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student accused of death threats considering plea deal


burlington, vt. (ap) — court records say a vermont high school student charged with sending death threats to fellow students, teachers and staff at his school, causing three lockdowns and the cancellation of classes, is considering a plea bargainthe burlington free press reports that by the end of next week, 18-year-old josiah leach will have to decide in federal court in burlington whether to make a deal with prosecutors or face trial. a hearing is scheduled oct. 20.leach, a student at south burlington high school, has pleaded not guilty to emailing a “murder list” on april 20 targeting 16 students and staff.he’s charged with transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.___information from: the burlington free pre






flight attendant charged in fake bomb threat signs plea deal


bismarck, n.d. — a flight attendant accused of making bogus bomb threats on two skywest flights in 2015 has signed a plea deal to avoid trial, but that could send him to prison for decades.twenty-three-year-old justin cox-sever, of tempe, arizona, is accused of calling in fake bomb threats on a flight from charlottesville, virginia, to chicago, and on a flight from minneapolis to dickinson, north dakota.both flights made emergency landings. no one was hurt.the plea agreement calls for cox-sever to plead guilty to four of the five charges against him related to interfering with an aircraft. prosecutors will drop a fifth count, reducing the potential maximum prison sentence from 70 years to 50 years.the plea deal was filed saturday. it still needs the approval of a federal judge.






flight attendant charged in fake bomb threat signs plea deal


bismarck, n.d. (ap) — a flight attendant accused of making bogus bomb threats on two skywest flights in 2015 has signed a plea deal to avoid trial, but that could send him to prison for decades.twenty-three-year-old justin cox-sever, of tempe, arizona, is accused of calling in fake bomb threats on a flight from charlottesville, virginia, to chicago, and on a flight from minneapolis to dickinson, north dakota.both flights made emergency landings. no one was hurt.the plea agreement calls for cox-sever to plead guilty to four of the five charges against him related to interfering with an aircraft. prosecutors will drop a fifth count, reducing the potential maximum prison sentence from 70 years to 50 years.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the plea deal was filed saturd






woman accused of making death threats against sandy hook dad jailed for skipping


a florida woman accused of sending death threats to the father of a 6-year-old boy killed at sandy hook elementary has been taken into custody after she failed to show up for her court hearing.according to the sun-sentinel, lucy richards, 57 was arrested in tampa after a warrant was issued for her when she skipped a change-of-plea and sentencing hearing in federal court last wednesday.richards was taken into custody at a local hospital and had been free on bond since december when she pleaded not guilty to four federal charges that she sent threatening email and voicemails to lenny pozner. pozner is the father of 6-year-old noah who was killed in the 2012 school shooting in newtown, connecticut.according to court records, richards told investigators she contacted pozner because she became






woman accused of lying about rape to decide on plea deal


bridgeport, conn. (ap) — a former sacred heart university student accused of lying about being raped by two school football players in connecticut is to decide this week on a plea deal offer that calls for a two-year prison sentence.nikki yovino, of south setauket (she-taw’-kiht), new york, is scheduled to appear in bridgeport superior court on monday to tell a judge her decision.yovino’s lawyer has said she stands by her account that the two football players at the fairfield school sexually assaulted her in a bathroom during an off-campus party in october. the players told police they had consensual sex with her.police allege yovino lied because she worried a third student would lose romantic interest in her if he found out she had sex with the football players.most read storiesunlimited






ex-u. of i. student charged in baby's death takes plea, receives 10-year sentenc


the university of illinois student from monee accused of killing her newborn baby in a residence hall bathroom last month hid her pregnancy from friends, who were stunned to learn she'd allegedly suffocated her infant son after giving birth.lindsay l. johnson, 20, an agricultural communications... (zak koeske, vikki ortiz healy and dennis sullivan)






