VENTURA, Calif. – A teen who fatally shot a gay junior high classmate in the back of the head during a computer lab nearly four years ago was sentenced Monday to 21 years in state prison, capping an emotional case that focused attention on how schools deal with sexual identity.
Brandon McInerney, 17, didn’t speak at the hearing, but his lawyer said his client was sorry for killing 15-year-old Larry King.
McInerney will report to prison next month, after he turns 18. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and unlawful use of a firearm after jurors deadlocked during his trial as an adult on a first-degree murder charge.
McInerney had just turned 14 when he shot King in front of shocked classmates at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard on Feb. 12, 2008.
Couple found dead; baby OK
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A man and woman were found dead with their unharmed baby in a remote western Alaska village when worried relatives went to check on them, family members said Monday.
State troopers were investigating the deaths of Jonathan Paul, 29, and Gina Martin, 26. The couple’s 1-year-old daughter, Deann, is staying with Martin’s family.
Troopers have not said how the couple died at their home in Kipnuk, a Yupik Eskimo community of 640 people.
Martin’s sister Patricia Martin said she and her mother found the bodies when they went to the couple’s home late Saturday night after not hearing from Gina Martin all day.
Feds to screen Arizona inmates
PHOENIX – The Homeland Security Department will use 50 immigration agents to screen jail inmates in Arizona’s most populous county after it revoked the sheriff’s authority to access its systems, the agency said Monday.
The letter from Homeland Security assistant secretary Nelson Peacock said the 50 agents will “screen, identify, apprehend and remove criminal aliens” found in Maricopa County jails.
The agents will replace county officers who had special training and the authority to perform the task in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s lockups. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano revoked that authority last week after a Justice Department investigation concluded that Arpaio’s office engaged in a pattern and practice of civil rights and constitutional violations and discriminated against Latino inmates in its jails.
JFK hearse will be auctioned
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – An auction house specializing in collectible classic cars plans to auction the hearse used to carry the body of President John F. Kennedy from a Dallas hospital to Air Force One.
Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. of Scottsdale, Ariz., announced a Jan. 21 auction of the 1964 Cadillac hearse.
O’Neal Funeral Home of Dallas used the hearse to bring a bronze casket to the hospital on Nov. 22, 1963, the day of Kennedy’s assassination, then carried the casket containing the president’s body to Love Field.