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Judge denies third trial for man convicted of murder
Nicholas Christopher Ferro was denied a third trial for the death of Marques Butler in 2009.
Ferro's first trial had ended in a hung jury. In his second trial, he was convicted of murder in the second degree last September.
However, he had asked for a third trial with Miami attorney Carlos Gonzalez pointing out several things, the main of which is that the charges should not have been murder in the second degree because of the scant amount of time that Ferro and Butler have known each other before the incident happened.
According to Ferro's defense, a murder in the second degree charge would require that the perpetrator and victim are familiar with each other thus the need for a time requirement on how long they have known each other basing on the murder laws of Florida.
However, the judge said the amount of time is not required.
With Ferro's demand for a third trial denied, a life imprisonment sentence looms for him.
NFL player's non-cooperation sees theft charges dropped against woman who stole his jewelry
Theft charges against Subhanna Beyah were dropped after her victim, New York Giants' Shaun Rogers, refused to cooperate with the authorities.
Jonathan Meltz, Beyah's lawyer in Miami, could not be contacted to comment on the issue.
Miami prosecutors believed that Beyah did to Rogers what she did to two other men, wherein she drugged them before stealing their valuables.
According to the police, Rogers had met Beyah at the nightclub of the hotel where he was staying.
Together with another couple, they had gone up to his room where he went to sleep while the others were partying. Before he went to sleep, he put his jewelry inside a safe in the room. When he woke up, Beyah was already gone and so was his jewelry worth almost $500,000.
Rogers had told the prosecution that he was not willing to cooperate during the one time he spoke with them.
Despite the failure of the theft charges to prosper, the prosecution instead will go ahead with charging Beyah for violating her probation wherein she is looking at a 20-year prison sentence if convicted.
Miami entrepreneur gets more than 12 years prison term for fleecing investors
Claudio Osorio will be spending 12 years and six months in jail for admitting to having swindled millions from those who invested in his company, the now defunct Innovida Holdings Inc.
Among those who was victimized by Osorio were NBA stars, a lawyer, a businessman from Tanzania and investors from the United Arab Emirates.
Aside from the prison term, Osorio is also ordered to refund more than $20 million to investors.
Humberto Dominguez, a defense lawyer in Miami representing Osorio, said he was expecting a less than 10 year prison term for his client for claiming responsibility for his actions, among others.
Aside from the investors, Osorio's indictment also included misusing millions of grant from the government which was supposed to be used in building homes in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
Judge hands insurance broker a federal prison sentence
Steven Steiner, who used to be the executive officer of an insurance brokerage, Fort Lauderdale, received a 15-year prison sentence for his part in an intricate plot to launder money.
Early this year, Steiner was found guilty of the money-laundering conspiracy to maintain his expensive way of life.
Miami defense attorney Joaquin Mendez pleaded for a lesser five-year sentence for Steiner. He said his client may not be perfect but he asked for the consideration of the good that Steiner has done as well as his susceptibilities.
This was strongly countered by the prosecutors who insisted that a more than 20-year sentence was appropriate for the crime that Steiner committed.
Judge Kathleen Williams eventually decided on giving an unremorseful Steiner 15 years.
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Jury convicts man of killing ex-girlfriend
Wade Bradford's defense did not convince the jury as they found him guilty in the shooting death of Natalie Allan.
Bradford and Allan had met when Allan worked in one of Bradford's massage parlors. While they were dating, Allan was also dating Kevin Myles, her massage client.
During the trial, the prosecutors told the court that Bradford had shot Allan when she broke up with him and she and Myles had gone to Bradford's place to get her things.
This was countered by Phoenix defense lawyer Jamie Jackson saying that Bradford did not know that he had shot Allan.
According to Jackson, the gun accidentally went off because Myles had suddenly lunged at Bradford.
The jury, however, did not buy this.
Aside from Allan's death, Bradford is also facing charges for the death of another of his former girlfriend, Eleanor Su.
Plea deal for drunk driver who crashed boat and killed a soon-to-be wed man
A plea deal had Richard Aquilone pleading to lesser charges and getting just a probation for the death of Jijo Puthuvamkunnath.
Puthuvamkunnath was to be married in a few weeks but he never got to tie the knot as he got killed when a drunk Aquilone rammed his boat with his yacht.
The impact was so great that Puthuvamkunnath's boat was split in two.
Aside from the probation, Aquilone will also be made to serve the community for 250 hours.
Marc Agnifilo, New York criminal attorney defending for Aquilone, said his client has expressed regret for the loss that he has caused the Puthuvamkunnaths.
Former FOX 5 anchor exonerated of DUI charges
A jury has exonerated Amanda Davis, a retired anchor of FOX 5, from charges of driving under the influence and reckless driving.
Instead, she was held liable for not being able to maintain driving on one lane which resulted to an accident in 2012.
For her sentence, Davis will be serving the community for 20 hours.
She will also be made to pay $200 as fine.
Defending for Davis was Atlanta DUI lawyer William "Bubba" Head.
Former prosecutor sentenced to 10 days for wrongful conviction
Ken Anderson, the former District Attorney of Williamson County, was meted with a 10-day jail term after the judge accepted his no-contest plea for the charge of contempt of court.
The charge steamed from the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton who was found guilty for the murder of his wife in 1986 and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
However, in 2011, Morton's conviction was overturned using DNA as proof that he did not kill his wife.
In the light of that development, Anderson, who had prosecuted Morton's case, was scrutinized and was determined to have erred when he withheld evidence which would have been beneficial for Morton's defense.
Aside from the short jail stay, Anderson will also have to give up his license as a lawyer and as part of the plea bargain, he will also be disbarred for five years.
Austin attorney Eric Nichols, however, pointed out that there will be no conviction for Anderson on any criminal charge.
Morton, for his part, said he is more than happy with the result because all he wanted was for Anderson not to practice law anymore to prevent what happened to him from happening to anyone else again.
Anderson was also fined and made to do community service.
Man avoids manslaughter conviction
Donnell Deshawn Stean was cleared of manslaughter charges for the death of Bernard Howard Jr. whom he shot during an altercation.
The jury had found that Stean had only shot Howard in defense.
Howard was found to have more than the legal limit of alcohol in his blood while Stean had tested positive of an ingredient found in marijuana.
Howard was one of the people whom Stean found in his apartment when he went home on the night of Nov. 3. They were drinking and helping out a roommate of Stean's who was moving out.
The group got upset when Stean hit an older man who was also living in the apartment.
Howard had punched Stean, who retaliated by pulling out his gun.
Sacramento defense attorney Alan Whisenand said his client, Stean, had felt threatened by the group thus his actions.
Stean was also cleared of seriously wounding the female roommate's brother during the incident.