flight attendant charged in fake bomb threat signs plea deal


bismarck, n.d. (ap) — a flight attendant accused of making bogus bomb threats on two skywest flights in 2015 has signed a plea deal to avoid trial, but he could still end up spending decades in prison.justin cox-sever, 23, of tempe, arizona, is accused of making threats on a july 2015 flight from charlottesville, virginia, to chicago, and on a september 2015 flight from minneapolis to dickinson, north dakota. in the first incident, the plane had to turn around mid-flight. the second incident resulted in the temporary shutdown of the dickinson airport.under the plea agreement filed saturday, cox-sever will plead guilty to four of five charges accusing him of interfering with an aircraft. prosecutors will drop a fifth count, reducing the potential maximum sentence from 70 to 50 years in pris






man accused of killing deputy, 2 others takes plea deal


little rock, ark. — an arkansas man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to killing a sheriff's deputy and two other people last month.little rock television station katv reports james arthur bowden was sentenced friday after taking a plea deal to avoid the death penalty.bowden was accused in the killings of yell county sheriff's deputy lt. kevin mainhart, 61-year-old rita miller and 17-year-old ciera miller. family members have said the millers were relatives of bowden's girlfriend.according to an affidavit, authorities accused bowden of shooting mainhart during a traffic stop, then killing rita miller and ciera miller at a nearby home about 65 miles (105 kilometers) west of little rock.bowden's sister previously told the associated press after the sho






ex-u. of i. student charged in baby's death takes plea, receives 10-year sentenc


a former university of illinois student accused of suffocating her newborn child in a dorm bathroom in march 2016 pleaded guilty friday to felony child endangerment as part of a plea deal.lindsay l. johnson, 21, of monee, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and one year mandatory supervised released as part the agreement — the maximum she could have received for an extended class 3 felony, champaign county state's attorney julia rietz said.johnson, who had been charged with first-degree murder and faced up to 75 years in prison had she been convicted at trial, did not offer a statement at friday's plea hearing.rietz said concern over proving intent in the case led prosecutors to make the deal."looking at the facts of the case, we felt that a jury might struggle with the question of intent,






n.c. novelist walks free after agreeing to plea deal in wife's death


durham, n.c. -- novelist michael peterson agreed to a plea deal friday that enables him to maintain his innocence even as he acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him of manslaughter in his wife’s death. the district attorney, for his part, insisted that he’s guilty. wearing a dark suit and flanked by his defense team, peterson answered questions from superior court judge orlando hudson and agreed to the terms of his alford plea. but before he could leave, he got a scolding from candace zamperini, whose sister kathleen’s body was found at the bottom of a staircase in their north carolina mansion on dec. 9, 2001. zamperini described peterson’s accounts of his wife’s death as a “fictionalized story” and berated her former brother-in-law, telling him “kathleen was the best






accused flight attendant negotiating plea agreement


bismarck, n.d. (ap) — a flight attendant accused of making fake bomb threats on two skywest flights in the u.s. in 2015 is negotiating a plea deal with prosecutors and likely won’t stand trial.justin cox-sever, of tempe, arizona, is accused of making the threats on a july 2015 flight from charlottesville, virginia, to chicago, and on a september 2015 flight from minneapolis to dickinson, north dakota.in the first incident, the plane had to turn around mid-flight and the second resulted in the temporary shutdown of the dickinson airport. emergencies were declared in both cases. no injuries were reported.cox-sever had been expected to stand trial beginning tuesday in north dakota, but u.s. district judge daniel hovland approved a delay until feb. 28. istant u.s. attorney gary delorme said in






vermont student arrested in school death threats


south burlington, vt. — authorities have arrested an 18-year-old vermont student and charged him with making repeated death threats to students and staff at his school, causing three lockdowns and a cancellation of classes.josiah leach, a student at south burlington high school, was arrested friday night at his home by the fbi and local police. he's charged with transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce.authorities say the threats were received this tuesday through friday by email, telephone and on facebook. an fbi agent assigned to the cyber squad worked with local officials to track the messages, including one in a video on facebook.leach is being held pending an appearance in federal court on monday. it wasn't immediately known if he's represented by a lawyer who ca






