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UTAH

Inmate pleads guilty to killing prison guard

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah inmate known for the neo-Nazi tattoos that cover his face and body pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering a prison guard in 2007.

Under a plea deal with prosecutors to avoid a possible death penalty, Curtis Michael Allgier, 33, agreed to a life sentence without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to aggravated murder and other charges.

Authorities said Allgier killed Stephen Anderson, a prison guard who was shot with his own gun while escorting Allgier to a doctor’s appointment on June 26, 2007.

ILLINOIS

Chicago cops find about 1,000 pot plants in city

CHICAGO — In Chicago, a bustling urban metropolis where skyscrapers are as likely to sprout up as anything a farmer might plant, someone decided there was just enough room to grow something a little more organic: Marijuana.

The plants grew even taller than the tallest Chicago Bulls. However, just days before the crop on a chunk of land the size of two football fields would have been ready to harvest, a police officer and county sheriff’s deputy in a helicopter spotted it as they headed back to their hangar about three miles away.

On Wednesday, a day after the discovery of the largest marijuana farm anyone at the police department can remember, officers became farmers for a day as they began to chop down about 1,500 marijuana plants that police said could have earned the growers as much as $10 million.

NEW JERSEY

Reputed N.J. gangster gets 300 years for 4 slayings

NEWARK, N.J. — A reputed gang member has been sentenced to 300 years in prison for the slayings of a woman and three teenage girls at a New Jersey home four years ago.

Forty-year-old Rolando Terrell had been convicted in July on four counts each of murder and felony murder in the September 2008 slayings in Irvington. Prosecutors say Terrell and another man robbed and shot the victims, then set their house on fire.

Terrell had previously received a life sentence after being convicted last year of related robbery, arson conspiracy and weapons offenses. He has denied being at the scene when the crimes occurred.

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