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Between the months of January 2013 and July 2013 a series of home-invasion
sexual assaults and robberies occurred in the Billings, Montana, area. The first reported
assault occurred in the early morning of January 27, 2013, when twenty-one-year-old
victim K.L., asleep in her bed, was awakened by a gloved hand cupped over her mouth, a
knife held to her throat, and a man tellin... More...
   $0 (08-24-2016 - MT)

State of Tennessee v. Javonte Thomas

This case arises out of the February 8, 2014 shooting death of Quintin Fifer, which occurred in the parking lot of a Memphis hotel as the victim was sitting in the driver‟s seat of his vehicle with his girlfriend, their two-year-old son, and his brother as passengers. A tip led the police to the defendant, whose brother, Jeremy Thomas, had been involved in an earlier dispute with the victim.... More...   $0 (08-22-2016 - TN)

Adam P. Paty v. The State of Texas

Travis Everett, a shift manager at a McDonald’s restaurant, testified that on
October 2, 2013, while he was working “overnight,” a person “pulled” a truck up to
the drive-through “order[ing] booth,” but then appeared to “dr[i]ve off.” About ten
to fifteen minutes later, Everett heard “honking” in the drive-through lane and
realized that the person had not in fact “dr[iven] off... More...
   $0 (08-19-2016 - TX)

Gary James Cox v. The State of Texas

Tom and Debbie B. were friends with Appellant when he became homeless.
Taking pity on him, they would occasionally pick him up and feed him or put him
in a hotel. During a family vacation in the summer of 2013, Tom and Debbie invited
Appellant to housesit for them in League City, Texas. By that August, their son had
reached the age of majority and moved out of their house. ... More...
   $0 (08-19-2016 - TX)

Mark Conley v. State of Indiana

On Thursday, August 6, 2015, Michael Dexter parked his 1975 Harley
Davidson FXC motorcycle in his driveway on Schuyler Avenue in Tippecanoe
County. Around 7:30 the next morning, Dexter discovered that his motorcycle
was gone, and he contacted the police to report it stolen. That Sunday, Dexter
could hear his motorcycle being driven somewhere through his neighborhood.
[... More...
   $0 (08-13-2016 - IN)

United States of America v. Daniel James Barnes

Las Vegas, NV - Pimp Sentenced To 30 Years In Federal Prison

A California man was sentenced to 30 years in prison and lifetime supervised release following his jury convictions for felony sex trafficking offenses involving a minor.

“Assisted by his partner, this five-time convicted felon preyed on his minor victim simply for the purpose of enriching his own pocketbook,” said U.S.... More...
   $0 (08-11-2016 - NV)

United States of America v. Jarrail Lamont Smith

Sacramento, CA - Cleveland Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Transporting Minors to California to Engage in Commercial Sex Acts

Jarrail Lamont Smith, 24, of Cleveland, Ohio, was sentenced by United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley to 15 years in prison on two counts of interstate transportation of a minor for the purpose of prostitution, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. ... More...
   $0 (08-08-2016 - CA)

Paris Defrance Michael v. The State of Texas

A jury convicted Paris Defrance Michael of sexual assault, trafficking, and compelling
prostitution, all involving a fourteen-year-old girl, and assessed punishment at concurrent prison
terms of sixty-five years. In one issue, appellant contends the trial court erred in admitting a
detective’s expert testimony on child sex trafficking. We conclude this issue is without merit. In ... More...
   $0 (08-03-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Shawn Shannon

WASHINGTON – Indiana Gospel Singer Found Guilty of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Distribution of Child Pornography

A jury has convicted a Muncie, Indiana, man of 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of distribution of child pornography, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Jim Lewi... More...
   $0 (07-28-2016 - IL)

United States of America v. Shawn Shannon

East St. Louis, IL - Indiana Gospel Singer Found Guilty of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Distribution of Child Pornography

A jury has convicted a Muncie, Indiana, man of 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of distribution of child pornography.

Shawn Shannon, 44, a traveling gospel singer, was convicted after a three-day trial.

The government ... More...
   $0 (07-28-2016 - IL)

Douglas Craig Lemley v. The State of Wyoming

On December 17, 2014, a housekeeper employed by the Holiday Inn of Cheyenne1 called the front desk to report that a man was harassing the hotel staff on the fifth floor. The housekeeper believed he was in Room 527. Front desk employees reviewed their records and found that Room 527 was registered to a woman who appeared to have already checked out. The hotel’s branch office manager called Room 52... More...   $0 (07-28-2016 - WY)

United States of America v, Jonathan Brent Wulf

Seattle, WA - Former Psychologist Sentenced to 6+ Years for Seeking Sex with 12-Year-Old

After Posting Ad on Craigslist, Communicated about Sex with Child

A Seattle psychologist was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 78 months in prison and five years of supervised release for attempted travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct and attempted receipt of child pornogra... More...
   $0 (07-25-2016 - WA)

Mark A. Conley v. State of Indiana

On June 24, 2015, Conley and Cameron Burger went to a Walmart store in
Lafayette to shoplift various items. Walmart asset protection officers Shaun
Parkins and Zachary Miller observed that Conley was wearing what appeared
to be an empty backpack. Accordingly, Parkins and Miller became suspicious
and proceeded to follow Conley and Burger around the store. Parkins and
Mil... More...
   $0 (07-23-2016 - IN)

