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Parolee Accused of Murder: An Indiana parolee with a lengthy criminal past has been arrested and charged with the murder of a 15-year-old girl.  Robert King and Jill Disis of Indy Star report that 46-year-old William Gholston has been arrested more than 30 times on a variety of crimes including robbery, battery, and cocaine possession.  He was released on parole in November 2012 after serving 6 ½ years on a gun charge.  Fifteen-year-old Dominique Allen's burned body was found just hours after her family reported her missing in August.  Police were able to link Gholston to the killing with DNA evidence collected from the victim's body.

Georgia Sets Execution Date for Murderer: A Georgia man convicted of murdering a Sheriff's deputy nearly 20 years ago is scheduled to be executed on December 9, 2014.  R. Loyd Price of WMAZ News reports that after Robert Holsey robbed a convenience store in December 1995, a sheriff's deputy spotted his car and pulled him over.  Holsey shot the deputy was shot in the head as he approached the vehicle.  He has appealed his conviction unsuccessfully several times over the last 16 years.

Violent Felons Legally Buying Guns in Washington State:  An investigation conducted by Washington television station has found that a number of violent felons have been legally purchasing guns in several counties despite laws to prevent that from happening.  Monique Ming Laven of KIRO News reports that under state law, felons are eligible to have their gun rights restored as long as they were not convicted or a serious crime or a sex offense, received a sentence of more than 20 years, and have not re-offended in five years.  The investigation revealed that since 2010, at least 3,000 serious felons have had their gun rights restored.   

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Vicious Killer Released from Prison: A California family is outraged after the man who violently killed their loved one was released from prison last week by a Fresno County judge.  Pablo Lopez of the Fresno Bee reports that in 1984, Theodore LeLeaux Jr. stabbed his coworker Kenneth Carlock 77 times in his apartment before cutting the man's heart out and carrying it around in his coat pocket, LeLeaux pleaded guilty to second-degree murder the following year and was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison.  Despite a denial of parole by Governor Brown, the state parole board chose to release LeLeaux after determining he was no longer a 'danger to society.'

Accused Killer on Bail Charged With New Murder: A North Carolina man who was out on bond while awaiting his upcoming murder trial has been arrested for murdering a man that was scheduled to testify against him.  WCTI News reports that 36-year-old Nashid Porter's murder trial for killing a man in 2012 was to start in January 2015.  Porter was released to await trial on house arrest, and required to wear a GPS monitoring device-a device.  Authorities say he cut the device off the night he allegedly killed his most recent victim.  Porter is currently being held in jail without bond.   

Utah Passes Death Penalty Bill: The Utah legislature has passed a bill that would allow the state to execute condemned murderers by firing squad.  The United Press International reports that states with active death penalties began running out of lethal injection drugs after European drug manufacturers restricted their use for executions.  Under the new law, Utah will still use lethal injection as its primary method of execution, however, if the drugs become unavailable a firing squad may be used.  

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PA Murderer Sentenced to Death: A Pennsylvania man convicted of murdering a woman and dismembering her body in 2008 has been sentenced to death.  WNEP News reports that Charles Hicks killed the woman and placed her body parts in several trash bags before scattering her remains along highways in two different counties.  Investigators have also revealed that after his conviction, Hicks admitted to killing at least five more women in Texas.  Police are taking the claim seriously and plan to investigate the possible murders. 

 Another Parolee Accused of Murder: Police in New York say the person accused of fatally pushing a man in front of a moving subway train last week has a lengthy criminal history and was recently released on parole.  Fox News reports that 34-year-old Kevin Darden has been arrested dozens of times for a variety of charges including assault and robbery, his most recent arrest came just 7 days prior to killing the man at the subway station.  Darden is currently being held in county jail without bond.

Ohio Bill Seeks Death Penalty Reform: A new bill heading to the Ohio legislature would grant anonymity to drug makers who supply execution drugs to correctional facilities.  Idea Stream reports that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine halted executions out of concern for the safety of those who make and sell execution drugs.  The bill would allow secrecy for both the pharmaceutical companies involved as well as what drugs were being used for lethal injections.  The author of the bill, State Representative Jim Buchy, wants to address all of the Attorney General's concerns and is confident the bill will pass by the end of the year.

