Alan Suderman Associated Press Published 12:17 PM EDT Jun 23, 2019 Richmond, Va. – The avowed white supremacist who plowed his car into counterdemonstrators opposing a white nationalist rally in Virginia two years ago, killing one person and injuring dozens, has asked a judge for mercy and a sentence shorter than life in prison. Lawyers for James Alex Fields Jr., 22, said in a sentencing memo submitted in court documents Friday that the defendant should not spend his entire life in prison because of his age, a traumatic childhood and a history of mental illness. Fields pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes in March and is set to be sentenced on June 28. “No amount of punishment imposed on James can repair the damage he caused to dozens of innocent people. But this Court should find that retribution has limits,” his attorneys wrote. But prosecutors countered that the avowed anti-Semite and Adolf Hitler admirer has shown no remorse since he drove the car into the … [Read more...] about Charlottesville driver asks judge for less than life sentence
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Rob Gillies, Associated Press Updated 11:23 am PST, Tuesday, February 5, 2019 In this artist's sketch, serial killer Bruce McArthur, center, attends his sentencing hearing in Toronto on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. McArthur staged photos of some of his victims after they died, posing corpses in fur coats and cigars in their mouths, a prosecutor said Monday as the sentencing hearing began for the former gardener who preyed on men from Toronto's Gay Village district. (Alexandra Newbould/The Canadian Press via AP) less In this artist's sketch, serial killer Bruce McArthur, center, attends his sentencing hearing in Toronto on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. McArthur staged photos of some of his victims after they died, posing corpses in ... more Photo: Alexandra Newbould, AP Photo: Alexandra Newbould, AP Image 1 … [Read more...] about Prosecutor asks consecutive life sentences for serial killer
A man who tried to blame the grieving mother of a one-year-old girl for her daughter’s death has today been convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. Ryan Coleman, 23, of No Fixed Abode, was found guilty at the end of a three week trial at Birmingham Crown Court of murdering the one-year-old daughter of his partner. The jury of seven men and five women returned their unanimous verdict in just over four hours and Coleman was sentenced to life with a minimum tariff of 17 years. The little girl was found unresponsive at a property in Kettering on April 26, 2018. She was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham but sadly died three days later. During the trial, jurors heard how the baby had been subjected to a deliberate and violent assault at the hands of Coleman, causing ‘car crash’ like injuries - among the worst a medical expert had ever seen. Coleman, who stormed out of court on a number of occasions during the trial, including leaving … [Read more...] about GUILTY: Kettering baby murderer starts a life behind bars
Ex-IRA bomber who got 30 life sentences has words of advice for young dissidents BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Q. As a young Provisional IRA member you bombed Derry into the ground in the 1970s. What is your response to the recent New IRA attack on the city's courthouse? https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/exira-bomber-who-got-30-life-sentences-has-words-of-advice-for-young-dissidents-37753754.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/article37753753.ece/53d58/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-01-28_lif_47547855_I4.JPG Email Q. As a young Provisional IRA member you bombed Derry into the ground in the 1970s. What is your response to the recent New IRA attack on the city's courthouse? A. It makes me incredibly sad that another generation of young men and women are going down that path. There will be older people mentoring them who are exploiting them. I believe they are cannon fodder for a leadership that will use them. It is reckless revisiting violence. The … [Read more...] about Ex-IRA bomber who got 30 life sentences has words of advice for young dissidents
His capture at the weekend was the latest twist in a near 40-year legal and diplomatic saga worthy of the kind of autobiographical novel the 64-year-old made his speciality. Convicted in absentia to life behind bars by an Italian court, he has spent years on the road, travelling from Mexico to France and Brazil, despite regular threats of extradition. Battisti was convicted by an Italian court in 1993 and sentenced to life for involvement in four murders in the 1970s when he was a leftwing activist. Although he admits being part of an armed revolutionary group, he has always denied responsibility for any deaths. But Rome remains determined to punish one of the last figures from Italy's so-called Years of Lead, a decade of violent turmoil which began in the late 1960s and saw dozens of deadly attacks by hardline leftwing and rightwing groups. Communist Catholic family A softly spoken apologist who can tirelessly argue in … [Read more...] about Who is Cesare Battisti, the convicted murderer who spent a life on the run?