vermont student arrested in school death threats


south burlington, vt. (ap) — authorities have arrested an 18-year-old vermont student and charged him with making repeated death threats to students and staff at his school, causing three lockdowns and a cancellation of classes.josiah leach, a student at south burlington high school, was arrested friday night at his home by the fbi and local police. he’s charged with transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce.authorities say the threats were received this tuesday through friday by email, telephone and on facebook. an fbi agent assigned to the cyber squad worked with local officials to track the messages, including one in a video on facebook.leach is being held pending an appearance in federal court on monday. it wasn’t immediately known if he’s represented by a lawyer w






man accused of peeping on women at gym takes plea deal


lincoln, neb. (ap) — a man accused of spying on nude women at a lincoln fitness gym and making videos has taken a plea deal.the lincoln journal star reports that 29-year-old jade hawklen pleaded no contest monday to three counts of unlawful intrusion. prosecutors agreed in exchange not to file separate charges for the 15 women he’s suspected of watching. his sentencing is scheduled for nov. 20.hawklen told police he used to work at the gym and used a key he’d acquired to access a room that contained a light therapy machine.___most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.information from: lincoln journal star, http://www.journalstar.com






novelist's maintains innocence despite plea in wife's death


durham, n.c. — novelist michael peterson agreed to a plea deal friday that enables him to maintain his innocence even as he acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him of manslaughter in his wife's death. the district attorney, for his part, insisted that he's guilty.wearing a dark suit and flanked by his defense team, peterson answered questions from superior court judge orlando hudson and agreed to the terms of his alford plea.but before he could leave, he got a scolding from candace zamperini, whose sister kathleen's body was found at the bottom of a staircase in their north carolina mansion on dec. 9, 2001.zamperini described peterson's accounts of his wife's death as a "fictionalized story" and berated her former brother-in-law, telling him "kathleen was the best pers






woman accused of lying about rape claims psychiatric illness


bridgeport, conn. — a former connecticut university student accused of lying about being raped by two university football players is seeking to have the charges against her dismissed.the connecticut post reports former sacred heart university student nikki yovino filed an application in court friday saying she's suffering from a psychiatric disability.the 19-year-old new york native will undergo a psychological evaluation. a judge will decide whether she qualifies for a pretrial diversionary program. if she qualifies and completes that program she could have the charges dismissed.prosecutors say they'll contest yovino's request. they previously offered her a plea deal with a two-year prison sentence.yovino accused two sacred heart football players of sexually assaulting her during an octob






woman accused of lying about rape claims psychiatric illness


bridgeport, conn. (ap) — a former connecticut university student accused of lying about being raped by two university football players is seeking to have the charges against her dismissed. the connecticut post reports former sacred heart university student nikki yovino filed an application in court friday saying she’s suffering from a psychiatric disability.the 19-year-old new york native will undergo a psychological evaluation. a judge will decide whether she qualifies for a pretrial diversionary program. if she qualifies and completes that program she could have the charges dismissed.prosecutors say they’ll contest yovino’s request. they previously offered her a plea deal with a two-year prison sentence.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.yovino accused two sacred h






mccracken school student pleads guilty in shooting plot


a 14-year-old former oliver mccracken middle school student from skokie pleaded guilty aug. 21 in a case where prosecutors said he was one of two boys accused of planning a shooting at the school.the boy, who is not being identified by name because he is a juvenile, pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct in front of judge steven bernstein at the skokie courthouse and is scheduled to be sentenced on oct. 2, officials said.prosecutors said the teen and another student made a "hit list" of "people they planned to shoot."the second student charged in the case, a 13-year-old who is also from skokie, was scheduled to be in court monday.bernstein is expected to accept the plea deal, but it is unclear what punishment the teen faces.however, the judge took time in court to admonish the b






