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Pet parrot sends Michigan woman to prison for murder of husband

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Engineer gets 40-month prison sentence in Volkswagen emissions scandal

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Up North barkeep Larry Sevenski avoids jail time in tussle with trooper

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Male inmate dies at Clinton County jail

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Northern Michigan woman gets prison in father’s stabbing death

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Michigan doctor in female genital mutilation case seeks release from jail

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Judge denies new trial for member of Detroit's Highwaymen Motorcycle Club
A federal judge has rejected claims by an imprisoned member of the Highwaymen Motorcycle Club which could have undermined a racketeering case that sent more than 30 members of Detroit's home-grown motorcycle gang to prison. Highwayman Gary (Junior) Ball, Jr. uncovered records that showed the lead defendant in the case — former Highwaymen vice president Aref (Steve) Nagi — had previously served as a police informant   Read More ...
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Davontae Sanford, imprisoned as teen for 4 slayings, sues Detroit
Davontae Sanford, the 23-year-old Detroit man who has served close to nine years in prison for a quadruple homicide officials now believe he did not commit, embraces his family after release from prison today. Kimberly P. Mitchell, DFP. Davontae Sanford, a Detroit man who went to prison as a teen for four slayings that were eventually linked to a professional hit man, is suing the city and two officers involved in his case   Read More ...
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Detroit, cops sued over wrongful murder conviction
Davontae Sanford, the Detroit man who was wrongly imprisoned for nearly nine years for four slayings a decade ago sued the city of Detroit and a pair of police officers Monday for the handling of the murder case that sent him to prison. Sanford says a casual conversation with a Detroit detective turned him into a suspect in the quadruple homicide in 2007   Read More ...
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2 prison nurses suspended over Michigan prisoner's sudden death
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Ohio man gets prison for kidnap and rape of 6-year-old
Cleveland — A Cleveland-area man was sentenced Thursday to 35 years in prison for breaking into two homes last year and kidnapping and raping a young girl and trying to abduct another girl. Justin Christian, 30, pleaded guilty to charges including rape, kidnapping and burglary. He declined to say anything before a judge issued a sentence that carries no chance of parole   Read More ...
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Ohio to execute man convicted of back-to-back killings
Lucasville, Ohio — A condemned man prayed with his parents Wednesday morning as his scheduled execution neared for killing two people in back-to-back robberies in 1992. Death row prisoner Gary Otte was sentenced to die for the Feb. 12, 1992, killing of Robert Wasikowski and the killing the next day of Sharon Kostura. Both slayings took place in Parma, in suburban Cleveland   Read More ...
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Inmate found dead in Ingham County Jail
MASON - An inmate at the Ingham County Jail was found dead in his cell this morning, officials said. Mark Kelly Rhodus, 39, of Monroe, was found unresponsive in his bunk at 4 a.m. during an hourly check, according to Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth. Corrections officers and then paramedics tried to revive Rhodus but were unsuccessful. Rhodus had a bunk mate who was in the cell at the time he was found, Wriggelsworth said   Read More ...
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Ex-Gov Blagojevich mops prison floors, seeks appeal
Chicago — More than five years into his 14-year sentence on corruption convictions, Rod Blagojevich, who once held the highest office in Illinois, finds himself on cleaning duty at a Colorado federal prison. “I’ve been given the jurisdiction to sweep and mop two floors,” he said in an interview with WMAQ-TV in Chicago from prison released Monday, along with an interview in Chicago magazine   Read More ...
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Chris Carpenter sentenced to prison in wife's death
A Battle Creek man implicated in the 2015 death of his wife was sentenced Monday to at least six years and four months in prison. Christopher Carpenter, 32, was sentenced to 76 months to 10 years after he entered a plea in June to assault with intent to murder in the beating of his wife, Joy Nunley Carpenter. "Domestic violence is a horrific thing that is the scourge on our communities and you are the poster boy for it," Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge John Hallacy said   Read More ...
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Lawsuit filed over 2015 Macomb County Jail death
Another lawsuit has been filed against Macomb County Jail over the death of an inmate. The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens reports that estate of an Eastpointe man who fatally overdosed while in custody has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the jail, its healthcare provider and the county. Daniel Byrd died in November 2015 three weeks into his incarceration. He was 42   Read More ...
