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(Top video) Miami Beach, FL · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: March 26, 2016 ~ Updated: July 4, 2018) -- Watch as three men distract the store clerk and place card (reader) skimmer on ATM Point-of-Sale Machine.

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Wichita, Kansas ~ ( Originally Published: June 23, 2018 ~ Updated: July 9, 2018) -- (Photo) Former Wichita police officer Dexter Betts is charged with one count of aggravated battery in a shooting that wounded a 9-year-old girl on Dec. 30, 2017.
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"Golden [Guy] Killer Appears In Court!"
Sacramento, California ~ ( Originally Published: March 26, 2016 ~ Updated: July 4, 2018) -- The Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, is one of the most prolific predators in U.S. history. He sometimes invaded different houses on consecutive nights. Deangelo sometimes returned to the same neighborhood so often that the people who lived there slept in shifts. He terrorized the suburbs of Sacramento. Later on, he continued his murderous crime spree, near Los Angeles, hundreds of miles to the south. (See: Full Hearing!)
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: May 23, 2018 ~ Updated: May 24, 2018) -- The video (Click here) shows an officer approaching Sterling Brown as he goes to get back into his car. The car was parked right in front of the Walgreens (the lot is essentially empty because it’s about 2 a.m.). Brown points out that he doesn’t see anything wrong with parking across two lanes since the lot is empty. The officer tells Brown to back away from him and calls for backup. When backup arrives, the officer (whose name was not released by MPD) says he “only wanted one [car for backup].” He claims that Brown got “right up in my face.” Several officers surround Brown. One angrily tells him to get his hand out of his pocket. When Brown points out that his hands are full, the officer wrenches Brown’s hand out, and a group of officers wrestle him to the ground and tase him. Brown can be heard groaning in anguish after an officer shouts “Taser! Taser! Taser!”

Parkland, FL {PUBLISHED: February 22, 2018 at 02:50 pm | UPDATED: February 23, 2018 at 02:45 pm} -- Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced Thursday that school resource officer, Deputy Scot Peterson turned in his retirement papers. Scot retired after being told he would be placed on leave without pay. Peterson was on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week during the fatal school shooting.Peterson was armed and in uniform during the shooting. Israel said there was video showing Peterson's actions, but the video would not be released because the investigation is continuing. He said the video showed Peterson take up a position outside the building, but "he never went in."

New York, NY {PUBLISHED: March 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm | UPDATED: August 24, 2017 at 01:53 am} -- The New York health department alerted doctors to the case of a newborn who fell ill after undergoing the ultra-Orthodox Jewish practice in which the circumcision wound is cleaned by the Rabbi's mouth. The baby boy was rushed to hospital when he developed herpes following the controversial ancient circumcision ritual. A rash is said to have spread across the child’s genitals, buttocks, inner thighs and ankle two weeks after the procedure. An estimated 3,000 babies are circumcised each year using the method in New York City. NYC is home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel. There have been six cases of herpes among children who have had the ritual known as metzitzah b’peh performed on them since February 2015. Of the six previously undisclosed cases, two occurred last year and three in 2015. Herpes, a highly contagious viral disease which can cause blisters and ulcers. Herpes is more severe in newborn babies as their immune systems are not fully developed. Since 2000, there have been 24 cases of infant herpes linked to circumcision, leading to two deaths and two cases of brain damage.

(Published: Thurs., April 13, 2017) — On Monday, Nandi Cain Jr. had just gotten off work and was headed to his Sacramento apartment when he noticed an officer approaching from behind him with his hand on his gun, according to police accounts, videos of the event and local news reports. Cain put his hands up as the officer approached, but continued to walk away slowly. He asked the police officer the reason for the stop, then protested when he heard it: “You were jaywalking,” the officer said on the dash-cam video released by the police department this week. “I looked both ways,” Cain replied. “You’re harassing me. I just got off work. You’re trying to pull me over for nothing.” Click here for video

EL CENTRO, CA (WCJB) ~ United States The El Centro Police Department said it's investigating a video that shows officers using force on a suspect who put several people in danger Tuesday afternoon. The video shows officers beating 23-year-old Elizardo Saenz, an El Centro resident. It also shows a K-9 police dog attacking Saenz. (Click here for video)

Oakland, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- A sex scandal involving Oakland police officers and a then underage girl has all the makings of a TV thriller. The saga is full of twists and turns. The scandal erupted months after Officer Brendan O'Brien committed suicide. O'Brien left a note spilling the details, including names. Three Oakland officers were placed on paid leave. A source said O'Brien in his suicide note confessed to exchanging messages with a young woman who goes by the name Celeste Guap. However, the note says he did not have sexual contact with her. The same sources said she has met multiple officers. In the note, O'Brien named the officers, including one sergeant, involved in the alleged sexual misconduct with Guap. Guap is the daughter of a Oakland police dispatcher. The police investigation will look at whether Guap was under age during some of the encounters with officers. (Click here for video)

New Orleans, LA (WCJB) ~ United States -- On September 4, 2005, New Orleans police received a call from an officer at Danziger Bridge reporting gunfire. Several NOPD officers—including Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon—arrived at the scene in a Budget rental truck. They proceeded to open fire with assault rifles and a shotgun on an unarmed family, the Bartholomews, who had been walking to a grocery store and were then sheltering behind a concrete barrier. 17-year-old James Brissette—a family friend—was killed, and four other people were wounded. The police shooters stated that while approaching the bridge, they had been fired on by civilians, and were forced to return fire. Homicide detective Arthur "Archie" Kaufman was made the lead investigator on the case. He was later found guilty of conspiring with the defendants to conceal evidence in order to make the shootings appear justified, including fabricating information for his official reports on the case. NOPD lieutenant Michael Lohman also encouraged the officers to "provide false stories about what had precipitated the shooting" and plant a firearm near the scene. (Click here for video)