nanny accused of burning, beating kids accepts plea deal


danbury, conn. — a connecticut nanny accused of burning a 3-year-old's hand and leg on a hot stove, lifting her up by her hair and trapping her inside a toy chest has accepted a plea deal.the news-times reports (http://bit.ly/2sru6gi ) lidia quilligana pleaded guilty thursday to second-degree assault, which was reduced from first-degree assault in exchange for pleading guilty to 24 counts of risk of injury to a minor.quilligana pleaded guilty to some charges under the alford doctrine, meaning she doesn't agree with all the evidence but acknowledges there's enough for a conviction.she will be sentenced aug. 22.police say quilligana was arrested in 2015 after she was caught on video abusing the 3-year-old and her 1-year-old twin siblings. prosecutors say she also ripped hair out of the child






man charged in girlfriend's cliff death strikes plea deal


hood river, ore. -- a man charged with pushing his girlfriend to her death off a trail in the columbia river gorge has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and coercion after striking a plea deal. playvideo48 hours segment extrasmaking sense of rhonda casto's death jessica colburn and brandi arneson say they want answers about what led to the death of their friend in a 150-foot fall from an oregon hiking tra... the oregonian/oregonlive reports thursday that steven p. nichols had increased the life insurance policy on 23-year-old rhonda casto to $1 million months before her 2009 death and was charged with murder. casto fell to her death during a hike along a treacherous trail with nichols on march 16 of that year. nichols spoke to "48 hours," insisting the death was an accident.






man accused of killing deputy, 2 others takes plea deal


little rock, ark. (ap) — an arkansas man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to killing a sheriff’s deputy and two other people last month.little rock television station katv reports james arthur bowden was sentenced friday after taking a plea deal to avoid the death penalty.bowden was accused in the killings of yell county sheriff’s deputy lt. kevin mainhart, 61-year-old rita miller and 17-year-old ciera miller. family members have said the millers were relatives of bowden’s girlfriend.the arkansas democrat-gazette reports bowden addressed the families of the three people killed in court friday.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“i’m really sorry about what happened,” bowden said. “i can’t be forgiven, so i won’t ask.”according






police: student arrested after snapchat threats


monroe, ohio (ap) — a 15-year-old student has been arrested in ohio after officials say he threatened to kill fellow students in a video posted to the mobile messaging app snapchat.court documents report the student at lakota east high school, near monroe, said in the video he would assassinate multiple kids and put them in a blender.lt. morgan dallman tells wcpo-tv a parent saw the video and brought it to the attention of the butler county sheriff’s office. dallman says the student acknowledged making the threats.the student was charged last week with making terroristic threats, which is a third-degree felony.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.principal suzanna davis said friday there is no threat to lakota east students. she says the teen will face disciplinary act






mother expected to make plea in birthday cake beating death


hagerstown, md. — prosecutors say they expect to strike a plea deal with a maryland woman whose 9-year-old son was fatally beaten over a missing piece of birthday cake.washington county istant state's attorney gina cirincion (seh-rin'-see-ohn) says she anticipates that 27-year-old oriana garcia will plead guilty wednesday to first-degree child abuse resulting in death.defense attorney david harbin declined to speak publicly about plea negotiations.garcia also is charged with second-degree murder in the july 2015 death of jack garcia. her boyfriend robert wilson is serving 30 years for second-degree murder, and her brother jacob barajas is awaiting sentencing for first-degree child abuse.police say garcia allowed the men to abuse her son as punishment for stealing, and that she sent away an






report: u. of illinois student to plead guilty in death of newborn found in back


urbana, ill. -- a university of illinois student charged with killing her newborn in a residence hall bathroom last year will plead guilty as a part of a plea deal with prosecutors, reports the chicago tribune.lawyers for lindsay johnson, 20, of monee, wouldn’t tell the paper what charges she would plead guilty to on april 7.“with the loving support of her family, lindsay has made the difficult decision to enter into a plea agreement in april that will resolve the criminal charges filed against her,” the lawyers said in a statement released following johnson’s thursday court appearance.officers found johnson near the campus’ music building in march of 2016 wearing a backpack with the deceased newborn inside, authorities said. they were looking for her after responding to a call earlier in






brazil’s supreme court authorizes odebrecht plea deal


são paulo—brazil’s supreme court president on monday accepted a plea deal made by current and former employees of construction company odebrecht, which people close to the negotiations say includes testimony implicating allies of president michel temer in wrongdoing related to the operation car wash anticorruption probe. leaks from the plea agreement negotiations have been frequent in the brazilian press, and many in the country expect the details of the deal, when they are finally released, to shake the temer...






