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6 Jun, 2017

War Machine sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping, sexual assault

A Nevada judge sentences former MMA fighter War Machine (formerly Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver) to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 36 years after he is convicted of kidnapping and sexually assaulting Mack, his porn star ex-girlfriend. The earliest that he can be released from prison will be at 71 years old. The August 2014 assault began when War Machine burst into a bedroom and found Mack in bed with another man. After letting him go he beat her, leaving her with a broken nose, missing teeth, fractured eye socket, leg injuries and a lacerated liver. Mack claimed that she escaped when she thought Koppenhaver was in the kitchen fetching a knife to finish her off. She ran naked and bleeding to neighbors’ homes. In a statement, the ex-MMA fighter blames anxiety, depression and self pity for his problems:

should have killed myself by now. There’s no reason right now that I shouldn’t be in the dirt right now laying next to Aaron Hernandez. That’s 100 percent true…Not a day goes by that I don’t seriously regret all those things that I did. I was a very, very lost, very empty person. And to top it off, something’s not right with my head. Plain and simple. I’ve known that a long time and I’ve hated it. I’ve hated the way that I think. I’ve hated my impulses. Half the time, I don’t know why I do some the things I do. And some of the times I do things and I don’t even feel like I did them until it’s already done. Smashing my face [into a mirror] was like a sick form of therapy. It was the only thing I could do to prevent myself from killing myself.

Mack says she still fears for her life if Koppenhaver were to leave prison.

I do know when he gets out, he will kill me.

11 Jul, 2016

Sentenced to three years for identity theft in US

Ulmer is sentenced to three years in prison by a North Carolina court for traveling with a stolen passport and aggravated identity theft. Ulmer traveled back to the U.S. using the stolen passport of his brother, Wayne Jacob Ulmer, Jr., just days before Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) began to treat the disappearance and suspected murder of Struncova’s as suspicious.

13 Apr, 2016

Receives two year sentence

Judge Mueller sentences Keys to 24 months in prison, with 24 months supervised release following. The judge limits the amount of loss (for purposes of sentencing) to whatever had been presented at trial, determining that the appropriate range for sentencing was between 37 and 46 month Her final judgement, considering mitigating factors such as Keys’s otherwise clean record, his history of complying with law enforcement, and the unlikeliness that he would reoffend, is lower than her own recommendation. Mueller:

I think the parties agree, it’s not the crime of the century. [The effect of the defacement was] relatively modest and did not do much to actually damage the reputation of that publication [but that she could not ignore that his] intent was to wreak further damage which could have had further consequences…The mask that Mr. Keys put on appeared to allow a heartless character to utter lines that are unbecoming of the professional journalist that he holds himself to be, and is, in most respects, in fact.


[W]e’re not only going to work to reverse the conviction but try to change this absurd computer law, as best we can.


Those who use the internet to carry out personal vendettas against former employers should know that there are consequences for such conduct.

Keys is to surrender to a facility—likely a prison in Lompoc, California—on June 15. His defense says it is planning an appeal.

24 Nov, 2015

Sentenced to 40 years

Naseer is sentenced to 40 years in jail by a federal judge Dearie, in New York, for providing material support to al-Qaeda and conspiracy to use a destructive device. Naseer appeals to the judge that he was not – nor had he ever been – a “career criminal”. Dearie:

I know you’re not, You’re a terrorist.

23 Nov, 2015


Rezaian is sentenced to prison on charges of espionage, the country’s judiciary spokesman said Sunday, without specifying the length of his jail term.

The verdict has been issued but has not been officially handed down to the accused or his lawyer. Given the fact that the verdict has not been officially handed down, I cannot reveal the details, but what I can say is that the accused has been sentenced to prison.

The Washington Post‘s foreign editor:

We’re aware of the reports in the Iranian media but have no further information at this time. Every day that Jason is in prison is an injustice. He has done nothing wrong. Even after keeping Jason in prison 488 days so far, Iran has produced no evidence of wrongdoing. His trial and sentence are a sham, and he should be released immediately.

23 Sep, 2015

Up to seven years sentence

Mitchell is sentenced to between 2 1/3 years and seven years for her part in Matt and Sweat’s escape. Before sentencing she claims that Matt threatened to kill her husband if she didn’t help him and Sweat escape.