Aiken, S.C. (WCJB) ~ United States -- A horrifying new dashcam video shows at least one white member of the Aiken, S.C. Police Department search inside a black man’s rectum for the apparent crime of being a passenger in a car with paper tags, which, it bears noting, is not a crime in the state of South Carolina. Driving a car with paper tags isn’t illegal either, as long as they aren’t expired. The car belonged to a woman named Lakeya Hicks, who had the paper tags because she had recently purchased the vehicle. Hicks’ tags weren’t expired, and a check on her license came up clean. However, the cops didn’t let her go. (Click here for video)

Brooklyn, NY (WCJB) ~ United States -- When an unmarked police car drove very close to mailman Glenn Grays in Brooklyn, Grays shouted at the car. Four plainclothes officers got out of the car and started to handcuff him. Grays initially tried to resist, and one of the officers said “Stop resisting! You’re going to get hurt if you don’t give me your fucking hands.” (Click here for video)

Fresno, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- (Warning Graphic Video) Fresno Police shoot and kill mentally ill man within seconds of exiting their patrol vehicle! (Click here for video)

Royal Oaks, MI (WCJB) ~ United States -- Another case of police brutality in the city of Royal Oak. The man doesn't resist at all! The reason for his arrest remains unknown. It appears as if the officers wanted to rip a limb off of him! (Click here for video)

San Francisco, CA (WCJB) ~ United States (Feb. 29, 2016) -- Cops CAUGHT ON CAMERA brutally beating man. When they realize they've been FILMED they try to confiscate the camera and ID the guy recording them. WATCH the video and see how well that went for them. SPREAD THE WORD! THIS IS HOW YOU RESPOND when a VIOLENT COP tries to take your camera! CALL Internal Affairs Division, 415-837-7170 and ask them why their officers BEAT people and then ILLEGALLY try to confiscate evidence of Police Brutality? (Click here for video)
Chowchilla, CA ~ United States -- Tyler Hormel, arrested by Madera County Sheriff''s Office on Monday (Feb. 8, 2016) and accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, has been fired from the Chowchilla Police Force, and charged with sexual misconduct. (Click here for video)
Marion County, Florida ~ United States -- A federal grand jury in Tampa has indicted a former Florida sheriff’s deputy on charges of violating the civil rights of an unarmed Black man, who was brutally beaten after surrendering to him and other officers following a brief chase last year, reports Reuters. Former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Jesse Terrell, 33, is accused of using excessive force against Derrick Price during the incident in August 2014 that was captured on video, according to the indictment handed down late Tuesday. Four of Terrell’s former colleagues pleaded guilty to the charge after accepting a deal, according to media sources. (Click here for video)
Wake County, North Carolina ~ United States -- Shon Demetrius McClain died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck 13 days after prosecutors say he got into a fight with officer Markeith Council in Wake County, North Carolina.(Click here for video)
New York ~ United States -- Opening statements and testimony began this week in the long-awaited trial of New York City police officer Peter Liang for the killing of Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year-old African-American man walking down the stairs in his apartment building, part of the Louis H. Pink housing projects in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Jury selection in the case was completed last week. Gurley died more than 14 months ago, on November 20, 2014, as two cops were making a “vertical patrol,” checking the stairwells in the high-rise building. As Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner put it, opening the prosecution’s case, “Akai Gurley is dead today because he crossed paths with Peter Liang.” Liang was indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury on manslaughter and other charges last February, and both prosecution and defense agree on the immediate events that led to Gurley’s death.(Click here for video)
Oklahoma City, OK ~ United States -- Daniel Holtzclaw has officially been sentenced for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black women in Oklahoma. Will serve the rest of his life behind bars. He was sentenced to 263 years in prison. Holtzclaw, 29, was convicted in December of 2015, on 18 of the 36 counts he had been facing — including four counts of first-degree rape. (Click here for video)

United States -- Police officers physically outmatched by a combative male, resort to taser use. (Click here for video)

Chicago, IL -- Surveillance video (Click here for video) in connection with a Chicago police officer's fatally shooting 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman was released today by attorneys for the teen's family. A federal judge ordered the release of footage showing the 2013 shooting today after the city withdrew its objection to its being made public. Chicago police officer Kevin Fry fatally shot Chatman Jan. 7, 2013, in broad daylight during a foot chase, according to court records. Chatman’s family had fought for the video to be released as part of a wrongful death lawsuit they filed over the shooting against the city, Fry and Chicago police officer Lou Toth, who pursued Chatman along with Fry during the foot chase. Family members have argued the video will counter the city and police’s narrative that the 17-year-old was a danger to police. IPRA concluded the officers' actions were justified because they reasonably believed Chatman was armed at the time.

Brooklyn, NY -- A newly-released surveillance video (Click here for video) contradicts an undercover NYPD police officer who arrested four people in Brooklyn for allegedly trying to rob him on Dec. 26, 2015, according to a defense lawyer. Jean Scott, 33; Peterson Duplan, 28; Ricardi Joseph, 29; and Samantha Dabel, 24, said that they were approached by a man who tried to buy drugs from them at a hardware store. The undercover cop was identified as Winston McDonald, who testified in court that Duplan allegedly flashed a switchblade at him outside of the store, and said, "Give me your money or I will stab you," according to court papers.

Forth Worth, TX -- The mother of ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch was ordered released from a Tarrant County jail cell after a bond hearing this afternoon. She may be leaving the jail soon. Judge Wayne Salvant ordered her bond reduced to $75,000 with several conditions. The conditions include weekly visits with the Community Supervisions and Corrections Department of Tarrant County. She is also not to consume alcoholic beverages or use social media. “Let’s look at it for what it is, I understand everyone is concerned and there is outrage in the community… but as a judge I have to look at the law,” said Judge Salvant. Couch and her lawyers were present at a 2 p.m. bond hearing at the Tarrant County Justice Center hoping to have her bond reduced. It was originally set at $1 million since she was charged with Hindering Apprehension of a Felon. (Click here for video)

Salt Lake City, Utah -- Exactly one year after a man was shot and killed during an altercation with a Salt Lake City Police Department officer, a former Davis County Sheriff says new video (Click here for video)footage indicates the officer's actions may not have been justified. James Barker, 42, was shot and killed January 8, 2015 after officer Matthew Taylor responded to a 911 call about a suspicious person and an altercation ensued, during which Barker appeared to strike the officer with a snow shovel.

