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JUSTIN D. ELNICKI v. STATE OF KANSAS

Elnicki's motion follows three jury trials on the charges underlying this case. He was originally charged with aggravated kidnapping, rape, and aggravated sodomy for events occurring in November 2001. During his first trial in 2002, the district court dismissed the kidnapping charge, and Elnicki was convicted of rape and aggravated criminal sodomy. On direct appeal, the Kansas Supreme Court revers ... More $0 (12-15-2017 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS V. CHARITY DOWNING

Jeff Keesling has a farmstead in Sylvia, Kansas, with a house, barns, and sheds. Although Keesling's family used to live in the house, it has been vacant since 2012. Keesling uses the house to store personal items. He does not use the house as part of his farming operation, but it is in the middle of his farmstead. Keesling is the only person with a key to the house—no one else has authorization t ... More $0 (12-15-2017 - )

United States of America v. Bertha Blanco

Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Former Florida State Health Care Administration Official Sentenced to More Than Four Years in Prison for Accepting Bribes

A former employee of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) was sentenced today to 57 months in prison for accepting bribes in exchange for providing confidential information about health care facilities that received Medicare and Medicaid f ...
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United States of America v. Jamal Marshall and Jacob Brown

Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Houston, TX - Two Texas Fishermen Sentenced for False Statements to Law Enforcement Agents

Jamal Marshall was sentenced to six months imprisonment and six months home confinement today following a hearing in federal district court in Houston, Texas, for making false statements to law enforcement agents regarding the illegal harvest of snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. A second fisherman, Ja ...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. BRADY FORD TOOLE

A.B. was adopted by Tamai and her family in 2003 when A.B. was 3 years old. In December 2013, A.B. told Tamai that her cousin Brady Toole had molested her multiple times in the fall of 2007 when A.B. was 7 years old. A.B. had come home from school crying and informed Tamai that Toole had raped her. Toole had been living with her family during the fall of 2007 until December 2007 in order to contin ... More $0 (12-15-2017 - KS)

United States of America v. William Bruce Crain

Southern District of Mississippi - Federal Courthouse - Jackson, Mississippi

Defendant-Appellant William Bruce Crain pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and to using interstate facilities to transmit information about minors. Crain’s plea agreement included a waiver of his appeal and collateral-attack rights. He filed a motion to vacate his sentence, which the district court denied after a hearing. He now appeals, arguing that (1) his collateral-attack waiver ... More $0 (12-15-2017 - MS)

Paul Richard Butts v. Marcus Martin, et al.

Eastern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Beaumont, Texas

Plaintiff–Appellant Paul Richard Butts, a Hasidic Jewish federal prisoner at the Federal Corrections Complex in Beaumont, Texas (“FCC
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Beaumont”), filed a Bivens1 suit against numerous Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”)
employees, all of whom worked at FCC Beaumont. ...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. RYAN ROBERT JOHNSON

Johnson was charged on December 30, 2014, with criminal threat by causing terror, evacuation, or disruption. In a separate complaint, he was also charged with criminal damage to property on the same day. At the time the charges were filed, Johnson was incarcerated in Pennsylvania and had a detainer from Kansas.

After Johnson was returned from Pennsylvania, a speedy trial determination h ...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. CHARLES D. SATCHELL

Charles D. Satchell appeals his convictions and sentences after a jury found him guilty of one count of criminal sodomy, one count of rape, two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, and five counts of aggravated criminal sodomy. Satchell contends that the district court erroneously admitted evidence of his prior sexual misconduct and that it erred in denying his motion to suppress ... More $0 (12-15-2017 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. VERNON J. AMOS

In 2013, the Kansas Legislature held a special session in response to the United States Supreme Court's decision in Alleyne v. United States, 570 U.S. 99, Ct. 2151, 186 L. Ed. 2d 314 (2013), and enacted provisions requiring jury findings before an enhanced mandatory minimum sentence can be imposed for persons convicted of premeditated first-degree murder. L. 2013, ch. 1 (now codified at K.S.A. 20 ... More $0 (12-15-2017 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. KENYON T. CAMPBELL

