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100 years ago in Spokane: Former deputy arrested on murder charge moments after jury acquits him in another murder … – The Spokesman

Charles A. Palmer was declared not guilty of murder. However, right after he thanked the jury foreman for a “true verdict,” Palmer was re-arrested for another murder.

This trial had been only for the murder of George Verbeck, but Palmer had also shot Nels Verbeck, George’s father, and Nels had died of his wounds weeks later. This re-arrest was for the murder of Nels, so it appeared that Palmer would be standing trial again.

The jury apparently accepted Palmer’s contention that he shot in self-defense after he was confronted by several drunken antagonists outside a Milan poolroom, near Deer Park. On the first ballot, seven jurors voted for acquittal. On a second ballot, only two jurors held out for conviction, and they favored a second-degree verdict. They apparently changed their minds on subsequent ballots.

The prosecutor expressed disappointment in the jury’s verdict and said there was a tendency among the jurors to “shirk

Read more at: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/may/13/100-years-ago-in-spokane-former-deputy-arrested-on/

Plea deal nets 20 years for Peoria man in deadly botched robbery

PEORIA — A Peoria man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for his part in a 2012 murder that resulted from a botched robbery.

Robert C. Nunn, Jr. now 23, pleaded guilty in Peoria County Circuit Court to second-degree murder as part of a deal that saw a first-degree murder charge dropped, said his attorney William Loeffel.

The plea came after an appellate court panel last summer threw out Nunn’s conviction for the murder of Kelin “Noopy” Drummond in May 2012. Nunn had originally received a life sentence. But the appellate judges found a judge here improperly barred a Facebook conversation at the December 2012 trial. The case was sent back to Peoria County last summer.

No one disputed Nunn killed Drummond. At issue was whether Nunn shot in self-defense or as the result of a

Read more at: http://www.pjstar.com/news/20170512/plea-deal-nets-20-years-for-peoria-man-in-deadly-botched-robbery

Plea deal nets 20 years for Peoria man in deadly botched robbery …

PEORIA — A Peoria man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for his part in a 2012 murder that resulted from a botched robbery.

Robert C. Nunn, Jr. now 23, pleaded guilty in Peoria County Circuit Court to second-degree murder as part of a deal that saw a first-degree murder charge dropped, said his attorney William Loeffel.

The plea came after an appellate court panel last summer threw out Nunn’s conviction for the murder of Kelin “Noopy” Drummond in May 2012. Nunn had originally received a life sentence. But the appellate judges found a judge here improperly barred a Facebook conversation at the December 2012 trial. The case was sent back to Peoria County last summer.

No one disputed Nunn killed Drummond. At issue was whether Nunn shot in self-defense or as the result of a

Read more at: http://www.pjstar.com/news/20170512/plea-deal-nets-20-years-for-peoria-man-in-deadly-botched-robbery

Peoria man takes plea deal; sentenced to 20 years for botched fatal robbery

PEORIA — A Peoria man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for his part in a 2012 murder that resulted from a botched robbery.

Robert C. Nunn, Jr. now 23, pleaded guilty in Peoria County Circuit Court to second-degree murder as part of a deal that saw a first-degree murder charge dropped, said his attorney William Loeffel.

The plea came after an appellate court panel last summer threw out Nunn’s conviction for the murder of Kelin “Noopy” Drummond in May 2012. Nunn had originally received a life sentence. But the appellate judges found a judge here improperly barred a Facebook conversation at the December 2012 trial. The case was sent back to Peoria County last summer.

No one disputed Nunn killed Drummond. At issue was whether Nunn shot in self-defense or as the result of a

Read more at: http://www.pjstar.com/news/20170512/peoria-man-takes-plea-deal-sentenced-to-20-years-for-botched-fatal-robbery

15 years in prison for gunman who shot 5 Jamar Clark protesters

A judge on Wednesday sentenced Allen Scarsella to more than 15 years in prison for the racially motivated shooting of five black men at a north Minneapolis demonstration following the death of Jamar Clark.

It was a punishment considered far too lenient by Clark’s family, who confronted Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman after the sentencing and repeatedly demanded to know why more severe charges weren’t filed against Scarsella.