Philadelphia, PA ~ USA -- Corrupt Justice™ has obtained a video (Click here for video) of the police shooting that took place Thursday night at 60th and Spruce streets. Edward Archer, a 30-year-old Delaware County man who has allegedly claimed an allegiance to ISIS, shot and wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett at 11:41 p.m. last night, city police said. Stunningly, Hartnett can be seen in the video getting out of his patrol car and chasing down the shooter after being ambushed. Officials say Hartnett is in critical but stable condition.

Miami, FL ~ USA -- A Florida jury began weighing on Tuesday whether a man who killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered, lifeless body on Facebook committed first-degree murder. Attorneys for Derek Medina, 33, argued that he was acting in self-defense when he fired eight shots at Jennifer Alfonso, 27, in the kitchen of their Miami-area residence. The August 2013 shooting followed a fight in which she had threatened to leave, prosecutors said during closing statements. They argued that Medina retrieved a .380-caliber pistol from his bedroom and pulled the trigger repeatedly in a premeditated act of murder. "Every single shot hit her because he was aiming and he wanted her dead," said Assistant State Attorney Leah Klein in Miami-Dade County circuit court. Medina wrote on Facebook shortly before turning himself in: "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. My wife was punching me, and I am not going to stand any more with the abuse so I did what I did," he added in the post. (Click here for video)

Montgomery County, Pa. -- Bill Cosby, the comedian and entertainer once known as “America’s dad”, appeared in court (Click here for video) to face his first criminal charge for sexual misconduct on Wednesday, for an incident in which he allegedly drugged and violated a woman who considered him to be her mentor. In a hearing lasting less than 10 minutes, Judge Elizabeth McHugh read out the three second-degree felony charges of aggravated indecent assault. He did not appear visibly moved; when asked if he understood the charges, he replied simply: “Yes.” Bail was set at $1m, of which Cosby will have to pay 10% on Wednesday. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

San Diego, CA -- (WARNING, GRAPHIC) Police officials released surveillance video (Click here for video) Tuesday showing the fatal shooting of a homeless man who was believed to be carrying a knife — which turned out to be a pen.

Los Angeles, CA -- Sheriff Deputies accused Noel Aguilar of having a gun after they shot him in the back at point blank range multiple times. Deputy Albert Murade was shot in the stomach during the melee by his partner Deputy Jose Ruiz. (Click here for video)

GIFFORD, Fla. -- An Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy is in the hospital with a gunshot wound after he was involved in a shootout with an armed suspect.(Click here for video)

Denton, TX ~ USA -- Police dash camera video (Click here for video) appears to show a 21-year-old UNT student say "shoot me" several times and an officer say "back away" at least six times just seconds before the student was fatally wounded.

Lynwood, CA ~ USA -- A witness's graphic video (Click here for video) appears to show Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies fatally shooting a man near a gas station in Lynwood. It was unclear what led to the incident, in which more than two dozen shots seemed to be fired. No deputies were injured. In accordance with protocol, a multi-agency investigation was underway.

Oklahoma City OK ~ USA -- A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted Thursday of 18 of the 36 counts he faced, including four counts of first-degree rape, related to accusations that he victimized 13 women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, sobbed (Click here for video) as the verdict was read aloud. He could spend the rest of his life in prison based on the jury's recommendations, which include a 30-year sentence on each of the first-degree rape counts. Among the other charges he was convicted of were forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and second-degree rape. The jury, which deliberated for about 45 hours over four days, recommended he serve a total of 263 years in prison. The judge will decide later whether he will have to serve the sentences consecutively.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The Chicago police, facing almost daily protests and a newly announced Justice Department investigation, released footage (Click here for video) Monday night showing a 38-year-old black man being shocked by a Taser and dragged down a hallway by officers in 2012.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The family of Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson has ALWAYS said that he was brutally shot from behind by the Chicago Police. This new video (Click here for video) which was only released because of the public pressure on the city, shows they were right all along.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- Reports, released by the city late Friday, show that Officer Jason Van Dyke and at least five other officers claim that the 17-year-old McDonald moved or turned threateningly toward officers, even though the video (Click here for video) of the October 2014 shooting shows McDonald walking away, and the scenario sketched out by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez in charging Van Dyke with murder contends he was walking away as well.

Miami, Fla. ~ USA -- A shocking video (Click here for video) captured by a bystander was recently uploaded to Instagram and sent to us this morning. That footage shows a Miami, Florida man being shot and killed by Miami Beach Police officers.

San Francisco, CA ~ USA -- Shocking San Francisco Police Shooting Video (Click here for video). Five officers unleash a hail of gunfire on a man with a knife.

Michigan ~ USA -- The family of an unarmed teenager fatally shot by an Eaton County Sheriff Deputy sues after son slain during traffic stop for flashing brights. Bodycam video (Click here for video) shows Deven Guilford stopped for flashing his high beams. It ends with a dizzying tumble of images and the sound of gunshots that killed the young driver.

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"Drew's Law"

Posted: Fri. May 4, 2012 2:54 AM (EDT) - Updated: Fri. May 4, 2012 2:27 AM (PDT)

(Drew Peterson, pictured above, center, is a suspect in his fourth wife's disappearance and has been arrested and charged in the murder of his third wife.)

Illinois (WCJB) -- Drew Peterson will be in an Illinois courtroom Friday for a hearing for his upcoming murder trial, court officials said. The former police sergeant is accused of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. When Savio was found dead in 2004, her death was ruled accidental. He remains under investigation in the October 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. After Stacy Peterson went missing in October 2007, her husband became the focus of a police investigation. Authorities exhumed Savio's body and conducted a second autopsy, this time ruling her death a homicide.