Sheriff Asks Obama to Address Crime by Illegals:  In a video appeal released yesterday, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones told President Obama that America's failed immigration policy and lack of border security are allowing deported criminals to cross the U.S. border to commit more crimes.  Noting that last month, an illegal with a long criminal record who had twice been deported shot and killed a Sacramento Deputy and a Placer County officer during a day-long crime spree, the Sheriff fixed responsibility for the failure or success of U.S. immigration policy with the President.  He urged the President to take immediate steps to secure the border, and implement immigration reforms that allow law enforcement to tell the  good guys from the bad guys. 

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Paroled Murderer Accused of Killing Again: A Missouri man released after serving 17 years of a life term for murdering his wife and another man has been charged with killing his ex-girlfriend last week.  The Associated Press reports that 63-year-old Harry Little Sr. was sentenced to life in prison in 1978 on two counts of second-degree murder.  Court documents reveal he was released on parole in 1995.  Little is facing charges of first-degree murder and is being held in jail without bond.

Missouri Murderer to be Executed Wednesday: A Missouri man convicted of murdering a gas station attendant during a robbery attempt two decades ago is scheduled to be put to death at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.  The Associated Press reports that attorneys for Leon Taylor have asked Governor Jay Nixon for a stay of execution based on claims of racial prejudice during his sentence, but the governor has shown no sign of halting the execution.  If Taylor is executed, he will be the ninth person executed by the state of Missouri this year.   

Convicted Double-Murderer Sentenced to LWOP: A California man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after he was found guilty of killing two USC students from China.  Marisa Gerber of the Los Angeles Times reports that 22-year-old Javier Bolden approached the two students as they sat in their car in hopes of stealing their money.  After his arrest, Bolden was recorded bragging about shooting the two victims to his cellmate who happened to be an undercover police informant.  Bolden's co-defendant pled guilty to two counts of first-degree murder for the killings and was also sentenced to life without parole.

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Kidnapping Suspect Released Under Prop 47: A California man who was arrested last week on burglary charges and released back into the community just hours later under the newly passed Proposition 47 is behind bars for the attempted abduction of a 13-year-old girl.  Jory Rand of ABC Los Angeles reports that 39-year-old Guillermo Ceniceros was arrested Tuesday for commercial burglary-- a charge that prior to Prop. 47's passing would have required that he be held for trial or post bail.  But, because Prop. 47 redefined the burglary as a misdemeanor, he was released on the day of his arrest.  He was rearrested less than 24 hours later for the attempted abduction.  Ceniceros has been charged with five felonies, including attempted kidnapping and attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child.  

Execution Date Set for Murderer: A South Dakota criminal convicted of murdering a corrections officer is scheduled to be executed during the first week of May 2015.  KOTA News reports that Rodney Berget, who was already serving a life sentence for attempted rape and murder, killed the officer during a botched prison escape in February 2012.  The two other inmates who attempted to escape with Berget were also charged with the officer's murder.  One has already been executed for the crime and the other is serving a life sentence.

Accused Cop Killers Won't Face Death Penalty: The four men accused of murdering a Virginia police officer earlier this year will no longer face a possible death sentence after Attorney General Eric Holder took the death penalty off the table.  CBS News reports that the four men, all known gang members with extensive criminal pasts, allegedly carjacked, kidnapped, and killed the officer and abandoned his body a few counties away.  The men now face a maximum sentence of life without parole.

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Murder Suspect Was Set Free by Prop. 36: A habitual felon with a prior murder conviction is the prime suspect for last week's murder of an Air Force Reservist and mother of two.  Marin Austin of Fox 40 reports that Moses Valdez was sentenced to 18 years behind bars for voluntary manslaughter in 1993, but was paroled prior to completing his sentence.  In 2011, Valdez was arrested again for running from police which constituted his third strike, resulting in an automatic 25-year-sentence.   The following year, California voters passed Prop 36, which abolished the third strike sentence for a non-violent felony, allowing Valdez to be released from prison once again.  Police have yet to locate Valdez, and consider him to be armed and dangerous. 

Two Suspects Convicted in Cop Killing:  Two of the four men accused of murdering a Chicago police officer in 2010 have been found guilty of first-degree murder.  The Associated Press reports that the two men served as lookouts for their friends in an attempt to steal the officer's motorcycle.  The officer confronted the group and a gun-fight ensued leaving the officer and one of the suspects dead.  Both men face mandatory life sentences, the fourth suspect is still awaiting trial.

