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STATE OF KANSAS v. DANIEL BARLETT

At trial, the witnesses presented varying and sometimes conflicting versions of the context that led to this prosecution. We have pared down the factual background to what we deem important for resolution of the issues.

Around 2007, Barlett and Chad Ford formed a rap group called Wicked Wayz. Unable to agree on finances, Barlett and Ford ended their venture in 2010 or 2011. Barlett cont... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JUAN H. RAMOS

Ramos’s status as a career offender is dictated by his criminal record, which includes several prior felony convictions. First, in July 1998, Ramos “threw a brick at the nose of a 10-year-old child,” who then required medical treatment at a local hospital.1 As a result, Ramos pled guilty to aggravated assault in the Philadelphia County Common Pleas Court.2 Second, in October 1999, Ramos was app... More...   $0 (06-21-2018 - PA)

United States of America v. Hans Vincent Edling District of Nevada Federal Courthouse - Las Vegas, Nevada

Hans Edling pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession
of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1). Under the
United States Sentencing Guidelines, the base offense level
for that offense varies depending on whether the defendant
has one or more prior felony convictions for a “crime of
violence.” U.S.S.G. § 2K2.1(a). The district court
determined that Edling had t... More...
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Mark A. Petry v. State of Indiana COURT OF APPEALS OF INDIANA

The facts supporting Petry’s convictions, as set forth more fully by this court on
direct appeal, are that Petry sexually molested his teenage daughter more than
twenty times over the course of two years. Petry v. State, No. 63A01-1306-CR
279, 2014 WL 729901, slip. op. at *1 (Ind. Ct. App. Feb. 25, 2014), trans. denied.
Among other things, he touched his penis to her vagina, us... More...
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United States of America v. Lori M. Jones Southern District of Illinois Courthouse - East St. Louis, Illinois

East St. Louis, IL - East St. Louis Woman Sentenced to Prison for Arson

Lori M. Jones, 50, of East St. Louis, Illinois, was sentenced on June 15, 2018 for one count of Arson. The Honorable Michael J. Reagan sentenced Jones to 60 months in prison to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, along with a $100 special assessment. Judge Reagan also ordered Jones to pay restitution in the ... More...
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STATE OF OHIO vs. MARVIN FISHER

On the evening of January 1, 2017, the Cleveland Fire Department (“CFD”)
responded to a fire at an apartment complex, in which ten adults and one infant lived. The fire
began in a courtyard outside the back door of Fisher’s unit and an unoccupied neighboring unit.
After CFD extinguished the fire, Battalion Chief Eric Burchak observed signs of arson. He also
noticed ... More...
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United States of America v. Hans Vincent Edling District of Nevada Federal Courthouse - Las Vegas, Nevada

Hans Edling pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession
of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1). Under the
United States Sentencing Guidelines, the base offense level
for that offense varies depending on whether the defendant
has one or more prior felony convictions for a “crime of
violence.” U.S.S.G. § 2K2.1(a). The district court
determined that Edling had t... More...
   $0 (06-09-2018 - NV)

State of Minnesota vs. Miguel Angel Vasquez,

Following a bench trial, the district court found Vasquez guilty of the premeditated
murder of Amber Lechuga. Lechuga and Vasquez shared an apartment in Springfield.
They had been romantically involved and have two children together. The State’s theory
was that Vasquez murdered Lechuga because their relationship had deteriorated, and she
was seeing other men. The State cont... More...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA V. AARON ORLANDO RICHARDS -AKA- AARON RICHARDS

On March 29, 2010, in the late evening, Defendant, Aaron Orlando
Richards, and co-defendant, Marcus Feast, followed Timothy Falgout to a home
where he was delivering a pizza. Defendant stabbed the victim five times during
the course of a robbery. The victim died as a result of the stab wounds.
On October 27, 2010, Defendant was indicted for the first degree murder of
T... More...
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Carl Levon Burns v. The State of Texas

Appellant was indicted for aggravated assault against a family member with a deadly
weapon, a knife, enhanced by two prior offenses, one assault causing bodily injury family violence
enhanced and one arson. The State subsequently moved to strike the indictment’s second
enhancement paragraph related to the arson, and appellant entered an open plea to aggravated
assault with a d... More...
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United States of America v. Juan Castillo Southern District of New York - New York, New York

The government appeals from an October 6, 2016 judgment of
the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
(Gregory H. Woods, Judge) convicting defendant‐appellee Juan
Castillo, following his plea of guilty, of being a felon in possession of
a firearm and ammunition, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1), and
sentencing him principally to 19 months’... More...
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United States of America v. Tyler Barriss, Casey Viner and Shan Gaskill District of Kansas Federal Courthouse - Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, KS - Federal Charges Filed In Deadly Wichita Swatting Case