If I could take it all back I would. I can’t begin to explain how sorry I am for all this…Why I did what I did I don’t know, other than that I was scared for my husband.

She also offers to wear an ankle bracelet for life, which Judge Ryan rejects:

Ms. Mitchell I just don’t find that explanation credible, your husband’s life just would not have been in more danger…You did terrible things. At any time, you could have stopped the escape from happening.

He also notes that New York State officials estimate the cost of the search for Sweat and Matt at $23 million.

But staggering as the economic costs to New York State may be, the economic and non-economic cost suffered by so many people is incalculable. A large portion of the population was terrorized…[Law enforcement] traversed deeply inhospitable territory, never knowing if the next step they took would be their last.

17 Sep, 2015

Ricin plot man jailed

A man is jailed for eight years for trying to buy deadly ricin poison from a website after being inspired by the TV series, Breaking Bad. 31-year-old, Mohammed Ali struck a deal with a supplier in to buy 500 mg of powder, a quantity enough to kill 1,400 people. He was unaware that his source was in fact an FBI agent. The trial heard the father-of-two was sent harmless powder hidden inside a toy car. After opening the package, which had been treated with a marker substance, he was arrested at his home the following morning.

29 Aug, 2015


Marwa Fahmy wife of Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohammed Fahmy, bursts into tears, as she is watched by human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, after the verdict in a courtroom in Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the last twist in a long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)A judge in Egypt sentences three Al-Jazeera journalists to jail for supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood and operating in Egypt without a licence; Greste and Fahmy for three years, while Mohammed receives an extra six months for possessing a single bullet. Greste will avoid imprisonment as he was deported to Australia and was being tried in absentia, but Fahmy and Mohamed are immediately taken back into police custody after the verdict was given. Greste:

Whatever the consequences, the fact is that this is a judgment that is not based on evidence. Anyone who watched the trial, and we had many people broadcasting or reporting on the trial … none saw any evidence to substantiate the allegations. So we need also to call on international pressure, on governments and diplomats around the world, to make it clear to Egypt that it cannot make these kinds of judgments. The fact is this is wrong, this is unjust, this is unethical, this is immoral on so many levels [and] it cannot be allowed to stand. It cannot be allowed to get away with this.

7 Aug, 2015

Sentenced to life in prison

A jury of nine women and three men reject the death penalty and sentence Holmes to life in prison without parole. In closing arguments, the District Attorney plays a recording of a 911 call with gunshots and screams in the background as the victims’ pictures disappear one by one from a courtroom TV screen.

For James Eagan Holmes, justice is death. Death.

Holmes Defense attorney says that the massacre was heartbreaking but that Holmes’ schizophrenia was the sole cause.

The death of a seriously mentally ill man is not justice, no matter how tragic the case is. Please, no more death.

In the hours before the sentencing jurors had asked to review a graphic crime scene video. When the verdict is read one man storms out, others cry. Holmes’ mother also cries, with Holmes’ father’s arm around her. Holmes smiles at his lawyers and thanks them after the verdict was read.


30 Jul, 2015

Sentenced for breast assault

Ng is sentenced to jail for three and a half months for assaulting a senior police officer with her breast. Ng Lai-ying tells the court that she yelled “indecent assault” out of fear immediately after the chief inspector’s hand landed on her left breast when he failed to grab the strap of her bag. But the magistrate says she “used her female identity to trump up the allegation that the officer had molested” her, calling that a malicious act that harmed the officer’s reputation. She is bailed pending an appeal.

28 Jul, 2015


Gaddafi is sentenced to death by a court in Tripoli, with eight other figures from former dictatorship in a mass trial of former regime figures widely criticised by human rights groups and observers. Saif’s ICC-appointed lawyer, Jones, condemns the trial process:

It’s a complete show trial, a farce. This trial is effectively being run by Libya Dawn militias.

Saif is being held in Zintan since he was caught trying to flee Libya in the aftermath.