This hearing comes after a controversial ruling was made earlier this year in the widely followed murder case. In April, an Illinois appellate court ruled that prosecutors can use potentially incriminating statements made by Savio and Peterson's still-missing wife against him. That ruling overturned an earlier judge's decision that forbid prosecutors from using eight statements made by Savio before her death and by Stacy Peterson before her disappearance.

Since Savio is dead and Stacy Peterson is missing, the defense has argued that using their alleged statements to family and friends violates Peterson's Sixth Amendment right to confront the witnesses against him. In general, hearsay statements made to third parties cannot be introduced at trial unless a defendant can cross-examine the person who made them. There are some exceptions if prosecutors can prove the statement is reliable. But a new Illinois law, which some call "Drew's Law," goes beyond those exceptions. The law, passed while investigators were looking for Stacy Peterson, allows courts to consider statements from "unavailable witnesses," provided prosecutors can prove the witness was killed to prevent his or her testimony.

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July 24, 2011

Grand Prairie, Texas - (WCJB) -- A man opened fire at a Texas roller skating rink during a birthday party for one of his children, killing his estranged wife and four of her family members before turning the gun on himself, police said Sunday.

Tan Do, 35, and Trini Do, 29, were hosting the party at the Roller World Skating Rink in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie, Texas, on Saturday for one of their two children, Grand Prairie police said in a statement.

"The couple had been involved in ongoing marital problems and it is believed that this led to the shooting," police said. "Trini Do was among the deceased." Police responded to a call of a shooting at 7:10 p.m. Saturday (8:10 p.m. ET). Officers found the bodies of five people; a sixth person -- the suspect -- with a gunshot wound to the head; and four other people who had sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Others who were killed included Trini Do's sisters, Lynn Ta, 16, and Michelle Ta, 28; her brother, Hien Ta, 21; and her sister-in-law, Thuy Nguyen, 25. "It appears the suspect targeted his estranged wife and her family members," police said. The couple's two children were not harmed, and were in the care of other family members Sunday, authorities said.

Tan Do was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police. About 30 people were attending the party at the time of the shooting, but the roller rink was not open to the public, police said. Employees of the rink were not injured. Witnesses were interviewed by police, and the police department's crisis counselors and chaplain were working with the survivors, authorities said.

Cop Kills Son!

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June 4, 2011
"There's all kinds of blood. I... I... I can't." -- Benjamin Hankins response to a dispatcher who repeatedly urged him to try to perform CPR on his wife, whom he indicated was not breathing, after he shot her numerous times.

MUNCIE, Ind. — Police say a reserve officer with the Gaston Police Department shot and killed his estranged wife (pictured left) Friday morning during a domestic dispute in his Harrison Township home. Benjamin Allan Hankins, 36, called 911 at 7:44 a.m. to report his wife had been shot in his house, in the 5800 block of North Delaware County Road 600-W, just north of Bethel Avenue. In a frantic call to 911 dispatchers, Benjamin Hankins reported his wife "pulled my gun on me. And then I shot back. My wife and I were having an argument," Hankins said during one of three separate conversations with dispatchers. Asked where his wife had been hit by gunfire, Hankins said there was a wound "right in the chest (and) there's one in the arm." Hankins sounded panicked as a dispatcher repeatedly urged him to try to perform CPR on his wife, whom he indicated was not breathing. "There's all kinds of blood," he said. "I... I... I can't."

According to the Sheriff's Office, the victim, Lisa A. "Nettie" Hankins, 32, was still alive when police arrived at the scene. She was taken to the Muncie hospital, where doctors attempted a life-saving surgery. She was pronounced dead at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. She suffered multiple gunshot wounds, Delaware County Coroner Scott Hahn said. Hankins (pictured left) was taken into custody at the scene and has been preliminarily charged with murder, according to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office confirmed that more than one weapon was found at the scene. The shooting occurred after Lisa Hankins had stopped at her husband's home so their two oldest children could catch the bus to Wes-Del Elementary School. The couple's third child, who is 4, was apparently waiting outside in a car when her mother was shot. "It was during the time when kids were going to school and getting on the buses, and we're trying to find out all those details," according to a Sheriff's spokesperson. The nearby Wes-Del Community Schools was on lockdown for about 45 minutes following the shooting.

Benjamin Hankins' statements to police, according to the police report, do not indicate his reasoning behind the attack. During the argument, Benjamin Hankins told investigators, he "went into the living room and retrieved a gun from the couch" and then "pointed the gun at Mrs. Hankins and shot her several times." Benjamin Hankins said he shot at Lisa Hankins more than once, but was unsure exactly how many times bullets struck her. The police report also indicates a recent history of threats, in the form of emails and text messages, from Benjamin Hankins to Lisa Hankins. Kurt Walthour, an investigator with the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, would not comment on the content of those threats, citing the ongoing investigation. Walthour did note Benjamin Hankins' demeanor in his interview with investigators following the shooting. "(Benjamin Hankins) showed little emotion," Walthour said. Lisa Hankins had filed for divorce last September, and the case was still pending at the time of her death, according to court records. Lisa and Benjamin Hankins were not living together at the time of the shooting. She is listed in court documents at a Muncie address.

Gaston police Cpl. James Dixon declined comment about the shooting. Cpl. Dixon said Benjamin Hankins has been a reserve officer with his department for about three years. He declined further comment about the shooting, calling it an "open investigation." "It's a sad day for us, it's a sad day for the family," Dixon said. "We knew their family well. They've come to all our events and things like that, so we need to let the investigation take its course."

911: What's Your Emergency!

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013 4:00 am | Updated: 1:33 pm, Fri Jan 11, 2013.

Longview, TX -- Harry Chester Goodan, 42 (pictured above-center) a former Longview 911 emergency supervisor, pleaded guilty Thursday to shooting his police officer wife to death. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Goodan must serve half the sentence before being eligible for parole under the plea agreement he reached with prosecutors. As part of the agreement, District Judge Alfonso Charles accepted that the crime occurred in a moment of sudden passion which placed 20 years at the top of the sentencing range. A murder charge typically carries a sentence of up to life without parole and a $10,000 maximum fine.

