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Mich. prisoner awarded $11,500 in retaliation case

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Man gets prison for torture death of girlfriend’s son

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Detroit man sent to prison for Air Jordans slaying

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Ferndale woman jailed for not vaccinating son

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Indiana man gets 12-18 years in 1977 Mich. cold case

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Engineer gets 40-month prison sentence in Volkswagen emissions scandal

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2 armed open-carry advocates sentenced

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Ohio inmate sues over forced cutting of dreadlocks
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Ohio inmate sues over forced cutting of dreadlocks Lawsuit claims prison’s actions impede convicted killer from practicing faith, violates civil rights. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.   Read More ...
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Man who abducted Hines Park jogger, tried to rape her, faces 16-35 years in prison
Floyd Galloway's name has also been connected to Danielle Stislicki's disappearance, though he has not been criminally charged in that case. A man accused of abducting a jogger and attempting to rape her in Hines Park last summer reversed course Tuesday, opting to take a plea deal he previously rejected and which will send him to prison for at least 16 years   Read More ...
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Doctor at center of mutilation case freed from jail
Detroit — Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, the Northville doctor accused of mutilating the genitalia of “countless” young girls, was released on $4.5 million unsecured bond Tuesday after seven months in jail. Nagarwala, 44, was freed after more than a dozen friends came to federal court and pledged to pay the largest unsecured bond in Detroit federal court history if she flees while awaiting a June trial — the first trial nationwide involving female genital mutilation   Read More ...
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Doctor charged with distributing opioids to inmate who died from withdrawal at Macomb County Jail
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. - A Metro Detroit doctor is facing federal charges on suspicion of over-proscribing opioids in connection with the death of an inmate at the Macomb County Jail. Dr. Bernard Shelton, 60, of Harrison Township, was charged with 21 counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. One of his patients was David Stojcevski. Stojcevski's death sparked a national debate on the treatment of inmates after the Local 4 Defenders aired video of his final days, which included agonizing suffering due to withdrawal from doctor-prescribed medications   Read More ...
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Man says he robbed pharmacies to get sister’s bail
Jackson – A southern Michigan man says he robbed three pharmacies in under an hour as part of an attempt to get enough money to bail his sister out of jail. The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports Antrell Williams of Jackson learned his punishment earlier this month, getting 20 to 40 years in prison. Williams apologized and said he robbed the pharmacies to collect money and drugs to sell hoping to raise $25,000 for bail   Read More ...
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Michigan man robbed pharmacies to raise sister’s bail money
JACKSON, Mich. — A Michigan man says he robbed three pharmacies in under an hour as part of an attempt to get enough money to bail his sister out of jail. The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports Antrell Williams of Jackson learned his punishment earlier this month, getting 20 to 40 years in prison. Williams apologized and said he robbed the pharmacies to collect money and drugs to sell hoping to raise $25,000 for bail   Read More ...
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Pontiac man escapes police custody; manhunt underway
A prison feud spread from behind bars Saturday after shots were fired in a Pontiac bar and the suspect fled, sparking a manhunt for a recently paroled inmate. Deputies on Sunday said they were seeking Larry Lanelle Emery, 38, following a shooting at Duckett’s Sports Bar on West Walton. Emery and a former inmate had served time together in prison and were recently paroled   Read More ...
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Freedom sweet for man wrongfully convicted in 1974
Baton Rouge, La. – Nearly 50 years after he was arrested in the kidnapping and rape of a nurse, a Louisiana man walked out of prison on Wednesday, his life sentence and conviction overturned by a judge who said the case against him was “weak at best.” Authorities withheld evidence decades ago that could have exonerated Wilbert Jones, now 65, State District Judge Richard Anderson said   Read More ...
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Rosa Parks' lawyer accused of secretly hoarding civil rights, Motown memorabilia, avoids jail
Beginning Wednesday at the Library of Congress, the public will have full access to Rosa Parks' archive of letters, writings and photographs for the first time. Parks is beloved in American history for her civil disobedience on an Alabama bus. (Feb. Buy Photo. A years-long drama involving missing civil rights and Motown memorabilia took another turn in federal court for the key figure in the case: the late Rosa Parks' attorney, who avoided going to jail Tuesday for allegedly hiding more than 100 artifacts   Read More ...
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Lawsuit aims to block land swap deal to build $520M jail
