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Indiana man gets 12-18 years in 1977 Mich. cold case
Cassopolis, Mich. — An Indiana man who pleaded guilty to killing his cousin in 1977 in southwestern Michigan has been sentenced to 12 to 18 years in prison. Cass Circuit Judge Mark Herman sentenced 58-year-old Raymond Richmond on Friday after accepting the agreement in which the South Bend man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. The shooting death of 25-year-old Robert Stasiak in Edwardsburg initially was deemed a suicide, but the investigation was reopened in 2015 and Stasiak’s body exhumed for an autopsy   Read More ...
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Indiana man gets 12-18 years in 1977 Michigan cold case
CASSOPOLIS, Mich. (AP) - An Indiana man who pleaded guilty to killing his cousin in 1977 in southwestern Michigan has been sentenced to 12 to 18 years in prison. Cass Circuit Judge Mark Herman sentenced 58-year-old Raymond Richmond on Friday after accepting the agreement in which the South Bend man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. The shooting death of 25-year-old Robert Stasiak in Edwardsburg initially was deemed a suicide, but the investigation was reopened in 2015 and Stasiak's body exhumed for an autopsy   Read More ...
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Doctor: Change in Flint's water most likely explanation for Legionnaire' disease outbreak
Buy Photo. During the first day of testimony in the case against the highest-ranking government official to face criminal charges in the Flint water crisis, a doctor said he believed that an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease stemmed from the change in Flint’s water source. “My opinion is the most plausible, most likely explanation, is that the change in the water was responsible for an increase in Legionnaires' disease,” said Dr   Read More ...
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Man pleads guilty to fire that killed 13 horses
GRAND RAPIDS — A troubled young man long suspected in an arson fire that killed 13 therapy horses pleaded guilty Thursday to two felony charges stemming from the deadly April 8th blaze in Lowell Township. Instead of prison, 20-year-old Payton Jonathan Mellema will be placed on probation for five years, with the first three years at a secured residential treatment facility, according to a plea agreement   Read More ...
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Ill. court upholds murder conviction of Drew Peterson
Springfield, Ill. — The use of hearsay testimony to convict former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson in the death of his third wife was proper, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday in upholding the conviction. The high court, in a unanimous decision, found that hearsay testimony from Peterson’s missing fourth wife did not violate his constitutional right to confront his accusers   Read More ...
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Polygamist pleads guilty in escape, fraud cases
Salt Lake City — A polygamous sect leader recaptured after a year on the run has pleaded guilty in an escape and food-stamp fraud cases. Lyle Jeffs pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Salt Lake City. He was charged in what prosecutors call a multimillion-dollar food-stamp fraud scheme as well as his escape from home confinement. Jeffs was awaiting trial in the food-stamp case when he slipped off his ankle monitor and escaped in June 2016   Read More ...
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Magic to testify as witness in Draymond Green lawsuit
Oakland, Calif. — Earvin “Magic” Johnson has been subpoenaed to testify as a witness in a former Michigan State University football player’s lawsuit against Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green, according to court documents. Attorneys for Jermaine Edmondson, who is suing Green over an alleged 2016 assault, want to question Johnson about a tweet he posted following the incident outside a Michigan restaurant   Read More ...
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Dairy farm owner pleads guilty to using illegal labor
CASS CITY, Mich. — The owner of two Michigan dairy farms pleaded guilty Tuesday to harboring workers who were in the U.S. illegally and agreed to pay nearly $1.4 million to the government. Denis Burke, an Irish immigrant, admits he employed more than 100 people who were in the U.S. without legal permission. Guilty pleas were also entered on behalf of his farms, Dunganstown Dairy and Parisville Dairy, both located in Michigan's Thumb region   Read More ...
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Feds secure 8th guilty plea in Macomb scandal
Detroit – An engineering contractor accused of bribing a Washington Township public official struck a plea deal Tuesday and will help the government prosecute others involved in a widespread corruption scandal. Paulin Modi is the eighth person to plead guilty in a scandal involving numerous Macomb County communities, trash hauler Rizzo Environmental Services, Detroit towing magnate Gasper Fiore and the Macomb County Public Works office   Read More ...
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Engineer pleads guilty to bribery in Macomb County public corruption probe
The federal government dropped a legal bomb on three millionaire businessmen today, indicting ex-trash company CEO Charles "Chuck” Rizzo, his father and towing company magnate Gasper Fiore on a slew of bribery and fraud charges. Ann Zaniewski/Detroit Free Press. Six months after a local official blew the whistle on him, an engineering contractor pleaded guilty to bribery today, admitting he paid a Macomb County politician money in exchange for a favor   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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Suspect pleads guilty in 1975 killing of Md. sisters
Bedford, Va. — A 60-year-old man who pleaded guilty in the killing of two young sisters from Maryland was sentenced Tuesday to two 48-year prison terms, more than four decades after the girls vanished during a trip to a local shopping mall. Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. entered his plea in a Virginia court Tuesday and was sentenced soon after. The first-degree felony murder charges had carried the possibility of a death sentence   Read More ...