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Man cleared of rape in Grand Rapids awarded $817,000
GRAND RAPIDS — A Grand Rapids-area man who spent nearly 17 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit has been awarded $817,000. Quentin Carter's conviction was thrown out in 2015 at the request of the Kent County prosecutor after new evidence emerged. He had already served his prison sentence. Carter qualified for a state payment under a new Michigan law that compensates the wrongly convicted if there's new evidence   Read More ...
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$10 million lawsuit filed against Macomb County Jail over inmate's overdose death
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. - The controversy surrounding the Macomb County Jail took another turn this week as a new multi-million dollar lawsuit has been filed over an inmate's death. Daniel Byrd, 42, overdosed on prescription pills while in custody in November 2015. The Local 4 Defenders investigated Byrd's death as part of an ongoing look into an unusually high number of in-custody deaths   Read More ...
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Ex-DPS principal bound for prison after losing appeal
Detroit – A former Detroit principal convicted in a widespread corruption scandal must report to federal prison Monday after losing an appeal. Josette Buendia had hoped to remain free on bond while appealing her conviction and two-year prison sentence for pocketing more than $40,000 in bribes and kickbacks from a former Detroit Public Schools vendor. Buendia, who claimed she spent the money on students and teachers, failed to raise a substantial issue in her appeal, a three-judge panel of the 6th U   Read More ...
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Convicted Detroit principal gets schooled by court: Bond isn't for you. Go to prison, now
After months of trying to stay out of prison, former Detroit principal Josette Buendia has to start packing her bags and surrender her freedom. Today, a federal appeals court denied her bond, which means the convicted ex-principal has four days to report to federal prison for her crime: helping a millionaire vendor steal from DPS in exchange for kickbacks. Buendia. the former principal at Bennett Elementary School, is under a court order to report to prison on Sept   Read More ...
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Man caught stealing candy and $50 faces life in prison
A Pontiac man accused of stealing candy and approximately $50 in petty cash from an office building in Bloomfield Township faces up to life in prison because of Michigan’s “four strikes law.” Bonnie Williams, 51, was ordered Tuesday to stand trial in Oakland County Circuit Court on felony charges of breaking and entering and larceny from a building. He’s currently being held in jail on a $150,000 cash/surety bond   Read More ...
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Lawsuit revived over man’s death in Macomb County jail
A woman whose husband died after a 300-pound jail officer knelt on his back has won a major decision in a lawsuit claiming he was the victim of excessive force. An appeals court on Wednesday reversed key rulings by federal Judge Terrence Berg and reinstated the lawsuit against Macomb County officers. It means the case will go to trial or be settled   Read More ...
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Lawsuit revived over man's death in Macomb County jail
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A woman whose husband died after a 300-pound jail officer knelt on his back has won a major decision in a lawsuit claiming he was the victim of excessive force. An appeals court on Wednesday reversed key rulings by federal Judge Terrence Berg and reinstated the lawsuit against Macomb County officers. It means the case will go to trial or be settled   Read More ...
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Detroit 'soldier for Isis' gets 45 months in prison for owning explosives
Detroit terrorism suspect Sebastian Gregerson — a gun enthusiast and Muslim convert who prosecutors called a 'soldier for Isis' — is going to prison for 45 months for owning explosives. The 30-year-old married father of twins, whose Facebook posts about terrorist attacks raised red flags, caught a break as federal prosecutors had asked for a 60-month prison sentence. Prosecutors argued that Gregerson deserved a stiff punishment for allegedly plotting jihad on behalf of the Islamic State and stockpiling an arsenal of weapons in his home   Read More ...
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Man at center of FBI terror probe to stay behind bars
Detroit – An Ypsilanti man arrested by the FBI’s counter-terrorism team consented to detention Tuesday during an emotional federal court hearing that, for now, keeps secret any possible terrorism ties. Yousef Mohammad Ramadan, 28, agreed to stay in jail pending a possible indictment in the latest national-security related case in Metro Detroit. Dressed in a mismatched red-and-tan Wayne County Jail uniform, Ramadan waved a shackled hand at one of four children seated in the courtroom gallery as a woman wiped away tears with her leopard-print hijab   Read More ...