Which plan for a new jail should Wayne County go with? See the details on proposals from Dan Gilbert and Walsh Construction. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press. Nicholas Miller, who lives within three blocks of the proposed site, filed a lawsuit this morning in Wayne County Circuit Court to stop the deal. Buy Photo. A Detroit resident is seeking an emergency court injunction to block the Detroit City Council from authorizing a land swap deal between the city and Wayne County that would allow billionaire Dan Gilbert's Rock Ventures to build a $520   Read More ...
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Rosa Parks lawyer dodges jail amid treasure hunt
Detroit — Rosa Parks’ lawyer avoided jail Tuesday and received three more weeks to turn over a missing treasure trove of civil rights, Motown and African American objects. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Marci McIvor made the decision during a tense meeting with bankruptcy officials who accused Detroit lawyer Gregory Reed of failing to surrender historically significant assets as ordered in his long-running bankruptcy case   Read More ...
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Woman blamed for explosion at motel sentenced to prison
Cadillac, Mich. – A woman who authorities say caused an explosion and fire in a northern Michigan motel room that injured her two children has been sentenced to more than six years in prison. Authorities say Amanda Lynn Skardoutos was trying to make butane hash oil on May 17 when she was injured in the explosion at Green Mill Motel in Manton   Read More ...
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Police: Man convicted in 2016 murder kills self in jail
Kevin Wiley, the man convicted of first-degree murder in June in the 2016 slaying of his then-girlfriend, Marie Colburn, fatally hung himself in the Oakland County Jail early Sunday morning, authorities said. He was 35. Colburn, who delivered The Detroit News as well as the Free Press, was found dead in her Pontiac apartment by her mother in April 2016. Wiley was an absconder from parole at the time of Colburn's death and had absconded a number of times in the past   Read More ...
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Detroit council takes up Rock Ventures land swap deal Tuesday to build proposed $520M jail
Which plan for a new jail should Wayne County go with? See the details on proposals from Dan Gilbert and Walsh Construction. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press. Residents living near site of proposed criminal justice center say plan would harm Detroit's popular Art Center area. Venus Patton doesn't worry about letting her three young daughters make the daily trek to their school, Golightly Education Center, just a few short blocks away from their apartment in Detroit's popular Art Center area   Read More ...
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Oakland County Jail inmate facing life sentence hangs himself, authorities say
Authorities are investigating the suicide of an Oakland County Jail inmate who was hours away from being sentenced to life in prison. Kevin Jermaine Wiley, 35, of Pontiac was found at 12:24 a.m. Monday hanging in his cell, according to a news release from Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe. He did not display any unusual behavior beforehand but did leave behind a note, McCabe said   Read More ...
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Cub Scout embezzler gets 10 days in jail
A woman accused of stealing from a local Cub Scout pack has been sentenced to 10 days in jail. Shannon Fox was also sentenced to a year of probation, 30 hours of community service and to pay back the money she stole. Officials said Fox, 32, of Kimball Township was treasurer of Pack 201 when she embezzled $1,998.62 from its checking account   Read More ...
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Maggots, food shortages and contraband -- this week in Michigan prison scandals | Kaffer
Maggots in the prison food. Again. You know, I'm starting to think that a state government can't outsource a service for $11 million less than it paid for in-house work and expect to deliver a quality product. In three separate recent incidents, inmates at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility near Jackson, found moldy food, crunchy dirt in mashed potatoes, and maggots or other foreign substances in or near food, provided by outside contractor Trinity Services Group of Florida per incident reports obtained by a state worker through the Freedom of Information Act and reported in Monday's Detroit Free Press   Read More ...
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Man gets prison time for illegally harvesting Va. eels
Norfolk, Va. — A New York seafood dealer has been sentenced to 1 ½ years behind bars for illegally trafficking more than $150,000 worth of baby eels from Virginia. The Virginian-Pilot reports that 42-year-old Tommy Zhou of Brooklyn was sentenced Friday in a federal Virginia court after he pleaded guilty in April. Called elvers, baby eels are valuable because they are sold to Asian aquaculture companies so they can be raised to maturity and used as food   Read More ...
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More problems for state's prison food contractor: maggots found in chow served to inmates
Officials found maggots in food at Robert G. Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson on three occasions in July and August, records show. Wochit. Buy Photo. LANSING — Officials found maggots in food in three separate incidents at a Jackson-area state prisonthis summer, countering expectations that a change in contractors marked a significant reversal in the state's prison food woes . The discoveries at G   Read More ...
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Ill inmate suggests firing squad for execution
Columbus, Ohio — A condemned inmate scheduled to die this month for the slaying of a teenage boy said officials should execute him by firing squad because his breathing problems and poor veins make him too ill to be killed by lethal injection. Ohio lawmakers could quickly approve legislation allowing the firing squad to be used as an alternative execution method for the first time in the state, attorneys for death row inmate Alva Campbell said in a court filing late last month   Read More ...
