by Quincy Thomas | May 19, 2023 | Crimes
A Florida man was sentenced to four years in state prison on Friday for pouring bleach into a coworker’s Pepsi last year.
Jerome Ellis was sentenced to four years in prison for food or water poisoning, a felony, according to the state attorney’s office for Florida’s 7th district.
Ellis was caught on surveillance video in October pouring bleach into a coworker’s soda can at the Dollar General in DeLand, according to investigators. The victim later took a sip of the drink but did not require medical attention, according to officials.
The Florida man poured the bleach into the drink after arguing with a coworker, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the sheriff’s report, the victim left an open can of Pepsi in the break room when they went to the restroom during a lunch break, and when they returned, they took a drink and said it tasted and smelled like bleach.
According to deputies, the employee called 911 and informed his manager about the drink, they awaited for the authorities to arrive at the job site.
Ellis stated that his coworker was difficult to work with, according to the incident report
by Quincy Thomas | May 16, 2023 | News
The Lauderdale County Detention Center has released a former Alabama church leader who pleaded guilty to sexual abuse charges involving multiple teenagers.
Kelly Crotts, 48, has been released from the Lauderdale County Detention Center, according to The Times Daily.
Crotts was sentenced to one month in the detention center as part of his plea agreement in April, with the remaining 11 months suspended for two years.
“He will have to fully comply with (the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act) which requires him to live in a location in compliance with SORNA and approved by the sheriff’s department.”
Lauderdale County District Attorney, Chris Connolly said.
“The community in which he lives will also be notified that he is a sex offender living in their community. Also, any employment he has must be approved by the sheriff’s office and must be in compliance with SORNA requirements.”
For the first year of his probation, Crotts must report to the sheriff’s office every month; after that, he must come in every three months for the rest of his life.
by Quincy Thomas | Apr 21, 2023 | News
A California judge on Thursday exonerated two men who were wrongfully convicted of attempted murder following a shooting in 2004 and sentenced them to nearly 17 years in prison, according to CBS News.
Dupree Glass and Juan Rayford’s verdicts came to an end following a new trial that started in October after a state appeals court panel overturned their convictions and released them in 2020. The defense team claimed that the actual shooter, Chad Brandon McZeal, a gang member serving a life sentence for murder in a separate case, made a dramatic confession during the proceedings.
Following the judge’s decision, Glass and Rayford hugged each other and their legal representatives. The men were applauded by family and admirers outside the courthouse. Holding his infant daughter close, Rayford described the experience of having their records finally cleared and their reputations repaired as “amazing.”
Defense lawyers claimed that the case was the first to be brought under a law that provides compensation for defendants whose cases are overturned and permits them to offer proof of their innocence, NBC News reports.
The new law requires the state to pay each of them $140 for each day they were imprisoned, or about $900,000.
When they were detained following a shooting during an altercation involving a group of teenagers in Lancaster, north of Los Angeles, Glass and Rayford were, respectively, 17 and 18.
According to court documents, two people were wounded by gunfire, but they weren’t seriously hurt. Both defendants received 11 consecutive life sentences after being found guilty on 11 counts of attempted murder.
by Quincy Thomas | Mar 3, 2023 | News
A Colorado woman that admitted to having a sexual encounter with an underage teenage boy and having a baby with the boy will avoid prison time with a plea deal.
Andrea Serrano, whose 31-year-old, got arrested in 2022 after police discovered she was engaging in sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old boy. She initially faced two charges, which included; sexual assault against a child and sexual assault against a child under the age of 15 by one in a position of trust.
Serrano will be required to register as a sex offender, as being on sex offender intensive supervised probation for ten years, as the plea deal states. As long as Andrea Serrano follows these orders, which are a part of the plea deal, she won’t face prison time.
The mother of the 13-year-old boy voiced her frustration with the plea deal with KKTV. She told the news station that her son got robbed of his childhood. She even challenges gender equality with the decision of the plea deal.
“I feel like if she was a man and he was a little girl. It would definitely be different. They would be seeking more. I feel like because he is not a woman, they are not,” the victim’s mother said.
The victim’s family will reportedly seek custody of Serrano’s child.
by Andre | Jan 13, 2023 | News
New images of El Chapo’s (Joaquin Guzman) wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, posing with an unidentified man is going viral on social media.
Emma Coronel Aispuro has been in prison since 2021 after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute class A drugs to be imported into the United States, as well as money laundering and violations of the Kingpin Act.
El Chapo’s wife was given a reduced sentence of three years in prison by the federal court, which agreed she was a ‘minimal participant’ in the running of the most well-known Mexican cartel and took into account her remorse for her actions.
The former Mexican beauty queen is expecting to be released from the Texas facility this September, according to Houston Chronicle.