In 1996, Kenyon T. Campbell was convicted of first-degree murder, an off-grid crime under the Kansas Sentencing Guidelines Act (KSGA), and multiple ongrid crimes. When the district court sentenced Campbell for his on-grid crimes, the court classified several out-of-state convictions as person felonies for purposes of computing Campbell's criminal history score. In 2015, Campbell moved to correct w ... More $0 (12-15-2017 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. DUSTIN BRIAN HILT

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Hilt's 2010 jury convictions of first-degree premeditated murder, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated robbery arose out of the violent death of his former girlfriend, Keighley Alyea. In State v. Hilt, 299 Kan. 176, 322 P.3d 367 (2014), this court affirmed Hilt's convictions and his grid sentences but vacated his hard 50 life sentence because it was based on fact-finding by a judge, a predicate p ... More $0 (12-15-2017 - KS)

Colton Duria Lee v. State of Indiana

Court of Appeals of Indiana

On March 2, 2017, Lee and Benjamin Sanders (“Sanders”) were housed in the
same cell block of the Hamilton County Jail. Sanders was injured on that day
and, on March 16, the State charged Lee with battery of Sanders, resulting in
moderate bodily injury. Sanders testified at Lee’s June 20 jury trial that, on
March 2, he and Lee argued over a sketch pad and Lee then “ran up on < ...
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Millard P. Johnson v. State of Indiana

Elderly home daycare owner gets 8 years for child molesting

Between May 1 and July 31, 2016, Johnson touched M.E., a child under the
age of fourteen, under her clothing while she was sitting on his lap with the
intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of the child or himself. On or about
December 1, 2016, Johnson touched R.M., a child under the age of fourteen,
under her clothing with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual de ...
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Franklin Wilcox v. State of Indiana

Court of Appeals of Indiana

During the relevant period, Wilcox was on probation and violated the terms of
his probation by failing to report to the Howard County Probation Department.
On April 5, 2017, the Howard County Sheriff’s Department executed an arrest
warrant at his residence for a separate offense in the presence of Wilcox’s wife
and their child. The officers found the house in filthy condition ...
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Bryan Fearman v. State of Indiana

Court of Appeals of Indiana

Fearman was convicted of attempting to murder Lerron McDowell, as well as
several other offenses.2 The McDowell family attended Fearman’s sentencing
hearing on March 17, 2017. When the prosecutor informed the court of the
family’s presence, Fearman said, “Who gives a f*ck if they’re in the f*cking
room.” (Tr. Vol. II at 6.) The judge informed Fearman his behavior in court < ...
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Michael Williams v. State of Indiana

Court of Appeals of Indiana

On October 31, 2015, eighteen-year-old Raymond Alvarez and his sixteen-year
old girlfriend, N.B., stopped by Alvarez’s parents’ apartment in Indianapolis to
pick up N.B.’s backpack. N.B. stayed in the car while Alvarez went inside. A
vehicle parked next to Alvarez’s car, and Kevin Wilkerson got out of the
passenger side of the vehicle and approached N.B. Williams was driving ...
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Dequan Rainous Estelle v. State of Indiana

On the evening of May 24, 2016, nineteen-year-old Barksdale was riding his
bicycle northbound along Wilber Street in South Bend. While riding his
bicycle, he observed a car traveling southbound on Wilber Street. Barksdale
Court of Appeals of Indiana | Memorandum Decision 71A03-1707-CR-1722 | December 15, 2017 Page 3 of 7

noticed that Tyaire Bryson was driving the car, E ...
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William Epperly v. State of Indiana

Court of Appeals of Indiana

William Epperly (“Epperly”) appeals his sentence, following his guilty plea to
Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and endangering a
person1 and Class A misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident with bodily
injury.2 The trial court imposed a one-year sentence for each conviction and
ultimately ordered them to be served concurrently to each other. Eppe ...
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Jimmy D. Tanksley v. State of Indiana

Court of Appeals of Indiana

On March 9, 2015, Tanksley pled guilty to Class C felony battery resulting in
serious bodily injury and admitted to being an habitual offender. On April 6,
2015, the trial court imposed an eight-year sentence enhanced by twelve years,
for an aggregate sentence of twenty years, all of which was ordered executed in
the DOC. The trial court indicated that it would consider sente ...
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Jaylen Bolden v. State of Indiana

