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Despite Lies, Man Who Killed Gone Girl Actor Gets Light Sentence

Brian Boyd struck Lisa Banes on a New York street

(Newser) - The man who hit Gone Girl actor Lisa Banes with his moped on a New York street, killing her, was on Wednesday sentenced to one to three years behind bars, the New York Daily News reports. Brian Boyd had pleaded guilty to manslaughter in September, but prosecutors said that after...

Buffalo Gunman Admits Supermarket Massacre

He pleads guilty for life in prison, faces possible death sentence on federal charges

(Newser) - The white gunman who massacred 10 Black shoppers and workers at a Buffalo supermarket pleaded guilty Monday to murder and hate-motivated terrorism charges, guaranteeing that he'll spend the rest of his life in prison, per the AP . Payton Gendron, 19, entered the plea Monday in a courthouse roughly 2...

Ex-Officer Pleads Guilty in George Floyd Killing

Former Minneapolis cop J. Alexander Kueng admits aiding and abetting charge

(Newser) - A former Minneapolis police officer pleaded guilty Monday to aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd, just as jury selection was about to begin, per the AP . Another former officer waived his right to a jury trial, setting up an unusual proceeding in which the judge...

Michigan School Shooter Admits What He Did

Ethan Crumbley pleads guilty, faces life in prison

(Newser) - A teenager pleaded guilty Monday to terrorism and first-degree murder in a Michigan school shooting that killed four students and put an extraordinary focus on the boy's home life and the alleged role of his parents in the tragedy, per the AP . Ethan Crumbley pleaded guilty to all 24...

American Driver Admits Role in UK Teen's Death

Anne Sacoolas pleads guilty from the US, is unlikely to spend any time behind bars

(Newser) - Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a US diplomat, has admitted to causing the death of teen motorcyclist Harry Dunn while driving on the wrong side of the road in the UK in 2019. Dunn's parents fought to have Sacoolas returned to the UK to face justice after she fled...

Cardi B Pleads Guilty in Strip Club Fights

Deal calls for 15 days of community service

(Newser) - Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B resolved a yearslong criminal case stemming from a pair of brawls at New York City strip clubs by pleading guilty Thursday in a deal that requires her to perform 15 days of community service. The 29-year-old "WAP" singer agreed to a conditional discharge just as...

Trump's Former Money Guy Pleads Guilty, Heads to Prison

Allen Weisselberg, 75, also may have to testify about Trump Organization

(Newser) - A top executive at former President Trump's family business pleaded guilty Thursday to evading taxes in a deal that could potentially make him a star witness against the company at a fall trial, per the AP . Former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg pleaded guilty to all 15 of the...

Griner Pleads Guilty, Says She Packed in a Rush

WNBA star admits to drug charges in Russian court

(Newser) - Russian news agencies say jailed American basketball star Brittney Griner has pleaded guilty to drug possession and smuggling charges during her trial in Moscow, per the AP . Griner, speaking through an interpreter, told the court she'd acted unintentionally because she was packing in haste. Griner was detained in February...

Man Pleads Guilty in Murder of Indianapolis Mail Carrier

Angela Summers was gunned down in 2020 after Tony Cushingberry got upset over no mail delivery

(Newser) - Update: It's a guilty plea for Tony Cushingberry, accused of fatally gunning down an Indianapolis mail carrier in 2020. NBC News reports the 23-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Tuesday, per the US Attorney's Office for Southern Indiana. Court documents note that mail wasn't being delivered...

Former Colleagues' Move Could Be Bad News for Kim Dotcom

Megaupload pair pleaded guilty, may now testify against him

(Newser) - It's been several years since we reported on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and his battle against extradition to the US, but now, an update. Two of Dotcom's former colleagues have struck a deal to avoid extradition themselves, pleading guilty Wednesday in New Zealand to their involvement in running...

A 'Sweet Deal' for Ex-Cop in George Floyd Case

Thomas Lane will serve 3 years concurrently with his federal sentence

(Newser) - Ex-Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane will avoid trial next month thanks to a guilty plea issued Wednesday in connection with George Floyd's May 25, 2020, death. The Star Tribune reports Lane pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetting manslaughter and will be handed a three-year sentence....