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Michigan woman gets life in prison for murder parrot allegedly witnessed
A Michigan woman was sentenced to life in prison Monday for the 2015 shooting death of her husband -- and the man’s pet parrot may have been the only witness to the murder. A jury found Glenna Duram, 49, guilty of fatally shooting 46-year-old Martin Duram five times, including once in the head, before turning the gun on herself in a failed suicide attempt   Read More ...
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Pet parrot sends Michigan woman to prison for murder of husband
WHITE CLOUD, Mich. — A Michigan woman has been sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of her husband in a crime apparently witnessed by the man’s pet parrot. 49-year-old Glenna Duram of Sand Lake learned her sentence Monday after a jury found her guilty of first-degree murder and a felony firearm charge last month. Martin Duram, 46, was shot five times in May 2015   Read More ...
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Drones with weapons are latest prison threat
Lansing — Drones are emerging as the latest threat to Michigan prison security, but experts are divided about how to deal with them as the state prosecutes three Detroiters who 11 days ago allegedly used an aerial vehicle to deliver contraband inside an Ionia prison. The Aug. 17 drop of three cells phones, razors and marijuana at the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility was the third known drone intrusion at a Michigan prison this year, according to the state Department of Corrections   Read More ...
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DPD to reopen cases handled by cops whose lies sent man to prison for 25 years
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Friday that he plans to reopen every case worked by two officers whose false testimony sent an innocent man to prison for 25 years. “It is no surprise that there are things from the past are being resurrected,” he said in an interview, citing past problems that led to the Detroit department having to operate under a federal consent decree for years   Read More ...
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Woman who used infant as 'decoy' gets 1-year prison sentence
A Taylor woman accused of using her infant daughter as a decoy to steal cash and credit cards from gym lockers at a Life Time Fitness was ordered to serve a year in prison. Kellie Condron, 30, appeared Aug. 23 before Oakland County Circuit Judge Hala Jarbou and was sentenced to 365 days in prison and three years probation. Condron pleaded guilty in July to felony charges of larceny in a building, fraudulent use of a financial transaction device and contributing to the delinquency of a minor   Read More ...
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Prison food worker: 'I was fired for refusing to serve rotten potatoes'
An inmate who led a sewage clean-up effort at Parnall Correctional Facility says he wasn't given proper safety equipment and has contracted Hepatitis C. Paul Egan/Detroit Free Press. LANSING, Mich. — A prison food worker said he was fired last week after he refused to serve rotten potatoes to inmates at a Michigan correctional facility. “It was the most disgusting thing I’ve seen in my life,” said Steve Pine, 48, of Sault Ste   Read More ...
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Engineer gets 40-month prison sentence in Volkswagen emissions scandal
An engineer who helped develop the engines at the center of the Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal was sentenced today in federal court in Detroit to 40 months in prison. Oliver Schmidt, a former VW manager who worked for the German automaker in Auburn Hills, Mich., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Detroit to charges of conspiracy and violating the Clean Air Act in Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating scandal   Read More ...
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Ex-inmate cleared in Detroit girl’s 1996 murder
A former prisoner who spent more than 20 years in prison was exonerated Friday by a Wayne County judge in the slaying of a 12-year-old Detroit girl. Lamarr Monson, who was granted a new murder trial earlier this year in the 1996 killing of Christina Brown, was exonerated by Third Circuit Court Judge Shannon Walker after a request by prosecutors due to destruction of evidence and “passage of time,” among other things   Read More ...
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Up North barkeep Larry Sevenski avoids jail time in tussle with trooper
83-year-old Larry Sevenski suffered a shattered elbow, bloody nose in St. Patrick's Day encounter with a Michigan State Police trooper outside his bar in Elmira, Michigan. He talks about being a survivor. Eric Seals/DFP Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press. Larry Sevenski, 84, was convicted of assaulting a state trooper he says was sitting up on his bar on St. Patrick's Day   Read More ...
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Elderly Michigan man avoids jail for resisting arrest during traffic stop
BELLAIRE, Mich. — An 84-year-old northern Michigan bar owner convicted of resisting arrest during a traffic stop by Michigan State Police that left him injured has avoided jail time. A judge on Thursday sentenced Larry Sevenski to time served along with $1,800 in fines and costs. He had faced up to two years in prison after a jury convicted him in July   Read More ...