Update: Florida Executes Convicted Killer: A Florida man convicted of murdering his wife and stepdaughter 22 years ago has become the eighth person executed by the state of Florida this year.  Karl Etters of the Tallahassee Democrat reports that Florida uses a three-drug cocktail to execute prisoners.  The execution began at 7:10 p.m. and the inmate was pronounced dead 17 minutes later.  This was the 89th execution carried out by the state of Florida since the death penalty was reinstated in 1979.


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Marijuana User Sues Company Claiming Discrimination: A Rhode Island woman is suing a textile company after they refused to hire her for a two-month internship because she regularly uses 'medicinal' marijuana.  Michelle R. Smith of the Associated Press reports that Christine Callaghan claims that she uses marijuana to treat migraine headaches.  Her attorney alleges that the company is discriminating against her client because of a medical disability and demands that she be given an equal opportunity at employment.  Rhode Island legalized marijuana for medical use in 2006, however, it is still illegal under federal law.

CA Prison Uses Dog to Find Prohibited Cell Phones: A Northern California prison is using the help of a police dog to sniff out cellphones being smuggled into the facility illegally.  William Bigelow of Breitbart reports that the dog has found more than 1,000 phones in his four years of work, most notably, he discovered a phone that had been hidden in one of three jars of peanut butter.  Smuggling a phone into prison can result in a $5,000 fine and a possible six-month sentence in jail.

FL Set to Execute Convicted Killer: A Florida man convicted of murdering his wife and 10-year-old stepdaughter 22 years ago is scheduled to be executed for his crimes Thursday evening.  The Associated Press reports that 43-year-old Chadwick Banks raped and killed the young girl just minutes after he shot her mother in the head, he was given a life sentence for his wife's murder and was sentenced to death for killing his stepdaughter.  If the execution is carried out as scheduled, Banks will become the 20th person executed in the state of Florida since Governor Rick Scott took office in 2011.

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Murderer Sentenced to Death: A Nevada man convicted of a 2009 double-murder has been sentenced to death.  David Ferrara of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that 29-year-old Ralph Jeremias was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder and robbery after authorities say he shot two men execution-style.  Prosecutors argued that Jeremias killed the two men during a botched robbery attempt. 

Accused Killer Recently Placed on Probation:  A Michigan man is facing murder charges just days after a judge sentenced him to probation for assault with a deadly weapon.  Christopher Behnan of the Lansing State Journal reports that 32-year-old Rahsohn Perry is facing murder and gun charges after authorities say he shot and killed his brother during a heated confrontation late Friday evening.  Perry was sentenced to two years of probation last week after pleading guilty to an assault with a deadly weapon charge from an incident earlier this year. 

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AL Jury Recommends Death for Murderer: An Alabama jury has recommended that 33-year-old John DeBlase be sentenced to death for the 2010 murders of his two young children.  The Inquisitr reports that DeBlase, along with his common-law wife, poisoned the children with antifreeze and strangled them before dumping their bodies in the woods.  DeBlase's wife also faces murder charges in the case, her trial is scheduled to begin in March 2015. 

Detroit Leads the Nation in Murder, Violent Crime: The annual FBI Uniform Crime report has revealed that Detroit, MI leads the nation in both murder and violent crime rates.  Christine MacDonald of The Detroit News reports that despite a decline in the murder rate by 18% from 2012, the city of Detroit remains the nation's most dangerous large city.  Other cities leading the country in murders per capita include New Orleans, Newark, St. Louis, and Baltimore.  

Habitual Felons Arrested in String of Violent Attacks: A trio of Florida men, all previously convicted felons, have been arrested in connection with several violent rapes in a South Florida neighborhood.  Jason Molinet of the New York Daily News reports that the three men have been charged with sexual battery, armed robbery, and assault after DNA evidence and video surveillance linked them to at least four separate attacks.  The three men are being held without bail.

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Convicted Killer Accused of Raping Teen: A New Mexico man who spent several years behind bars after being found guilty of murder is facing jail time yet again after being accused of raping and impregnating a 13-year-old girl.  Nancy Laflin of KOAT News reports that 64-year-old Eusebio Jasper has been identified as the biological father of the girl's child by DNA, a claim his defense attorney denies.  Jasper spent seven years behind bars from 1989-1997 after being found guilty of second-degree murder. 

