Marine gets 15 years in Iraqi’s death
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A jury sentenced a Marine sergeant yesterday to 15 years in prison for the murder of an Iraqi civilian during a fruitless search for an insurgent.
Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III was also dishonorably discharged, reduced in rank to private and given a written reprimand.
The Iraqi civilian was pulled from his Hamdania home in April 2006 and shot. An AK-47 and a shovel were placed nearby to make him look like an insurgent planting a bomb, according to the prosecution.
Armless driver gets prison time
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — A man with no arms and one leg who wouldn’t stop driving despite a long list of traffic violations was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday on felony driving and drug charges.
Michael Francis Wiley, 40, also was sentenced to 15 years of drug offender probation. He pleaded no contest in June to the charges.
Wiley taught himself to drive after losing both arms and a leg in an electrical accident when he was 13. He has already spent more than three years in prison for habitually driving without a license, kicking a state trooper and other charges.
School officials charged in death
TRENTON, N.J. — Two Rider University officials, including the dean of students, and three students were indicted yesterday in the death of a freshman after a drinking binge at a campus fraternity house.
The school dissolved the Phi Kappa Tau chapter yesterday, and authorities said the aggravated hazing charges should send a message to students and administrators.
Gary DeVercelly Jr., of Long Beach, Calif., had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.426, more than five times New Jersey’s legal limit for driving, when he was pronounced dead March 30 at a Trenton hospital, authorities said. He died the day after drinking at the Phi Kappa Tau house on the private school’s campus in central New Jersey.
If convicted, the officials and fraternity members face a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Couple welcomes 17th child
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — It’s a girl — again — for Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the proud parents of 17 children.