“If that was me, I’d be looking at 25, 30 [years] to life,” said Cameron Clark, whom Scarsella, 25, shot twice during the protest on Nov. 23, 2015.

Before leaving the confrontation, Freeman called the sentence “a good result.”

Freeman has repeatedly said the office leveled the most serious felony assault charges they could under state law. They asked Judge Hilary Caligiuri to give Scarsella 20 years but expected a range somewhere within 12 to 17 years. After credit for the

Read more at: http://www.startribune.com/sentencing-today-for-gunman-who-shot-5-jamar-clark-protesters/420485043/

49 years ago today, a tragedy happened in a place call My Lai

March 16, 1968 | U.S. Soldiers Massacre Vietnamese Civilians at My Lai

By The Learning Network, NYTime.com

On March 16, 1968, during the Vietnam War, United States troops under the command of Lt. William L. Calley Jr. carried out a massacre of about 500 unarmed men, women and children in the village of My Lai.

The C Company, also known as the “Charlie Company,” of the 11th Brigade, Americal Division, was ordered to My Lai to eliminate the Vietcong’s 48th Battalion. On the night of March 15, Capt. Ernest Medina, the commander of Charlie Company, told his men that all civilians would leave the village by 7:00 the following morning, leaving only Vietcong soldiers and sympathizers. He ordered them to burn down the village, poison wells and wipe out the enemy.

Ronald Haeberle/U.S. ArmyWomen and children were victims of the My Lai massacre on March 16, 1968.Read more at: http://ameriforce.net/49-years-ago-today-tragedy-happened-place-call-lai/

We tracked Christie’s gun record over 25 years. It changed — a lot.

“‘The issue which has energized me to get into this race is the recent attempt by certain Republican legislators to repeal New Jersey’s ban on
assault weapons,” Christie said in a statement released on April 14, 1993 as he entered the race for state Senate.

”In today’s society, no one needs a semi-automatic assault weapon.'”

Christie would make clear he respected the Second Amendment, but opposed any “weakening” of New Jersey’s tough gun laws.

He would fail to qualify for the senate election.

Read more at: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/03/how_christie_went_from_gun_control_advocate_to_opp.html

Oakland: Gang member sentenced to more than 100 years in prison

OAKLAND — A 31-year-old Oakland gang member was sentenced Friday to more than 100 years in prison for executing a rival that he said he shot in self-defense, and for robbing a woman at gunpoint at an ATM months later.

Gerald A. Gipson was convicted by a jury in June of first-degree murder for fatally shooting 49-year-old Timothy Wilson on the afternoon of July 23, 2014, in front of Wilson’s home in the 5900 block of E. 17th Street. Prosecutors said they believe Gipson targeted Wilson “over an inner-feud within the gang stemming from a homicide which occurred years earlier.”

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Vernon Nakahara sentenced Gipson on Friday to more than 105 years to life for the killing and an unrelated ATM robbery, according to court staff.

Prosecutor Ben Beltramo argued to jurors that Gipson had hunted Wilson down and executed him “in cold blood” to finish an ongoing dispute. A witness testified they saw

Read more at: http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/03/03/oakland-gang-member-sentenced-to-more-than-100-years-in-prison/

A teen was shot by a watchman 5 years ago. And the Trayvon Martin case became a cause

Five years ago this week, a Miami-Dade teen was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch captain outside a Central Florida apartment complex. The events that night, involving 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and 28-year-old George Zimmerman. Here are several key stories from the Miami Herald archive on the case, which gripped the state and the country with issues of race relations, neighborhood crime, self-defense and profiling of black youth.

THE SHOOTING, February 2012

Trayvon Martin traveled to Sanford on a trip with his father. The teen returned to his Miami home in a body bag.

Martin, 17, was shot and killed Feb. 26 by a neighborhood crime watch captain.

The circumstances of the shooting are still unknown, but George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old man who shot Martin, told police he shot in self-defense.

READ MORE: Five years after his death, a few words about Trayvon

After getting few answers from police, Martin’s

Read more at: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article135413214.html