Prosecutors Want R. Kelly to Serve at Least 25 Years in Sex Crimes Case

Last September, R. Kelly was found guilty of racketeering, including acts of bribery and sexual exploitation of a child, and a separate charge of sex trafficking. Ahead of his sentencing on June 29, prosecutors are recommending that the embattled singer be sentenced to at least 25 years in prison. 

According to a sentencing memorandum filed Wednesday (June 8), prosecutors also recommended Kelly should be fined between $50,000 to $250,000. They stated that they believe Kelly showed no remorse for his actions, adding that Kelly believed that his “musical talent absolved him of any need to conform his conduct — no matter how predatory, harmful, humiliating or abusive to others — to the strictures of the law.”

Prosecutors added, “While the government doubts that the defendant will be deterred, a lengthy sentence of imprisonment will serve to deter others — including those with wealth, fame and the outsized power such status brings — from engaging in similar crimes. This is particularly so given the high-profile nature of the defendant and the likelihood that the length of his sentence will be widely publicized.” 

Source: CNN 

Memphis Man Allegedly Steals Woman’s Car, Tries to Sell It Back to Her for $3,000

According to reports, a Memphis man is being accused of stealing a woman’s car before attempting to sell it back to her. 

The suspect, Robert Mitchell, allegedly stole the woman’s car from the Indigo Hotel in Memphis on May 23. She was later contacted on social media by a man who knew a friend of hers who told her she could get the car back for $3,000. 

After asking for proof that he had the car, they set up a time and place to meet for the exchange. The woman informed police of the situation and they accompanied her to the meet up where they placed Mitchell in custody. 

He was subsequently charged with auto theft and extortion.


Woman Arrested After Throwing Boyfriend’s Mother’s Ashes Into Lake

Reports surfaced noting that a 40-year-old woman named Augustine Gladney was arrested after allegedly throwing her boyfriend’s mother’s ashes into Lake Worth in Texas. 

The Fort Worth Police Department said 38-year-old Ernest Smith spoke to the cops and told them upon coming home in the evening, the man discovered his mother’s urn was missing. Smith said he overheard a conversation between Gladney and her daughter, who was at their home at the time.

Gladney reportedly told her daughter she tossed the urn in Lake Worth. Smith also told the cops he couldn’t make contact with Gladney until late Monday night, May 2. Smith says Gladney texted him upon making contact, admitting she threw his mother’s ashes into the lake. 

As a result of her actions, Gladney was arrested and charged with the abuse of a corpse. 

source: NBC DFW

Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber found dead in Frisco apartment

Marion Barber III, a punishing staple in the Dallas Cowboys backfield for six seasons, was found dead Wednesday at his Frisco home.

Frisco police said officers were asked to perform a welfare check at an apartment believed to be leased by Barber and that there was an “unattended death” at the location.

The Cowboys confirmed the death of Barber — who was nine days shy of his 39th birthday — in a statement on Twitter.

“Marion was an old-school, hard-nosed football player who ran with the will to win every down,” the team said. “He had a passion for the game and love for his coaches and teammates. Our hearts go out to Marion’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

The Collin County medical examiner’s office has not released the cause and manner of Barber’s death.

Source: Dallas News

Baltimore announces lawsuit against ghost gun manufacturer

On the same day that Maryland’s ban on so-called ghost guns takes effect, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott held a news conference to announce a lawsuit the city will file against the nation’s largest ghost gun manufacturer.

Scott’s office said the lawsuit is against Polymer80, Inc., a gun manufacturer that sells kits for individuals to build firearms.

“This company, through their business model, is intentionally undermining state and federal firearms laws by designing, manufacturing, selling and providing ghost gun kits and parts to buyers who do not undergo a background check and are flooding our city with these untraceable, unserialized firearms and we will hold them accountable,” Scott said.

Ghost guns are firearms assembled from kits that do not have a serial number. Without a serial number, it is difficult for law enforcement to trace the guns back to a crime.

“The number of ghost guns we are seeing on our streets and in the hands of violent offenders is growing continuously,” Scott said adding that Baltimore City police seized 128 ghost guns in 2020, 352 in 2021 and 187 so far in 2022.

In April, Gov. Larry Hogan told legislative leaders that he would let the bill to ban ghost guns take effect without his signature.

Source: WBAL

Sounds of gunfire lead police to deadly shooting in west Baltimore

Baltimore City police are investigating after a man was found fatally shot Wednesday in west Baltimore, officers said.

Police said they were conducting a warrant initiative in west Baltimore around 1:30 p.m. when they heard gunfire.

