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    (CNN)A federal judge ruled that the detention of one of the 39 detainees being held at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay is unlawful, according to the detainee's lawyer.On Tuesday, US DC District Court Judge Amit Mehta ruled that the detention of Asadullah Haroon Gul is unlawful and granted Gul's petition for a writ of habeas corpus.Though Judge Mehta's...
    UPDATE: A member of an ID theft ring that stole more than $600,000 from customers at Michaels stores in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and elsewhere was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison on Thursday. Jose “Tito” Salazar, 45, of Riverside, CA was part of a crew that replaced card-reading terminals at the arts and crafts retailer with...
    Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli continue to show that they’re enjoying privileges that are elusive to most other ex-federal prisoners by seeking permission for a second luxury trip to an international destination. The couple, who are each on two years’ supervised released after serving prison time for their crimes in the college admissions scandal, have asked a federal judge for...
    The daughter of a fugitive Mexican cartel leader has been mysteriously released just months into her 30-month prison sentence in the United States for laundering money for a notorious drug cartel.   Jessica Oseguera, 35, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison in Washington DC on June 11 for her role in laundering money for her father, Nemesio...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A suburban man has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for ripping off a charity that helps children with disabilities. Stuart Nitzkin, 45, of Deerfield pleaded guilty in the case. READ MORE: Illinois Health Officials Offer Tips For Celebrating Halloween This YearProsecutors say Nitzkin stole more than a half-million dollars while serving as...
    A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to register as a sex offender. New Haven County resident Christopher Poskus, age 47, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty to the charges on Thursday, Oct. 14, according to Leonard Boyle, acting United States attorney for the District of Connecticut. The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act requires sex offenders to register...
    A Long Island man who was the former national president of the Pagans was sentenced Thursday, Oct. 14 to a plea-bargained 33 months in federal prison for having a gun while returning home through New Jersey from a party in Pennsylvania. Keith Richter – a 62-year-old ex-con known as “Conan the Barbarian” – was returning to his Bay Shore home...
    UPDATE: A Peruvian woman was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for trying to smuggle nearly 15½ pounds of cocaine hidden in chocolate candy through Newark Airport. Yolanda Fonseca Melgarejo, 60, a legal permanent resident of the United States and a citizen of Peru, was nabbed after flying in from Lima in March 2019. She had seven kilos of...
                        Federal officials have sentenced former Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck to federal prison following his conviction for stealing more than $2.5 million from the Georgia Underwriting Association (GUA). This, according to a press release that staff at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia published...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former utility executive who lied to ratepayers and regulators costing billions of dollars after he found out a pair of nuclear reactors being built in South Carolina were hopelessly behind schedule will soon be heading to prison for two years. A state judge Monday accepted the negotiated sentence of former SCANA CEO Kevin Marsh. He...
    Kim Chandler/Andrew Harnik/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.After years of searching for a way to finance a massive prison-building scheme, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has found her cash cow: Federal coronavirus aid. Under legislation signed by Ivey at the end of a special session a little...
    A Florida veterinarian was sentenced to more than 21 years in federal prison on October 8 for recording and sharing videos of himself sexually abusing dogs and possession of child pornography. Prentiss K. Madden, 40, was a licensed veterinarian in Aventura, Florida, and has been sentenced to 272 months in federal prison. Madden “recorded himself sexually abusing dogs, shared the...
    A Jersey Shore ex-con who admitted boosting heroin he sold on the street with deadly fentanyl was sentenced Friday to no less than eight years in federal prison. Derrick Norwood, 59, of Neptune has already spent much of the past 25 years behind bars for a host of convictions out of Monmouth County for aggravated assault, robbery and burglary, as...
    LUBBOCK, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A dozen Lubbock drug traffickers were sentenced to a combined 106 years in federal prison, announced Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Chad E. Meacham. The defendants were arrested during the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Operation Los Perros De Nieve (“Operation Snow Dogs”), which also resulted in the seizure of multiple kilograms of cocaine, more...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The executive who oversaw a $9 billion plan to build two nuclear reactors in South Carolina is getting ready to go to prison, more than four years after he announced the mammoth project had failed without ever generating a watt of power. Former SCANA Corp. CEO Kevin Marsh has agreed with prosecutors that he should spend...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison guard killed himself after reporting corruption and harassment to authorities and cooperating with attorneys suing the state, a newspaper reported Wednesday. Sgt. Kevin Steele, 56, wrote memos to top prison officials early this year in which he said fellow correctional officers in his California State Prison, Sacramento, investigations unit had faked documents and...
