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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. SHAUN L. GRAVES United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

On the evening of October 16, 2014, Officer Dennis Simmons of the Harrisburg Police Department was conducting an undercover surveillance operation in a highcrime area of the city while dressed in plainclothes and sitting in an unmarked car. While in his car, Officer Simmons heard a radio dispatch about possible gunshots in an unspecified area east of his location. The dispatch went on to describ... More...   $0 (12-20-2017 - PA)

CRAIG PORTER V. THE STATE OF TEXAS Texas First District Court of Appeals

In 2002, Cherita Thurman was found dead—naked, with her legs and arms
bound. The medical examiner determined that she had been asphyxiated.
Investigators were unable to identify the perpetrator.
In 2013, a Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) search connected Porter
to Thurman. Testing revealed Porter’s DNA in multiple places on Thurman’s body.
The State arrested Porter in J... More...
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The State of Texas v. Terri Sanders SECOND COURT OF APPEALS, FORT WORTH, TEXAS

Sanders was travelling on the wrong side of the road on the night of
October 23, 2015, when she struck another vehicle head-on. The collision
resulted in the deaths of two individuals and serious injury to another. The State
charged Sanders with two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of
intoxication assault. Later, Sanders filed a motion to suppress the result... More...
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United States of America v. Anthony Tyrone Johnson Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Anthony Tyrone Johnson appeals the denial of his 18 U.S.C. § 3583(e)(1) motion for early termination of supervised release. He contends that the District Court abused its discretion by summarily denying his motion without explanation. Section 3583(e)(1) requires courts to consider several § 3553(a) sentencing factors when terminating a term of supervised release. The issue before us is whether, an... More...   $0 (12-15-2017 - FL)

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... More...
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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 ... More...
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Following pleas of not guilty, Appellant, Isaac J. Adams, was convicted by a jury
of manslaughter1 and two counts of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury.2 In
addition, the jury also made an affirmative finding on the use of a motor vehicle as a
deadly weapon. Appellant was sentenced to concurrent terms of nine years confinement
for manslaughter and four years co... More...
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State of Oklahoma v. Gage Shriver and Dakota Shriver Rogers County Courthouse - Claremore, Oklahoma

Claremore, OK - Brothers Sentenced To 25-Years In Prison on Manslaughter and Second-Degree Murder Charges

The State of Oklahoma charged Gage Shriver, age 21, and Dakota Shriver, age 23, with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM12, MURDER IN THE SECOND DEGREE, in violation of 21 O.S. 701.8
Date of Offense: 06/05/2015
Party Name Disposition Information
Shriver... More...
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Connie Sue Cason v. The State of Texas Garland Woman Sentenced To 15 Years In Deaths Of Lucas Couple

The indictment in this case alleged in part that on August 25, 2013, appellant recklessly
caused the deaths of two individuals, Dale and Laura Thomas, by striking a motor vehicle
operated by Dale Thomas and occupied by Laura Thomas. Specifically, the indictment stated
appellant acted by (1) “operating a motor vehicle and by failing to maintain a single lane,” (2)
“ope... More...
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Faustino Vasquez v. The State of Texas Documented gang member' arrested in bar killing

Vasquez, who goes by the nickname Casper, his wife Kimberly,2 and several friends were
celebrating his birthday at a nightclub. According to Kimberly, toward the end of the night,
security officers told her they had “kicked [Vasquez] out” of the club and she and the others in the
group needed to leave as well. One of the security officers testified Vasquez and another man
wer... More...
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United States of America v. Brennan Lee Sumatzkuku District of Arizona Federal Courthouse - Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, AZ - Tuba City Man Sentenced to Prison for Involuntary Manslaughter

Brennan Lee Sumatzkuku, 23, of Tuba City, Ariz., was sentenced on December 4, 2017 by U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 36 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Sumatzkuku had previously pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter.

On Jan. 22, 20... More...
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State of Arizona v. Philip Mitchell "Mitch" Brailsford Maricopa County Courthouse - Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, AZ - Jury Finds Police Officer Not Guilty of Murder for Shooting and Killing Man Begging for His Life

The State of Arizona charged Philip "Mitch" Brailsford with second-degree murder and reckless manslaughter for shooting and killing Daniel Shaver in January 2016.

Brailsford, a Mesa, Arizona police officer, responded to a report that someone was pointing a rifle out of... More...
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DANIEL P. PARKER v. STATE OF KANSAS Murder in the First Degree

A Riley County jury convicted Daniel Parker of felony murder; the underlying felony offense was criminal discharge of a firearm. Parker was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 20 years. After his direct appeal was denied, he filed a habeas corpus claim alleging ineffective assistance of counsel. He claimed that his trial attorney's representation had been deficient be... More...   $0 (12-08-2017 - KS)

State of Tennessee v. Coynick Boswell Suspected drug dealer convicted of murdering client