About 30 family members and friends of the late Longview officer, many of them police from different agencies, attended the hearing. Across the aisle, Jamie Goodan’s eldest sister and father, the latter of whom testified for Harry Goodan when his bond was reduced, sat with the defendant and his family. Julie Rickman, the youngest of Jamie Goodan’s three sisters, said after the hearing that peace of mind remained elusive. “I thought I’d have peace,” Rickman said. “I’m starting to realize there really is no conclusion. There’s still a lot of people hurt, and justice is never going to be done — that’s up to God.”

Rickman said her nephew and the Goodans’ only child, 10-year-old Nicholas, is being raised by both families and is doing well. “He’s a bright, young man, but he has his challenges,” she said. “He understands to the best of his ability, so don’t worry about him.” Rickman also mourned a big sister she described as her best friend. “There was so much loss when I lost her,” Rickman said. “She’s impacted people as long as I can remember. Even when she was off duty, she was on duty, if you know what I mean. She would go and sit with women that were working an overnight shift at a gas station.”

Her sister would secretively leave envelopes of money to contribute to any office party, she said. Joining the force in 1998, Goodan paved a path for other women officers.

“(She) really opened the door for something that now seems easy to do,” Rickman said. “She loved her job so much. She loved helping people so much. She loved justice.”

Goodan called Longview police Dec. 11, 2010, to the town home he shared with his wife, Jamie Ellyn Goodan. Reports say Goodan met officers at the door and immediately told them he killed his wife. According to police, Goodan shot his wife during an argument in their home, though a report notes he did not recall firing the weapon. The report also said the husband threw his wife to the floor during the fatal argument.

Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 10:04 am, Mon Feb 28, 2011.

A former 911 communications administrator, charged with the death of his Longview police officer wife, was released Tuesday from the Gregg County Jail on $75,000 bond. Harry Goodan originally was held on $500,000 bond; however, District Judge David Brabham ruled the bond was excessive and lowered it to $75,000 after Goodan’s father-in-law, Jimmy Rice, and Goodan’s ex-wife, Jonna Goodan, testified on his behalf at an early January court hearing. There are rigid stipulations to his release. Goodan must remain home between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily; he is barred from possessing a gun, alcohol or illegal drugs; he must wear a monitoring device at all times; and he must report weekly to authorities. He was arrested Dec. 11, 2010 and his bond was lowered Jan. 4, 2011. The delay in his release was because authorities needed to install a monitoring device at the Longview apartment complex where he lives. Apartment officials said they could not confirm whether Goodan would be moving back into his Towne Oaks apartment, where the shooting occurred.

Goodan called police to the home he shared with his wife, Jamie Ellyn Goodan, and told officers he had killed her, according to arrest reports. An autopsy later revealed Ellyn Goodan died from a gunshot wound to her head. A partial police offense report released under the Texas Open Records Act said Goodan told officers he and his wife had been fighting in a bathroom. According to the report, Goodan said he ended up with his wife’s gun and shot her during the fight. Goodan also described striking his wife to the ground in the report.

Posted: Sunday, December 12, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 10:04 am, Mon Feb 28, 2011.

A Longview police communications administrator has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife, a Longview police officer. Jamie “Ellyn” Goodan, 38, was found dead from a gunshot wound in her Towne Oaks apartment about 8:30 a.m. Saturday when police responded to a disturbance call, according to a statement from the police department. Her husband, Harry Goodan, 39, is in Gregg County Jail, charged with murder, according to the police department. He is scheduled for arraignment today, Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Arthur Fort said.

Harry Goodan works as the 911 communications administrator at the Longview Police Department. The shooting stemmed from a domestic disturbance, police said. Fort said he has ordered an autopsy and expects results in about a week. Ellyn Goodan started her law enforcement career in 1995 at the Gregg County Jail as a jailer. In April 1997, she became a reserve officer for the Longview Police Department, where she was hired as a full-time officer in April 1998. She received 29 commendations for her service to the community and the department throughout her career, according to the police department. “She was a good officer,” Fort said. “I had the opportunity to work with her on a lot of deaths and other things. She was always a very pleasant officer.”

Ellyn Goodan is survived by a son, Nicholas. “He was her life,” neighbor Elfriede Hall, 86, said. Hall met Goodan about a year ago when she called for an ambulance because she was having difficulty with high blood pressure. Goodan heard the sirens and came to see what was happening. After that day, Hall and Goodan developed a close friendship. “I just cannot believe this beautiful, young woman was torn from her life,” Hall said. Hall’s daughter lives about 20 miles away, and Hall said she came to depend on Goodan. Ellyn, Harry and Nicholas became somewhat of a second-family to her, and she said she never noticed signs that anything like this would happen. “I am still stunned,” she said. Nicholas, who is autistic, kept the family together, she said. “He was their world,” Hall said. “It is all so incomprehensible.” In addition to working with the police department, Harry Goodan also served as the president-elect of the Texas Association of Public Safety Communications Officers. Longview police and the Gregg County District Attorney’s office are conducting the investigation. Police said more information will be released as it becomes available.


November 20, 2010

A former Georgia sheriff's deputy convicted of murdering his wife and a day laborer in 2008 was sentenced Friday to two consecutive life sentences plus five years in prison. That means that Derrick Yancey, 51, will have to serve at least 60 years before he is eligible for parole. Yancey showed no emotion as a Superior Court judge imposed the sentence for the murders of Linda Yancey, 44, who was also a sheriff's deputy, and Marcial Cax-Puluc, 23, a day laborer from Guatemala. The defendant told police that he shot Cax-Puluc in self-defense after the day laborer had shot his wife. Prosecutors argued that Yancey was the lone gunman and that he hired Cax-Puluc as part of an elaborate plan to kill his wife.

Yancey Convicted!

