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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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Teacher Convicted Of Raping 15-Year-Old Student Now Has To Pay Victim $1 Million

An Oklahoma City federal judge has awarded $1 million in damages to a teenage boy who was raped by his middle school teacher, according to The Oklahoman newspaper

Jennifer Caswell, 31, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, five of which were suspended, after pleading guilty to six counts of second-degree rape, child enticement and forcible sodomy in June 2015.

In his judgment, U.S. District Judge Robin J. Cauthron wrote that following the incident, which garnered national headlines after Caswell appeared on the “Dr. Phil” show, the victim experienced “depression, isolation, and self-blame for the events that transpired.”

The boy and his father sued Caswell and the Hollis Oklahoma school district in 2015 due to the boy’s emotional duress and in order to bring attention to the plight of sexual abuse by teachers, according to their attorney Bob Wyatt.

Following the judgment, Wyatt said, “”We are pleased that the judge

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Scott Peterson Speaks Out For First Time Since Convicted Of Killing Wife: ‘I Had No Idea It Was Coming’

Scott Peterson is speaking out for the first time since being convicted of killing his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn son, Conner, nearly 15 years ago.

“I, I was staggered by it. I had no idea it was coming,” he says about the guilty verdict. Peterson tells his story as part of a new special, “The Murder of Laci Peterson,” per People.

Peterson was conviction on first-and second-degree murder counts after his 27-year-old wife allegedly vanished near their home in Modesto, California on December 24, 2002. Authorities believed he killed Laci and Conner and dumped their bodies in the San Francisco Bay. Four months later, their bodies washed ashore. 

The Petersons were seemingly a picture-perfect couple and captivated the nation’s attention. As the trial unfolded, details emerged about Peterson’s affair with another woman.

“I couldn’t feel my feet on the floor. I couldn’t feel the chair I was sitting in. My vision

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Half Of Detroit’s 2017 Mayoral Candidates Are Convicted Felons

Half of the eight mayoral hopefuls for Detroit’s primary ballot next week are convicted felons. Three of them were charged with gun crimes and two were convicted for assault with intent to commit murder, according to the Detroit News.

Convicted felons are allowed to run for office, as long as they haven’t been convicted of crimes that involve breaching the trust of the public.  

“Black marks on your record show you have lived a little and have overcome some challenges,” said Bowens, a former press secretary to Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer and NAACP activist. “They (candidates) deserve the opportunity to be heard, but they also deserve to have the kind of scrutiny that comes along with trying to get an important elected position.”

Donna Marie Pitts, 58, has multiple felony convictions. The earliest one dates back to 1977, for concealing a stolen car. Ten years later, she was convicted of two

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Woman Convicted Of Killing Husband After Parrot Witnessed Murder: “Don’t (Expletive) Shoot”

A pet parrot seemingly witnessed the murder of its owner in Michigan. Glenna Duram, 49, was convicted this week of first degree murder in the fatal shooting of her husband, 46-year-old Martin Duram. In 2015, he was shot five times before Glenna Duram attempted suicide, according to Associated Press.

Martin Duram’s ex-wife, Christina Keller, took ownership of Bud, an African Grey parrot, after the shooting. She has claimed that Bud repeated “don’t (expletive) shoot” in Martin Duram’s voice. His parents said it was possible that Bud was repeating the man’s last words, the BBC reported. The victim’s mother said the parrot has “the filthiest mouth around.”

The bird was not used in any of the court proceedings.

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