Former Florida coach who absconded with teen sentenced to 18 months
Former assistant girls soccer coach Rian Rodriguez was sentenced to 18 months in prison after he was convicted of interfering with custody and sex with a minor , according to Jacksonville's WJXT.The conviction finally brings to a close the Caitlyn Frisina saga. The teen disappeared with her then coach Rian Rodriguez in late November, sparking a manhunt for Rodriguez which located him in upstate New York.
An Ohio woman who drifted off a road while texting and struck and killed two teenage girls has been sentenced to six years in prison.
Twenty-five-year-old Natasha Boggs, of New Franklin, asked for forgiveness before being sentenced Friday in Akron.
Boggs pleaded guilty in March to two counts of involuntary manslaughter, and one count each of vehicular assault and attempted tampering with evidence for the deaths of 14-year-old Taylor Galloway, of Akron, and 14-year-old Amber Thoma, of Coventry Township, in May 2017. A 15-year-old boy was seriously injured.
They were struck alongside a road with no sidewalks in Summit County’s Coventry Township.
Cyntoia Brown, who was sentenced to life in prison as a teen, to seek leniency before federal appeals court
Lawyers for a Nashville woman serving a life sentence in prison for a murder she committed at age 16 will appear Thursday before a federal appeals court to argue her sentence is unconstitutional.It is one of multiple tracks Cyntoia Brown's attorneys are pursuing in their high-profile attempt to get her out of prison. Brown also is asking Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam for clemency; the state parole board made conflicting recommendations to the governor after a hearing in May.
reports Angela Galloway, Taylor's mother, was emotional when she spoke before the courtroom.
"Natasha robbed my daughter of the life she should have had," Galloway said. "I will never see Taylor grow up. No prom or graduation, falling in love for the first time or a family of her own."
Boggs cried as Galloway called her selfish, saying she deleted texts from her phone immediately after the deadly collision. The Galloway family urged the judge to give Boggs the maximum sentence of nine years behind bars.
Angela Galloway was unmoved by Boggs' crying.
“Those tears are not for Taylor. They are tears for Natasha and loss of freedom,” Galloway said. “We are facing life alone and she gets maybe nine years. Where’s the justice in that? … I don’t think nine years is too much to ask for the lives of two beautiful girls.”
Boggs addressed family members with a shaky voice.
“I just want to say I’m truly sorry. I never meant for anything to happen,” she said. “I can’t forgive myself. I’m truly sorry.”
Defense attorney Daniel Funk argued that Boggs was not speeding, drunk or impaired at the time of the crash.
“This is a tragedy for all,” he said. “This is an accident. Nothing more. Nothing less. This is awful.”
Boggs received credit for the 11 months she’s spent in jail, making her prison sentence just over five years. Her driver’s license was suspended for five years.
Self-styled Utah prophet gets additional 15-year prison term .
A self-styled prophet who led a doomsday cult and secretly married young girls because of his beliefs in polygamy and has already been sentenced to 26 years in prison has been given a 15-year term following another guilty plea. Samuel Shaffer, 35, was sentenced Wednesday in Manti, Utah, after pleading guilty to one felony count of child sodomy, the Deseret News reported . Other charges including bigamy, lewdness involving a child and an additional sodomy count were dropped in exchange for the guilty plea.