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Phil A. Smallwood v. The State of Texas

On June 2, 2016, the State charged appellant with capital murder by causing
the death of Jonathan Wilkerson while in the course of committing or attempting to
commit robbery.2 Appellant pleaded not guilty, and the case proceeded to trial.
On the evening of October 13, 2014, Wilkerson and his girlfriend, Quathanna
Lee, drove to the home of Roy Robinson, the best friend of Wil... More...
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Kenneth Lee Hawkins v. The State of Texas

On January 1, 1996, then-16-year-old S.G. lived in a facility that housed
juveniles who were transitioning out of the juvenile justice system. To celebrate
the holidays, the facility took the juvenile residents, including S.G., to a Houston
park where they stayed all day. However, at the end of day, S.G. missed the van
that brought the residents back to the facility. S.G. wa... More...
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Appellant, Terron A. Davis, was tried by a jury and convicted in Cleveland County District Court, Case No. CF-2013-1293, of Count 1: Attempted Robbery with a Weapon, After Two Prior Felony Convictions, in violation of 21 O.S.2011, § 801; Count 2: Assault and Battery with a Deadly Weapon, After Two Prior Felony Convictions, in violation of 21 O.S.2011, § 652; and Count 3: Burglary in the First Degr... More...   $0 (03-23-2018 - OK)


On October 24, 2012, Appellant, Britnie Wiggins and Donnie Parton3 were driving around south Oklahoma City looking for a way to come up with some fast cash. Wiggins was particularly desperate for cash. Her rent was due and, by her own admission, she "was tired and . . . didn't want to go work." Wiggins and the others were also high on methamphetamine. To score some cash, Wiggins suggested the trio... More...   $0 (03-23-2018 - OK)


The facts leading up to the search and the results of the search are set out in our prior opinion, State v. Anderson, No. 116,140, 2017 WL 1297998, at *1 (Kan. App. 2017) (unpublished opinion) (Anderson I), and we repeat them here:

"The State's complaint against Jerry A. Anderson charged him with aggravated (armed) robbery of a Loan Max store in Hutchinson, Kansas. The security video f... More...
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State of Oklahoma v. Jose Mata, Bayle Snell and Cesar Espinoza Tulsa County Courthouse - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK - Two Of Three Murder Defendants Plead Guilty

The State of Oklahoma charged Jose Mata, Bayle Snell and Cesar Espinoza with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM11, MURDER - FIRST DEGREE, in violation of 21 O.S. 701.7
Date of Offense: 04/28/2017
Party Name Disposition Information
ESPINOZA, CESAR Disposed: CONVICTION, 02/09/2018. Guilty Plea
Count as Dispose... More...
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After pleading nolo contendere to premeditated first-degree murder and aggravated robbery, Pruitt was originally sentenced in 1999 to a life sentence for the murder and a consecutively imposed upward durational departure sentence of 178 months' imprisonment for the aggravated robbery. The departure sentence was vacated on appeal. State v. Pruitt, 275 Kan. 52, 60 P.3d 931 (2003). At resentencing, t... More...   $0 (03-21-2018 - KS)


Derrick Buell seeks review of the Court of Appeals' determination that the district court correctly classified two prior Florida burglary juvenile adjudications as person felonies when calculating Buell's criminal history score under the revised Kansas Sentencing Guidelines Act (KSGA). State v. Buell, 52 Kan. App. 2d 818, 377 P.3d 1174 (2016). Buell argues, inter alia, that the Florida crimes were... More...   $0 (03-21-2018 - KS)


The facts are mostly undisputed, except whether Gonzalez knew his gun was loaded as events unfolded.

Gonzalez and his friends—Levi (the victim), Bailey Bishop (Levi's sister; Gonzalez' girlfriend), Jeff Swisher (Levi's step-brother), and Zachary Cashman— attended various New Year's Eve parties. At some point, the four men wanted to return to the first party and Gonzalez drove them. Cash... More...
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United States of America v. Michael DeWayne Johnson Northern District of Alabama Federal Courthouse - Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham, AL - Federal Judge Sentences Prior Felon to 22 Years in Prison for Armed Carjacking

A federal judge on March 20, 2018 sentenced a Graysville man to more than 20 years in prison for a 2016 carjacking in Forestdale.

U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler sentenced MICHAEL DeWAYNE JOHNSON, 33, to 21 years and 10 months in prison on one count each of carjacking, being a con... More...
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United States of America v. Darius Junior District of Maryland Federal Courthouse - Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Felon Exiled To 7 Years In Prison For Possessing A Gun And Cocaine

United States District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Darius Junior, age 26, of Baltimore, Maryland, to seven years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possessing a firearm after a felony conviction and possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute.