November 3, 2010

Ex Dekalb County Deputy Derrick Yancey was found guilty of killing his wife and a day laborer. Yancey, 51 faces two life sentences for shooting and killing his wife Linda Yancey and day laborer, Marcial Cax-Puluc. Yancey is accused of shooting his wife several times in the chest in the fatal shooting. Court records show that defense attorney's told the court that Cax-Puluc of Guatemala was robbing the house and shot Yancey's wife and that Yancey shot him in self defense. It is believed that Linda Yancey was having an affair and that Derrick Yancey shot and killed her when he found out.

Murder Trial Begins!

October 26, 2010

Deputy Yancey "executed" his wife and [day laborer Marcial] Cax-Puluc, lied to police, cut off his ankle monitor and then fled to Belize. Investigators testified that Yancey was never handcuffed or detained when police responded to his 911 call. He told the dispatcher his wife had been shot and he needed instructions on how to do CPR. This ultimately helped raise officers' suspicions.

September 21, 2009

Federal authorities captured accused double-murder suspect Derrick Yancey (pictured above, left/right side, photo composite) on Saturday in the Central American coastal town of Punta Gorda, Belize. Jeffery Mann, the DeKalb County Sheriff's chief deputy sheriff, said Monday that Yancy, who fled custody in April, was arrested by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Security while sitting at a bar in the Belizean neighborhood he was living in. Yancey’s arrest ends a five-and-a-half-month manhunt that began on April, 2010 after he escaped house arrest at his mother’s home in Jonesboro. Yancey, 50, cut his ankle monitoring bracelet and fled the state by Greyhound bus.

Yancey initially told investigators that he killed Puluc in self-defense after Puluc shot Linda Yancey, who was an officer at the DeKalb County Jail, during a robbery attempt. Forensic evidence later determined Yancey was lying and he was arrested. Investigators believe he killed both people. Before his arrest, Yancey was last sighted on April 6, 2010 at a Greyhound bus station in Phoenix, Ariz.

At the time of his escape, he was out on $150,000 bond for the June 9, 2008, murders of his wife of 17 years, Linda Yancey, 44, and Guatemalan day laborer Marcial Cax Puluc, 20, at his Southland subdivision home in Stone Mountain. Mann said law enforcement agents apprehended Yancey after a member of the Sheriff's Office's fugitive squad received a tip that he had attempted to contact family members. The U.S. Marshal’s Southeast Regional Taskforce located Yancey in Punta Gorda, a resort and fishing town on the Caribbean Sea. Mann said Yancey, who is now in jail in Belize, will be extradited to DeKalb. Mann said he did not know when Yancey would be returned to DeKalb. Mann said investigators were not sure how long Yancey had been in Punta Gorda or how he got there.

Sandra Hannon, Linda Yancey’s sister, said she was glad it did not take 10 years to find Yancey. “There is a sense of relief,“ she said. "I think I would like to lay eyes on him.”

June 9, 2008

DeKalb County sheriff’s Deputy Derrick Yancey claimed day laborer Marcial Cax Puluc killed Yancy’s wife in an armed robbery June 9, 2008 forcing Yancey to shoot him. However, on Thursday, a DeKalb grand jury indicted the deputy, accusing him of both slayings.

ImageChef.com - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more Yancey, 49, (pictured left) surrendered at the DeKalb County Jail August 14, 2008 afternoon about an hour after authorities announced his indictment on two murder charges and two counts of using a gun in the commission of a felony. Yancey, a 17-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, resigned on August 11, 2008.

Linda Yancey also worked for the Sheriff’s Office. She spent 13 years there, most recently as an intake officer in Juvenile Court.

Dekalb County Georgia, Judge Anne Workman allowed Former Dekalb County Sheriff Deputy Derrick Yancy to post bond and return home.

Fugitive from Justice

April 5, 2009 - 12:54 AM ET
“He was on an electronic monitor and was restricted to the house... We received info that he cut the bracelet off and left his residence.”

---Dekalb County Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Lt. Billi Akins

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are hunting for a former DeKalb County sheriff's deputy (pictured left) who is missing while free on bond on charges of killing his wife and a day laborer. The sheriff's office said on Saturday it assumes that Derrick Yancey is desperate, armed and dangerous. The DeKalb County fugitive squad is looking for the 49-year-old suspect. Yancey was indicted in August in the fatal shootings of his wife and a Guatemalan day laborer who he claimed had killed his spouse at their Stone Mountain home. Prosecutors say Yancey fabricated the story about the June 9, 2008 shootings. Yancey was released after his August arrest on $150,000 bond and placed under house arrest. The sheriff's office said he was last seen Friday night at his family's home in Jonesboro.

Vanaman Paroled!

Posted: May 24, 2014 - Updated: 05:13 am PDT, Monday, June 30, 2014

Cumberland County, New Jersey -- Former city police sergeant and confessed wife killer Robert E. Vanaman is back in Cumberland County as a free man for the first time in five years.

Vanaman was released on Friday from a state-approved halfway house for inmates. Now 45 years old, he had been behind bars since May 1, 2009.

His release is not quite without strings. For the next three years, the New Jersey Board of Parole will monitor his conduct. Any breach of parole conditions could mean his return to prison to serve out the remainder of that period, according to the parole board.

Five years as an inmate have done nothing to alleviate the pain and anger among relatives of his wife, Barbara Elke Vanaman.

Barbara Vanaman was 37 years old when her husband shot her twice using his police-issued pistol during an argument at their home here on May 11, 2006. She had moved out to be with a boyfriend and wanted a divorce.

The couple’s two young sons, after a custody fight in court, were placed with a paternal aunt after Vanaman was sentenced.

“Tell me where the justice is,” John Shaffer, Barbara Vanaman’s stepfather, said this week of Vanaman’s release.

Shaffer said criminals serve longer terms for robberies in which no one is hurt. State laws need to change to appropriately punish offenders, he said.

Warren Vanaman, father of Robert, said his family would have nothing to say. “Why can’t you leave people alone?” he said when called.

Vanaman was sentenced — actually sentenced and then re-sentenced due to an appeal — based on a plea agreement.

A surprise decision to confess, in return for a guarantee of a lesser sentence than he might get if convicted, cut short his murder trial as a contentious jury selection was nearing an end on March 30, 2009.

