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United States of America v. Theodore Nelson, Jr. a/k/a Ted Nelson

Letcher Man Sentenced for Unlawful Taking of Bald Eagle and Unlawful Use of Pesticide

a Letcher, South Dakota, man who was found guilty of Unlawful Taking of Bald Eagle and Unlawful Use of Pesticide after a two day jury trial in April of 2016 was sentenced on September 27, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Lawrence L. Piersol.

Theodore Nelson, Jr., a/k/a Ted Nelson, age 69, was senten... More...
   $0 (10-04-2016 - SD)

Texas Instruments, Inc. v. Alessandro Udell

TI and Volt executed a contract for Volt to furnish personnel with specific work
qualifications and skills as requested by TI from time-to-time. Udell was hired by Volt and
assigned to work at TI.
Udell worked as a manufacturing specialist in a TI facility that was involved in the
manufacture of semiconductors. Keith Davis, the TI supervisor for Udell, other Volt contractors,... More...
   $0 (10-04-2016 - TX)

Christopher James Holder v. The State of Texas

On the evening of Sunday, November 11, 2012, the Plano Police Department responded
to a call about a possible burglary at 3121 Royal Oaks Drive, Plano, Texas, where they found
fifty-year-old Billy Tanner deceased in his home. He had sustained blunt force trauma to the
head and multiple stab wounds.
In the summer of 2012, Billy Tanner’s step-daughter, Casey James, her two child... More...
   $0 (10-04-2016 - TX)

Robert Alex v. The State of Texas

Handy was shot and “pistol-whipped” to death by two masked gunmen in the parking lot
of a convenience store. Video footage from the store’s surveillance camera showed the gunmen
behind a nearby shed covering their faces moments before approaching Handy. One of the
gunmen wore red athletic shorts and the other gunman wore blue athletic shorts with a white
stripe on the side. ... More...
   $0 (10-03-2016 - TX)

Collin Robert Zacny v. The State of Texas

On November 17, 2014, Jared Beesley discovered that someone had broken into his
vehicle. The glove box was open and things were in disarray. A .22 caliber Beretta handgun and
two cans of ammunition were missing.
Appellant was apprehended two days later when the police were responding to a call
about another car break-in at 1:00 a.m. Appellant was in a nearby park, and ran ... More...
   $0 (10-03-2016 - TX)

The State of Texas v. Sarah Beth Keller

On January 12, 2013, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Keller was involved in a collision with
another vehicle at a busy intersection in Frisco. Prior to the collision, a motorist traveling behind
Keller called 911 to report that she was driving erratically. That same motorist recorded her
erratic driving and the collision on his cell phone.
The Frisco police department dispatche... More...
   $0 (10-03-2016 - TX)

E.F. Johnson Company v. Infinity Global Technology f/k/a Infinity Gear and Technology, LLC, et al.

Kirmuss operated an electronics business that specialized in radio-related products. In
2007, at a trade show in Hong Kong, he discovered a speaker microphone with a built-in global
positioning system (the GPS-Mic), manufactured by Wintectronics (Wintec). Kirmuss believed
the GPS-Mic could transform communications for first responders and military units, so he
arranged to mee... More...
   $0 (10-03-2016 - TX)

Clezel Montague Mughni v. The State of Texas

On the morning of June 2, 2014, Dallas Fire Rescue was dispatched on an unresponsive
child call to a Dallas apartment complex. When officers arrived, they found fifteen-month-old
Marquis Johnson lying on a floor. He was pale and cool to the touch and did not have a
heartbeat. Officers began CPR. Officer David Lindsey noticed an obvious injury to Marquis’
right eye, an “inor... More...
   $0 (10-02-2016 - TX)

State of Utah v. Joseph Michael Simpson

Heber, UT - Man Convicted Of 1995 Murder

The State of Utah charged Joseph Michael Simpson, age 49, with aggravated murder for beating Krystal Beslanowitch to death in Utah in 1995. Beslanowitch was last seen alive on December 15, 1995 when she left the motel where she was staying with her boyfriend to get something to eat and was never seen again. Her body was found the same day on the ... More...
   $0 (10-02-2016 - UT)

Monica Cooper and Erica Polo for the Estate of Jeremy Gandy v. Camp Thurman

Fort Worth, TX - Jury Finds For Defendant On Wrongful Death Claim

Monica Cooper and Erica Polo for the Estate of Jeremy Gandy, age 30, sued Camp Thurman on a negligence wrongful death theory claiming that Jeremy died as a result of the failure to exercise due care in the operation of its property with the result that he fell to his death from a 30-fott zip line tower. They claimed that th... More...
   $0 (10-02-2016 - )


Gregory L. Gales appeals from the denial of his motion to correct a claimed illegal sentence. He argued before the district court that the sentencing court erroneously classified his 1976 California juvenile burglary adjudication as a person offense, resulting in a higher criminal history score and a longer sentence than if it had been classified as a nonperson offense.

Gales has an ... More...
   $0 (10-01-2016 - KS)


Following a period of escalating tension between Bryant A. Seba and others, Seba fired nine shots toward those with whom he had been fighting. He killed a pregnant bystander and repeatedly shot one of the men, resulting in the man's paralysis. The State charged Seba with two counts of first-degree premeditated murder. One of Seba's two first-degree premeditated murder counts was based on Alexa's l... More...   $0 (10-01-2016 - KS)


Netherland's sufficiency challenge requires us to recite the facts underlying this appeal in greater detail than might otherwise be necessary. Because multiple participants in the events underlying this appeal share the same last name, this opinion will refer to these participants on second and subsequent reference by their first names.

