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United States of America v. Jesse J. Waln District of South Dakota Federal Courthouse - Pierre, South Dakota

Pierre, SD - Mission Man Convicted of Possession of Stolen Firearms

Jesse J. Waln, age 32, of Mission, South Dakota, was found guilty on January 10, 2018 of two counts of Possession of Stolen Firearms as a result of a federal jury trial in Pierre, South Dakota.

The charges each carry a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised rel... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - SD)

State of Ohio v. Brent Houdeshell Hancock County Courthouse - Findlay, Ohio

Findlay, OH - Jury Finds Defendant Guilty of Killing Girlfriend's 2-Year-Old Son

The State of Ohio charged Brent Houdeshell, age 29, with murder, endangering children and tampering with evidence in connection to the Marcy 31, 2016 death of Breydon Ferrell, age 2.

The child's mother, Alisha Young, police officers and medical experts were called to testify by the State.

Th... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - OH)

United States of America v. $579,475 in U.S. Currency and LNG Express, Inc. Federal Courthouse Eastern District of Arkansas - Little Rock, Arkansas

LNG Express, Inc. (LNG) appeals the district court’s1 order striking its verified
claim in this civil forfeiture proceeding. We conclude that LNG’s verified claim is
materially indistinguishable from the claim a panel of our court found inadequate in
United States v. $154,853.00 in U.S. Currency, 744 F.3d 559 (8th Cir. 2014). We
therefore affirm.
In September 2014, an Arkansas ... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - AR)

State of Missouri v. Jeffrey L. Bruner

Considering the evidence in the light most favorable to submission of a self-defense
instruction, the record shows Mr. Bruner and his wife, Michelle Hale, were estranged.
Mr. Bruner testified that to his knowledge she was not seeing anyone else, though he was
aware she had met a college football coach for a lunch date. He later learned the coach
was Derek Moore.
Mr. Bru... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - MO)

Sergio Gonzalez v. The State of Texas

In his first issue, appellants contends he was not properly admonished concerning the range
of punishment he would face if he pleaded guilty. Before the plea hearing, appellant received
written admonishments, which recited that he was charged with a first degree felony with a
punishment range of “5-99 years or Life and an optional fine not to exceed $10,000.00.” At the
hearing,... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TX)

Andrew James Rackley v. The State of Texas

Andrew James Rackley was charged with the offense of possession of more than one
gram but less than four grams of methamphetamine. See Tex. Health and Safety Code §§ 481.102(6)
(listing methamphetamine as substance included in “Penalty Group 1”), .115(a), (c) (providing that
person commits offense if he “knowingly or intentionally possesses a controlled substance listed in
Penalty... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TX)

Garrett Ballard v. The State of Texas Constable’s son convicted of capital murder after killing 2 friends

The following summary comes from the evidence presented at trial. The victims
in this case—Fox and E.B.—were friends with Ballard. Prior to the offense, the three men ate
dinner with E.B.’s family to celebrate E.B.’s birthday and then went to Ballard’s parents’ home
to hang out and to take a hallucinogen that they had purchased earlier from C.J. On the night 3
in question, Balla... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TX)

Demico Stanley v. The State of Texas Stanley sentenced to 75 years for Lewisville murder

In 2015, Richard Myles lived in a small, one-bedroom apartment on the
second floor of a building in the Hampton Bay apartment complex with his
fiancée, Laura, and their 23-month-old son, David.2 While Laura worked two
jobs, Myles cared for David. He also sold marijuana to earn extra money.
Whenever he left the apartment, he carried his marijuana stash with him in a
gree... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TX)

STATE OF KANSAS v. JOSHUA MICHAEL MALL

On October 5, 2015, Mall made the fatal decision to drink alcohol and drive his truck. Unfortunately, Mall included his 6-year-old daughter, Madilyn, in that decision. After drinking nearly half of a bottle of whiskey and smoking some marijuana, Mall put Madilyn into his 2001 Ford Ranger and decided to drive. Mall sped down Tuttle Creek Boulevard in Manhattan, Kansas, weaving in and out of traffic... More...   $0 (01-16-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. HERMAN R. LANDERS

On May 7, 2012, Landers was charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, and criminal possession of a firearm. Prior to trial, on January 25, 2013, Landers signed a written plea agreement providing that he would plead no contest to an amended count of robbery, aggravated burglary, and criminal possession of a firearm. The parties agreed to recommend concurrent sentencing and Landers stipu... More...   $0 (01-16-2018 - KS)

United States of America v. Jerome Hamilton and Darriyon Mills Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, MI - Rollin' 60 Crips Gang Leaders Sentenced for Racketeering Charges

The two leaders of the Detroit branch of the Rollin 60s Crips street gang were sentenced on January 12, 2018 for their roles in gang-related murders, shootings, and drug distribution. Jerome Hamilton and Darriyon Mills’s sentences follow their guilty pleas to RICO conspiracy and firearm charges and are the res... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - MI)

David E. Miller v. Tony Mays, Warden Eastern District of Tennessee - Federal Courthouse - Knoxville, Tennessee

David Miller was convicted and sentenced to
death for the 1981 murder of Lee Standifer. His sentence was upheld by the Tennessee Supreme
Court and we affirmed the dismissal of his § 2254 habeas petition. Seeking to revisit his
ineffective-assistance-of-trial-counsel (IATC) claim in light of Martinez v. Ryan, 566 U.S. 1
(2012), and Trevino v. Thaler, 569 U.S. 413 (2013), Miller now ... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TN)