Vanaman admitted he murdered his wife and tampered with evidence. He cut his arms with a steak knife, so he could claim self-defense.

He eventually was sentenced to a maximum term of six years on a charge of second-degree manslaughter “in the heat of passion.” The sentence came with a provision that 85 percent of it be served before parole was possible.

Vanaman also was sentenced to a consecutive term of one year for evidence tampering.

Under the 85 percent rule, the mandatory minimum was fixed at five years, one month and six days in prison. He met the minimum term with aid of credit for time spent in the county jail.

Larry Gregorio, deputy executive director of the state parole board, said a three-year period of supervision is required under state law if a crime is in the second degree.

“The first day he would have to report to the district office, and at that point he meets with a parole officer,” Gregorio said this week. “They’ll explain the conditions to him, again. He has to agree to it and sign it.”

Gregorio said Vanaman is restricted to living in Cumberland County. The board is not allowed to disclose a parolee’s exact residence, though.

“He has 20 general conditions of mandatory supervision,” Gregorio said. “That’s a standard.

“One of which is that he is to refrain from any contact directly or through a third party with the victims of the offense or the victim’s relatives,” he added. “That would be unless authorized by the board panel or authorized by the appropriate court.”

It is “very, very difficult” to justify telling a parolee they can not live in a particular area, according to Gregorio.

Cumerland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said her office notified the Shaffer family of Vanaman’s pending release.

Property records still show Vanaman as owner of the family house on South Wedgewood Court, where the shooting occurred.

Vanaman is free to travel around New Jersey, but he is not allowed to leave the state or even to stay overnight outside the county.

Gregori said another condition of parole is that he seek a job.

One positive over the years, Shaffer said, is that a cooperative relationship developed with the grandsons’ guardian and they do see their mother’s relatives.

As part of his plea deal, Vanaman had to forfeit his position as a police officer. The deal did not otherwise place restrictions on future employment.

Vineland attorneys Joseph D. O’Neill and Charles I. Coant represented Vanaman, opposed by then-county First Assistant Prosecutor Kenneth Pagliughi.

Coant said he wished Vanaman the best of luck in picking up his life.

Robert Vanaman

March 30, 2009

MILLVILLE, Pa. - Millville police Sgt. Robert E. Vanaman killed his wife during a heated argument over their crumbling marriage, then cut himself with a knife blade in an attempt to fool detectives into thinking she attacked him before he shot her twice. Vanaman made that stunning admission Monday afternoon in Cumberland County Superior Court, abruptly ending his high-profile murder trial just days before it was scheduled to begin.

Robert E. Vanaman, 40, (pictured left) and his attorney maintain[ed] he killed his wife in self-defense after she attacked him with a knife. Charles Trice, a former trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol shot his estranged wife, Darla Trice, in the chest with his .357 revolver while at the marital home. He claimed self-defense, asserting that his wife had stabbed him, that the pain from the stabbing had left him weakened and vulnerable, and that when she approached him a second time, he felt compelled to fire so she would not kill him. (State of Florida v. Charles Trice)

Vanaman pleaded guilty to manslaughter and tampering with evidence in the May 11, 2006, shooting death of his wife, Barbara, and faces as much as 11 1/2 years in state prison when he's sentenced May 1, 2009. In a memo (December 2007) to the officers within the Milville police department regarding safety and domestic violence during the holiday season, the author of the memo, a fellow police officer and close friend of Robert Vanaman who was charged with the murder of his wife Barbara Vanaman back in May of 2006, provides his version of why Robert killed his wife.

Excerpts from an Investigating Millville Police Officer, after Vanaman's arrest:

"Sgt. Robert Vanaman, a long time colleague of mine, was arrested 2 days before Thanksgiving. It is alleged that Sgt. Vanaman was called home from work (he and his wife were separating and she was removing her belongings from the home) by his wife. Thereafter, Sgt. Vanaman called for assistance, his wife had been shot and he had multiple stab wounds. Sgt. Vanaman and his wife were rushed to the hospital. She died from 2 gunshot wounds to the chest, he remained hospitalized for 4 days with multiple stab wounds to the hands, arms and chest.

After six months of fruitless investigation and receipt of an expert report that supports Vanaman's claim of self defense, the Prosecutor's Office arrested Sgt. Vanaman. The bloggers demanded he get the "needle" and compared him to "OJ Simpson".

Sgt. Vanaman was arraigned on the eve of Thanksgiving in front of a Jury Box of Reporters and a courtroom full of gloating members of the Prosecutor's Office (Shame on them)! He remains in jail. I cannot imagine being placed in a position to choose between saving my life and taking the life of my spouse, the mother of my children. Perhaps this explains why Sgt. Vanaman sustained so many stab wounds before taking the actions necessary to defend himself. As LEO's we are acutely aware that we are legally justified to use deadly force when confronted with a knife wielding suspect (wife or not). Although Sgt. Vanaman was justified in using deadly force prior to being stabbed, he allowed his wife to stab him numerous times before taking action to protect himself. The Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office, although LEO's themselves, have forgotten their training and given into the pressure of the media. I have the utmost respect for Sgt. Vanaman. He is a good, decent, and loving father. He is an excellent police officer, dedicated and loyal colleague. Please keep him, his children and his family in your prayers this Holiday season. Pray that they find the strength to endure the struggles ahead. I am confident that we will prevail and he will be acquitted."

[Note: At C.J. we see similarities between Vanaman & O.J., with the exception that Vanaman is eligible for parole.]

Just as alarming, Det. Sgt. George Chopek, of the Prosecutor's Office Major Crime Unit, stated that he was in-charge of the investigation and responsible for overseeing all personnel and the processing of the scene on May 11, 2006. In the very next sentence, Det. Sgt. Chopek admitted that he did not take one single note, nor generate any report or written documentation on the incident.


Robert E. Vanaman, 40, joined the Millville Police Department in October 1991. He served as the department's technology officer and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in September 2005.