COURT OF APPEALS OF INDIANA

On May 12, 2016, Bolden engaged in a series of burglaries. During one of the
burglaries, sixteen-year-old K.P. was home alone. K.P. went to bed around
2:00 a.m. and was awakened around 4:02 a.m. when her bedroom door
opened. K.P. saw an individual, later identified as Bolden through DNA
evidence, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants, and a ski mask.
Bold ...
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Rodger Hartnett v. San Diego County Office of Education

Appellants and defendants San Diego County Office of Education (Office) and
Randolph E. Ward appeal from a judgment in favor of plaintiff and respondent Rodger
Hartnett reinstating his employment and awarding him $306,954.99 in back pay, benefits,
and prejudgment interest. Defendants contend (1) collateral estoppel precluded the trial
court from granting Hartnett's requested relief ...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA V. WILLIE J. ELLISON, JR.

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal - State of Louisiana

On October 31, 2007, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney filed a bill of
information charging defendant with possession with intent to distribute heroin, a
violation of La. R.S. 40:966(A) (count one), and possession with intent to
distribute cocaine, a violation of La. R.S. 40:967(A) (count two). On August 23,
2010, defendant pled guilty as charged, and sentencing was set f ...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA VERSUS AKANDO DUCKSWORTH

Akando Ducksworth gets 12 years for 2015 machete attack in Metairie daiquiri bar

On November 10, 2015, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney filed a bill of
information charging defendant, Akando Ducksworth, with one count of attempted
second degree murder of Joshua Hardin, in violation of La. R.S. 14:27 and 14:30.1.
Defendant pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on December 11, 2015.
The matter proceeded to trial before a twelve-person jury on August 30 ...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA Vs. CELIO DACRUZ

State of Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit

This case stems from a fiduciary relationship between a
contractor/construction company and a property owner. On January 31, 2012,
Detective Shannon Carr of the New Orleans Police Department filed an affidavit
concerning the alleged offense. Based on an interview with the victim, Detective
Carr alleged that the Defendant violated La. R.S. 14:67; Felony Theft. In the
af ...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA V. MONOTOR M. PETE

COURT OF APPEAL FOURTH CIRCUIT STATE OF LOUISIANA

Louisiana law requires convicted sex offenders to register with local law
enforcement authorities and to notify the communities in which they reside of their
presence. See La. R.S. 15:540, et seq. (the “Sex Offender Statutes”). Mr. Pete’s
obligation to register and to notify arises out of his November 7, 2002 conviction
for felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.1 State v. Pete, ...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA V. ROBERT SINEGAL AKA, ROBERT SENEGAL

Man leads state police on high-speed chase in Acadiana

On September 25, 2015, agents with the Louisiana Department of
Corrections, Office of Probation and Parole, as well as officers from the Kaplan
Police Department and members of the canine unit, arrived at a residence to
execute a parole warrant on Robert Sinegal. After the officers located him and
collected evidence inside the residence, the State charged the defendant, Robert ...
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Michael Bernard v. The State of Texas

TENTH COURT OF APPEALS, WACO, TEXAS

In his sole issue in both appeals, Bernard contends that the trial court erred by
denying his motion to suppress evidence, especially a prescription-pill bottle that
We review the trial court’s ruling on a motion to suppress evidence for an abuse
of discretion, using a bifurcated standard. See Crain v. State, 315 S.W.3d 43, 48 (Tex. Crim.
App. 2010); Guzman v. State, 955 S.W.2 ...
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Damon Lavelle Asberry v. The State of Texas

TENTH COURT OF APPEALS, WACO, TEXAS

Damon Lavelle Asberry was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Five years after his conviction, Asberry filed a motion for DNA testing. Based on
the motion and the agreement of the parties, the trial court ordered post-trial DNA
testing. After the results were obtained and a hearing held regarding those results, the
trial court made a finding unfavorable to A ...
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James Ray Sonntag v. The State of Texas

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In his first issue, appellant argues that the trial court abused its discretion by
admitting evidence during the guilt-innocence phase of trial that he had been convicted
of aggravated sexual assault of a child in 2005. Appellant contends that “the State did
not present any evidence to show how they intended to prove to the jury that this
conviction was true. Therefore, there ...
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Jefferey Ryan Nuckols v. The State of Texas

