- - Monday, November 1, 2010


Trick-or-treating tot hurt by gunfire

SAN FRANCISCO | A 3-year-old girl and her grandfather were wounded when they were caught in the crossfire of a shooting while returning home from a night of trick-or-treating, police said Monday.

The child was initially reported to be hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after Sunday night’s shooting in the Potrero Hill neighborhood, but her condition improved by Monday afternoon, Officer Albie Esparza said.

“She is expected to survive,” he said.

Investigators think the girl and her grandfather were the unintended victims of a gang-related shooting that left a 20-year-old man injured with multiple gunshot wounds, Officer Esparza said.

The grandfather suffered a single gunshot wound as he tried to shield the girl with his body, but she was struck several times, police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.


Man pleads guilty in Ponzi scheme

DENVER | A man accused of defrauding dozens of investors, including former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway, in a $71 million Ponzi scheme pleaded guilty Monday to charges of theft, securities fraud and violating Colorado’s organized crime law.

In exchange for Sean Michael Mueller’s plea, prosecutors agreed to drop one charge of theft and not seek more than 40 years in prison. In court, prosecutor Joseph Morales said the plea agreement also includes restitution, though outside court, Mr. Morales said the dollar amount has not been determined.

Authorities say 65 people invested $71 million with the company over 10 years, but in April it had $9.5 million in assets and $45 million in liabilities. Mr. Morales said Mueller falsely claimed to have earned between $50 million and $70 million on those investments.

Mueller, 42, appeared in an orange prison uniform and handcuffs and answered, “Guilty, your honor,” when asked by Denver District Judge Martin F. Egelhoff how he pleaded to each of the counts.

Judge Egelhoff ordered a presentence investigation, which will help determine Mueller’s sentence. A sentencing hearing was scheduled for Dec. 6.


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