possible plea deal discussed in nursing student’s slaying


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suspected serial killer offered plea deal by prosecutors


new britain, conn. — a former drifter charged with killing six people in connecticut in 2003 and disposing of the bodies behind a strip mall has been offered a plea deal by prosecutors.william devin howell appeared in new britain superior court via video on wednesday, when the possible deal was disclosed.neither prosecutors nor defense attorneys provided details.the 47-year-old native of hampton, virginia, is already serving a 15-year prison sentence for manslaughter in the killing of a seventh victim. he's being held on $10 million bond.police say howell was working odd jobs in connecticut at the time of the killings.a plea deal could spare the victims' families from the ordeal of a months-long trial.howell is scheduled back in court july 12 to either accept or reject the deal.






dylann roof to plead guilty to state murder charges, avoiding second death penal


convicted south carolina church shooter dylann roof is set to plead guilty to state murder charges to avoid a second death sentence.solicitor scarlett wilson told the associated press on friday roof is scheduled to enter a guilty plea during a hearing april 10 in charleston. she said he will enter the plea in exchange for a sentence of life in prison.roof has been awaiting trial on state murder charges for the deaths of nine black parishioners at charleston's emanuel ame church in june 2015.the deal won't save roof from a possible execution. earlier this year, a federal jury sentenced him to death on charges including hate crimes.wilson had also sought the death penalty in state court. she says the deal allows roof, who's been in the charleston county jail awaiting his state trial, to be t






nanny accused of burning, beating kids accepts plea deal


danbury, conn. (ap) — a connecticut nanny accused of burning a 3-year-old’s hand and leg on a hot stove, lifting her up by her hair and trapping her inside a toy chest has accepted a plea deal.the news-times reports (http://bit.ly/2sru6gi ) lidia quilligana pleaded guilty thursday to second-degree assault, which was reduced from first-degree assault in exchange for pleading guilty to 24 counts of risk of injury to a minor.quilligana pleaded guilty to some charges under the alford doctrine, meaning she doesn’t agree with all the evidence but acknowledges there’s enough for a conviction.she will be sentenced aug. 22.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.police say quilligana was arrested in 2015 after she was caught on video abusing the 3-year-old and her 1-year-old twin






man charged after son’s heroin death accepts plea deal


stamford, conn. (ap) — a connecticut man has pleaded guilty to charges related to the drug overdose death of his own son.the stamford advocate reports (http://bit.ly/2fz8dxv ) that 58-year-old mark lynch accepted a deal friday that could result in him serving a three-year prison term. lynch pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and sales of narcotics.twenty-five-year-old christopher lynch suffered a fatal heroin overdose in september 2016. police said he was visiting his father at the time.the judge in the case will decide in december whether to accept the plea agreement.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.mark lynch’s lawyer, matthew maddox, said his client will always live with the role he played in his son’s death.pam bacco, who was christopher lynch’s mo






man accused of hiding corpse of student returning to texas


alpine, texas — police say a second man accused of hiding the corpse of a west texas college student will be returned from arizona to texas.alpine police lt. felipe fierro says chris estrada waived extradition tuesday from phoenix, where he was arrested a day earlier in the investigation of the death of zuzu (zoo'-zoo) verk.the 21-year-old student at sul ross state university in alpine had been missing since oct. 12 following a date with her boyfriend, robert fabian. a border patrol agent last friday found verk's remains in a shallow grave near alpine, about 200 miles southeast of el paso.police say estrada and fabian are friends. both are charged with tampering with evidence by concealing a human corpse in verk's disappearance.a cause of death was pending tuesday for verk.