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former Army major and his wife who prosecutors said routinely beat their young foster children and denied them food and water as punishment avoided more prison time Wednesday, the third sentencing in the long-running case after federal appeals courts struck down the first two for being too lenient. U.S. District Judge Katharine Hayden, the...
    A compulsive gambler who went to federal prison for three years for ripping off organizations that benefit schoolchildren and people with life-threatening illnesses went right back to scamming, federal authorities charged. This time, Gregory Ciccone, 43, of Woodland Park orchestrated a scheme that defrauded investors of $1.35 million, much of which he used to buy a $54,330 BMW, clothes, wine...
    A San Antonio man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for falsely claiming to have paid someone infected with COVID-19 to lick grocery store items in the San Antonio, Texas, area. Christopher Charles Perez was found guilty of two counts of conveying false information and hoaxes related to biological weapons, according to a statement from the Department of...
    SAN ANTONIO (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) — A Texas man will spend more than a year in federal prison for spreading a hoax related to COVID-19 on social media. Court records show Christopher Charles Perez posted two threatening messages on Facebook in April 2020, falsely claiming he paid someone infected with COVID-19 to “lick items at grocery stores in the San Antonio area...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An executive who spent billions of dollars on two South Carolina nuclear plants that never generated a watt of power, lying and deceiving regulators about their progress, is ready to go to prison. Former SCANA Corp. CEO Kevin Marsh has agreed with prosecutors that he should spend two years in prison. He goes before a federal...
    By Rebekah Riess and Devon M. Sayers | CNN Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law Friday a number of prison infrastructure bills that will use coronavirus relief funds to build new prisons in the state, calling it a “pivotal moment for the trajectory of our state’s criminal justice system.” Ivey, a Republican, had convened a special session of the...
    A male warden at a federal women's prison in California has been charged with sexual assault of a female prisoner after he took nude photos of her on his phone and digitally penetrated her on multiple occasions.  Ray J. Garcia, 54, who was in charge of directing training on the Prison Rape Elimination Act for new supervisors in 2019 and 2020, has been...
    SAN DIEGO -- A 22-year-old former nursing student was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Thursday for bursting into a San Diego synagogue on the last day of Passover in 2019 with a semiautomatic rifle, killing one worshipper and wounding three others.An agreement with prosecutors spared John T. Earnest the death penalty, but the hearing gave...
    SAN QUENTIN — The FBI is investigating alleged corruption by corrections officers at California’s oldest prison, in an “ongoing” probe that has so far resulted in charges against one prison guard, the agency confirmed Thursday. In an email to this news organization, an FBI spokesperson confirmed the existence of the federal investigation at San Quentin State Prison, where a guard...
    Alabama has the highest death rate from COVID-19 in the United States. As of Sept. 29, 2021, a total 692,737 Americans have died of the virus. Alabama has had the ninth-highest rate of COVID-19 infections, with more than 16,000 for every 100,000 citizens. Alabama has had around 289 of every 100,000 residents die of the 2019 novel coronavirus. During the most recent...
    Two former correctional officers face allegations claiming that they smuggled drugs into a Kansas maximum-security prison, according to the Justice Department. Jacqueline Sifuentes, 25, and Cheyonte Harris, 29, are both former correctional officers at the Leavenworth Detention Center in Leavenworth, Kansas. During their time working at the prison, both allegedly used their positions to smuggle contraband into the prison...
    (CNN)The assessment was dire: Horacio Estrada-Elias had "less than 18 months" left to live, his prison doctor wrote last year in a document submitted with the 90-year-old inmate's request for compassionate release. Estrada-Elias, who is serving a life sentence in federal prison for a nonviolent marijuana trafficking crime, suffers from congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation and chronic kidney disease, another...
    DUBLIN (CBS SF) – Federal prosecutors have charged the warden at an all-women’s federal correctional facility in Dublin with sexually abusing an inmate. According to acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie Hinds’ office 54-year-old Ray Garcia of Merced appeared in court Wednesday after being charged with one count of sexual abuse of a ward. Garcia is the warden at the Bureau of...
    DUBLIN — In the latest shocking allegation of sexual abuse by an employee at Dublin’s low-security women’s federal prison, the warden of FCI Dublin has been charged with sexually assaulting an incarcerated woman and ensuring he she would be powerless if she tried to put a stop to it. It is the third time in two years that an employee...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Failing security cameras in federal prisons have allowed inmates to escape undetected and were at the center of the investigation when wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself behind bars in 2019. Now, lawmakers want to force the Bureau of Prisons to repair and upgrade security systems. “Blind spots, lost footage, and technical failures are unacceptable in federal...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A Florida man has been sentenced to six years and five months in prison for stealing the identities of local, state and federal officials in a case involving more than $50,000 in fraudulent payments, authorities said. Michael T. Watters, 51, of Ocoee, was sentenced Monday in Orlando federal court, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in...
