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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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Texas Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Stomping Toddler Girl To Death

A Texas man who had faced the death penalty for stomping an 18-month-old baby to death was instead sentenced to life in prison on Monday, the Fort-Worth Star Telegram reported.

Joshua Beard, 24, was convicted of killing his girlfriend’s child, Tylea Moore, in July 2014. He also received a 20-year sentence for evidence tampering. The sentences will be served concurrently.

According to Beard’s arrest warrant, he and his girlfriend, Alexis Botello, then 17, were at their home on July 4 when Beard called Tylea “the little demon” and threw her onto a bed with such force that she bounced up and landed on the floor.

That’s when Beard repeatedly stomped on the baby’s stomach until she vomited, Botello told police.

When she tried to stop Beard, he choked and beat her too, Botello said.

When the couple realized Tylea had stopped breathing, the couple tried to revive her with CPR, but failed.

They then took Tylea’s

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Texas Man Who Cut Out College Student’s Heart Sentenced To Life In Prison

A Texas fitness instructor was sentenced to life behind bars on Monday for the 2016 killing of a Texas college student. A jury found Charles Bryant, 31, guilty on first-degree murder charges for the gory death of 24-year-old Jacqueline Vandagriff, a student at Texas Woman’s University.

Vandagriff’s victim’s heart was cut out, and her dismembered and burnt body was left in a kiddie pool in a park. Bryant had confessed to dismembering and burning a college student’s body after claiming she died during kinky sex gone wrong.

During the trial, which began earlier this month, Bryant’s attorney Glynis McGinty argued Bryant and Vandagriff had consensual rough sex in Bryant’s car after they met in a bar on September 13. She claimed that Bryant used a zip tie for autoerotic asphyxiation,  according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Then, she claimed her client panicked and tried to cover up her death.

The prosecution,

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Pastor In Texas Starved A Toddler To Exorcise Demon And Was Sentenced To 99 Years In Prison

Pastor Aracely Meza held the dead toddler in her arms and spoke into a microphone. “Wake up and rise right now,” she said in Spanish in 2015, surrounded by a crowd of congregants. “Right now.”

The Pastor was performing a resurrection ceremony for the child, after she had ordered a 21-day fast to exorcise a demon.

A video captured the sickening scene, with Meza holding the child and rubbing his head with oil, after he died on March 22, 2015. The boy is frail and emaciated, and his clothes hang from his body.

Jurors found Meza, 52, guilty of felony injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, and she’ll serve 99 years in prison. She was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. 

Meza and her husband Daniel Meza, ran a church out of a brick house called the Iglesia Internacional Jesus es el Rey, in Balch Springs, near Dallas. Several adults

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Cop Who Made Child Porn From Patrol Car Sentenced To 120 Years

A former police sergeant from Florida has been handed over a century behind bars for making child pornography from his patrol car.

Former Live Oak police Sgt. Kyle Adam Kirby was sentenced to 120 years in federal prison for making and possessing child pornography on Thursday, according to The Associated Press. A jury found him guilty in December.

Kirby, 37, was additionally found guilty of downloading pornographic images, dating back to 2014, on the computer in his patrol car. As for the making of child porn, the prosecution said that Kirby used hidden cameras to secretly record minors in his patrol car.

Kirby was indicted for the sex crimes in 2015.

According to an FBI press release, “a forensic examination of the patrol car computer used by Kirby revealed that it contained at least 87 thumbnail images in a ‘Downloads’ folder that either depicted minor children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including

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Georgia Woman Sentenced To Life In Prison After Shooting Daughter-In-Law While Grandsons Were Waiting Outside

This is not standard grandparent behavior!

