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Chinese intelligence officer sentenced to 20 years in federal prison

A Chinese intelligence officer convicted of conspiring and attempting to steal sensitive trade secrets from a U.S. company was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in federal prison. The Justice Department had asked that Yanjun Xu, 42, get 25 years behind bars for his “very extensive” yearslong scheme to steal secrets from U.S. aviation companies. Xu “used …

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San Diego meth trafficker Reyes Espinoza gets 14 years in prison

SAN DIEGO —  In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, one man “dominated” the San Diego methamphetamine market as border restrictions hampered smuggling routes and the price of the drug “skyrocketed,” a federal prosecutor said Monday. Reyes Espinoza, who lived with his family in San Ysidro but also split time between Mexico and a rural …

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Brittney Griner meets with U.S. officials in Russian prison

WASHINGTON —  Officials at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow visited jailed WNBA star Brittney Griner on Thursday, just weeks after a Russian court rejected her appeal of her nine-year sentence for drug possession. State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a tweet that the American representatives “saw firsthand her tenacity and perseverance despite her present circumstances.” …

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Parkland school killer formally sentenced to life in prison

Scherer had no other choice; the jury in Cruz’s three-month penalty trial voted 9-3 on Oct. 13 to sentence him to death, but Florida law requires unanimity for that sentence to be imposed. The sentencing came after two days’ worth of parents, wives, siblings and other relatives of slain victims and some of the surviving …

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Parkland school killer formally sentenced to life in prison

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. —  Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz formally received a sentence of life without parole Wednesday after families of his 17 slain victims spent two days berating him as evil, a coward, a monster and a subhuman. Cruz, shackled and in a red jail jumpsuit, watched Judge Elizabeth Scherer but showed no emotion as …

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Parkland school shooter expected to get life in prison without parole

Following dramatic statements from victims and victims’ families, a Florida judge is expected to formally sentence Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz to life in prison without parole Wednesday for the 2018 campus massacre that killed 14 students and three staff members. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer is expected to follow the jury’s recommendation to spare the …

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