Accused Killer may Face Death Penalty: Prosecutors have announced that they may seek the death penalty against a woman accused of murdering a Kansas couple last year.  The Associated Press reports that 36-year-old Kisha Schaberg, along with three accomplices, allegedly killed the couple as they sat in their car outside of their home in November 2013.  One of Schaberg's co-defendants has testified that the couple was killed in an attempt to gain their life insurance policy and out of personal resentment.    

Judge Reverses Parole Board Decision: A Michigan judge has ordered that a convicted child molester remain behind bars after reversing a decision made by the state's Parole Board.  Jameson Cook of the Macomb Daily Tribune reports that 30-year-old Jason Harrison pled no contest to two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct in 2007, as of today, he has served just seven years out of a recommended two-fifteen year sentence.  The judge presiding over his case ruled that Cook should remain in state custody because he has yet to show any remorse during his treatment program and has continued to blame his actions on others.     

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Parolee Charged with Murder: A New York man on parole for a burglary conviction has been arrested and charged with the murder of a 17-year-old girl.  Steve Yablonski of the Oswego County Today reports that 32-year-old Steven D. Szatanek allegedly lured the young girl to a beach where he drowned her, two campers saw the girl's body later that day floating in the water.  Szatanek has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, if convicted, he faces a possible sentence of 25 years to life.  

CA Reduces Penalties for 'Low Level' Offenders: California voters have approved a proposition that is expected to release thousands of state prisoners back into local communities.  Matt Sledge of the Huffington Post reports that Proposition 47 will reduce felonies like shoplifting and drug possession, gun theft and possession of date rape drugs down to misdemeanors.  As many as 10,000 people may now be eligible for early release from state custody, and courts are expected to try 40,000 fewer felonies each year. 

Convicted Killer Denied Parole: A Mississippi man convicted of kidnapping and murdering a woman in 1981 has been denied parole by the state's court of appeals.  The Associated Press reports that Milton Trotter, along with two accomplices, kidnapped a California woman and brought her back to Mississippi where they killed her and left her body in a hotel room.  All three of the men pled guilty to the federal kidnapping charge and state murder charge in 1981, Trotter was paroled from his federal kidnapping sentence in 2011 and asked the state court that he be released from custody for the murder charge.  

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Several States to Vote on Marijuana Legislation: Voters in several states across the U.S. are will vote today on a variety of bills legalizing the use of marijuana, decriminalizing the possession of the drug, and shortening the amount of time convicted users spend behind bars.  Matt Ferner of the Huffington Post reports that voters in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington D.C. will vote on whether or not adults over the age of 21 should be able to possess and grow marijuana at their homes.  Voters in Florida will decide if marijuana should be legalized for medicinal purposes.  Californians will vote on proposition 47, which if passed, would reduce the majority of so-called  'nonserious and nonviolent' drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.

Suspect in SoCal Hit-and-Run Had Several Probation Violations: The Southern California man arrested for a hit-and-run Halloween night that left three young girls dead was driving on a suspended license and had violated his probation at least seven times.  Emily Foxhall and Joseph Serna of the Los Angeles Times report that 31-year-old Jaquinn Bell was convicted of hit-and-run driving and DUI in August and was sentenced to just 10 days behind bars and three years probation.  His driver's license was suspended just 17 days before last weekend's deadly Halloween crash.  Bell faces three felony counts of vehicular manslaughter and several other felony charges. If found guilty on all counts, he faces a maximum of 17 years in prison. 
Update:  Jaquinn Bell would have been serving a 4 year prison term for his Hit and Run and drunk driving convictions last August if California's Realignment law were not in force and the three victims would be alive today. 


Missouri Amendment Would Strengthen Sex Offender Laws: Voters in Missouri will vote on an amendment that would allow allegations of past criminal acts to be used against individuals facing sex-related charges involving a victim under 18-years-old.  Amy Anderson of KCTV reports that under current state law, if a convicted child predator is facing new charges, the jury presiding over his/her most recent case can't be told of the prior act.  Missouri is the only state that doesn't allow prior criminal acts involving children to be admitted as evidence in future court hearings.    


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High Court Denies Death Penalty Appeal: The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal by an Alabama man sentenced to death for the 1989 pipe bomb death of a federal appeals court judge.  Kent Faulk of AL.com reports that 79-year-old Walter Moody was arrested in 1991 for the crime and was originally sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences in federal court before being convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in 1996 in an Alabama county court.  State officials have yet to set a date for Moody's execution, he remains the oldest inmate on the state's death row.

