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Life sentence for penis-cutting wife

Catherine Kieu, the Garden Grove, California woman arrested and convicted of drugging her husband, cutting off his penis, and mangling it in a kitchen sink disposal unit, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.

Joseph Banis Gets Life for the Murder of James Carroll

Joseph Banis was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the December 2009 murder of his drug dealer and sexual rival James Carroll, who was stabbed and shot during a drug-fueled ménage à trois with Banis and his ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Mundt.

Russian Serial Killer Sentenced to Life in Prison

A court in Russia’s Penza region has sentenced 24-year-old serial killer Alexander Bychkov to life in prison for nine murders. A year ago, Bychkov was caught shoplifting and confessed to police that there were six bodies buried in his yard.

Stripper Turned Trophy Wife Sentenced to Life for Brutal Murder of Wealthy Husband

A federal court in White Plains, N.Y., sentenced Narcy Novack to life in prison Monday. Novack was convicted in June of killing her husband Ben Novack, the eccentric heir to the Fontainebleau hotel fortune, and his elderly mother.

‘Menace to Society’ Sentenced to Life After 14th DUI

Terry Ash, 55, of Boise, Idaho, has been convicted of DUI 14 times in the last 32 years. On October 16 Ada County Judge Patrick Owen, told Ash he was a "menace to society," and that to protect the pubic he was sentencing him to life in prison. There are worse offenders out there, and the sentences vary dramatically.

Mom Who Glued Daughter’s Hands to Wall Gets 99 Years

Prosecutors were seeking 45 years in the case of Elizabeth Escalona, 23, who pleaded guilty July 12 to first-degree injury to a child after admitting to beating her 2-year-old daughter Jocelyn and gluing her hands to a wall in September of last year. A district judge, however, nearly doubled that sentence, sending the mother to prison for 99 years Friday. A charge of first-degree injury to a child carries a sentence of five years to life.

Former NFL Linebacker Sentenced to Life in Millionaire Murder Plot

On Friday, ex-football player Eric Naposki was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the 1994 murder of 55-year- old millionaire Bill McLaughlin. Naposki had conspired with his lover — and McLaughlin’s girlfriend — Nanette Packard to kill McLaughlin for his money. Packard was sentenced to life in May. Read the full story of the gold digger, the football player and the millionaire.

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