The State of Texas v. Hardik Yagnesh Vyas

Abilene police officers received a tip from an unknown person indicating that a man had caused a disturbance at a hotel and was trying to leave in a black fourdoor car. An officer subsequently detained Appellee, Hardik Yagnesh Vyas, while he sat in his car in the hotel parking lot. The investigating officer determined that Appellee was intoxicated and arrested him for driving while intoxicated. ... More...   $0 (07-21-2016 - TX)

Rontae J-R Thornton v. The State of Texas

Prior to the hearing on appellant’s motion to suppress, the jury heard testimony by
Sergeant Joseph Spano of the McKinney Police Department and viewed a video of appellant’s
traffic stop and subsequent detention. Sergeant Spano testified that, around 2:30 a.m. on March
12, 2014, he was watching a Motel 6 in McKinney, Texas, for suspicious activity related to
illegal narcotics.... More...
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Appeal from a judgment of the County Court of Schenectady County (Giardino, J.), rendered June 19, 2014, upon a verdict convicting defendant of the crimes of predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual act in the first degree, strangulation in the second degree as a sexually motivated felony, criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree and menacing... More...   $0 (07-15-2016 - NY)

United States of America v. Christopher Williams and Laquentin Brown

New Orleans, LA - Remaining Defendants Sentenced for Roles in Sex Trafficking Scheme

Sex Trafficking Scheme Used Threats, Violence and Coercion to Compel Women into Prostitution in New Orleans and Elsewhere

The Justice Department announced that Christopher Williams, 31, and Laquentin Brown, 34, both of Memphis, Tennessee, were sentenced to 180 months and 99 months in prison, resp... More...
   $0 (07-14-2016 - LA)

Amanda N. Gonzales v. State of Indiana

At the time relevant to this appeal, Gonzales lived with her boyfriend, Ronnie
Westbrook (“Westbrook”), at a hotel on the east side of Indianapolis.
Westbrook rented several rooms in the hotel. The victim in this case, twenty
eight-year-old Katrina Miller (“Miller”), stayed in one of the other rooms rented
by Westbrook. On July 19, 2014, Westbrook spent the night in one of these... More...
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Omar Bashir Mohammed v. The State of Texas

On the morning of February 15, 2014, 73-year-old Terence Pinkston took
his daily walk in Arlington. Pinkston, owner of a graphic design business, had been
an avid runner since the 1960s, completing four marathons and numerous other
races before taking his doctor’s advice and trading running for walking due to
ongoing knee problems. On this day, Pinkston was walking without hi... More...
   $0 (07-11-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Dylan Henry Ritter

Albuquerque, NM - Texas Felon Sentenced to Ten Years for Unlawfully Possessing Firearms and Ammunition in New Mexico

Dylan Henry Ritter, 36, of Gardendale, Texas, was sentenced to 120 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for violating the federal firearms laws.

Ritter was arrested on Oct. 7, 2014, on a criminal complaint charging him with being a felon... More...
   $0 (07-07-2016 - NM)

United States of America v. Amado Becerra Lomas

Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Attempted Online Enticement Of A Minor

Amado Becerra Lomas, age 33 of East Dublin, Georgia, was sentenced in Macon to serve 10 years in prison for attempted online enticement of a minor announced United States Attorney G.F. “Pete” Peterman, III. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Marc T. Treadwell. Mr. Lomas’ incarceration i... More...
   $0 (07-06-2016 - GA)

Joseph Patrick Dimaio, Sr., v. State of Florida*

In October 2011, the trial court sentenced Dimaio to ten years of probation for second-degree grand theft. Condition 3 of his probation ordered him as follows: “You will remain in a specified place. You will not change your residence or employment or leave the county of your residence without first procuring the consent of your officer.” In July 2014, the state filed an affidavit of violation o... More...   $0 (07-05-2016 - FL)

State of Minnesota vs. Antonio Dion Washington-Davis

This case arises out of a sex-trafficking operation. For his part in the operation,
appellant Antonio Dion Washington-Davis was convicted of soliciting and promoting
prostitution and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.1 Washington-Davis argues that we
should reverse his convictions because the statute that criminalizes the promotion and
solicitation of prostitution, Minn. S... More...
   $0 (07-04-2016 - MN)


Lakisha Baker testified she is the mother of Brandon and Bernard Baker.
She stated that Brandon, the deceased victim, was enrolled at Walter L. Cohen
where he played football and received a football scholarship to McNeese College.
She grew up in Hollygrove, and her sons lived there when they were babies, but on
the day in question she was visiting her mother in Hollygrove. On ... More...
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Ava Williams-Ball v. Brookshire Grocery Company d/b/a Super One Foods of Shreveport and its Insurer Hartford Insurance Company of the Midwest, Jointly and Insolido

In the early afternoon of November 4, 2012, Ms. Ball was shopping
at Brookshire on Jewella Avenue in Shreveport. At approximately 12:46
p.m., as she was walking on the dairy aisle in the back of the store, Ms. Ball
left her buggy to pick up some hash browns. As she began walking back to
her buggy, she slipped and fell, landing on her left knee. The fall occurred
just i... More...
   $0 (07-02-2016 - LA)

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