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Monday, June 12


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US court sentences Nigerian to life imprisonment

Ezeoma Chigozie Obioha

A Nigerian businessman, Ezeoma Chigozie Obioha, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole during an emotional court hearing on Monday. 691 more words


3 Correction Officers Found Guilty of Second Degree Murder

Michael Tyree was 31-years old when he died on August 26, 2015.   He was bi-polar and was arrested for misdemeanor theft and drug possession. Tyree was jailed in a section of the Santa Clara County Correctional facility that is reserved for inmates with special needs.  238 more words


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3 Correction Officers Found Guilty of Second Degree Murder

Michael Tyree was 31-years old when he died on August 26, 2015.   He was bi-polar and was arrested for misdemeanor theft and drug possession. Tyree was jailed in a section of the Santa Clara County Correctional facility that is reserved for inmates with special needs.  There, he was beaten with the coroner finding the cause of death as internal bleeding due to blunt force trauma.  There were lacerations to Michael’s liver and spleen, which was nearly severed in half.  Michael was found in his cell naked and covered in vomit and feces. Three guards, Matthew Farris, Jereh Lubrin and Rafael Rodriguez, were charged with second degree murder.  Jereh Lubrin was also charged with assault under color of authority and the three guards were charged with assault under color of authority for allegedly beating inmate Juan Villa.

(left to right) Matthew Farris , Jereh Lubrin, and Rafael Rodriguez

Their trial began on March 22, 2017.  Prosecutors relied on witness testimony to paint the correctional deputies who enjoyed physically attacking inmates.  Text messages between the guards was presented into evidence. The jury began deliberating on May 25, 2017.  On June 1, 2017, the jury hung on the assault charges, but found Farris, Lubrin, and Rodriguez guilty of second degree murder. KTVU reports that;
“None of the deputies showed any emotion when the verdicts were read although Tyree’s family members wept as the verdicts were read. The three deputies were in handcuffs and whisked from the courtroom.”
The guards now face a minimum sentence of 15 years to life in prison with the possibility of parole. KTVU’s legal consultant Michael Cardoza said the three would have to serve at least 15 years in state prison before they would be eligible for parole. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH0Ot2eDj3k?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent]

Black Student and Army Soldier Killed By Neo-Nazi

From the Baltimore Sun:

Authorities are investigating whether the stabbing death of a black college student who was visiting the University of Maryland during graduation weekend was a hate crime. 260 more words

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https://twitter.com/MichaelSkolnik/status/866507280359018497 Police, FBI investigating University of Maryland killing as possible hate crime By Carrie Wells Contact Reporter For The Baltimore Sun Authorities are investigating whether the stabbing death of a black college student who was visiting the University of Maryland during graduation weekend was a hate crime. (Update: Suspect in College Park fatal stabbing held without bail) The chief of the university police said Sunday the suspect, a white University of Maryland student, is a member of a racist Facebook group. An FBI official said the federal agency will assist with the investigation. The victim, identified by police Sunday as Richard Collins III, was due to graduate from Bowie State University this week. The Calvert County man had completed ROTC in college and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army on Thursday, according to school officials and a family spokesman. He was 23. Police have charged Sean Christoper Urbanski, 22, of Severna Park with first-degree murder in the attack. He was being held without bail. His family did not respond Sunday to a request for comment, and online court records did not list an attorney. Artie Lee Travis, Bowie State's vice president for student affairs, said the campus is in mourning. "We are looking forward to the quickest investigation as possible," he said. "Hate has no place in America. Hate has no place on a college campus where young minds are coming together to try to change the world." The Rev. Darryl L. Godlock, serving as a spokesman for the Collins family, said the young man had obtained his airborne certification. Collins wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, a military veteran, Godlock said. "He wanted to make his parents proud of him so he went into the military to serve his country," Godlock said. "It was a great opportunity for him to advance forward and make the most out of his career."

