June 28, 2016

Elyria
Partly sunny
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Father of murder victim Steenkamp testifies at Pistorius sentencing

PRETORIA, South Africa — His voice breaking with emotion, the father of Reeva Steenkamp testified in a South African court on Tuesday that her fatal shooting by boyfriend Oscar Pistorius “devastated” his family and that he thinks of her constantly, even trying to imagine the horrific moment of her death. “Oscar has to pay for Read More…

Harrington sentenced to 16 years to life

ELYRIA — Jeane Harrington was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years to life in prison for killing her husband with plastic wrap in 2011. Harrington, 58, dressed in a Lorain County Jail uniform, sat with her eyes downcast for most of the hearing and spoke briefly only to her lawyer, Troy Reeves, to decline to make Read More…

Former House speaker Hastert to be sentenced in hush-money case

CHICAGO — Dennis Hastert arrived Wednesday in federal court to learn his sentence in a hush-money case centered on accusations that the former U.S. House speaker sexually abused at least four students decades ago when he coached wrestling at an Illinois high school. Hastert, who was wheeled into the building in Chicago, pleaded guilty last Read More…

Lorain woman sentenced for fatally stabbing boyfriend, will likely serve six months

ELYRIA — A Lorain woman was sentenced Monday to four years and nine months in prison for fatally stabbing her boyfriend but will likely be released after serving six months behind bars. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski said he plans to grant Anna Carter, 33, early release from her prison sentence as long Read More…

Former auxiliary firefighter sentenced to jail for fake fire call

OBERLIN — A former South Amherst auxiliary firefighter was sentenced Wednesday to four months in the Lorain County Jail for calling in a fake fire at New Russia Township Hall. Dean Evans, 27, will be allowed work release to continue at Ford Motor Co. and will have two additional months of jail time suspended, Oberlin Read More…

Walton-Kirkendoll sentenced to year in prison for child endangering

ELYRIA — Timothy Walton-Kirkendoll was sentenced Monday to one year in prison on endangering children charges that stemmed from him leaving three children, one of whom later died, alone in an apartment three years ago. An emotional Walton-Kirkendoll apologized to the family of 2-year-old Demarius Boone before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Michele Silva Arredondo Read More…

Scores of survivors speak at Colorado theater shooter’s sentencing

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Scores of victims of James Holmes’ deadly attack on a Colorado movie theater, now free to vent their feelings before the judge, are denouncing the defense team, the legal process and the single juror who blocked a death sentence. Throughout Holmes’ three-month trial, if they were called to testify, survivors and family Read More…

At least 100 could speak at sentencing for Colorado theater shooter Holmes

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — At least 100 victims and witnesses of James Holmes’ deadly attack on a Colorado movie theater are expected to testify about the crime’s profound and continuing impact on their lives during a formal sentencing hearing starting Monday. The three-day hearing gives survivors a chance to share their harrowing stories with the judge, but Read More…

Williams receives mandatory sentence in Spraggins killing — 18 years to life

ELYRIA – Jordan Williams was sentenced Friday to 18 years to life in prison for fatally shooting Antonio Spraggins in January 2014. Neither Williams, 26, nor Spraggins’ family spoke in court before Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny handed down the mandatory sentence on the murder and reckless homicide charges that a jury convicted Williams of earlier Read More…

Adams gets maximum sentence in Coats killing

ELYRIA – Tove Adams was sentenced Friday to 34 years to life in prison, the maximum sentence, for gunning down Anthony Coats nearly two years ago in Elyria. Adams, 44, didn’t speak during the hearing because his attorney, Kenneth Lieux, said his client plans to appeal. Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Donna Freeman asked county Common Read More…