty in the brutal murders of a mother and her three young children.  Jeff Lehr of CNHR News reports that 23-year-old David C. Bennett Jr. allegedly broke into the woman's home and sexually assaulted her in the middle of the night.  He returned hours later and strangled the woman and her three young children to death.  Bennett is currently being held in county jail on charges of first-degree murder and rape.

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Convicted Killer Sentenced to Life: A Texas teenager has been ordered to spend the rest of his life behind bars after being found guilty of murdering his mother earlier this year.  Jason Molinet of the New York Daily News reports that 18-year-old Kevin Davis beat his mother to death with a hammer before sexually assaulting her corpse.  He also told police that he was planning on killing his sister as well, but got tired of waiting for her to come home.  Prosecutors originally gave Davis the option of serving just 60 years behind bars, but he declined, deciding to let the jury determine his sentence.   

Suspect Arrested in Cold Case Murder: A California man suspected of murdering his mother-in-law more than a decade ago has been arrested and charged with her murder.  CBS Los Angeles reports that 46-year-old John Gutierrez allegedly beat the woman with a blunt object before tying a bag over head, causing her to die of asphyxia.  Police announced that newly found evidence and witness interviews led to the eventual arrest of Gutierrez earlier this week.

CA Man Sentenced to Death: A California man convicted of murdering two women in Los Angeles three decades ago has been sentenced to death.  Marc Cota-Robles of ABC News reports that 50-year-old Kevin Haley was originally sentenced to death for one of the killings in 1988, but the California Supreme Court reversed the special circumstance allegations, which forced a re-trial.  This time around, the jury found that the special circumstance did in fact apply and Haley was sentenced to death for both murders.  


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Florida Teen Sentenced to Life in Prison: A Florida teen convicted of murdering two people during a carjacking attempt in 2011 has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars.  NBC Miami reports that 19-year-old Eric Ellington told authorities that he shot one of his victims 11 times at point blank range because he "didn't look scared enough" when Ellington demanded that he get out of his vehicle.  Ellington's two accomplices at the time of the killings have also been charged with first-degree murder and are awaiting sentencing.

Man Extradited in Decades-Old Cold Case: A California man has been extradited to Kentucky in order to face charges in the murder of a 20-month-old baby more than 40 years ago.  Matthew Glowicki of The Courier-Journal reports that 65-year-old Lawrence Beck brought his girlfriend's son to the hospital in December of 1971 claiming that the child was unresponsive due to illness.  Doctors were unable to revive the boy and quickly determined that he exhibited signs of severe abuse.  Due to limited forensic technology, police were unable to make an arrest.  Police now believe they have enough forensic evidence to convict Beck of murder.  He is currently being held in a Kentucky county jail on $500,000 bond.

Alabama Man Convicted in Triple Homicide: An Alabama killer now faces a possible death sentence after being found guilty of murdering three men at a party in 2012.  CBS News reports that 24-year-old Desmonte Leonard was convicted on several counts of murder and attempted murder.  At a party in Auburn in June 2012 Leonard fired his gun nine times into a crowd leaving three men dead and three others wounded.  Leonard faces a minimum sentence of life without parole.


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High Court Rejects Death Penalty Appeal: The United States Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Texas man convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1997.  Lou Antonelli of the Daily Tribune reports that Robert Charles Ladd was sentenced to death in 1997 after being found guilty of brutally raping and murdering a woman before setting her home on fire.  The victim's family is hopeful that since the appeal was denied, an execution date will be set in the near future.

Illegal Immigrant Responsible for Hit and Run: Police in North Carolina revealed that the man responsible for running over two young children last week and then fleeing the scene was an illegal immigrant with an active deportation warrant.  Lisa Boykin Batts of The Wilson Times reports that a county judge raised Marcos Santiaga Bautista's bond from $30,000 to more than $1 million after realizing he was a fugitive.  In addition to the felony hit and run charge, Bautista has also been charged with several other crimes including failure to register a motor vehicle and displaying fictitious registration.

Execution Date set for Convicted Killer: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has signed a December 2 execution date for convicted murderer Michael Ballard.  Tom Shortell of The Express-Times reports that Ballard pled guilty to murdering four people in a brutal knife attack in 2010.  If the execution is carried out as planned, this will be the first execution carried out in the state of Pennsylvania since 1999.


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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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