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Killer paroled in 1995 “Jenny Jones Show” murder case
JACKSON, Mich. -- A Michigan man convicted in the 1995 killing of a man who expressed romantic interest in him on national television has been released from prison. The Michigan Department of Corrections says 47-year-old Jonathan Schmitz was released from a prison Tuesday in Jackson. Schmitz was 24 when an acquaintance, 32-year-old Scott Amedure, revealed that he was romantically interested in Schmitz during a taping of the Jenny Jones Show   Read More ...
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Michigan man in 1995 murder case released from prison
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man convicted in the 1995 killing of a man who expressed romantic interest in him on national television has been released from prison. The Michigan Department of Corrections says 47-year-old Jonathan Schmitz was released from a prison Tuesday in Jackson. Schmitz was 24 when an acquaintance, 32-year-old Scott Amedure, revealed that he was romantically interested in Schmitz during a taping of the Jenny Jones Show   Read More ...
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Mich. man in ’95 talk show murder case released
Jackson — A Michigan man convicted in the 1995 murder of another man who expressed romantic interest in him on national television has been released from prison. Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Gautz says in an email that 47-year-old Jonathan Schmitz was released Tuesday from a prison facility in Jackson. Schmitz was 24 years old when 32-year-old acquaintance Scott Amedure revealed he was romantically interested in him during a taping of the Jenny Jones Show   Read More ...
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Michigan man in 1995 murder case released from prison
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man convicted in the 1995 killing of a man who expressed romantic interest in him on national television has been released from prison. The Michigan Department of Corrections says 47-year-old Jonathan Schmitz was released from a prison Tuesday in Jackson. Schmitz was 24 when an acquaintance, 32-year-old Scott Amedure, revealed that he was romantically interested in Schmitz during a taping of the Jenny Jones Show   Read More ...
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Ex-Michigan prison food worker awaits drug case sentencing
IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan prison food worker is awaiting sentencing for trying to smuggle heroin into the Ionia Correctional Facility. The Detroit Free Press reports 27-year-old Adrian Delgado of Portland pleaded guilty Aug. 11 to drug and prison smuggling charges. A sentencing date hasn't yet been set, but he faces up to a year behind bars. He reached a plea agreement before trial   Read More ...
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2 armed open-carry advocates sentenced
Dearborn — Two men have been sentenced to jail or prison, months after they entered a Detroit-area police department with body armor and firearms. James Baker posted a video, saying he and Brandon Vreeland had been illegally stopped in February and felt the need to protect themselves as they visited the Dearborn police station to file a complaint. Baker, an Oakland County man, was sentenced to nine months in jail Friday for carrying a concealed weapon   Read More ...
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U.S. recommends 3-year prison term for former VW exec
Washington — Federal prosecutors are recommending a three-year prison sentence and a $20,000 fine for the former leader of Volkswagen's diesel competence program and pleaded guilty to a criminal charge in September for his role in the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal. James Robert Liang, who is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday in the U.S. District Court in Detroit, entered a guilty plea to a grand jury indictment of conspiracy to defraud the U   Read More ...
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No sanctions for Detroit jail's group strip searches: court
(Reuters) - The Wayne County jail in downtown Detroit is not liable to inmates who were subjected to group strip searches when the number of inmates awaiting processing made individual searches impractical, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. By a 2-1 vote, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati rejected claims that the county and a jail deputy should have known the searches were unreasonable, and violated inmates' constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment   Read More ...
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Two could face life in prison after prison drone drop
Buy Photo. Ionia — Three Detroit residents were arraigned Friday in Ionia District Court and face felony charges with penalties ranging from 7.5 years to life in prison after they allegedly used a drone to smuggle contraband into a state prison. Patrick Corey Seaton Jr., 22, Daryl Steven Marshall, 34, and Jonathan Lavawn Roundtree, 33, all face felony smuggling charges after the Ionia County prosecutor alleged they plotted to smuggle three cellphones, razor blades and marijuana into a nearby Ionia state prison on Thursday   Read More ...
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Ionia prosecutor discusses prison drone case
Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle Butler says drones are a growing threat to the security of prisons such as those around Ionia.   Read More ...
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3 arrested after drone drops drugs, cell phone at Michigan prison
LANSING — Three people are arrested after trying to use a drone to drop a cell phone and drugs into a state prison in Ionia, officials said. It's the latest example of how drones -- miniature unmanned aircraft that can be controlled remotely and carry a limited payload -- have become a huge security risk for prisons across the country. Shortly before 4 a   Read More ...
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