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Westland man faces murder charge in death of roommate
The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office has filed charges against a Westland man accused of killing his roommate over the weekend. Jovica Nikoloski, 22, is expected to be charged with first-degree murder sometime Monday in Westland's 18th District Court, according to a news release from the prosecutor's office. Prosecutors said they expected Nikoloski would be arraigned Tuesday morning. Nikoloski is accused of killing his roommate, 25-year-old Spase Grazhdani, during an altercation that took place Saturday   Read More ...
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Michigan man pleads guilty to smuggling drugs in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The second of three Michigan men arrested on drug trafficking charges at a New Mexico bus terminal last year has pleaded guilty in federal court. The U.S. attorney's office in New Mexico says 28-year-old Southfield, Michigan, resident Lewayne Deray Jennings pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine trafficking charge Wednesday. A co-defendant, 22-year-old Detroit resident Marcus Bernard Harris Jr   Read More ...
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Woman sentenced in Knights of Columbus embezzlement case
BAY CITY, Mich. — A 51-year-old woman has been sentenced to jail after being convicted in a gambling card scam at a Knights of Columbus hall in Michigan. The Bay City Times reports Melody A. Dominowski learned her punishment Tuesday after a jury earlier found her guilty of embezzlement between $1,000 and $20,000 from a nonprofit or charitable organization. She was sentenced to 93 days in jail followed by probation   Read More ...
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Attorney for trooper in ATV death: 'split-second decision' was made
Defense attorney for MSP trooper highlights the fact that the teen who crashed and died after being Tased refused to obey commands.   Read More ...
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Juwan Plummer's tearful apology during sentencing
A 20-year-old man who fired a gun and injured two Detroit police officers responding to a burglary call tearfully said he was “so sorry” during his sentencing today.   Read More ...
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Detroit terror case ends amid lingering questions
Detroit — A Detroit man accused of plotting violent jihad on behalf of the Islamic State will be sentenced today in a case that leaves lingering questions about his network of radical supporters. The 3:30 p.m. sentencing of Sebastian Gregerson, aka Abdurrahman Bin Mikaayl, caps a prolonged FBI investigation involving Islamic State supporters, radical threats and an imam who helped Gregerson amass a weapons cache   Read More ...
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Man who mistook Detroit police for intruders cries as he apologizes during sentencing
Buy Photo. A 20-year-old who fired a gun and injured two Detroit police officers responding to a burglary call tearfully said he was “so sorry” during his sentencing today. “I just hope that the officers are OK,” said Juwan Plummer as he addressed the court at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit. He called the situation “terrible” and said he hopes the officers and their families understand that violence in the neighborhoods and the situations that happen in their homes caused the terrible accident to happen   Read More ...
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Man who shot 2 Detroit cops sentenced to probation
The Detroit man who shot two city police officers in April was sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation, with the first 90 days to be served in the Wayne County Jail. Juwan Plummer pleaded guilty earlier this month to wounding the police officers at his home in the 20500 block of Lesure on Detroit’s northwest side. Plummer’s attorney has maintained that he believed the officers were burglars trying to break into his home   Read More ...
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Woman gets 14 years for 2000 kidnapping of Allen Park woman
A Wisconsin woman captured after living under an alias for 16 years was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison for kidnapping an Allen Park woman in 2000. FBI agents mining social media discovered Kimberly Lee Johns last year in Marathon County, Wis., where she was living under the name Kim McGuire. She had escaped a halfway house in 2000 while awaiting trial in federal court in Detroit   Read More ...
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Ex-UAW official pleads guilty in training center case
Ann Arbor — A former associate director of the United Auto Workers pleaded guilty to misusing funds that were intended to train and retrain blue-collar workers. Virdell King, 65, is the latest official to face charges in a U.S. Attorney’s Office investigation into improprieties at the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center in Detroit. This morning, King pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to violate the Labor Management Relations Act   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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Feds charge contractor in Macomb corruption scandal
Detroit — Federal prosecutors charged a 14th person in the Macomb County corruption scandal, a contractor accused of funneling $66,000 in kickbacks to a politician. Christopher Sorrentino, 51, of Macomb Township was charged with structuring financial transactions to avoid current reporting requirements — a five-year felony. He was charged in a criminal information, which means a guilty plea is expected. Court documents indicate Sorrentino accepted a check from an unnamed Macomb Township official for payment he did not perform   Read More ...
