At a contested sentencing hearing Wednesday morning (April 30), Walter Jack Staten of Sedalia, age 51, was sentenced to life in prison for the 2011 murder of William D. Saunders. The defendant pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree and armed criminal action in the Circuit Court of Cooper County, Missouri in October as prospective jurors waited in the hallway for a trial.
Following guilty verdicts at a jury trial conducted November 19 through 26, Jamauhle D. Brown was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Tuesday (Feb. 11) for the shooting death of Michael Smith in March of 2010.
In a federal court today in Tuscon, Arizona, Jared Loughner received a life sentence without parole for his shooting rampage in January 2011 that killed six people and wounded 13, including then-U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D.-Ariz.).
Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi, who was convicted in March of a hate crime for using a webcam to spy on his roommate’s same-sex intimate encounter two years ago, was sentenced Monday by a New Jersey judge to probation, community service and 30 days in jail.