Jury Recommends Death for Killer:  An Ohio jury has recommended a death sentence for the man accused of beating his ex-girlfriend's parents to death with a sledgehammer.  The Associated Press reports that Shawn Ford Jr., along with a 14-year-old accomplice, killed the couple just 10 days after he stabbed and critically injured their daughter when she refused to have sex with him.  The judge presiding over the case has the final say on the sentencing decision and is expected to make it over the next few weeks. 

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty for Child Killer: A Kentucky prosecutor has announced his plan to seek the death penalty for a man accused of brutally killing a 13-month-old boy last month.  Todd Kleffman of The Advocate Messenger reports that 25-year-old Joseph Adams allegedly sodomized and killed the boy after being trusted by the boy's mother to babysit him while she was at work.  The sodomy charged added to the charge of murder is considered an 'aggravator' and makes the crime death penalty eligible.


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Oregon High Court Upholds Death Sentence: The Oregon Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for a woman convicted of murdering her 15-year-old daughter in 2009.  Peter Wong of the Portland Tribune reports that Angela McAnulty starved, abused, and tortured the young girl for several years which ultimately caused her death.  McAnulty is only the second woman to be sentenced to death in the state of Oregon. 

Convicted Killer Denied Parole: A Pennsylvania man convicted of murdering two young children in 1973 will remain behind bars after a judge denied his most recent appeal.  Rich Cholodofsky of Trib Live reports that John Veltre Jr. was 16-years-old when he was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to killing two young children and raping their mother. Veltre was given a retrial in 1978 after a court ruled that his guilty plea was involuntary.  Later that year, a judge found him guilty for the second time and sentenced Veltre to two life terms and an additional 5-20 years for the rape.

Officer's Death Blamed on Immigration Policy:  The mother of an Arizona police officer killed last May in a traffic accident caused by an illegal alien driving drunk the wrong way on the highway, believes that President Obama's lax immigration policy contributed to her son's death.   Last July, CBS 5 in Mesa, AZ  reported that Mary Ann Mendoza had written the President asking him to enforce immigration laws, "The Federal Government knew he, Raul Silva Corona , was an illegal immigrant when he was convicted on crimes in 1994 in Colorado. The prosecutors were "lenient" on him and several charges were dismissed. When he was convicted of these crimes in 1994 and the government knew he was in the country illegally, why wasn't he deported? Why are any of these illegal criminals in this country?"   Mrs. Mendoza appeared on the OReilly Factor last night to report that she received no response from the President.  A story in today's Sacramento Bee by Stephen Magagnini and Phillip Reese reports a similar backlash after two Northern California police officers were killed last week by an illegal alien and habitual felon who had been deported twice.  The story cites "more moderate voices" who say that linking these killings to immigration policy is "simplistic and inaccurate."  Really?

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Convicted Murderer Denied Appeal: A Florida man convicted of murder at the age of 17 and sentenced to life in prison has had his most recent appeal denied by the state's Court of Appeals.  Jacob Carpenter of the Naples Daily News reports that 33-year-old Mazer Jean was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole (LWOP) for the brutal killing of a juvenile justice counselor working at an outdoor camp.  Jean claimed his sentence should be reduced because of the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama, which held automatic life sentences for juveniles unconstitutional.  The state appellate court ruled that Miller didn't apply because Jean was convicted of second-degree murder,  which does to carry mandatory LWOP.

Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentence: The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death sentence of a man who murdered a police officer in 2008.  Ed Meyer of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that 30-year-old Ashford Thompson shot the officer four times in the head at close range after he was stopped for playing loud music in his car late at night.  The court was unanimous in upholding the murder conviction, but was split 4-3 in favor of upholding the death sentence.  

Voting Scandal in Maryland Uncovered: An election watchdog group is suing the state of Maryland after discovering thousands of incidents of fraudulent voting by non-U.S. citizens.  Bryan Preston of PJ Media reports that the Virginia Voters Alliance compared how voters in one county filled out jury duty statements to their voting records and discovered that thousands of people who said they were not U.S. citizens on jury duty forms later went on to cast votes in elections. The group also found that roughly 40,000 people are registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland.  Non-citizens are prohibited from voting in all state and federal elections.

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