death threat suspect jailed for violating rules of release


burlington, vt. — a vermont high school student charged with sending death threats to fellow students, teachers and staff at his school, causing three lockdowns and the cancellation of classes, has been jailed for violating the conditions of his release.the burlington free press reported (http://bfpne.ws/2r4ft7b ) that 18-year-old josiah leach, a student at south burlington high school, was taken into custody friday after a federal court hearing.the judge said there was strong evidence leach used the internet in violation of the terms of his release.leach has pleaded not guilty to charges he emailed a "murder list" on april 20 targeting 16 students and staff. other threats were received by email, phone and on facebook.leach's attorney elizabeth quinn said she'd respond after reviewing the






plea deal ends allendale association lake villa death case


the criminal case surrounding the death of a 16-year-old allendale association resident, who died last year while being restrained at the lake villa facility, has concluded with the primary defendant accepting a plea deal that will spare him prison time.james davis, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing justice friday. in exchange, charges of involuntary manslaughter were dismissed and davis was sentenced by lake county circuit judge daniel shanes to three years in prison.with day-for-day credit, davis, a former allendale employee from round lake, has already served that time in the lake county jail.because davis cannot be paroled from a prison sentence at a county jail, he will be transported to an illinois department of corrections facility sometime this week, processed, and rel






former student gets life sentence in fatal school shooting


oakland, calif. — a disgruntled former nursing student has been sentenced to life in prison for killing seven people at a northern california vocational college in 2012.ktvu reports (http://bit.ly/2uncndf ) that an alameda county superior court judge on friday gave one goh seven life sentences without the possibility of parole.goh had been eligible for the death penalty before his plea deal. in may, he pleaded no contest to killing the seven and injuring three others during an april 2, 2012, rampage at oikos university in oakland.goh walked onto the campus with a .45-caliber handgun. he took a receptionist to a classroom where he fatally shot her and six students and wounded three others.he later surrendered to grocery store employees.his lawyer, david klaus, didn't return a call for comme






nanny accused of burning, beating kids accepts plea deal


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wife decries silicon valley tech exec’s lenient domestic-violence plea deal – th


palo alto — wealth, privilege and justice for women have once again collided at a courthouse in the heart of silicon valley, where the wife of a tech executive accused of beating her is furious at prosecutors for handing him a lenient plea deal.like “emily doe,” whose speech decrying stanford student athlete brock turner’s light sentence for sexual assault became a viral rallying cry against “rape culture,” neha rastogi’s statement about her husband’s plea deal has drawn sympathy. supporters see her as the latest victim of a justice system that trivializes violence against women, particularly in wealthy palo alto.“her experience was completely dismissed by our justice system,” said esther peralez-dieckmann, executive director of next door solutions to domestic violence.but others say there






montana’s greg gianforte working out a plea deal for misdemeanor assault of guar


the billings gazetteis reporting that new rep. greg gianforte (r-mt) might be trying to negotiate a plea deal for his misdemeanor assault charges after an encounter with guardian reporter ben jacobs. gianforte attorneys had previously asked for an extension for the court date and gallatin county justice court judge rick west did not set a date for the appearance. the motion to delay also noted that “the parties are currently exploring a settlement” and an extension wasn’t opposed by the state. county attorney marty lambert told the gazette that means gianforte and the state are negotiating a plea deal.






hit-and-run driver who killed boulder cyclist pleads guilty – the denver post


matthew jonas, daily cameracallie kuhasz, seen in court last october, pleaded guilty this week to vehicular homicide and faces four to 12 year in prison for the death of a boulder cyclist last year.the 25-year-old woman accused of hitting and killing a boulder cyclist while driving drunk, then fleeing the scene, is headed to prison after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors on thursday.callie kuhasz, of boulder, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, the most serious of the charges she faced in the hit-and-run crash that killed william davis, 35, of boulder, on jay road last june.under the plea agreement, kuhasz will be sentenced by a judge to between four and 12 years in prison, the same presumptive sentencing range she would have faced had she been convicted at trial of the vehicular hom






fans flock to oak grill, skyroom as 113-year minneapolis tradition ends


determined to reverse eight years of a democratic administration, house republicans are on track to overturn a handful of rules finalized in president barack obama's final months in office to deal with climate change, federal contracting and background checks for gun ownership.