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Robber gets 12 years for killing homeless man near Busch Stadium

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A St. Louis man reached a plea deal in last year's killing of a homeless man at the Busch Stadium MetroLink stop and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

A St. Louis man reached a plea deal in last year’s killing of a homeless man at the Busch Stadium MetroLink stop and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Marvin Anthony Burt Jr., 20, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, attempted robbery, second-degree assault and 3 counts of armed criminal action on March 19, 2017, murder of Mac Payne. Burt was sentenced by St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The fatal shot was fired from a handgun that went off as Burt and another man, Warren Whitehead, robbed two men near Busch Stadium inside a MetroLink train, police said.

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Police said Burt pistol-whipped a 29-year-old man in the face and demanded money while Whitehead demanded money from the victim’s 51-year-old father. Police said Whitehead stole cigarettes from the older man’s pocket and punched him in the face, according to AP News.

The handgun went off during the assault. Payne, 57, was outside the train on the station platform when he was shot in the chest, according to police.



The attackers fled. They had been among 6 people who boarded the train in East St. Louis. Police released photos of the group, and within hours, all 6 had been identified.

Payne was taken to a hospital, where he died. The man and son attacked the train stayed aboard and met with police at the Central West End station. They were treated at a hospital and released.

Whitehead, now 22, faces charges of second-degree murder, armed criminal action, and second-degree robbery. His trial is set for June 18, 2018.

Payne’s wife, Jeanette Payne, filed a wrongful death suit against Bi-State, saying the agency that oversees Metro Transit did not provide adequate security at the MetroLink stop. She said they were married 32 years and had a son.

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Payne’s brother told the Post-Dispatch after the homeless man’s death that he supported himself by picking up and selling scrap metal. Arthur Payne described his brother as selfless and “very likable.”

Mac Payne traveled around the city and county a lot. He brought his bike with him on the MetroLink or bus to see family in different parts of the area or to go to different community centers to use the gym and socialize, according to his brother.

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Nanny gets life in prison in fatal stabbings of two children

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The nanny convicted of murder two children left in her care in their Manhattan apartment was sentenced and will spend the rest of her life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The nanny convicted of murder two children left in her care in their Manhattan apartment was sentenced and will spend the rest of her life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Yoselyn Ortega murdered 6-year-old Lucia Krim and 2-year-old Leo Krim inside their Upper West Side apartment in Manhattan on October 25, 2012. She learned her fate after emotional impact statements by the victim’s parents. ABC7 New York reported.

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Mother Marina Krim told a judge that Ortega instead destroyed her own family. She said Ortega had shown no remorse, and no one in her family has ever said they were sorry.



The nanny Yoselyn Ortega was sentenced to 25 years on each count of first-degree murder, to run consecutively, meaning she would serve a minimum of 50 years. She was convicted in April 2018 after her lawyers argued she was mentally ill and couldn’t be held responsible for their deaths.

Prosecutor say Ortega knew what she was doing and understood “every stab, every slash” as she slaughtered the children.

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The children’s mother found them in a bathroom. The parent’s testimony made jurors weep during the emotional trial.

Prosecutor said the motive was Ortega’s mounting financial troubles and her deep resentment of the Krims.

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Woman awarded $8 million after wrongful termination from Chipotle restaurant

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A jury on Thursday ruled in favor of a woman wrongfully terminated from a Chipotle restaurant in Fresno California.

A jury on Thursday ruled in favor of a woman wrongfully terminated from a Chipotle restaurant in Fresno California.

Jeannette Ortiz was awarded $8 million after she was fired from her managing position in 2015. ABC7 News reported.

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Chipotle accused Ortiz of stealing $636 and claimed there was surveillance video evidence of it, but the company never produced the video.



Chipotle restaurant issued a statement saying they were disappointed with the verdict and planned to appeal the outcome.

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Venezuelan model gets 20 months in prison for extortion plot

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Venezuelan model was sentenced to 20 months and 15 days in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for her participation in an extortion plot.

Venezuelan model was sentenced to 20 months and 15 days in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for her participation in an extortion plot.

Additionally, U.S. District Judge Joan A. Lenard ordered Venezuelan model to pay at least $841.20 in restitution and prohibited her from using social media and email during her sentence and the term of supervision.

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On February 14, 2018, following a two and a half week Miami jury trial, Brigith Dayana Gomez, 29, of Venezuela was convicted on all counts of the charged indictment.



One count of conspiracy to transmit an interstate extortionate communication.
Three counts of interstate transmission of an extortionate communication.
One count of interstate travel in aid of racketeering.

According to U.S. Attorney’s Office, Gomez and co-defendant Carolina Del Carmen Roldan planned to extort a victim, residing in Broward County in Florida, out of tens of thousands of dollars. If the victim did not comply with the demands for payment, the defendants threatened to damage the victim’s reputation and business prospects.

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Gomez was residing in Los Angeles, California, while Del Carmen Roldan was residing in Miami, Florida, during the extortion conspiracy. Both women, originally from Venezuela, had previously obtained U.S. visas to reside in the United States.

Del Carmen Roldan previously pled guilty to participating in the conspiracy to transmit an interstate extortionate communication and was sentenced to 14 months and 15 days in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release.

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