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Ocean County prosecutors said Thursday that Denise Manco, 35, and Rondell Moore, 37, entered guilty pleas earlier this week to one count of second-degree manslaughter. They face up to 10 years in prison at sentencing, which is set for Feb. 22.

Authorities say both defendants admitted placing heroin in the baby’s mouth and rubbing it on his gums because he was teething.

GEORGIA

Man who handcuffed self to woman sentenced

RINGGOLD — A north Georgia man who handcuffed himself to a female Taco Bell co-worker has been sentenced to serve four years in prison.

The Rome News-Tribune reports that Jason Earl Dean, 25, of Dalton handcuffed himself to the 18-year-old woman in August 2011 in an attempt to persuade her to go on a date with him.

Lookout Mountain Assistant District Attorney Alan Norton says a Catoosa County Superior Court judge sentenced Dean to four years in prison followed by six years on probation. Dean had been charged with false imprisonment.

Mr. Norton says Dean also is not allowed to have any contact with the victim or her family.

MICHIGAN

Ex-aide says then-mayor took bribe in men’s room

DETROIT — A former aide to Kwame Kilpatrick ended the first leg of his testimony Thursday by saying he delivered a $10,000 bribe to the then-Detroit mayor in a restaurant bathroom.

The testimony came the same day that Michigan prison officials ordered Kilpatrick to wear an electronic tether and live with his mother while they investigate whether he violated parole by failing to report a $2,000 cash gift from a Chicago minister.

Derrick Miller said Thursday the money came from developers and was solicited by Kilpatrick. Prosecutors have turned Miller over to defense attorneys for cross-examination. Kilpatrick, his father Bernard and pal Bobby Ferguson are charged with rigging contracts and taking payoffs. Miller was a defendant, too, until pleading guilty to corruption in 2011.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports

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