Reading from the Voice Media empire: In early 2016, we told you about the arrest of former Texas death-row resident Claude Wilkerson for allegedly keeping a woman chained to his bed and repeatedly raping her. Just over two years later, Wilkerson has agreed to a plea deal in the case, and it’s a sweet one. He’s admitted guilt to a pair of lesser charges, for which he’ll serve just six years behind bars and three on probation — an astonishingly brief sentence given the initial description of his crimes. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: One of the most disturbing crime stories in the nation over recent weeks involves Vincent Terry, who was arrested in Florida for allegedly killing his pregnant wife, Chrystal Terry, and taking photos of her corpse. But a connection to the case we reported about four years ago makes the incident even more horrific. After an arrest in Florida for another bizarre incident, Terry was transported back to the state where he was wanted for attempting to kill Chrystal. However, she refused to cooperate with authorities, resulting in his release, which made the latest tragedy possible. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: In recent weeks, Richard Darling was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for allegedly killing, dismembering and “filleting” the body of Rey Pesina in a homeless encampment on Halloween 2015. The sentence would seem to offer some solace to Candace Chamberlain, who was romantically involved with both men before getting caught in the middle of their fatal conflict. But more than two years later, she’s still struggling to deal with her memories from that awful day. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month has sparked plenty of conversation about whether new gun-control laws are needed. Against this backdrop, Sheriff Lou Vallario has stirred controversy aplenty by way of a Facebook video in which he suggests that blaming weapons for such incidents is flat-out nonsensical. Westword has the story.
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progressive group affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the Wobblies, has published a fiery account of the clash between members of a white-supremacist group and Antifa protesters outside a controversial event at a major college campus. In it, the authors explicitly state that the university’s police department stood “on the side of the neo-Nazis and fascists” during the confrontation and argue that a video shared here provides evidence to that effect by way of an officer telling a protester afterward, “If you guys need something, let us know.” Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: In 2016, at least eleven women accused nurse Tom Moore of improperly touching them while he was supposed to be providing medical care. Now he’s been given a twelve-year sentence for unlawful sexual contact in one county, to run concurrently with a dozen-year jolt previously doled out in another. But according to one of Moore’s multiple arrest affidavits, the amount of time he’s been ordered to serve is only a little longer than the decade during which he allegedly used his profession as a means to violate one female victim after another. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: In March 2017, as we’ve reported, former medical marijuana dispensary owner Rocky Pedersen was arrested for an AR-15-toting pot-shop robbery spree. He’s now been sentenced to fourteen years behind bars for a series of crimes that he blames on his switch from cannabis to heroin. However, the prosecutor in the case believes Pedersen was actually inspired by a lust for revenge because his own marijuana business was shuttered after his hometown prohibited dispensaries. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: An attendee at a town hall after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, says a state representative and Second Amendment advocate attempted to bolster her argument that teachers should be armed by claiming that Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had supported gun control and lobbied the state legislature to make schools gun-free zones to prevent return fire during the lethal April 20, 1999 attack that took the lives of twelve students and a teacher. And a TV news cameraman who covered Columbine backs up the attendees’ account. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Joshua Sands is “the most vulnerable person” in one small town, according to attorney David Lane, and that makes what happened to him even more shocking. Sands, who has autism, was assaulted and tased by six police officers after being mistaken for a murder suspect who was already behind bars at the time. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Reporters and anchors covering the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have frequently mentioned the disturbing similarity between images from the latest tragic event, during which seventeen people died, and those from the April 20, 1999, attack on Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. But there’s another tie between these tragedies beyond bloodshed and heartache. Politicians and stakeholders desperate to deflect calls for tougher gun laws are once again suggesting that violence in popular culture is more responsible for what happened in Parkland than are easily procured weapons. And as was the case after Columbine, one of the main whipping boys is actor Keanu Reeves. Really. Westword has the story.