Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Richard Kirk has been sentenced to thirty years in prison for murdering his wife, Kristine Kirk, nearly three years ago, shortly after he’d consumed a marijuana edible. During the hearing at which this punishment was formalized, Kirk implied that the pot candy had spurred the killing, saying, “I had no idea how it would affect me…. I’m so sorry that I became the monster that I was supposed to protect them from.” But a major cannabis business organization maintains that legal marijuana actually reduces crime instead of increasing it. Westword has the story.
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Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Police uncovered and retrieved items of potential evidentiary value during its excavation behind the former home of Donthe Lucas, a person of interest in the case of Kelsie Schelling, who disappeared in February 2013 shortly after learning she was pregnant. However, authorities confirm that no human remains were located during the two-day process. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The U.S. Navy is currently embroiled in one of the biggest scandals to rock the service in recent memory, with the main targets of a recently unsealed grand jury indictment being nine officers, including Stephen Shedd. The group, whose self-generated nicknames included “The Cool Kids,” “The Band of Brothers,” “The Brotherhood,” “The Wolfpack,” the “Familia” and “The Lion King’s Harem,” allegedly provided confidential shipping schedules and the like to Malaysian defense contractor Leonard Francis, aka “Fat Leonard,” in exchange for bribes such as party time with prostitutes. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Einspahr said that she owed $15,000 as part of a restitution/plea deal in a theft case — and she figured that the quickest way to come up with the dough would be to steal it from a bank. So she grabbed the kids she was babysitting, bought them some suckers at a gas station to occupy them, then took off her car’s license plates and headed to the bank. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Hooker was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder last year. Now, however, he has been convicted of a much less serious charge: tampering with evidence. Prosecutors say he was guilty only of trying to hide a gun in a gopher hole after what is now believed to have been a tragic accident among friends. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Courtney Plante has taken a plea agreement in regard to attempted-murder allegations against her and significant other Sean Overstreet dating back to January 2016, when she was nineteen and he was 37. The deal trims time off Plante’s possible sentence but doesn’t let her off the hook for a crime against a former teacher of hers that was as violent as it was bizarre. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Richard stabbed his wife to death in the home of her brother, where she’d taken refuge along with her five kids. Days before, police believe Richard kidnapped and sexually assaulted her. But while this tragedy didn’t fall through the cracks, plenty of other examples of domestic violence do — and one person is trying to prevent it from happening. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Luke Pelham has a chromosomal disorder that causes him to misread social cues and have difficulty understanding adult interactions. But that didn’t stop prosecutors from finding him guilty of felony murder for a killing in which he wasn’t even present. Westword has the story.