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Convicted Killer Says He Doesn’t Regret Murdering His Cellmate — An Accused Child Molester

A California man said this week he had no apologies and no remorse for murdering his cellmate — who was an accused child molester.

Gary Dale Poole, 67, was sentenced on Tuesday to 75 years to life in prison for the April 2014 murder of Michael Stauff, 62, according to The Fresno Bee. Stauff was awaiting trial on child sex abuse charges at the time of his death, the Associated Press reported.

“Mercy was mixed with justice. He met his maker,” Poole said during the sentencing, calling the killing a public service.

His admission was surprising because he had denied his role in Stauff’s death at the Fresno County jail throughout his trial in March. He claimed that Stauff had commited suicide with torn bed sheets wrapped around his neck. The jury didn’t buy it — finding Poole guilty in less than an hour, the Fresno Bee reported.

Superior Court Judge Jonathan

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Harvey Weinstein Expected To Turn Himself In To NYPD On Sex Crime Charges

Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein is planning to turn himself in to police in New York to face sexual misconduct charges, according to reports.

The charges could come as early as Friday, CNN reported, citing a source familiar with the investigation.

According to the New York Daily News, the NYPD is set to charge Weinstein for allegedly forcing student actress Lucia Evans to perfom oral sex on him in 2004.

Weinstein’s New York-based lawyer, Benjamin Brafman declined to comment on the situation Thursday, CNN said.

Federal prosecutors in New York are also investigating Weinstein for alleged sex crimes that may involve crossing state lines, which would open him up to the federal charges, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Local police have been investigating the former Hollywood mogul in New York, Los Angeles and London.

After initial reports in The New York Times and The New Yorker about Weinstein’s

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Milwaukee Police Release Sterling Brown Arrest Video And Apologize For His Treatment

Milwaukee’s police chief apologized and said his officers “acted inappropriately” when they used a stun gun on Milwaukee Bucks star Sterling Brown. The department also released body cam footage of the incident from January.

“During the encounter, Mr. Brown was decentralized, Tased and arrested,” Alfonso Morales, the police chief, said at a press conference Wednesday.

“Our department conducted an investigation into the incident, which revealed members acted inappropriately, and those members were recently disciplined.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel identified the officer who confronted Brown as Joseph Grams, a former soldier, and said he was suspended for two days. At least two other officers were suspended, one for 10 days and another for 15. 

The incident happened around 2 a.m. on January 26 in a mostly empty Walgreens parking lot. Brown left his Mercedes idling across parking lanes while he was in the store, the video released Wednesday shows. 

When Brown exits the Walgreens, he

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Anti-Abortion Extremist Who Shot Doctor And Bombed Clinics Is Freed From Prison

Anti-abortion extremist Shelley Johnson, who never apologized for shooting a doctor and fireboming several abortion clinics, has been released from federal prison, sparking fears from pro-choice groups that she could continue promoting violence.

Rachelle “Shelley” Shannon left the Waseca Federal Correctional Facility in Minnesota on Monday. She was transported to a halfway house in Portland, Oregon, where she will reside for several months before a final release, according to The Kansas City Star in Missouri.

Shannon had been sentenced to 11 years in prison after shooting and wounding George Tiller, an abortion doctor and outspoken pro-choice advocate, in 1993. She was arrested several hours after the shooting. After being booked, police discovered a letter written to her daughter that detailed the crime.

“I’m not denying I shot Tiller,” she wrote. “But I deny that it was wrong. It was the most holy, most righteous thing I’ve ever done. I have no regrets.”

She received

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South Carolina Couple Arrested And Kids Removed From Filthy, Stinky Home, Police Say

A South Carolina couple’s “unbearable’ home was so covered in bugs and animal waste that cops arrested them and put the two kids living there into emergency protective custody, police said.

Horry County police arrested Jenny Paradis, 44, and her boyfriend Joshua Vaught, 22, Monday and charged them with two counts each of unlawful neglect of a child, according to WMBF News in Myrtle Beach. Horry County police also charged Paradis with mistreatment of animals.

Authorities caught wind of the situation because someone complained to the Department of Social Services and said there was a strange odor coming from the house that could possibly be related to drugs. A police officer went to the home to check it out, according to the station, an NBC affiliate.

What they found was deplorable, inside and out.

