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Grandmother gets 12 years in murder-for-hire plot

CULPEPER (AP) A Culpeper County grandmother will serve 12 years in state prison for putting a hit on relatives after losing custody of her grandson. Circuit Judge Richard Potter on Monday sentenced 45-year-old Tammy Smith Kelly of Stevensburg. She pleaded ...

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Feds bust monkey blood scam

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A broker of human blood and animal blood products in Winchester has pleaded guilty to shipping monkey blood but falsely labeling it as human. Phillip Lloyd of Clear Brook, 57, entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in ...

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Somali pirates resentenced, 2 get life terms

NORFOLK (AP) Two Somali pirates have been sentenced to life in prison, and a third has received 33 years because he cooperated with prosecutors in a separate piracy case. U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson issued the life sentences Monday after ...

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90 years for man who killed 3 family members

(AP) A Virginia man who pleaded guilty to killing his parents and his sister at their home last year has been sentenced to 90 years. Local news agencies report 29-year-old Carl V. Hughes IV was sentenced to 150 years in ...

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Law school hotline offers voter assistance

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) Students from the William & Mary law school will be running a voter assistance hotline this election day. The school says students will help local citizens in the Tidewater region with any questions they have Tuesday about voting. ...

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Supreme Court denies rehearing in death row case

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court has again declined to hear the death row case of a man who was convicted of killing a Richmond family of four. The high court denied Ricky Gray’s petition for a rehearing Monday after ...

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Jury awards $3M in Rolling Stone defamation case

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Jurors awarded a University of Virginia administrator $3 million Monday for her portrayal in a now-discredited Rolling Stone magazine article about the school’s handling of a brutal gang rape at a fraternity house. The 10-member jury’s decision came ...

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Family wins $1.4M in lawsuit over online harassment

WASHINGTON (AP) A Virginia man and his family have won a $1.4 million judgment in their lawsuit charging he was harassed online so badly that he tried to kill himself. The Washington Post reports a Loudoun County jury last month ...

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No charges for Morrissey

(AP) Richmond mayoral candidate and lawyer Joe Morrissey won’t face criminal charges following allegations he pressured a client for sex. Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor said Friday that while what Morrissey did was “wrong and unethical, there will not ...

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Ex-prison employees charged in gang case

(AP) Federal authorities say they’ve disrupted a gang that was selling drugs inside Virginia state prisons. Federal law enforcement officials said Friday they’ve charged 20 members of the Mad Stone Bloods with racketeering and other charges. Prosecutors say three members ...

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