    Alabama Gov. Kay IveyKay IveyAlabama eyes using pandemic relief funds on prison system Dozens of Republican governors call for meeting with Biden on border surge President Biden's vaccination plan is constitutional — and necessary MORE (R) is pushing back on Democratic criticism of her decision to use federal coronavirus relief funds to build new prisons in the state. Ivey released...
    A federal judge on Monday ordered that all correctional officers and staff entering California’s prisons be vaccinated. The judge sided with a federal court-appointed receiver overseeing the medical care there and rejected efforts to block it by Gov. Gavin Newsom and the prison guards union. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar’s order covers all 34 of California’s prisons and does allow...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Charles “Chuck” Nabit, the Baltimore-based financier accused of spending over $90,000 on a sex trafficking business, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for transportation of a woman to engage in prostitution. Nabit, 65, is the owner of Westport Group, LLC. and the former owner of Mountain Manor Treatment Center, a drug treatment center. prosecutors said...
    A former pastor of the Westminster-based Church of the Healthy Self was sentenced Friday to 14 years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $22 million in restitution after being accused of orchestrating a church-based investment scheme that took in $33 million. Kent R.E. Whitney, 39, formerly of Newport Beach, pleaded guilty in November 2020 to two counts...
    WESTMINSTER, Calif. -- A former Southern California pastor was sentenced Friday to 14 years in federal prison for masterminding a church-based investment scheme that bilked hundreds of victims of more than $33 million.The former pastor of the Westminster-based Church for the Healthy Self, Kent R.E. Whitney, was ordered to pay more than $22 million in restitution. He pleaded guilty last...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — People who lost loved ones and entrusted their bodies to science ended up learning they were dismembered and sold off for profit. The man behind the scheme, Donald Greene Sr., was sentenced to two years in prison this week to serve time for selling diseased body parts. Families have waited years for justice. READ MORE: Judge Wont...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to six years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute approximately 211 grams of methamphetamine in Cecil County. According to his plea, during the fall of 2019 officials learned Nakir Ali Kiett, who was known as “Omar,” was selling methamphetamine in Cecil County....
    A Sheriff's deputy takes an employee's temperature as at Las Colinas women's Detention Facility in Santee, California on Wednesday, April22, 2020.Sandy Huffaker | AFP | Getty Images The fast-spreading delta variant ripped through a federal prison in Texas over the summer, infecting both the unvaccinated and fully vaccinated populations, but few were hospitalized, according to a report published Tuesday by...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is reviewing its policies on housing transgender inmates in the federal prison system after protections for transgender prisoners were rolled back in the Trump administration, The Associated Press has learned. The federal Bureau of Prisons’ policies for transgender inmates were thrust into the spotlight this week after a leader of an Illinois anti-government militia...
    DUBLIN (CBS SF/AP) — TV actor Allison Mack, who played a key role in the cultlike group NXIVM, has become the latest Hollywood star to be incarcerated at Dublin’s Federal Correctional Institution. Mack became inmate no. 90838-053 when she entered the facility on Monday. Over the last year, the prison nestled in the East Bay also was where TV stars...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida businessman who admitted that his fraud-busting business was a fraud is citing the coronavirus threat in prisons as he asks a judge to release him early from his one-year prison term. David Correia, 46, made the request in court papers filed publicly Wednesday in Manhattan federal court. The West Palm Beach resident was sentenced...
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    BALTIMORE (WJZ) —  A U.S. District Judge sentenced 43-year-old Anton Williams of Baltimore, to 10 years in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine in the Monument Street area of East Baltimore. The sentence was handed down on September 10, 2021. READ MORE: Masks Required In All Maryland Public Schools Effective Immediately After Hours Of Heated Debate, Divided Vote The judge also sentenced co-defendant 44-year-old Wardell Roundheart, of Baltimore, to 68...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — U.S. District Judge sentenced 40-year-old Jerold Gilliam, of Baltimore to nine years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute a substance containing fentanyl with the intent to distribute. “The defendant was dealing the deadly narcotic fentanyl in the Penn North area of Baltimore, which is a neighborhood that our Strike Force has prioritized in its enforcement efforts,” said Acting...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP/WCCO) — The leader of an Illinois anti-government militia group who authorities say masterminded the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque has been sentenced to 53 years in federal prison. 50-year-old Emily Hari is sentenced to 53 years in federal prison for the 2017 bombing of the Dar Al-Farooq mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota. READ MORE: Dump Truck...