Godlock said Collins was close to his family. "This was not a thug," Godlock said. "This was a very caring individual. He was highly intelligent and he was at the peak of his career. He loved his family, he loved people that he came in contact with, and more importantly he loved his God." Collins was a vibrant, funny and outgoing student whose ambition rubbed off on his friends, said Vidal Adams, a fellow Bowie State student and friend. Collins talked about wanting to travel the world and go skydiving and surfing, he said. "He wanted to be a general of the United States Army, that was his ultimate goal," said Adams, a senior criminal justice major. "He was the definition of a leader. I can't really say the same about a lot of people." Collins was waiting with two other students for an Uber ride outside the Montgomery Hall dormitory on Regents Drive near U.S. 1 at about 3 a.m. Saturday when he was attacked. The stabbing was captured by a surveillance camera, police said. They called it unprovoked. Witnesses said the suspect was intoxicated and incoherent at the time of the attack, police said. Police have said the victim and suspect did not know each other. Officers called to the scene found Collins wounded on the sidewalk, police said. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. Urbanski was arrested at the scene, police said. Officers recovered a folding knife, police said. Collins' friends told police they heard the suspect scream as he approached them. The suspect said "Step left, step left if you know what's best for you," police wrote in charging documents. Collins said "no," police wrote. The suspect continued to approach, and stabbed him once in the chest. Police said initially there was no indication that race played a role. But University Police Chief David Mitchell said information about the Facebook group was brought to their attention on Sunday. "When I look at the information that's contained on that website, suffice it to say that it's despicable, it shows extreme bias against women, Latinos, persons of Jewish faith and especially African-Americans," Mitchell said. The FBI digital forensics team will look for information online that sheds light on the case, Mitchell said. The suspect has not told police any motive, he said. Gordon Johnson, an agent in the FBI's Baltimore field office, said his office assists in hate crime investigations. He called Collins a "national treasure," and said people should remember the victim and his family. "This is a terribly, terribly dark time for them, and we can't forget about that," Johnson said. The killing comes after a series of racist incidents at the college in recent months. A noose was found in a fraternity house earlier this month, and posters promoting nationalism were found on campus earlier this year. The attack came as students, parents and faculty prepared to celebrate commencement exercises on Sunday. It was the first homicide on campus in decades. University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh opened the graduation ceremony at the Xfinity Center Sunday with a moment of silence. "On behalf of our entire community, I want to express our profound sorrow and anguish, for this horrific tragedy," he said. He called the killing "a senseless and unprovoked assault," and asked the audience to stand "to express our profound sorrow and anguish, for this horrific tragedy." "We are still in shock that a young man, so full of promise, should have his life cut short, so suddenly," he said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and with the entire Bowie State University community." Later Sunday Loh said the university and Prince George's County officials have stepped up their patrols on and off campus. "The safety of our campus community remains a top priority," he said. However, he added, "We must all do more to nurture a climate — on campus and beyond —where we stand against hate, we fight against hate crimes, and we reaffirm the values that define us a university and as a democracy." Collins was to graduate from Bowie State on Tuesday with a degree in business administration. He was to serve in Army intelligence. https://twitter.com/AugensteinWTOP/status/867013670592794624 Bowie State officials planned another moment of silence for him there. Baltimore Sun Media Group reporters Tim Prudente, Colin Campbell and Rachael Pacella and The Associated Press contributed to this article. Thank you Carrie Wells Contact Reporter For The Baltimore Sun
Richard Collins III Executed By Neo-Nazi. Another case of a Negro Male being executed for being a Negro Male, by a sun-human racists caucasian male.
This will never stop until People Of Color are no longer UNARMED.


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Rape — Sentence — Life imprisonment — Minimum sentence in terms of Criminal Law Amendment Act 105 of 1997 — Appellant not informed of possibility of life imprisonment — Charge-sheet stating that appellant raped 10-year-old girl without mentioning applicability of Act — Legally represented appellant not raising prejudice in five separate proceedings — No prejudice suffered and sentence of life imprisonment upheld. 439 more words


Man Convicted of Killing Former FSU Mascot in Fight Over Gumbo Spices

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) – A man charged with fatally stabbing a restaurant worker and former Florida State mascot in a fight over… 102 more words

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