(Brooklyn, NY) – A crowd of people ran under yellow police tape trying to get to a man police say climbed through a window in a Brooklyn community and raped an 11-year old girl.
It happened Wednesday night near Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens while the little girl was sleeping. Police say the 18-year old suspect climbed through a second floor window and attacked her. He fled once she screamed for her parents. Surveillance video helped investigators track the suspect who was arrested and led away in handcuffs in front of angry residents.
Julio Ayala has been charged with rape, burglary and sexual abuse.
(Topeka, KS) – They say everyone has a twin. But nobody wants to hear that when your freedom is on the line. A Kansas man, 42-year old Richard Jones, spent 17 years in prison after authorities wrongfully convicted him for a crime he didn’t commit.
It’s easy to see how the mistake was made. But that’s no excuse for stealing a man’s freedom for that long.
Accused of aggravated robbery, Jones maintained his innocence, but he looked liked the suspect. Other prisoners even remarked that he looked just like another man they knew. It was that tip that led Jones’ attorney to find and identify the man as the real culprit.
Almost two decades later, a judge finally agreed. Photos of both of the men proved they did in fact look alike. It was also discovered that the other man lived in the same area where the crime was committed. A judge threw out the conviction last year and now Jones wants 65k for every year that he was locked up.
(Augusta, GA-AP) — A former government contractor guilty of leaking U.S. secrets about Russia’s attempts to hack the 2016 presidential election will spend five years behind bars. Reality Winner was given the longest sentence ever for a federal crime involving leaks to the media.
Winner was contracted by the National Security Agency and copied a classified report detailing Russian efforts to penetrate a Florida voting software supplier. In her guilty plea, Winner says she committed the actions on her own free will.
(Stanford, CA-AP) – The former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault will not get a new trial. An appeals court refused to overturn Brock Turner’s conviction, ruling that he did receive a fair trial.
He was convicted of assaulting another student while she was unconscious outside a frat party. A judge gave Turner a light, six month sentence even though prosecutors pushed for a long prison term. He ended up serving three months before being released.
(Alexandria, VA-AP) – Prosecutors are hoping to prove Paul Manafort lied in order to obtain loans and lower his tax bill. The prosecution is building its case while Manafort’s defense team continues to blame Rick Gates. In Day 8 of the trial, an Airbnb representative was called in to testify. Airbnb says the former Trump campaign chief listed a SoHo condo in Manhattan for nearly three years.
He said it was always available for the maximum one-thousand, 125 nights Airbnb allows. When Manafort applied for a three-point-four-million-dollar loan against the property he listed it as a second home. Earlier a banker testified that Manafort lied about that condo and a Brooklyn townhouse he owned when applying for a loan. The defense sought to show that the inaccuracies in the loan applications could be blamed on Manafort’s former assistant Gates.
(Alexandria, VA) – Paul Manafort’s defense attorney is trying to throw doubt one the claim his client’s signature is on many documents that authorized foreign bank activity. The prosecution called on a forensic accountant after the defense ended its cross-examination of star witness Rick Gates in the bank and tax fraud trial of President Trump’s former campaign chairman.
The accountant admitted on the stand that Manafort’s signatures had discrepancies. The accountant was walking the jury through Manafort’s finances. Most of the accountant’s testimony was driven by data. However, emails from Manafort directing wire transfers from offshore accounts to vendors for some of the expensive items he bought were presented.
(New York, NY) – Authorities are announcing a take down of a large scale counterfeit sneakers operation in New York City. NYPD and investigators with the Department of Homeland Security have arrested five people as a result.
Police say the scheme involved sending 42 containers of fake Nike Air Jordans from factories in China to Port Newark for distribution around the Tri-State. After being stored at warehouses in Brooklyn and Queens, the knockoffs were sold for about 190-dollars per pair.
(Alexandria, VA) – Paul Manafort’s former business partner is admitting that he committed crimes with the former Trump campaign chief. Rick Gates took the witness stand today in the bank fraud and money laundering trial against Manafort in Alexandria, Virginia.
Gates confessed that he and Manafort did not report over a dozen foreign bank accounts, even though they knew it was illegal. He also claimed he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort by creating fake expense reports.
Under cross-examination Rick Gates is admitting that he stole money from Paul Manafort in part to fund an extramarital affair. Gates said he used the money to pay for an apartment in London and he flew first class and stayed at luxury hotels during his relationship.
The defense attorney for President Trump’s former campaign chairman asked if Gates spent as much as three-million-dollars on the affair. Gates said he didn’t think it was that much but admitted he took money from Manafort without permission. The attorney pressed Gates on repeatedly taking advantage of Manafort when it came to money and the lies that he told about that. Manafort is on trial for bank and tax fraud.
Gates has accepted a plea bargain from the Special Counsel in the Russia investigation.
(Los Angeles, CA) – Arraignment will be held Wednesday at the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building for the man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar from her table during the post-Academy Awards Governors Ball. Terry Bryant pleaded not guilty to grand theft charges and faces up to three years behind bars if convicted.
McDormand reportedly doesn’t want to see Bryant prosecuted. However, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences technically owns the statuette and is listed on the police report as the victim. McDormand won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
(Los Angeles, CA) – A preliminary hearing will be held Wednesday at the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building for the man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar from her table during the post-Academy Awards Governors Ball.
Terry Bryant pleaded not guilty to grand theft charges and faces up to three years behind bars if convicted. McDormand reportedly doesn’t want to see Bryant prosecuted.
However — the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences technically owns the statuette and is listed on the police report as the victim. McDormand won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”