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Feds snag 14th defendant in Macomb County corruption probe
The federal government dropped a legal bomb on three millionaire businessmen today, indicting ex-trash company CEO Charles "Chuck” Rizzo, his father and towing company magnate Gasper Fiore on a slew of bribery and fraud charges. Ann Zaniewski/Detroit Free Press. The federal government today snagged its 14th defendant in its ongoing Macomb County corruption probe: a vendor who allegedly pocketed money for work he didn't perform   Read More ...
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Michigan Man Thomas McClellan Sentenced For Murder Of 5-Year-Old Stepdaughter Who Asked For Food
A Michigan man has has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the brutal murder of his 5-year-old stepdaughter in 2016. Following a three-day bench trial in July, 25-year-old Thomas McClellan was found guilty of first-degree felony murder, first-degree child abuse, and first-degree arson in connection with the stabbing death of Luna Younger. Authorities say that McClellan admitted to the horrific crime, which took place on November 1, and claimed that the girl’s request for food is what set him off   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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Michigan prosecutor stops defendant stabbing self in neck
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A witness says a defendant just bound over for trial on two felony assault charges started jabbing a broken pen into his neck until a prosecutor and police officers stopped him. District Court Administrator Anethia Brewer says Everic Allen suffered superficial injuries Friday morning and was treated at the Lansing Police Department before being transported to the Ingham County Jail   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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VW engineer to learn fate in diesel emissions scandal
Buy Photo. Detroit – A Volkswagen engineer will be sentenced in federal court Friday for his role in a $25 billion diesel emissions cheating scandal. Federal prosecutors want James Liang, leader of diesel competence for VW from 2008 until last fall, to spend three years in prison and pay a $20,000 fine for helping cheat U.S. emissions tests and for lying to regulators   Read More ...
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Man who killed step-daughter because she was hungry gets life sentence
LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan man who killed his step-daughter because she interrupted his nap and asked for something to eat was sentenced this morning to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Thomas McClellan, 25, was found guilty in July of first-degree felony murder, first-degree child abuse and first-degree arson in connection with the death of Luna Younger. Michigan law requires a mandatory life sentence for the murder conviction   Read More ...
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Michigan man gets life sentence in stepdaughter’s death
Lansing — A Lansing-area man who told police he killed his 5-year-old stepdaughter after she interrupted his nap has been sentenced to life in prison without a chance for parole. Thomas McClellan of Holt declined to speak in court Wednesday. Judge Joyce Draganchuk says there’s no explanation for what happened to Luna Younger last November. The sentence for first-degree murder was mandatory   Read More ...
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Feds seek lengthy sentence for Detroit terror suspect
Federal prosecutors want a Detroit man accused of plotting jihad for the Islamic State to spend more than five years behind bars. In a sentencing memorandum filed Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office requests that a judge order a 60-month prison sentence for Sebastian Gregerson, who has admitted acquiring a fragmentation grenade from an undercover FBI employee. Prosecutors also are seeking a 12-month sentence for illegally buying firearms through a straw buyer   Read More ...
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Teen pleads guilty to lesser charge in Slender Man case
Waukesha, Wis. — One of two Wisconsin teenagers charged with repeatedly stabbing a classmate to impress a fictitious horror character called Slender Man pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser charge. Anissa Weier, 15, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree homicide as a party to a crime, with use of a deadly weapon. She initially faced a charge of attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the 2014 attack on Payton Leutner in Waukesha, a city west of Milwaukee   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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Trey Songz reaches plea deal in Detroit assault case
DETROIT (AP) — R&B singer Trey Songz has reached a deal with prosecutors to reduce a felony assault charge stemming from a concert in Detroit. The 32-year-old artist pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of disturbing the peace in a Wayne County court. He will serve 18 months of probation. Authorities say microphones and speakers were thrown from stage during his December concert at Joe Louis Arena   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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3-year sentence recommended for engineer in Volkswagen emissions scandal
Federal prosecutors are recommending a three-year prison sentence for a key engineer involved in the massive Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scheme and cover-up. James Liang, who pleaded guilty in September in U.S. District Court in Detroit to conspiracy, could have received a sentence of up to five years based on the guidelines, but the government cited his "substantial assistance" in recommending a shorter prison sentence   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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Feds charge key witness in UAW-FCA corruption scandal
Detroit – Federal prosecutors snagged a second key witness Friday in a $4.5 million corruption scandal involving the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Former labor executive Virdell King was charged Friday with accepting illegal payments from Fiat Chrysler and could plead guilty in coming days for her role in a corruption scandal that prosecutors say involved funneling millions of dollars worth of payoffs to labor leaders and auto executives   Read More ...
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