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Driver Accused of Texting Gets Prison in Pedestrian’s Death

FREEHOLD, N.J. — A New Jersey woman has been sentenced to five years in prison in the death of a pedestrian that prosecutors said occurred as the driver was texting — an accusation the defendant denied on the stand. Alexandra …

Homeless Man Pleads Guilty to Minnesota Synagogue Fire

DULUTH, Minn. — A homeless man who admitted starting a fire that destroyed a 117-year-old synagogue in Minnesota, then walking away from the growing blaze because he couldn’t douse it by spitting on it, is expected to get probation after …

Texas Man Who Faked Being a Fire Marshal Gets Probation

A North Texas man has been put on probation for pretending to be a fire marshal to avoid a $10 cover charge at a bar and to get free drinks. Charles Brandon of Savannah pleaded guilty Wednesday to false identification …

Halliburton Manager Gets Probation in Gulf Spill

A former Halliburton manager was sentenced Tuesday to one year of probation for destroying evidence in the aftermath of BP’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Anthony Badalamenti had faced a maximum of one year in prison …

Texas Teen’s Sentence in Fatal DWI Crash Stirs Ire

A North Texas teen from an affluent family was sentenced to probation this week after he killed four pedestrians when he lost control of his speeding pickup truck while driving drunk, a punishment that outraged the victims’ families and left …

Auto Thief Who Boasts 1,000 Heists Gets Probation

A California auto thief who boasts 1,000 heists in less than a year has been placed on probation rather than serve jail time for the crime spree. The Fresno judge blames the California prison’s realignment program for his decision to …

Alabama Judge Grants Probation to 4 in Oil Spill Fraud

Four people will spend five years on probation after being convicted of pocketing money from Gulf oil spill claims. The Press-Register reports that U.S. District Judge William Steele also ordered the four to pay back money they received from the …

Iowa Project Supervisor Gets Probation in Asbestos Case

The supervisor of a renovation project in downtown Des Moines has been given three years of probation for his role in the illegal removal of asbestos from the building. Russell Coco pleaded guilty to two asbestos-removal charges in February. The …