May 11, 2006 Millville police said they are investigating a homicide that involves one of their own. According to the Cumberland County prosecutor, the wife of a Millville police officer allegedly stabbed her husband and the officer then shot her in a domestic dispute at their home at Wedgewood Court and Shamrock Lane. The wife was killed. The officer is being treated at a hospital.

Neighbors told the News Media that the officer and his wife were the "perfect couple," and that they were very social.

"Rob has been a good city employee, and this situation really hurts," Police Chief Ronald J. Harvey said during a visit to the Vanaman house May 12, 2006. "Words cannot really describe how traumatic this whole experience has been. He’s a good cop," Chief Ronald Harvey said. "Never in my wildest dreams did I think something like this would happen. This is one of those things you could never predict."

November 21, 2006 More than six months after prosecutors say he shot and killed his wife, Millville police Sgt. Robert Vanaman is arraigned in Cumberland County Superior Court. Vanaman was arrested on a first-degree murder charge November 21, 2006 in connection with the May 11, 2006 shooting death of his wife Barbara. He was taken into custody about 9:30 a.m. by detectives from the county’s Major Crime Unit and held on $750,000 cash bail, according to Cumberland County Prosecutor Ronald J. Casella. Officer Robert Vanaman pleaded not guilty to the charge of first-degree murder during his arraignment in Cumberland County Superior Court. The police sergeant has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of his upcoming trial.

The court would later reduce his bail to $500,000.


Count 1: Criminal restraint. Maximum sentence of five years in prison. Count 2: Murder. Maximum sentence of life in prison, minimum sentence of 30 years.
Count 3: Possession of a weapon for a deadly purpose, 10 years maximum. Count 4: Hindering, 5 years maximum.
Count 5: and 6: Tampering and obstruction, 18 months maximum.

Vanaman's [Lying] Defense

Robert Vanaman, (37 y.o. at the time of the incident) called 9-1-1 on the afternoon of May 11, 2006 to report the deadly domestic incident, Chopeck said at the hearing. "He said he had been stabbed by his wife," Chopeck testified about the contents of the 9-1-1 tape. "Toward the end he said he shot his wife." Chopeck said he arrived at the Wedgewood Court home of the couple to find the kitchen knife Sgt. Vanaman said was used in the attack broken in three pieces.

Vanaman’s attorney, Joseph D. O’Neill said the officer acted in self-defense. "I will present evidence that the wounds suffered by Sgt. Vanaman were defensive," O’Neill said. "A fair jury will confirm that." O’Neill questioned the length of the Prosecutor’s Office investigation. Vanaman was hospitalized for four days at the South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center following the shooting. During the hospital stay, Vanaman’s wounds were examined by Dr. Lyla Perez, a doctor from the state Medical Examiner’s Office, and photographed by investigators from the county Prosecutor’s Office and the state police, O’Neill said. Experts also examined the entry wounds from the two shots fired at Barbara Vanaman to see whether forensic evidence backed up Sgt. Vanaman’s contention that his wife was attacking him when he used his service weapon to defend himself.

O’Neill said he would enter a not guilty plea to any charge. "I hope that no charges will be filed," O’Neill said. "My investigation shows that charges should not be filed, but it is my job to defend. It is the prosecutor’s job to determine if charges are filed, and it’s up to a judge and jury to determine innocence or guilt." O’Neill said Vanaman’s service weapon discharged during a domestic dispute in which his wife "slashed and stabbed him in the chest, stomach, arms, hands and fingers during a struggle. "We don’t know if the weapon was discharged accidentally, but the wounds appear to be defensive," O’Neill said.

Vanaman's Probable Cause Hearing

At the Probable Cause hearing of Sgt. Robert Vanaman on Tuesday, December 19, 2006, the Prosecutor's Office presented one witness to testify on their behalf. Det. Sgt. George Chopek took the stand in Judge Geiger's courtroom and openly admitted that the New Jersey State Medical Examiner, Lila Perez, would not issue a report that sustained the Prosecutor's charges. Ms. Perez responded to Sgt. Vanaman's home on May 11, 2006, and processed the evidence.

Vanaman's Guilty Plea

On March 30, 2009, Vanaman pleaded guilty to the following crimes:

Manslaughter (second degree): Maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison. Must serve 85 percent of sentence before being eligible for parole.
Tampering with evidence (fourth degree): Maximum sentence of 18 months in state prison.

Judge Martin Herman plans to sentence Vanaman on May 1, 2009. The sentences for the two charges would be served consecutively, meaning Vanaman faces a maximum prison sentence of 11 1/2 years behind bars. He also faces five years of supervised parole after being released from prison. Under lengthy questioning from Judge Martin Herman, the defendant said the shooting occurred during an altercation with his estranged wife inside their home on South Wedgewood Court in Millville.

Vanaman said he shot her when she threatened him during an argument. "She grabbed a kitchen steak knife," (still lying through the guilty plea) Vanaman, 40, said in a steady voice while standing next to his attorneys. "I lost it and shot her two times. The argument was over who was going to leave and who would stay with the children," he responded to another question. The couple are parents to two school-age boys. Vanaman's steady voice wavered as more detailed questions piled up from the judge, his attorneys and county First Assistant Prosecutor Kenneth Pagliughi. His face starting to redden, Vanaman also finally admitted that his knife wounds were self-inflicted. The prosecution had lined up two expert witnesses who also came to that conclusion, but the defense was prepared to present conflicting testimony. During his allocution, Vanaman admitted to shooting his wife and then trying to cover his tracks. "I know that all shootings involving police officers are investigated. Your honor, it was a stupid thing to do," he told the court. "And what did you do?" Herman asked. "I picked up the broken blade of the knife and I scratched myself," Vanaman responded. His guilty plea Monday means he no longer will be allowed to serve as a law enforcement officer. Vanaman was released on bail Dec. 4, 2006, and remains free on $500,000 bond as he awaits sentencing.
C.J. Note: There you have it! After murdering his wife; attempting to frame her; and then lying about it for three years, Vanaman will serve less than four (4) years in prison.

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