A federal indictment unsealed here today charges three men in a “swatting” incident where false reports to police and emergency services set off a chain of events that led to a Wichita man being shot and killed, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

The indictment alleges the defendants are responsible for hoax ... More...
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Remigio A. Martinez III v. The State of Texas Fourth Court of Appeals

Appellant Remigio A. Martinez III was charged with the offense of arson of a habitation,
and the State sought a finding of habitual offender and an affirmative finding of deadly weapon.
Martinez pled nolo contendere to the offense as charged. The trial court sentenced Martinez to
confinement for thirty-five years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal More...
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Samson Moses Billiot aka Samson M Billiot v. The State of Texas

Appellant Samson Moses Billiot appeals from his conviction for arson of a
habitation and forty-year sentence. See Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 28.02(a)(2),
(d)(2) (West 2011). Billiot argues that the trial court erred by denying him the
right to represent himself and that the evidence was insufficient to show he
started the fire by igniting a flammable or combustible liquid. Becau... More...
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Robert Thomas Zukevich v. The State of Texas

Zukevich was charged with the second-degree felony offense of arson by starting a fire
with the intent to damage or destroy a building. At trial, the jury heard testimony from Deputy
Alex Monroe of the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Monroe testified he was dispatched one
evening to respond to an arson in progress. According to the dispatch, a local R.V. repair shop,
ow... More...
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United States of America v. Daniel E. Saad District of Rhode Island Federal Courthouse - Providence, Rhode Island

Following a fourteen-day jury
trial, Daniel E. Saad was convicted of arson, wire fraud, and the
use of fire in furtherance of a federal felony. Saad, who
testified, appeals from these convictions, which stem from a
November 30, 2014 fire that gutted Snow's Clam Box, a restaurant
he owned in Glocester, Rhode Island. He was sentenced to fifteen
years in prison.
Saad's pri... More...
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State of Vermont v. Jack Sawyer

Defendant Jack Sawyer appeals the trial court’s decision holding him without bail. Defendant is charged with four separate counts, each predicated on his alleged attempt to commit a crime, and three of which are punishable by life imprisonment. The sole question before this Court is whether the evidence of guilt is great that defendant attempted to commit any of the four charged crimes given the... More...   $0 (04-28-2018 - VT)

United States of America v. Levita Brewer and Stepfonz Campbell Eastern District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI - Husband and Wife Sentenced to Prison for Arson of Apartment Building

Two people were sentenced to prison for their involvement in the arson of an 8-unit apartment building in Milwaukee in December 2014. The fire resulted in injuries to multiple people, including tenants and three firefighters with the Milwaukee Fire Department. On April 12, 2018, United States District C... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. ANGEL M. WALKER

On March 31, 2016, Walker pled guilty to one count of aggravated arson and one count of endangering a child. On May 13, 2016, the district court imposed a controlling sentence of 24 months' imprisonment and granted probation for 24 months to be supervised by community corrections.

At a hearing on January 26, 2017, Walker admitted to violating the conditions of her probation by failing ... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. ANDREW CHARLES REDICK Case Video

Redick was in a romantic relationship with Keithley. In the weeks leading up to her death, Redick told multiple people that he believed the spirit of his deceased mother was living in her.

On November 14, 2013, Keithley checked into the Country Club Motel in Topeka. Because Keithley and Redick stayed at the motel regularly, the motel's owner was familiar with both; and he saw Redick wa... More...
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State of Louisiana v. Dora Blake

On November GYO GWYiO PR was sitting as a rear
passenger in a vehicle driven by her son, Patrick Watkins PR. A
third occupant, Penny Knight-Franklin P-R, was sitting in
the front passenger seat of the car. The trio had just left from celebrating
a casino and were traveling east on I-20 in Bossier
Parish, Louisiana. According to a witness, the vehicle driven by Watk... More...
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State of Missouri v. Thomas Oates

Oates went to a gas station to sell marijuana to a prospective buyer, Darrah Lane,
who had arranged the meeting. Oates brought a gun with him. When Oates arrived, he
walked over to Lane’s vehicle. She was seated in the driver’s seat and accompanied by
Opinion issued February 13, 2018 Leon Davis, who sat in the passenger’s seat. With the driver’s side window down, Oates leaned in... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. GLENN RUSCH, JR.

Following a jury trial, Glenn Rusch, Jr. was found guilty of aggravated arson resulting in a substantial risk of bodily harm, which made the offense a severity level 3 person felony. The district court granted a downward durational departure and imposed a prison sentence of 71 months. Rusch appeals his conviction. He argues the State failed to prove the element that elevates aggravated arson to a... More...   $0 (03-21-2018 - KS)

STATE OF NEW MEXICO v. NOE TORRES

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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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
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No. 16-1349 United States v. Morris Page 2
career offender under United States Sentencing Guideline (USSG) § 4B1.1. Morris challen... More...
   $0 (03-16-2018 - MI)

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