Brookshire woman sentenced to 10 years in prison for mailing homemade bombs to Obama, Abbott
A Brookshire woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after admitting to sending homemade bombs to state and federal officials. Back in July, Julia Ann Poff, 47, pleaded guilty to transportation of explosives with the intent to kill, injure and intimidate a person.She admitted she mailed a package in October 2016 with a homemade bomb addressed to former President Barack Obama. She also admitted to mailing two similar packages addressed to Gov. Greg Abbott and Carolyn Colvin, Commissioner of the Social Security Administration.
A California man has pleaded guilty to beating his mother to death more than 25 years ago.
Marjorie Van Uden was found dead in her home in Corona del Mar in Newport Beach, California, on March 5, 1994, according to. The 76-year-old was found with a shattered skull, having been bludgeoned to death by a blunt object.
Her son John Henry Van Uden III was charged with her murder in 2017 with a special circumstance allegation that he had killed for financial gain, Fox11 reported. If convicted, he would have faced a sentence of life in prison without parole.
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The defendant, John Conner III, also has two similar pending cases where he is charged with criminal exposure to HIV.
But that charge was dismissed as part of a plea deal on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. The 73-year-old was immediately sentenced to three years in state prison, according to Fox 11.
He was given 1,510 days credit for time served with good behavior since his 2017 arrest, meaning he could be released as early as Wednesday evening.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Eric Scarbrough told The Register that the fact that some witnesses in the case are now dead and others have memories that are fading prompted them to offer Van Uden a plea deal.
"We are just dealing with the difficulties of trying to litigate something 25 to 30 years down the line. It was better to have him take responsibility now," Scarbrough told the newspaper.
Ohio mother gets consecutive life sentences after pleading guilty to killing young sons
An Ohio mother was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus seven years Tuesday after pleading guilty to smothering her three young sons to death over a 13-month period, prosecutors said. Brittany Pilkington, 27, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter for causing the deaths of her three sons between July 2014 and August 2015, according to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart.The boys -- Niall, Gavin and Noah -- died in July 2014, April 2015 and August 2015, respectively, the prosecutors said in a statement.
Investigators had immediately focused on Van Uden, Marjorie Van Uden's eldest son, after she was found murdered, according to The Register, but no charges were filed due to a lack of direct evidence.
Then, officials in Newport Beach hired two retired homicide detectives to look into the cold case in 2016, according to Fox11. They turned up new clues leading to Van Uden's arrest at Dana Point Harbor on November 2, 2017.
After Van Uden's arrest, Newport Beach police chief Jon Lewis told reporters that he had been a "strong suspect" from the beginning.
But Mick Hill, Van Uden's attorney, told Orange County Superior Court Judge Patrick H. Donahue that he disagreed with his client's decision to take the plea deal on Wednesday. "My client has spent more than two years in custody for a crime I trust believe he didn't commit," Hill said, according to The Register.
According to the newspaper, court records show that Van Uden's mother had removed him as the executor of her trust, worth around $3 million, and placed his brother in the role instead. That brother told police that their mother had complained to him a week or two before her death that she was tired of Van Uden asking her for money.
Ohio Mother Pleads Guilty To Killing Infant Sons
Brittany Pilkington was given two consecutive life sentences for killing her three infant sons, prosecutors announced.Pilkington, 27, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday. She was accused of smothering to death her three sons, Niall, Gavin and Noah, who died in July 2014, April 2015 and August 2015, respectively.
But during a preliminary hearing last year, prosecutors conceded there was no DNA or fingerprints tying Van Uden to his mother's slaying. The murder weapon was also never found.
Hill alleged that investigators ignored other possible suspects, including contractors working at Marjorie Van Uden's home. According to a motion filed earlier this month, Hill said Newport Beach police failed to investigate clues that could have exonerated Van Uden and claimed officers had harassed his alibi witness, who was his girlfriend at the time of his mother's death, and her son for years, according to Fox11.
Hill said police failed to chase down a lead from a neighbor who said he suspected the killer may have been a roofing contractor, the station reported. He said Marjorie Van Uden's autopsy showed she may have been killed by a lathe or roofing hammer.
Newsweek has contacted the Orange County District Attorney's Office and the Newport Beach Police Department for comment.
Mom pleads guilty to murder of 5-year-old son .
The body of Andrew "AJ" Freund was found in a shallow grave in April. Cunningham pleaded guilty on Thursday and faces between 20 and 60 years in prison, according to a statement from the office of McHenry County State's Attorney Patrick Kenneally. She will not be eligible for parole and must serve all of her sentence, prosecutors said.© The Office of McHenry County States Attorney An undated photo released by the office of McHenry County State's Attorney Patrick D. Kenneally shows Joanne Cunningham.