23 Jul, 2015

Life sentence

Phillips is sentenced to life in prison for the crime of accessory before the fact of murder and soliciting a minor to commit a felony. The jury takes two hours to decide. Prosecutors:

No family should have to endure what the Phillips family has had to endure. They have not been able to wake up from this nightmare and they still miss Jamil tremendously. Hopefully, this verdict will give them some closure and allow them to begin the healing process. I also hope it sends a clear message horrific, premeditated acts of murder will not be tolerated on the streets of Abbeville County or anywhere else in the Eighth Circuit.

25 Jun, 2015

Receives four month sentence

Diamond expresses regret as he receives four months in prison for bar stabbing.

I sincerely apologize to everyone involved. This was the single most terrifying experience of my life. This is all I’ve been able to think about for the last six months.

15 May, 2015

Death sentence

Tsarnaev is sentenced to death. There was no visible reaction from Tsarnaev as the sentence is delivered. The jury’s verdict marks the first time in the post-9/11 era that federal prosecutors have won the death penalty in a terrorism case. Tsarnaev will likely be sent to the federal death row in Terre Haute, Indiana.

11 May, 2015

Sentenced to three and a half years

Sterling leaves courtSterling is sentenced to three-and-a-half years in federal prison for giving journalist classified information about an operation to retard Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Judge Brinkema says she was swayed  to reduce the sentence — which could have been between 19 years and seven months at the low end and 24 years and five months on the high end — due to Sterling’s accomplishments, but that he had caused particular damage by effectively revealing the identity of a man working with the CIA and that he deserved a harsher penalty than other recently accused leakers because he had not pleaded guilty and admitted wrongdoing.

If you do knowingly reveal these secrets, there’s going to be a price to be paid.

Sterling’s lawyers praise the sentence:

In some cases, the jury gets it wrong. That said, the judge today got it right.

Brinkema allows Sterling to remain out on bond untilprison officials determine when and where he will serve his sentence.

28 Apr, 2015


Indonesia executes eight people for drug offenses including two Australians, Chan and Sukumuran who mere members of Bali 9. Filipino woman Mary Jane Veloso receives a last-minute temporary reprieve. Chan’s brother Michael:

Australian pair’s lawyer:

21 Apr, 2015

‘Seduced’ by ISIS

A 16-year-old South Carolina boy is sentenced to five years in juvenile prison on a gun charge related to plans to join ISIS. A solicitor with the 16th Circuit describes the teen as

. . . wholeheartedly sincere in his beliefs, and we are very concerned for the safety of the community and the country . . . He had a plan to randomly shoot American soldiers. [The boy] embraced the ideology [of ISIS]. [He was] seduced by the radical ideology known in the Middle East as ISIS. He wanted to join.

The teen apologizes in court.

I just regret it. If I get out, I will be a completely different person. I want to change everything I did and go back and have a nice life.


Mursi is sentenced and jailed for 20 years along with 12 Muslim Brotherhood members on charges of violence, kidnapping, and torture. They are acquitted on charges of murder. They plan to appeal. After the reading of the verdict, they chant,

God is Greatest.

Mursi still faces charges in four additional cases.

15 Apr, 2015

Life in prison without parole

Hernandez is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of  Lloyd. The sentencing is a formality because a first-degree murder conviction in Massachusetts carries an automatic sentence of life without parole. It also automatically triggers an appeal to Massachusetts’ highest court. No date for that appeal has been set.

13 Apr, 2015

Sentenced to life without parole

Judge Sherry Stephens sentences Arias to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Stephens had to rule on whether Arias would serve her natural life in prison or have the possibility of parole after 25 years. After hearing emotional statements from Alexander’s sisters, the court also heard Arias’ mother asking for leniency, and then Arias’ final plea to receive the possibility of parole in 25 years. Arias:

It’s my firm belief that death would bring me untold peace and freedom. If I die today, I would be free and I would be at peace. For years, that’s exactly what I wanted. But I have to fight for my life just like I did on June 4, 2008 because I realize how selfish it would be for me to escape accountability for this mess that I created.

Arias maintains that Alexander was trying to attack her when she stabbed him multiple times and shot him.

To this day I cannot believe I was capable of doing something that terrible. I’m truly disgusted and I’m repulsed with myself. I wish there was some way I could take it back.