Maria V. Pena v. City of Rio Grande City, Texas, Rosa Salinas, Jose Solis Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Maria Peña sustained injuries as a result of a tasing by police officers for the City of Rio Grande City. Peña sued the city and two of the officers in state court, alleging excessive force under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and negligence under the
Case: 16-41522 Document: 00514306262 Page: 1 Date Filed: 01/12/2018
No. 16-41522
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Texas Tort Claims Act (“TTCA”).
1 Upon removal, the distric... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Paul Suarez Eastern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Beaumont, Texas

A jury convicted Paul Suarez for his involvement in a drug trafficking
conspiracy and for firearms offenses. Suarez appeals contending that the
convictions were not supported by sufficient evidence. He also asserts that the
district court erred in imposing a 120-month (ten year) mandatory minimum
prison sentence for possession of a sawed-off shotgun in furtherance of a drug
tra... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Kenneth Stuart, a/k/a "Bones" Eastern District of Virginia Federal Courthouse - Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk, VA - “King of Death” Supplier Pleads Guilty, Faces Mandatory Life Sentence

A New Jersey man pleaded guilty today to leading and supplying a heroin and fentanyl trafficking conspiracy that resulted in more than a dozen overdoses and at least two deaths.

Kenneth Stuart, aka “Bones,” 43, of Newark, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison when sentenced on Apr... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - VA)

State of Indiana v. Scottie Kincade Warren County Courthouse - Williamsport, Indiana

Williamsport, IN - Jury Finds Defendant Guilty of Murder

The State of Indiana charged Scottie Kincaide, age 34, with murder and arson in conjunction with the death of Hearth Smith, age 31, on September 27, 2016. See: 35-42-1-1(1): Murder, 35-42-1-1(2): Murder, 35-43-1-1(a)(1)/F4: Arson knowingly damage by fire, etc. the dwelling of another w/o consent.

The defendant and the victi... More...
   $0 (01-14-2018 - IN)

STATE OF TENNESSEE v. KENNETH BERNARD SCOTT COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TENNESSEE

This case arises out of a series of controlled drug purchases that were made from the Defendant by a confidential informant who was working with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department, which resulted in the Henderson County Grand Jury’s return of a
01/10/2018
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six-count indictment against the Defendant. Counts one and two charged the Defendant with the August 11, 2014 sale and ... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - TN)

STATE OF TENNESSEE v. MATTHEW GLEN HOWELL COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TENNESSEE

In April 2015, the Davidson County Grand Jury charged the defendant with one count each of resisting arrest and aggravated assault by causing the victim, Liela Avila, to fear bodily injury by use or display of a deadly weapon. The trial court conducted a jury trial in February 2016.
The State’s proof at trial showed that the victim moved to Nashville in early September of 2014 to pursue a car... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Mario Donte Keene Mario Keene Sentenced To Life In Prison

Amanda Harris, who was charged with felony murder for her participation in the victim’s death, testified at trial that, prior to her participation in the offenses at issue, she was addicted to crack cocaine and Xanax. She stated that she had taken drugs since she was in the eighth grade and that she had previously been convicted of theft, domestic violence, and reckless endangerment with the use ... More...   $0 (01-13-2018 - TN)

STATE OF OHIO vs. MITCHELL SHIVERS

In Cuyahoga C.P. No. CR-16-602796-A, appellant was charged with two
counts of rape, each with a sexually violent predator specification, and one count of
kidnapping with a sexual motivation specification and a sexually violent predator
specification. Appellant filed a motion to dismiss for preindictment delay. Thereafter,
he entered a plea of guilty to Count 1 as amended to s... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - OH)

State of Ohio v. Devonte Brown Toledo teen charged with murder of ex-girlfriend and her brother takes plea deal

On August 10, 2015, appellant invaded the victim’s home, stabbed her 17
times, killed her son, raped, kidnapped and killed her daughter, and stole her vehicle.
When later confronted by police in the stolen vehicle, he fled and crashed.
{¶ 4} Appellant was the age of 16 at the time he committed these acts, and he was
the estranged boyfriend of the daughter. There was a no-con... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - OH)

Joshua Givens v. State of Indiana COURT OF APPEALS OF INDIANA

On January 24, 2017, the State charged Givens with Level 6 felony unlawful
possession of a syringe. An initial hearing took place that same day, during
which Givens told the trial court that he could read, write, and understand
English; that he completed school through the eleventh grade; that he was not
under the influence of drugs or alcohol; that he understood the charge ag... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - IN)

State of Minnesota vs. Daryl Negel Curtis Man convicted in St. Paul O'Reilly parking lot murder

At around 8 p.m. on June 12, 2016, McDaniel was shot and killed in the parking lot
of an auto parts store in Saint Paul. Immediately before McDaniel was shot, he was
standing next to his cousin, Z.M., and looking under the hood of a car. At trial, Z.M.
testified that she did not see the shooter’s face, but did see a light-skinned black man
wearing a red shirt running away fro... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - IA)

United States of America v. George Kinney District of Connecticut Federal Courthouse - Bridgeport, Connecticut

Bridgeport, CT - Plainfield Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Federal Prison for Distributing Fentanyl to Overdose Victim

George Kinney, 35, of Plainfield, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 30 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing fentanyl to an overdose victim in 2016.

This matter stems ... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - CT)

State of Ohio v. Carolyn Moore Wood County Courthouse - Bowling Green, Ohio

Bowling Green, OH - Jury Convicts Defendant For Fatal Crash

The State of Ohio charged Carolyn Moore, age 33, with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of reckless homicide, one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, one count of driving under a financial responsibility law suspension or cancellation, and one count of operating a vehicle while under the influence of a listed... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - OH)

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