- - Wednesday, January 18, 2012

CALIFORNIA

Hand found in park where human head was discovered

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles investigators found a human hand Wednesday in the Hollywood wilderness park where a severed head in a plastic bag was discovered by dog walkers, and the search continued for other body parts.

The hand was discovered in Bronson Canyon as dozens of police officers, including homicide investigators, combed the brush along a winding trail a few miles below the Hollywood sign.

A coroner’s cadaver dog found the hand about 50 yards from where the head was discovered on Tuesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The remains are thought to come from the same man. Wild animals in the park may have some other body parts, police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said.

The head of a man in his 40s, 50s or 60s was found about a half-mile inside the gated canyon road, which is part of the vast Griffith Park.

“One of the dogs ran into the brush and came out carrying a plastic grocery bag. As the dogs shook the plastic grocery bag, the severed human head fell out of the bag and onto the ground,” Cmdr. Smith told KCBS-TV.

The man may have been killed elsewhere in recent days and his body dumped in the park, he said.

The man wasn’t identified. Police were checking reports of missing persons, and coroner’s investigators will check dental records.

NEW YORK

Man gets 200 years in deadly violence spree

NEW YORK — A 24-year-old man who pleaded guilty to murder and other crimes in a violent stabbing rampage in New York City last winter was sentenced Wednesday to 200 years in prison during a hearing in which he hurled epithets at one of his victims and was told by the judge that he was a “sociopath.”

Maksim Gelman, born in Ukraine, pleaded guilty in November in Brooklyn to murder and other charges in the spree in February 2011, which included fatally stabbing his stepfather and two others, fatally running down a pedestrian, stealing a car and attacking a subway passenger.

On Wednesday, he was sentenced to the maximum sentence for each of 13 counts; some of the sentences will run consecutively, resulting in the 200-year term.

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