Before officers went into the house, they noticed trash on the porch. There was a drive shaft for a car next

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Bronx Man Stabs Pregnant Fiancée And Steals Her Phone So She Can’t Get Help, Police Say

A Bronx man allegedly stabbed his pregnant Army veteran fiancée and stole her phone so she couldn’t get help, leading to the unborn child’s death.

Oscar Alvarez, 30, was arrested a few hours after the Tuesday attack and charged with murder, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon, according to the New York Post.

The fiancée, 30-year-old Liv Abreu, was around 20 weeks pregnant. The former Army Airborne parachutist survived the stabbing but her child did not.

The couple got into an argument in their third-floor apartment around midnight Tuesday, and Alvarez allegedly stabbed Abreu many times in the chest and also the side, according to the New York Daily News.

He didn’t get help for her but instead cleaned himself up for about an hour, changing into new clothes. Then he left, taking her cell phone and car keys with him.

Abreu crawled to a neighbor’s house for help. She was transported

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Dramatic Footage Captures Shootout Between Police And Gunman At Trump Resort

Miami cops have released dramatic video of Friday’s firefight between police and a gunman at the Trump National Doral Golf Club.

In the video, an officer is seen taking up a firing position with his sidearm drawn outside the club. As gunshots ring out, the officer makes his way upstairs and into the marble-lined lobby of the resort.

As the officer moves, the video captures his police radio advising, “Active shooter. We have shots fired. Do we have any subject information?”

Meanwhile, inside the lobby, shots continue to be ring out and the officer meets up with other police officers carrying automatic rifles.The group then slowly makes its way up another flight of stairs, to a upper floor.

Out of the camera’s sight, the alleged gunman, Jonathan Oddi (pictured below), was shot by police in the leg. He survived, and was transported to a hospital for treatment. 

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Milwaukee Teenager Was Beaten, Stabbed And Burned Over A Video Game System

A Milwaukee teenager was beaten, stabbed and burned over a video game system, police said.

Dennis King, 15, was found dead in an abandoned home on Sunday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He had been missing since May 11.

Police said he was beaten with a hammer and stabbed in the neck before his body was burned.

Malik Terrell, 21, was arrested in Chicago on Monday for the murder. In court on Tuesday, prosecutors said Terrell killed King over a video game system. Prosecutors said Terrell and two of his brothers assumed that King’s friend stole their console, and since they thought King was involved, they killed him. 

It’s unclear which system led to the slaughter.

“I’m heartbroken,” King’s aunt Kelley Wilson told WITI in Milwaukee. “I’m devastated … He’s a good kid. He never deserved none of this.”

Terrell has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, which carries a life sentence if convicted.

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Is Meghan Markle Related To Serial Killer HH Holmes?

Britain’s newest royal may have an infamous serial killer in her family tree.

A new television documentary on Britain’s Channel Four called “Meet the Markles” explores Meghan Markle’s life and family history. While researching the Duchess of Sussex’ family, the show’s producers discovered that one of America’s first documented serial killers, H.H. Holmes, may be a distant relative — at least according to Holmes’ great-great-grandson.

H.H. Holmes was the pseudonym of physician Herman Webster Mudgett, who confessed to 27 murders in Chicago between 1888 and 1894. Some believe he could have killed as many as 200 people after creating a house of horrors dubbed the “Murder Castle” in a building he owned, according to Biography.

The three-story, block-long building included rooms that had gas jets to asphyxiate victims. There were also trapdoors and chutes so that he could move the bodies down to the basement and dispose of them in a kiln.

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Doomsday Cult Prophet Sentenced For Sexually Abusing 8-Year-Old Girl He Called His Wife

The self-proclaimed prophet of a polygamous doomsday cult could spend the rest of his days behind bars for sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl he called his bride.

A Utah judge on Tuesday sentenced Samuel Shaffer to 25 years to life for a first-degree felony rape charges, as well as one to 15 years for an abuse charge, The Spectrum in St. George reported. 

Shaffer believed God spoke to him on the morning of June 22, 2015, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. The cult, called the Knights of the Crystal Blade, was preparing for a Muslim invasion signalling the end of the world, and believed in polygamy and child marriage.

In court, Judge Matthew Bell told Shaffer, 34, that his actions were despicable.

“The facts regarding the abuse inflicted by the defendant and the grave risks that were presented to his victims are egregious,” Bell said, according to The Spectrum. “Mr. Shaffer, I

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