- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 17, 2007

Lawyer pleads guilty in fatal stabbing

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A lawyer who fatally stabbed a neighbor he thought had molested his 2-year-old daughter pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter Friday, attorneys said.

Prosecutor Jonathan Benedict said he will recommend Jonathon Edington, 29, serve 20 years in prison at sentencing Aug. 17.

Authorities said Edington’s wife told him that Barry James had molested their daughter, triggering the attack in the bedroom of Mr. James’ home on Aug. 28, 2006.

Officers said they caught Edington as he was washing off the victim’s blood in his kitchen sink.

Police have said they found no evidence that Mr. James had molested the Edingtons’ daughter.

Man convicted of drug smuggling

NEW YORK — A man labeled by the United States as one of the world’s biggest drug lords was convicted Friday of smuggling more than $100 million in cocaine from Colombia into the U.S.

Manuel Felipe Salazar-Espinosa was convicted of drug importation conspiracy, cocaine distribution and money laundering conspiracy in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Designated by the Justice Department as one of the most powerful and dangerous drug traffickers in the world, Salazar-Espinosa faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 2. As a condition of the 55-year-old’s extradition from Colombia, prosecutors agreed not to seek the maximum sentence of life in prison.

Zebras, horses take walk around town

COLORADO SPRINGS — The circus came to town Friday, but a few wayward animals put on their own show.

Four zebras and three horses from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus took an unscheduled run on a road just outside World Arena, where the circus was performing this weekend. About 15 animal handlers chased them for about a half-hour

The animals were being walked into the arena from a corral in the parking lot to practice when noise from nearby Interstate 25 spooked the zebras, said Carrie Coleman, veterinary technician for the circus.

The zebras ran onto a road alongside the interstate, and the horses followed. The animals were recaptured unharmed and no one was hurt, officials said.

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