They Were Sent Roaches, Funeral Wreath. Now, a Final Guilty Plea

Former eBay exec David Harville admits to harassing couple who published newsletter

(Newser) - A former eBay executive pleaded guilty Thursday to participating in a scheme to terrorize the creators of an online newsletter. David Harville, eBay's former director of global resiliency, is the final onetime eBay employee charged in the case to plead guilty, per the AP . Six others have admitted to...

British Airways Pilot Jailed After Faking Flying Experience
He Flew for 2 Years
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He Flew for 2 Years Unsuspected. Then, the Press of a Wrong Button

British Airways pilot Craig Butfoy jailed after faking flying experience

(Newser) - Who knows how things would've worked out for Craig Butfoy, and the passengers on the planes he piloted, if he simply hadn't pressed a wrong button one day at work. That button press, as it turns out, led to questions being asked, and then a startling revelation: The...

Engineer Pleaded Guilty in Spy Case. Now, His Wife's Plea

Diana Toebbe enters guilty plea days after Jonathan Toebbe in plot to sell sub secrets

(Newser) - A Maryland woman pleaded guilty Friday to her role in a plot with her husband to sell submarine secrets to a foreign country. Diana Toebbe entered the plea in federal court in Martinsburg to one count of conspiracy to communicate restricted data. Prosecutors said they'd seek a prison term...

Navy Nukes Engineer on Spying: 'Guilty, Your Honor'

Jonathan Toebbe, accused of conspiring to sell sub secrets with wife, will likely see at least 12 years

(Newser) - Update: Jonathan Toebbe, the Navy engineer accused with his wife of conspiring to sell secrets about nuclear propulsion systems on US subs to an unidentified foreign country, entered a new plea on Monday in a West Virginia federal court. "Guilty, your honor," the 43-year-old told Magistrate Judge Robert...

'Make-a-Wish' Mom Enters Plea in Daughter's Death

Colorado's Kelly Turner pleads guilty, could see 16 years for lying about 7-year-old's terminal illness

(Newser) - Update: A Colorado mother has pleaded guilty to child abuse and negligently causing her daughter's death in a case that made national headlines, reports the Denver Post . Prosecutors say Kelly Turner lied about her daughter being terminally ill, which led to years of unneeded and life-threatening medical treatments for...

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Chauvin to Judge:
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Chauvin to Judge: 'Guilty, Your Honor'

Former Minnesota cop pleads guilty to violating George Floyd's civil rights

(Newser) - Update: Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of violating George Floyd’s civil rights, averting a trial but likely extending the time he's already spending behind bars on a state conviction. Chauvin appeared in person Wednesday for the change of plea hearing in an orange short-sleeved prison...

Jail Time 'Not Appropriate' for Rapist Who Assaulted 4 Teens

Western New York judge stuns victims with 8 years of probation for Christopher Belter, 20

(Newser) - Christopher Belter was facing eight years behind bars after pleading guilty in 2019 to rape and sexual abuse involving four teen girls at his family's mansion in Western New York. Instead, a Niagara County judge this week gave the 20-year-old eight years of probation, stunning everyone in the courtroom,...

She Gave the OK for Steel Used in Navy Subs. Now, a Guilty Plea

Retired metallurgist Elaine Thomas, 67, admits she falsified foundry's test reports on steel strength

(Newser) - For about four decades, Elaine Thomas worked as a metallurgist for a steel foundry in Washington state, churning out steel castings used by Navy contractors to make submarine hulls. And for about 30 of those years, prosecutors now say, Thomas falsified results from tests designed to test the steel's...

Nikolas Cruz Admits Anxiety as He Pleads Guilty to Massacre

Parkland shooter admits to 17 counts of murder, 17 of attempted murder

(Newser) - Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty to murder on Wednesday in the 2018 high school massacre in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead. Cruz, 23, entered his plea after answering a long list of questions from Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer aimed at confirming his mental competency. Local 10 reports he did tell...

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