A producer for a now-defunct California porn website has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for coercing or tricking women into appearing in sex videos. Ruben Andre Garcia was sentenced in San Diego for conspiracy and sex trafficking involving San Diego-based GirlsDoPorn.com. Prosecutors say the porn recruiter, actor and producer falsely promised models answering ads that the sex films wouldn't be distributed on the internet and also at times coerced them to finish videos through threats. The site's co-creator, Michael James Pratt, remains at large and there's a reward for information leading to his arrest.
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A convicted felon has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in a deal with prosecutors in the rape and killing of a Tennessee prison administrator during a 2019 escape. Curtis Ray Watson pleaded no contest Monday to a charge of first-degree murder in the perpetration of a rape. He also pleaded no contest to aggravated rape, and he pleaded guilty to seven additional charges, including aggravated burglary and escape. Watson had been indicted on 15 counts in the Aug. 7, 2019, killing of Tennessee Department of Correction Administrator Debra Johnson.
State media reports that Egypt’s highest criminal court has upheld the death sentence for 12 people involved in a 2013 protest by Islamists, including leaders of the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. The 12 were convicted and sentenced in a mass trial in 2018 for involvement in a sit-in protest that was violently dispersed by security forces in an operation that left hundreds dead. The case resulted in 739 people being convicted on an array of charges ranging from murder to damaging property. The Court of Cassation on Monday also overturned death sentences for 31 others in the same case, giving them life in prison instead.
Cyprus’ top lawyer has suspended criminal cases against 15 members of the police force for allegedly botching the country’s first serial killer investigation, which eventually led to an army officer being jailed for life over the murder of seven foreign women and girls. The office of Attorney General George Savvides said in a statement on Monday that a thorough re-examination of the cases found that the prosecution couldn’t prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the police officers deliberately neglected their duties. Savvides' office said the actions of the officers assigned to the cases didn’t demonstrate “the intent not to carry out their duties to the required degree or to look the other way.”
Until recently, the location of executed wartime Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo’s remains was one of World War II’s biggest mysteries in the nation he once led. Now, a Japanese university professor has revealed declassified U.S. military documents showing Tojo's ashes were scattered in the Pacific east of Yokohama. The secrecy of the mission apparently was intended to hide Tojo’s remains from ultra-nationalists looking to glorify him as a martyr. The discovery brings partial closure to a painful chapter of Japanese history that still plays out today, as conservative Japanese politicians attempt to whitewash history, leading to friction with wartime victims.
Kip Kinkel, who killed his parents before going on a shooting rampage at his Oregon high school in 1998, killing two classmates and injuring 25 more, has given his first news interview. He told HuffPost he feels “tremendous, tremendous shame and guilt.” Kinkel, now 38, is serving a de facto life sentence. He said he felt guilty not just for what he did as a 15-year-old suffering from then-undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenia, but the effect his crime has had on other juvenile offenders sentenced to life terms: His case has been held up by some of his victims and by others to oppose juvenile justice reform in the state.
The U.S. Department says a daughter of alleged drug lord Nemesio Oseguera has been sentenced in the United States to 2 1/2 years in prison for her role in dealing with Mexican companies designated under the “Kingpin” act. Oseguera is the reputed head of a Jalisco New Generation drug cartel. His daughter, Jessica Johanna Oseguera Gonzalez, pleaded guilty to the charges in March and was sentenced Friday at a court hearing in Washington. Her brother Ruben previously pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute large quantities of cocaine and meth and to weapons charges. If convicted, he faces at least 15 years in prison.
A Washington state man who admitted using inside information from his wife about Amazon to trade the company's stock has been sentenced to 26 months in prison. Federal prosecutors say Viky Bohra received the sentence Thursday for illegally trading Amazon stock. The prosecutors say Bohra admitted making profits of $1.4 million between 2016 and 2018 with the information from his wife. Authorities say she was working as a finance employee with Amazon at the time and had access to confidential information about Amazon revenue and expenses. Bohra’s wife will not face charges as a result of her husband’s plea agreement with federal prosecutors.
A federal judge has sentenced a man to 15 months in prison for killing and beheading a 700-pound black bear on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson sentenced 39-year-old James Stimac on Wednesday. Prosecutors say Stimac used a compound bow to kill the bear in September 2019. Stimac, of Brainerd, Minnesota, isn't a tribal member and entered the reservation without permission. Stimac returned to the reservation the next day, posed for photos with the bear's carcass but couldn't remove the bear from the reservation because it was too big. He used a saw to remove the bear's head as a trophy.