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Mom Convicted After Strapping Kids In Car And Running Hose From Exhaust Pipe Into Window

A mother from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania was sentenced to decades in prison on Monday for trying to kill her two children by asphyxiating them with exhaust fumes. In December 2015, 34-year-old Melissa Scholl put her two children, Julian and Vera who were then just 7 and 5, into her car. Then, the mother ran a hose from the exhaust pipe into the car’s window, according to the Times Leader. A bus driver witnesses the incident and intervened.

“I truly thought I would gain a sympathetic ear,” Scholl said at her sentencing, according to People. “I thought my act was harmless. I truly did.”

But, the jury rejected that defense and instead decided that she was trying to kill her children. Scholl’s lawyer said he plans to appeal the sentencing, stating he will fight it “to the death.”

Scholl was found guilty in September on two counts of attempted murder. On Monday, Luzerne

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Man Who Killed Girlfriend’s 8-Year-Old Son Who He Thought Was Gay Convicted Of 1st Degree Murder

Isauro Aguirre, who killed and tortured his girlfriend’s child because he thought the 8 year old might be gay, has been found guilty of first degree murder.

According to The LA Times, jurors deliberated for six hours before delivering the guilty verdict. A jury must now decide if Aguirre will be sentenced to death for his crimes. The child’s mother, Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, will be tried separately.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Jonathan Hatami and Gabriel’s father shared a hug following the announcement of the verdict. 

“I’m a dad and, you know, he’s a dad,” Hatami said tearfully. “It’s just two dads, and two humans in the community, just sharing the fact that maybe there was some justice.”

Prosecutors had presented horrific evidence of the abuse that the child, Gabriel Fernandez, who was found with a cracked skull, three broken ribs and BB pellets embedded in his lung and groin. Before his death, Fernandez was also forced

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Man Wrongfully Convicted Of Rape As A Teenager Leaves Prison After 45 Years

A man who served more than 45 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit has been freed.

“God is so good,” said 65-year-old Wilbert Jones, who was imprisoned at 19 years old. The Los Angeles Times reports that Jones left East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Wednesday after being exonerated for a rape conviction.

“Freedom. After more than 45 years and 10 months. That’s going through my mind,” Jones said as he hugged his brother outside the prison. He said that “serving time” was difficult and thanked the legal team at the Innocence Project New Orleans — who work to overturn convictions of those they believe were falsely convicted — saying, “without them, this wouldn’t be possible.”

On October 2, 1971, Jones was arrested on suspicion of abducting a nurse at gunpoint from a Baton Rouge hospital parking lot and raping her behind a building. He was convicted of aggravated rape at

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Nicki Minaj’s Brother Convicted Of Raping 11-Year-Old Stepdaughter

On Thursday, Nicki Minaj‘s brother was convicted of raping his stepdaughter. According to New York Daily News, Jelani Maraj was convicted of repeatedly raping the 11-year-old girl in their Long Island home. He was convicted of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

The accuser, who is now 14, testified that 38-year-old Maraj anally raped her, slapped her in the face and ordered her to remain silent about his actions. The victim’s younger brother allegedly discovered the abuse, walking in while Maraj was assaulting the girl.

I would cross the ocean for u. I would go bring u the moon. Promise u. For u I will. I love my brother so much man. Can’t believe I cried during his wedding and his first dance like a punk. May God bless him and his union. Tonight has been one of my

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Dad Convicted For Doing Nothing After Stepmom Scalds Son To Death In 135-Degree Bathtub

After an Ohio woman scalded her 4-year-old stepson to death in a bathtub, both she and her husband, the boy’s father, were convicted in his death, Crime Online reported.

The boy’s father, Robert Ritchie, 32, was sentenced to seven years in prison on Tuesday for failing to get medical help for his son, Austin Cooper, in his 2016 death. His wife, Anna Ritchie, was previously sentenced to 18 years to life after pleading guilty to charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault and endangering children charges.

Prosecutors alleged that Anna Ritchie held Austin in 135-degree water for 20-25 minutes because she resented being his primary caregiver, according to WXIX.