The defendant was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder on October 26, 2016. This case arises out of an altercation at the Eden Point Apartments in Memphis, Tennessee on August 23, 2013. The defendant confronted the victim on the stairway of
the apartment complex. The defendant, armed with a handgun, accused the unarmed victim of giving him counterfeit money. The ... More...
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United States of Ameriva v. Geoffrey Thomas Gattis United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

After Geoffrey Gattis pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon, in
violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1), the district court sentenced him to 70 months’
imprisonment, at the low end of the Sentencing Guidelines range that it had calculated.
In calculating that range, the court applied an enhanced base offense level under U.S.S.G.
§ 2K2.1(a)(4)(A), based on its conclusion t... More...
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Terry Laverne Schmuck v. The State of Wyoming Kinnear Man Charged with Attempted First Degree Murder

Mr. Schmuck struck his wife, Cindy Schmuck, in the head with a hatchet. The blow fractured her skull and caused an underlying hemorrhage into the brain. The State charged Mr. Schmuck with one count of attempted murder in the first degree. The trial court also instructed the jury on the lesser included offenses of attempted murder in the second degree and attempted voluntary manslaughter.
... More...
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The People of the State of New York v. Stan XuHui Li Pain Clinic Doctor Is Sentenced in Overdose Deaths of 2 Patients

Defendant was a physician specializing in pain management. In 2004, he opened a pain management clinic in Queens. According to the People, the clinic was nothing more than a "pill mill" catering to people who were hopelessly addicted to pain medicine, primarily opioids. The People's evidence showed that, despite having been trained in the wide variety of methods for identifying legitimate pain and... More...   $0 (12-02-2017 - NY)


Benjamin was initially charged with second-degree murder and felonious possession of a firearm. The murder charge was a life felony, and Benjamin's lowest permissible guidelines sentence was forty-five years in prison. In exchange for a guilty plea, the State amended the information to charge manslaughter and felonious possession of a firearm and agreed to a twenty-five-year prison sentence on t... More...   $0 (12-02-2017 - FL)

State of Louisiana v. Randy C. Marshall The Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport

The defendant raises three assignments of error with regard to his
sentence. First, he contends the trial court erred in violating his due process
rights by imposing a sentence pursuant to a sentencing scheme that violates
the separation of powers established in the state constitution. Defendant also
contends the trial court erred in denying his motion to modify the sentence ... More...
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The People of the State of California v. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate San Francisco County Superior Courthouse - San Francisco, California

San Francisco, CA - Jury Finds Illegal Immigrant Guilty of Illegal Firearm Possession In Murder Case

The People of the State of California charged Jose Ines Garcia Zarate with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter and felony possession of a firearm for shooting Kate Steinle in the back in July of 2015.

It was not disputed that Zarate pulled the trigger that resu... More...
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Scott Folkerts v. The State of Texas Scott Folkerts Sentenced for 2013 Lubbock Death

Scott Folkerts (appellant) was convicted of manslaughter when, after drinking
alcohol, he caused the death of the passenger who rode in his vehicle. The death
occurred when appellant drove the vehicle at a speed far in excess of the posted limit
and struck the rear of another vehicle. Within the indictment charging him of
manslaughter, the State also averred that he had used ... More...
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Amber Rae Melton v. The State of Texas Amber Melton indicted for murder of Robert Younger

While the record does not detail exactly how Robert Younger died, it is clear enough that,
on July 20, 2014, the day Younger was to celebrate his sixty-ninth wedding anniversary, his
lifeless, bruised body was found in a Greenville cemetery and that, later, Younger’s Santa Fe SUV
was found in the possession of Amber Rae Melton. Melton eventually admitted to having been in
the ... More...
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Lacie Dee Pardun v. The State of Texas Christmas Toy Delivery Ends Tragically for Motorcyclist Killed by Reckless Driver

A jury convicted Lacie Dee Pardun of manslaughter and also found she used her car as a
deadly weapon. The trial court sentenced her to ten years in prison. In five issues, appellant
brings complaints about the sufficiency of the evidence to support her conviction, the failure to
define “under the influence” in the jury charge, the admission of her toxicology results, and
cumu... More...
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¶2 On November 30, 2014, 84-year-old D.P. lived alone in an apartment at the Woodbrook Apartments in Nowata. That evening, having gone to bed at 5:30 p.m., D.P. was awakened by Appellant, who had entered her apartment through a window. Appellant jumped on top of D.P. and began choking her, stating "all right, Donna".2 D.P. was on her back and struggled to remove Appellant's hands fr... More...
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Travis Dillion Barnes v. The State of Oklahoma Oklahoma Supreme Court Courthouse - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

¶1 Appellant Travis Dillion Barnes was tried and convicted by a jury in Nowata County District Court, Case No. CF-2014-124, for the crimes of Count 1: First Degree Burglary, in violation of 21 O.S.2011, § 1431; and Count 2: First Degree Rape, in violation of 21 O.S.2011, §§ 1114, 1115. The jury recommended Barnes be sentenced to fifteen (15) years imprisonment and a $10,000.00 fine on Count 1; and... More...   $0 (11-30-2017 - OK)

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