Alexander’s relatives and friends all wear blue in solidarity. Prosecutor Juan Martinez says they want the maximum sentence:

not because they want to be vindictive, but [because] as you have also seen, what happened in that bathroom was a butchering.

23 Mar, 2015

Sentenced to nine years

After admitting to sexually assaulting one woman and trying to attack another in Arizona, Sharper is sentenced to nine years in federal prison. The sentence came down immediately after the guilty plea. Police say Sharper drugged three women and sexually assaulted two of them in an apartment in Tempe. A search of the apartment turned up a shot glass with a white residue from the sedative zolpidem, for which Sharper had had a prescription. Sharper is accused of drugging and assaulting women in four states altogether.

10 Mar, 2015

Receives prison sentence

Rush gets three to seven years in prison for killing Rocco. Rush declined to speak on his own behalf. His defense attorney also remained silent, and he didn’t call any witnesses. Only Rocco’s human partner testified.

I lost my partner from this. He was also a family member.

24 Feb, 2015

Capital murder conviction


A Texas jury rejects Routh’s insanity plea finding him guilty of capital murder in the deaths of Kyle and Littlefield. Judge Jason Cashon sentences Routh to life in prison without possiblity for parole. Littlefield’s mother, Judy Littlefield:

We’ve waited two years for God to get justice for us on behalf of our son and, as always, God has proved to be faithful. We’re so thrilled that we have the verdict that we have tonight.

23 Feb, 2015

Gets 5-year sentence

As part of the Egyptian government’s crackdown on dissent, Abd El Fattah is sentenced to five years in prison. He is convicted of taking part in an unauthorized demonstration against military trials of civilians. He must also pay a $13,000 fine.

20 Feb, 2015

One year, one day sentence

McDonnell is sentenced to one year and one day in prison for her role in a bribery scheme.

I would ask in your sentence today that you consider the punishment I’ve already received. My marriage is broken, my family is hurting and my reputation is in shatters. The venom from that snake has poisoned my marriage, has poisoned my family, has poisoned the commonwealth that I love.

26 Jul, 2014

£134,000 used for Goa trips, cosmetic surgery


Fifty-two-year-old Karen Trant of Dartmouth is sentenced to 27 months by the Plymouth Crown Court after pleading guilty to three counts of dishonest representation for dishonestly claiming £134,000  benefits over a 13-year period. She used the proceeds to holiday in Goa and get cosmetic surgeries done in India.

9 Jul, 2014

Pleads ‘no contest’ to misdemeanor vandalism

Bieber pleads “no contest” to one count of misdemeanor vandalism. Bieber had egged his neighbor Jeffrey Schwartz’s Calabasas home earlier this year; he will have to pay $80,900 in damages and will remain on probation for two years, requiring him to take twelve separate weekly angry management classes and serve five days of community service. He has been ordered to not come within one hundred yards of Schwartz and his family. A source close to Bieber says:

Justin is glad to get this matter resolved and behind him. He will continue to move forward focusing on his career and his music.

15 Mar, 2011

Three years probation on terror-related charge

Simpson is sentenced to three years of probation. The FBI had claimed that Simpson was traveling to Somalia to engage in “violent jihad.” with the al-Shabaab terror group. After electing to trial by judge rather than jury, Judge Mary H. Murguia finds there isn’t enough evidence to support the FBI’s claim that the travel was related to terrorism. However he is convicted on the lesser charge of making a false statement.

23 Oct, 2009

Gets community service

West and road manager, Don Crowley, must complete 50 hours of community service for the American Red Cross in exchange for the dismissal of charges stemming from the paparazzi Los Angeles airport camera attack. West’s lawyer, Blair Berk:

I am very pleased the court granted dismissal of all charges.

1 Sep, 2006

Felony for killing bear

Palmer is part of a group of people who kill a black bear in Wisconsin, 40 miles outside area allowed in their permit. He is fined $3,000 and given a year’s probation after pleading guilty.


10 year sentence for conspiracy

Zuma is convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the South African government and sentenced to ten year’s imprisonment, which he serves on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela and other notable ANC leaders. Whilst imprisoned, Zuma serves as a referee for prisoners’ association football games.