Robert Ritchie came home shortly after the assault and did not care for his son, prosecutors claimed.

“The question that kept me awake at night is: why did you not check on this little boy, your son, Austin, as he lay there for

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Court Allows 21-Year-Old Convicted Rapist To Play In College Football Game

A federal appeals court is allowing a man convicted of sexual assault to continue to play college football this weekend, Crime Online reported, even as his university tried to keep that from happening.

Ma’lik Richmond, 21, was convicted in 2013 of digitally penetrating a heavily intoxicated 16-year-old girl and taking photos of her naked body in the infamous Steubenville, Ohio case, along with his co-perpetrator Trent Mays. The victim apparently only learned that she had been raped through widely circulated social media posts showing her repeated assaults.

Richmond, who was 16 years old at the time, served about 10 months in a juvenile detention center for the crime, according to USA Today. He then returned to his high school football team and later joined the football team of Youngstown State University.

After the ensuing controversy, including a petition started by a Youngstown student, the university decided to block Richmond

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Ma’lik Richmond, Convicted Rapist, Plays For Youngstown State …

A federal appeals court is allowing a man convicted of sexual assault to continue to play college football this weekend, Crime Online reported, even as his university tried to keep that from happening.

Ma’lik Richmond, 21, was convicted in 2013 of digitally penetrating a heavily intoxicated 16-year-old girl and taking photos of her naked body in the infamous Steubenville, Ohio case, along with his co-perpetrator Trent Mays. The victim apparently only learned that she had been raped through widely circulated social media posts showing her repeated assaults.

Richmond, who was 16 years old at the time, served about 10 months in a juvenile detention center for the crime, according to USA Today. He then returned to his high school football team and later joined the football team of Youngstown State University.

After the ensuing controversy, including a petition started by a Youngstown student, the university decided to block Richmond

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Judge: Convicted murderer Amy Van Wagner owes $16K in restitution

Amy Van Wagner, who fatally shot her husband and hid his body in their Oconomowoc home, owes the Waukesha County’s District Attorney’s Office more than $16,000 in restitution.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Ralph Ramirez ordered Van Wagner, 53, to pay the restitution during an Aug. 21 review hearing. She owes the district attorney’s office $15,000 in expert witness fees and $1,258.37 in travel expenses for one of the prosecution’s witnesses, Ramirez ruled.

A jury in March convicted Van Wagner of first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in her husband’s May 2015 murder. The gun used to kill Stanley Van Wagner was never found.

In June, Ramirez sentenced her to life in prison without the possibility of extended supervision.

Court records

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Judge: Convicted murderer Amy Van Wagner owes $16K in restitution

Amy Van Wagner, who fatally shot her husband and hid his body in their Oconomowoc home, owes the Waukesha County’s District Attorney’s Office more than $16,000 in restitution.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Ralph Ramirez ordered Van Wagner, 53, to pay the restitution during an Aug. 21 review hearing. She owes the district attorney’s office $15,000 in expert witness fees and $1,258.37 in travel expenses for one of the prosecution’s witnesses, Ramirez ruled.

A jury in March convicted Van Wagner of first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in her husband’s May 2015 murder. The gun used to kill Stanley Van Wagner was never found.

In June, Ramirez sentenced her to life in prison without the possibility of extended supervision.

Court records

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Dad Faces Sexual Assault Charges After Both Sons Are Convicted Of Raping Sisters Under Age 10

The father of two men who were convicted of rape this year has also been charged with rape.

Arthur Lyen French, 55, of Battle Creek, Michigan was arraigned on Tuesday, charged with the 2009 rape of a now-52-year-old woman.

The victim told police that she was sleeping when her acquaintance, French, knocked on the door, came in, and wouldn’t let her leave. She said that when she refused sex, he punched her multiple times, according to the Battle Creek Enquirer. He allegedly punched her so hard, it punctured her eardrum.

French had just recently been released from jail at the time of that incident.

French told police back in 2009 that he went to the woman’s house to collect $25 she was holding for him. He alleged that she began to hit him when he asked for his cash and then claimed that she agreed to have sex to make up for not

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