As officers approached the 2800 block of Edmondson Avenue, they located a 34-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound, police said.

When medics arrived, they pronounced the victim dead at the scene, officers said.

The case is being investigated, and a possible person of interest is being interviewed by detectives.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. Those who wish to remain anonymous can text a tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland website.

Source: WBAL

Tulsa police: 3 killed in shooting at medical building

Three people were killed Wednesday in a shooting at a Tulsa medical building on a hospital campus, a police captain said.

Capt. Richard Meulenberg confirmed the number of dead. Meulenberg said the shooter also was dead.

It was unclear how the shooter died.

“Officers are currently going through every room in the building checking for additional threats,” police said in a Facebook post just before 6 p.m. “We know there are multiple injuries, and potentially multiple casualties.”

Meulenberg also said multiple people were wounded and that the medical complex was a “catastrophic scene.”

St. Francis Health System locked down its campus Wednesday afternoon because of the situation at the Natalie Medical Building. The Natalie building houses an outpatient surgery center and a breast health center.

Aerial footage from a TV helicopter appeared to show first responders wheeling someone on a stretcher away from the hospital building.

Dozens of of police cars could be seen outside the hospital complex, and authorities shut down traffic as the investigation went on.

A reunification center for families to find their loved ones was set up at a nearby high school.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also at the scene, a spokesperson said.

Source: WBAL

Cosby faces sex abuse allegations again as civil trial opens

Bill Cosby will again be facing sex abuse allegations Wednesday as attorneys give opening statements in a civil trial that’s one of the last remaining legal claims against the comedian.

Lawyers for 64-year-old Judy Huth will outline the evidence they plan to present that Cosby forced her to perform a sex act at the Playboy Mansion in 1975 when she was 16 years old. The case will hinge on the testimony of Huth, bolstered by photos and other archival exhibits to place the incident in time.

Cosby’s attorneys, who say no sexual abuse happened, are likely to emphasize that the burden of proving the nearly 50-year-old case lies entirely with the plaintiffs. They have acknowledged that Cosby took Huth to the Playboy Mansion, as a photo from the visit shows, but say they believe she was not a minor when it happened.

The trial is one of the last cases Cosby, 85, faces after a Pennsylvania appeals court threw out his criminal sexual assault conviction and freed him from prison 11 months ago. Several other lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct were settled by his insurer against his will.

Cosby will not testify after the judge ruled that he could assert his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. And he has no plans to leave his Pennsylvania home to attend the trial, which is taking place at a small courthouse in Santa Monica. Cosby’s representatives say glaucoma has left him blind and made travel too difficult.

Source: AP News

Nancy Pelosi’s husband arrested for suspected DUI; her office says she wasn’t present

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was arrested in Napa County, California, on Saturday night for allegedly driving under the influence.

The 82-year-old was detained around 11:44 p.m. and booked on two misdemeanor counts — driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher — according to the Napa County Criminal Justice Network’s records.

Paul’s bail was set at $5,000 and he was released on Sunday morning, the records show. Additional details of the incident were not immediately available. (The arrest was first reported by TMZ.)

Nancy Pelosi’s office said that she was across the country at the time of her husband’s arrest and would not discuss it further.

“The Speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast,” the statement read.

The California Democrat was in Providence, Rhode Island, on Sunday to deliver the 2022 commencement address at Brown University. She was also awarded an honorary doctorate degree.

During her remarks, the House leader called on graduates to help unify a “deeply divided” country, referencing the recent “senseless” mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York.

“I see dazzling brilliance, beautiful diversity,” Pelosi told the crowd of graduates. “I see the future — and it is you. So class of 2022, go forward with courage to build unity and hold on to your hope.”

The Pelosis have been married since 1963 and have five children.

ABC News’ Nicholas Kerr and MaryAlice Parks contributed to this report.

Source: WBAL

1 teen dead, 1 teen injured in Inner Harbor shooting

One teenager is dead and another was injured Saturday evening in a double-shooting at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, police said.

City police told 11 News two people — a 17-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy — were shot shortly after 7:30 p.m. at Pratt and Light streets.

The boy, Neal Mack, has since died and the girl was taken into surgery and is in stable but serious condition, police said.

Police said officers are searching for the assailant. Police said the shooting stemmed from a confrontation, and it’s unknown whether the two victims were together at the time of the shooting.

“This is an unnecessary tragedy,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said. “It’s about young people carrying guns, young people with the willingness to use those guns indiscriminately in crowds. It is about them having a total disregard for human life.”

Source: WBAL