A Cobb County, Georgia grandmother was sentenced to life behind bars this week for killing her daughter-in-law while her grandkids were just feet away.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Wall pleaded guilty, but mentally ill, on Friday to the murder of mom and beloved kindergarten teacher Jenna Wall. Elizabeth, 64, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

In the summer of 2016, Wall picked up her two grandsons, age 7 and 8, from Jenna’s home. She brought them to her car and then went back into Jenna’s home to confront the 35-year-old mother. Then, Elizabeth shot her daughter-in-law four times before leaving her to die. Jenna and Elizabeth’s son were embroiled in a divorce during the time of the shooting. Elizabeth’s son had claimed that Jenna had an affair, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Elizabeth reportedly cried during her court

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Man Who Shot Young Woman In Road Rage Incident Has Been Sentenced To 4 Years

A man has been sentenced to four years in prison following a road rage incident that injured a young woman in Alexandria, Virginia. Ernest Stickell, 59, shot Dejonte Holt twice on July 19, 2017, according to NBC Washington. He hit the 33-year-old in the neck and shoulder.

The road rage bout began on the Beltway in the morning. Ricardo Jennings, Holt’s boyfriend, testified that Stickell cut off her SUV twice. The couple got out to confront him. “What’s your problem?” Jennings said he asked Stickell. Words were exchanged. That’s when he alleged that Stickell called him the N-word and opened fire. Jennings was spared from the gunfire.

Stickell claimed that he fired out of panic and acted in self-defense. Stickell’s defense lawyer added that the defendant didn’t know why the couple confronted him on the road. Jennings, who is black, admitted to calling Stickell, who is white, a “cracker.”

“I just felt the blood coming down, I don’t

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Ernest Stickell Sentenced For Shooting Dejonte Holt In Road Rage …

A man has been sentenced to four years in prison following a road rage incident that injured a young woman in Alexandria, Virginia. Ernest Stickell, 59, shot Dejonte Holt twice on July 19, 2017, according to NBC Washington. He hit the 33-year-old in the neck and shoulder.

The road rage bout began on the Beltway in the morning. Ricardo Jennings, Holt’s boyfriend, testified that Stickell cut off her SUV twice. The couple got out to confront him. “What’s your problem?” Jennings said he asked Stickell. Words were exchanged. That’s when he alleged that Stickell called him the N-word and opened fire. Jennings was spared from the gunfire.

Stickell claimed that he fired out of panic and acted in self-defense. Stickell’s defense lawyer added that the defendant didn’t know why the couple confronted him on the road. Jennings, who is black, admitted to calling Stickell, who is white, a “cracker.”

“I just felt the blood coming down, I don’t

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Man Sentenced To 12 Years For Stomping On And Throwing Puppy, Which Caused The Dog’s Death

A man from Collin County, Texas convicted of animal cruelty which caused the death of a puppy was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Tuesday.

Andrew Callaway was arrested last year after police said he stomped on and threw a Boxer puppy named Diesel against a wall. Diesel suffered broken bones and in the end, despite efforts from veterinarians, had to be euthanized because of the injuries. Diesel even underwent surgery which vets hoped would save him, Dallas News reported. The puppy’s ashes were brought to court this week, a CBS affiliate reported.

Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis told the CBS affiliate that the harsh sentence sends the right message about animal abuse.

“The sense out there in our community, I think this is true across the nation, is that animal cruelty will be tolerated there’s no excuse for it and can’t be tolerated,” Willis said. “So we need

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Mom Who Killed Daughter By Shoving Crucifix Down Her Throat Sentenced To Life In Prison

Juanita Martinez Gomez was found guilty of first-degree murder last month after a violent exorcism resulted in the death of her daughter in August of 2016. Now, Gomez has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.

According to NewsOK, Gomez plans on appealing the decision made by District Judge Ray Elliott. She did not offer a statement on the proceedings and spoke quietly in court.

Investigators say that Gomez had admitted to physically abusing her daughter because she was believed to have been possessed by the devil. In a ritualistic attempt to rid her of evil spirits, Gomez shoved a crucifix and a religious medallion down her throat. She ultimately died from blunt force trauma to the head and face, according to a state medical examiner.

The bloody body of Geneva Gomez was discovered by her ex-boyfriend, who noted that her arms had been stretched out to resemble

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