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Bergdahl gets dishonorable discharge, no prison time
Fort Bragg, N.C. — A military judge ruled Friday that Bowe Bergdahl should serve no prison time for endangering his comrades by walking off his Afghanistan post. The sentence caps a politically divisive episode that centered on one soldier’s decision that affected many other lives. President Barack Obama was criticized for trading Taliban prisoners to bring him back. As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump had called for Bergdahl to face stiff punishment   Read More ...
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Manafort, Gates face decades in prison
Washington — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s business associate Rick Gates face decades in federal prison and millions of dollars in potential fines if convicted on all counts in a sprawling federal indictment unsealed Monday. Manafort potentially faces up to 80 years in prison, according to a review of the federal charges and the relevant statutes by The Associated Press   Read More ...
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Jury awards $11,500 to Michigan prisoner in retaliation case
DETROIT (AP) — A jury has awarded $11,500 to a Michigan prisoner who said his TV and typewriter were damaged and medication was withheld by guards during a sudden transfer. The allegations by Arthur Campbell go back to 2007. The case reached trial in Detroit federal court after he successfully appealed a dismissal in favor of Corrections Department employees. Campbell sued six employees, but a jury cleared four Oct   Read More ...
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Mich. prisoner awarded $11,500 in retaliation case
Detroit — A jury has awarded $11,500 to a Michigan prisoner who said his TV and typewriter were damaged and medication was withheld by guards during a sudden transfer. The allegations by Arthur Campbell go back to 2007. The case reached trial in Detroit federal court after he successfully appealed a dismissal in favor of Corrections Department employees. Campbell sued six employees, but a jury cleared four Oct   Read More ...
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Michigan woman gets 13-20 years for abusing disabled sister
CORUNNA, Mich. — A Michigan woman who authorities say kept her disabled adult sister locked in a closet has been sentenced to the maximum 13 1/3 to 20 years in prison. WJRT-TV reports Candy Lawson learned her sentence Friday after being convicted last month on charges of abuse, false imprisonment and embezzlement. Prosecutors say she stole disability benefits intended for her sister   Read More ...
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Michigan woman gets 13-20 years for abusing disabled sister
CORUNNA, Mich. – A Michigan woman who authorities say kept her disabled adult sister locked in a closet has been sentenced to the maximum 13 1/3 to 20 years in prison. WJRT-TV reports Candy Lawson learned her sentence Friday after being convicted last month on charges of abuse, false imprisonment and embezzlement. Prosecutors say she stole disability benefits intended for her sister   Read More ...
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Michigan mom jailed over vaccine refusal: Don't give my son more shots
Rebecca Bredow, 40, of Ferndale, spent 5 days in jail for refusing a court order to vaccinate her 9-year-old son. John Wisely/Detroit Free Press. DETROIT — A Michigan mother who served five days in jail for violating a court order to vaccinate her son is heading back to court hoping to prevent any future shots. Rebecca Bredow, 40, must convince Oakland County Circuit Judge Karen McDonald that avoiding future shots is "in the best interests of the child," her lawyer, Clarence Dass, said   Read More ...
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Michigan woman gets 13-20 years for abusing disabled sister
CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman who authorities say kept her disabled adult sister locked in a closet has been sentenced to the maximum 13 1/3 to 20 years in prison. WJRT-TV reports Candy Lawson learned her sentence Friday after being convicted last month on charges of abuse, false imprisonment and embezzlement. Prosecutors say she stole disability benefits intended for her sister   Read More ...
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Michigan woman gets 13-20 years for abusing disabled sister
CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman who authorities say kept her disabled adult sister locked in a closet has been sentenced to the maximum 13 1/3 to 20 years in prison. WJRT-TV reports Candy Lawson learned her sentence Friday after being convicted last month on charges of abuse, false imprisonment and embezzlement. Prosecutors say she stole disability benefits intended for her sister   Read More ...
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Maserati driver to serve 25-50 years in prison for deadly crash
Gregory Allen Belkin, a former U.S. Coast Guard member who served half his life in the military, broke down crying as he spoke to the family of Rhonda T. Williams. Belkin was drunk when he drove his maserati at speeds of 134 m.p.h. last January when he slammed into another car, killing a 53-year-old mother of two. Wochit. The driver of a Maserati who was traveling at speeds of 134 mph last January when he slammed into another car, killing a 53-year-old mother of two, was sentenced Thursday to serve a minimum of 25 years in prison   Read More ...
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Ex-lawyer sentenced to 15 years in fraud cases