Accordin... More...
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Randy D. Sturgis seeks review of the Court of Appeals' determination that the prosecutorial error in closing argument was harmless and that the district court correctly classified a 2007 Michigan home invasion conviction as a person felony when calculating Sturgis' criminal history score under the revised Kansas Sentencing Guidelines Act (KSGA). State v. Sturgis, No. 112,544, 2015 WL 9286956 (Kan... More...   $0 (03-20-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. ROY D. WETRICH Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals MoreLaw Can Make Your Phone Ring 888-354-4529

For acts committed between January 1, 2009 and April 24, 2009, Wetrich was convicted by a Johnson County jury of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, criminal possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana, violation of a protective order, domestic battery, and intimidation of a witness. The district court sentenced Wetrich to a controlling sentence of 124 months in prison, based on a c... More...   $0 (03-20-2018 - KS)


A jury convicted Hernandez of aggravated robbery and intimidation of a victim. Hernandez filed a direct appeal, challenging his convictions and sentence. The Court of Appeals affirmed. State v. Hernandez, No. 107, 750, 2013 WL 5422314 (Kan. App. 2013) (unpublished opinion).

On May 18, 2015, Hernandez filed a pro se K.S.A. 60-1507 motion. The only issues he raised were (1) the district... More...
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Abraham Aleiandro Gonzalez-Alarcon v. Adrian P. Macias District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Abraham Gonzalez-Alarcon filed a habeas petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2241
alleging specific facts which, if proven, would demonstrate that he is a United States
citizen. He seeks release from custody from Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(“ICE”) following ICE’s reinstatement of a prior order of removal on that basis.
Dismissing Gonzalez-Alarcon’s petition, the district court concl... More...
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United States of America v. Miles Barton Nichols Eastern District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Spokane, Washington

Spokane, WA - Pasco Drug Dealer Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

Miles Barton Nichols, age 59, of Pasco, Washington, was sentenced after having been convicted after two separate jury trials in October, 2017, of one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute 50 Grams or more of pure Methamphetamine, one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute 5 Grams or more of pure Methamphetamine,... More...
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In October 2014, Kallie Solwa lived in a two-bedroom apartment in Lawrence, Kansas, with Will Spates, the father of her two young children. On the night of October 15, 2014, Solwa return home around 7 p.m. after visiting her sister. As she was preparing her one-year-old son and two-year-old daughter for bed, their neighbor, Marcel Williams, came over to borrow a movie and then left. Williams and h... More...   $0 (03-18-2018 - KS)


In August 2014, law enforcement investigated a rural area in Greenwood County, Kansas after receiving a report of a possible grow operation from a tree-cutting crew. They located large plants at various levels of maturity. The plants were in rows, weeds had been pulled, there were paths between the rows of plants, and the area was clear of debris and brush—allowing law enforcement to infer that so... More...   $0 (03-18-2018 - KS)

United States of America v. Jahmal Malcolm McGee Middle District of Georgia Federal Courthouse - Macon, Georgia

Macon, GA - Felon With Firearm Sentenced To 75 Months In Prison

Senior United States District Court Judge Hugh Lawson sentenced Jahmal Malcom McGee, age 24, of Valdosta, GA, to 75 months of imprisonment for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The sentence was handed down on March 14, 2018 in Valdosta, Georgia.

Mr. McGee pled guilty to the charge on Octob... More...
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In the early hours of September 15, 2005, nine shots were fired through a
3 bedroom window of an apartment in Clovis, killing ten-year-old Carlos Perez. Carlos
4 had been sleeping in the bedroom he shared with his older brother, the intended
5 victim, seventeen-year-old Ruben Perez.
6 {4} That night there were two distinct groups of actors involved in the shooting:
7 one group... More...
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The State charged Defendant with an open count of first-degree murder, a
5 “capital felony,” see NMSA 1978, § 30-2-1(A) (1994), and with one count each of
6 first-degree kidnapping, robbery, and conspiracy to commit robbery. The charging
7 document specifically alleged two aggravating circumstances related to the
8 first-degree murder charge: (1) Defendant committed the murder wi... More...
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United States of America v. Camron D. Brown District of Idaho Federal Courthouse - Boise, Idaho

Boise, ID - Serial Armed Robber Pleads Guilty to Six Robberies

Camron D. Brown, 21, of Mountain Home, Idaho, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to six counts of interference with commerce by robbery (Hobbs Act) and one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced. A Boise federal grand jury indicted Brown on May 9, 2017.
<... More...
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United States of America v. Javian Chapman and Joseph Berzt Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Harris, TX - Seminal Fluid Found After Massage Parlor Robbery Leads to Conviction

Two men were convicted after being identified by DNA found in seminal fluid left after the armed robbery of a Houston area massage parlor.

20-year old Houston resident Javian Chapman pleaded guilty today to two counts of aiding and abetting interference with commerce by robbery and one count of aid... More...
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United States of America v. Melvin Andrew Morris Eastern District of Michigan Countroom - Bay City, Michigan

This case returns us to the serial litigation over the
meaning of the terms “physical force” and “crime of violence.” Melvin Morris was convicted of
one count of distribution of cocaine base, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841, and was sentenced as a
No. 16-1349 United States v. Morris Page 2
career offender under United States Sentencing Guideline (USSG) § 4B1.1. Morris challen... More...
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United States of America v. Kenneth Eric Coe, Jr. a/k/a "Junior" District of South Carolina Federal Courthouse - Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, SC - Darlington Man Pleads Guilty to Robbery and Gun Charges in Federal Court

Kenneth Eric Coe, Jr. a/k/a “Junior,” age 23, of Darlington, SC, pled guilty in federal court in Florence, to aiding and abetting Robbery of United States Government Property, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2114 and 2, and aiding and abetting the Use of and Brandishing a Firear... More...
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