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Belton could have faced up to 21 years in prison, but a presentencing report recommended no more than seven years.

Judge Delaney chose a more lenient sentence but rejected a bid by Belton’s public defense lawyer, Dedree Miles, for probation for what Ms. Miles called a “stupid and foolish” robbery attempt at a Las Vegas resort featured in the 2001 movie “Ocean’s Eleven.”


SpaceX Dragon capsule arrives at space station

CAPE CANAVERAL — A private company successfully delivered a half-ton of supplies to the International Space Station early Wednesday, the first official shipment under a $1 billion contract with NASA.

The SpaceX cargo ship, called Dragon, eased up to the orbiting lab, and station astronauts reached out with a robot arm and snared it.

“Looks like we’ve tamed the Dragon,” reported space station commander Sunita Williams. “We’re happy she’s on board with us.”

Ms. Williams thanked SpaceX and NASA for the delivery, especially the chocolate-vanilla-swirl ice cream stashed in a freezer.

The linkup occurred 250 miles above the Pacific, just west of Baja California, two days after the Dragon’s launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

It marked the first delivery by the California-based SpaceX company under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA. The contract calls for 12 such shipments.


Ex-Peace Corps worker gets 15 years for sex abuse

HARTFORD — A former Peace Corps volunteer was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing young girls while serving in South Africa.

Jesse Osmun, who pleaded guilty in June to traveling from the United States to engage in illicit sexual conduct with children, apologized in court to the victims, his family and the Peace Corps. He said he struggles with feelings of guilt and shame.

Prosecutors said Osmun, who is originally from Milford, Conn., preyed on children who were among the most vulnerable in the world, persuading them to engage in illicit sexual acts by playing games with them and giving them candy.

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