A disbarred Shelby Township attorney has been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Wednesday in a press release. Steven Ruza, 54, was sentenced by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina in the 30th Circuit Court in Ingham County for falsely certifying a driver's license. He was sentenced as a repeat offender, according to the press release   Read More ...
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FBI documents reveal new details about inmate's death at Macomb County Jail
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. - The Justice Department is releasing hundreds of documents for the first time in the death of an inmate inside the Macomb County Jail. David Stojcevski's death sparked a national debate on the treatment of inmates after the Local 4 Defenders aired video of his final days, which included agonizing suffering due to withdrawal from doctor-prescribed medications. Now, more than three years later, his family is getting some answers and raising new questions   Read More ...
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Bergdahl faces life in prison for endangering comrades
Fort Bragg, N.C. — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will appear Monday before a military judge who will determine his punishment for endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan. Before delivering his sentence, the judge will have to resolve a last-minute defense argument that new comments by President Donald Trump have tainted the case. Bergdahl faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty last week to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy   Read More ...
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Underwear bomber sues, says rights violated in prison
A man convicted of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound plane on Christmas Day in 2009 has filed a federal lawsuit saying that his constitutional rights, including his ability to practice his religion and meet his dietary needs, are being violated in a Colorado prison. In a complaint filed last week, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, known as the underwear bomber, alleges that communication restrictions, including solitary confinement, imposed on him “are an unconstitutional deprivation of his First Amendment rights to free speech and association   Read More ...
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Underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab sues over treatment in federal prison
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian native who became an al-Qaida operative, alleges he's being held in long-term solitary confinement. Detroit Free Press staff. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab alleges his constitutional rights are being violated at a federal supermax prison in Colorado where he is held in solitary confinement. The man known as the underwear bomber for trying to blow up a Detroit-bound plane on Christmas day eight years ago with a bomb hidden in his underclothing has filed a lawsuit alleging his constitutional rights are being violated at a supermax federal prison in Colorado   Read More ...
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Prison sued over fungus on inmate’s brain
Kansas City, Mo. — A Kansas prison inmate died in April after a brain fungus gave him a form of meningitis that left him weak and so disoriented that he drank his own urine while prison health care staff ignored his pleas for help, according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of his mother and daughter. Marques Davis complained for months about symptoms at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility, his attorney, Leland Dempsey, said in the lawsuit filed this week in federal court, The Kansas City Star reported   Read More ...
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Jail land-swap plan draws critics
Buy Photo. A proposal from Dan Gilbert to build a criminal justice complex, which would include a jail, on city Department of Transportation property near Interstate 75 and Warren drew neighborhood critics to a community meeting Thursday. About 60 residents voiced concern about housing inmates near their neighborhood and having children pass a jail to get to school. Some were fearful of prisoners escaping or being released into their community   Read More ...
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Detroit residents raise concerns about Gilbert's $520M jail proposal
Which plan for a new jail should Wayne County go with? See the details on proposals from Dan Gilbert and Walsh Construction. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. A land swap deal that would build a $520.3 million criminal justice complex near I-75 in Detroit has sparked concern among dozens of nearby residents who said Thursday night at a community meeting they're worried about the impact of the proposed development and frustrated with the lack of public engagement   Read More ...
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Michigan inmates paroled with new job skills
Jackson — Nicholas Wood will leave prison a free man on Tuesday when he completes his 15-month sentence for felony cocaine possession. He’ll also leave with multiple skilled trade certifications and a new job he’ll start the same day. Wood, 34, will be among the first wave of parolees graduating from the Vocational Village at Parnell Correctional Facility in Jackson, the second state prison to offer the skilled trade training program   Read More ...
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Co-pilot guilty of operating plane drunk gets prison
Grand Rapids — A co-pilot convicted of being drunk while preparing for a charter airline flight has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison. Sean Michael Fitzgerald was also fined $5,500 on Friday. U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker said Fitzgerald’s behavior was “simply intolerable.” A Grand Rapids federal court jury convicted Fitzgerald in May of operating a common carrier under the influence of alcohol   Read More ...
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