TENTH COURT OF APPEALS, WACO, TEXAS

Notwithstanding that we are dismissing this appeal, Nuckols may file a motion
for rehearing with this Court within 15 days after this opinion and judgment are rendered
he believes this opinion and judgment are erroneously based on inaccurate information
or documents. See TEX. R. APP. P. 49.1. Moreover, if Nuckols desires to have the opinion
and judgment of this Court reviewed ...
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Dustin Jake Krapf v. The State of Texas

In his first issue, appellant argues that the trial court abused its discretion by
admitting evidence during the guilt-innocence phase of trial that he had been convicted
of aggravated sexual assault of a child in 2005. Appellant contends that “the State did
not present any evidence to show how they intended to prove to the jury that this
conviction was true. Therefore, there ...
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Justin Wayne Haisten v. The State of Texas

Justin Wayne Haisten - Registered Sex Offender

In his first issue, appellant argues that the trial court abused its discretion by
admitting evidence during the guilt-innocence phase of trial that he had been convicted
of aggravated sexual assault of a child in 2005. Appellant contends that “the State did
not present any evidence to show how they intended to prove to the jury that this
conviction was true. Therefore, there ...
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Deon Latroy Rush v. The State of Texas

Officers Bill Yoder and Alex Tran of the Bryan Police Department were on a night
time foot patrol in a high crime area of Bryan. They noticed a vehicle turning onto a street
with no front license plate. As the vehicle was coming to a stop on its own, the officers
initiated a traffic stop. Yoder approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, identifying the
driver as Tim Washing ...
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Tracy Lynn McGrew Jr. v. The State of Texas

Court of Appeals Ninth District of Texas at Beaumont

McGrew filed a motion to suppress requesting the court to suppress evidence
seized pursuant to the stop, detention, or arrest of McGrew or connected with the
investigation of this case, including the controlled substance that was seized. The
motion also requested that the court suppress the testimony of Montgomery County
Sheriff’s Deputy Vasquez or any other law enforcement off ...
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Justin Allen Lawson v. The State of Texas

A grand jury indicted Lawson for manslaughter, a second-degree felony. The
indictment alleged that Lawson recklessly caused the death of Mitchell Glenn
Downs “by operating a motor vehicle on a public road while failing to maintain a
proper lookout and by failing to remain within the marked lane of travel of the said
public road, thereby causing the said motor vehicle to strike ...
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Kenyara Omar Hightower v. The State of Texas

Court of Appeals Ninth District of Texas at Beaumont

Officer Dawn Leggett with the Conroe Police Department testified that she
was on patrol on March 22, 2015, when she was dispatched to an apartment complex
“in reference to a disturbance with weapons.” According to Officer Leggett, dispatch
gave a description of a man reportedly threatening to shoot the complainant’s
boyfriend, and Officer Leggett saw a man matching the descript ...
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Christopher Williams v. The State of Texas

Court of Appeals Ninth District of Texas at Beaumont

Andrea Piwko was found dead on July 30, 2015. In September of 2015, a
grand jury indicted Christopher Williams for the offense of murder. See Tex. Penal
Code Ann. § 19.02(c) (West 2011). A jury found Williams guilty of murder and
sentenced him to confinement for life and assessed a $10,000 fine. Appellant appeals
his conviction, raising three issues, each concerning the admiss ...
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Melanie Kaye Smith v. The State of Texas

Court of Appeals Ninth District of Texas at Beaumont

In April 2014, police arrested two individuals on warrants from another
county charging them with credit card abuse. The man worked for a traveling
carnival, which at that time was being operated at the Montgomery County
fairgrounds. The other person who was arrested was the man’s girlfriend, who was
living with him. Department of Public Safety Sergeant Josh Pullen interviewed ...
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Thomas Milton Buchanan, Jr., a/k/a Milton Buchanan v. The State of Texas

Rockford woman killed in Texas; suspect arrested

Because Buchanan does not challenge the sufficiency of the evidence, we discuss only
those facts relevant to the resolution of the evidentiary issue advanced on appeal. Buchanan was
living with his seventy-one-year-old mother, Susie Maloney, a retired engineer and nuclear
1 Pursuant to its docket equalization authority, the Supreme C ...
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