July 18, 2011—Attempted Burglary of a Motor Vehicl... More...
   $0 (10-01-2016 - KS)


On the evening of September 7, 2013, through the early morning hours of September 8, friends Kyle Carter and Trenton Custer went to a couple of bars before ending up at Michelle Wilmore's Wichita home.

About 3:45 a.m. Richard Heptig, who lived near Wilmore, found a man named Carl Cooper on his front porch. Cooper and the porch were covered in blood. Cooper told Heptig that he had been ... More...
   $0 (10-01-2016 - KS)

State of New York v. Oral Nicholas Hillary

Potsdam, NY - Defendant Found Not Guilty On Murder Charge

The State of New York charged Oral Nicholas Hillary with second-degree murder for killing 12-year-old Garrett Phillips in 2011.

The State alleged that Hillary strangled the boy to death in a fit of rage at the boy's mother for breaking off her relationship with him but was unable to produce any direct evidence that the De... More...
   $0 (09-30-2016 - NY)


When a criminal defendant is found competent to stand trial
under N.J.S.A. 2C:4-4, he or she has the autonomy to make
strategic decisions at trial, with the advice of counsel. Among
those decisions is the choice whether or not to assert the
insanity defense, which absolves a defendant of criminal
responsibility for his or her conduct, if at the time of such
c... More...
   $0 (09-29-2016 - NJ)


On 24 September 2009, a Lee County grand jury indicted Defendant, a Black
male, on one count of first degree murder and one count of robbery with a dangerous
weapon. On 30 November 2009, the case was declared a capital offense. At
arraignment, Defendant pled not guilty. On 12 July 2012, defense counsel filed a
pretrial motion entitled, “Motion to Prohibit District Attorney F... More...
   $0 (09-29-2016 - NC)

State of Ohio v. Glen Bates

Cincinnati, OH - Father Sentenced To Death For Killing Daughter

The State of Ohio charged Glen Bates, age 34, with capital murder and child endangering for killing his 2-year-old daughter, Glenara, on March 29, 2015. The cause of death was acute and chronic head injuries, battered child syndrome and starvation.... More...
   $0 (09-29-2016 - OH)

United States of America v. John Wade

Cincinnati, OH - Dealer of Herion/Fentanyl Mix Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

John Wade, 46, of Cincinnati has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for selling a mixture of heroin and fentanyl that led to the overdose death of a Clermont County man in 2015.

According to court documents, law enforcement agents investigating the July 30, 2015 overdose death of the victim determine... More...
   $0 (09-28-2016 - OK)

Tina Garrett v. State of Tennessee

This appeal arises from the dismissal of a petition for post-conviction relief, challenging the Petitioner‟s Fentress County conviction for first degree murder in connection with the death of her former husband, Jonathan Garrett (“the victim”). On October 28, 2011, the Petitioner called Fentress County 911 to report that an unknown intruder had entered the victim‟s home and assaulted ... More...   $0 (09-28-2016 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. James Shettles

This case relates to a June 6, 2013 incident between the Defendant and Ladeia Boyd. The Defendant believed that Ms. Boyd‟s son had stolen the Defendant‟s lighter on an earlier date.
At the trial, the victim testified that the Defendant lived two houses away from her mother. She said that on June 6, 2013, she and her mother drove to her mother‟s house, that the Defendant ... More...
   $0 (09-28-2016 - TN)

State of Oklahoma v. Christina Renee Simmons

Tulsa, OK - Defendant Sentenced to 20 Years In Prion For Child Neglect.

The State of Oklahoma charged Christina Renee Simmons, age 32, with child neglect in violation of 21 O.S. 843.5 for failing to provide proper supervision and medical care for Charity Simmons after she sustained injuries that led to her death on June 26, 2015.

21 O.S. Section 843.5 provides:

A. Any pa... More...
   $0 (09-28-2016 - OK)

United States of America v. Akin Sean El Precise Bey and George Lincoln Stanley IV

Raleigh, NC - Men Sentenced To Life For Kidnapping

AKIN SEAN EL PRECISE BEY, 47, of Knightdale, North Carolina was sentenced to life imprisonment.

On December 7, 2015 a federal jury convicted BEY of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and kidnapping and for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. A coconspirator GEORGE LINCOLN STANLEY IV, 47, of Durham, North Caroli... More...
   $0 (09-27-2016 - NC)


The testimony presented at trial included the following. On the evening
of November 10, 2011, Appellant and his girlfriend, Jessica Womack, gathered
with other drug-using acquaintances at Judy Seabolt's home in Warren
County. According to Seabolt, Womack and Appellant had an argument that
escalated to physical violence, with Appellant beating Womack and pointing a
pistol a... More...
   $0 (09-27-2016 - KY)


It appears that the only witnesses to the events that occurred in the
hours immediately preceding Eric Schreiber's death were Smith and Eric
Schreiber (Schreiber). As such, we note that the background facts provided
only present Smith's rendition of what occurred on the morning of January 1,
On December 31, 2013, Smith attended a New Year's Eve party at David
an... More...
   $0 (09-27-2016 - KY)

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