Published 7:10 am CDT, Friday, August 31, 2018 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Three people have been sentenced in federal court in Sioux Falls for their involvement in methamphetamine trafficking conspiracies in the area. The U.S. attorney's office says 41-year-old Larry McKay and 51-year-old Diane Thomsen, both of Sioux Falls, and 30-year-old Mario Ochoa-Ortiz of Phoenix each was given a 20-year prison sentence. Authorities say McKay and Thomsen helped distribute more than 20 pounds of meth, and that Ochoa-Ortiz supplied more than 60 pounds of the drug. Three of his co-defendants got lengthy prison terms earlier this year. … [Read more...] about 3 get lengthy federal prison sentences for meth trafficking
A Pennsylvania woman who stabbed her fiancee to death on their wedding day justly earned her murder conviction and the life prison sentence she is serving, a state appeals court has ruled. The Superior Court panel made that call against 37-year-old Na Cola D. Franklin in an opinion by Judge Maria McLaughlin. McLaughlin rejected Franklin's claim on appeal that her lawyer was ineffective for not mounting a battered woman syndrome defense during her May 2013 trial in Lehigh County Court. McLaughlan wasn't swayed, either, by the Whitehall woman's insistence that her lawyer also failed her by not calling her 11-year-old son and 15-year-old niece to testify about what they saw the night of the slaying. The jury convicted Franklin of first-degree murder for stabbing Billy Brewster, 36, in the heart during an early-morning argument on Aug. 11, 2012. Franklin's lawyer contended she stabbed Brewster in the heat of passion and had asked the jurors to convict her on a lesser charge of … [Read more...] about Bride who killed fiancee on their wedding day can’t escape life prison sentence
By Peter Fimrite Published 10:12 pm PDT, Tuesday, August 14, 2018 A federal judge sentenced a prominent San Francisco accountant to 30 months in federal prison for stealing more than $1.3 million from a client and using the money to pay off debts and a vacation rental in Hawaii. Cary Collins, 56, was convicted of wire fraud and money laundering after he pleaded guilty in January to tricking a female friend into making four wire transfers for supposed investments and then using the money for himself, according to the United States Attorney’s Office in San Francisco. In addition to prison, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg ordered Collins on Tuesday to pay a $10,000 fine and serve three years of supervised release after he serves his time. “Collins described the victim as a ‘client and friend,’” said a news release by U.S. Attorney Alex Tse and Tara Sullivan, a special agent for the Internal Revenue Service. “Nevertheless, the defendant … [Read more...] about Prominent SF accountant gets prison sentence for tricking friend in fraud scheme
By BEA LEWISUnion Leader Correspondent August 14. 2018 10:44AM Peter Dauphin, right, stands during his sentencing hearing for drug sales in Belknap County Superior Court with his defense Attorney Mark Sisti, center, and prosecutor Assistant Attorney General Ben Agati. (Bea Lewis/Union Leader Correspondent) LACONIA — A city man who pleaded guilty to possessing nearly eight ounces of methamphetamine with intent to sell could spend as few as 3.5 years behind bars, and will be credited for serving both state and federal sentences simultaneously.Peter Dauphin, 46, appeared in Belknap County Superior Court on Monday and Judge Tina Nadeau imposed two 3.5 to 7-year state prison sentences to be served at the same time, as well as concurrently with a 50-month federal sentence. The sentence was held in abeyance until Dauphin is scheduled to self-report to a federal correctional facility in Petersburg, VA., on August 20.In April, Dauphin pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in … [Read more...] about Cooperating with police, sober living reduce Laconia meth dealer’s prison sentence
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