By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: March 4, 2019 at 2:52 pm | UPDATED: March 5, 2019 at 9:53 am By Ellie Silverman | Washington Post Juan Corona, a farm labor contractor who was dubbed the “machete murderer” for hacking and killing 25 migrant workers in California – a crime that made him the worst serial murderer in American history at the time of his 1973 conviction – died March 4. He was 85. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced that he died at a hospital outside the Corcoran prison where he was serving 25 life sentences. No cause of death was cited, but he reportedly had dementia. Corona’s killings rocked the quiet agricultural town of Yuba City, California, a community of 14,000 people about 100 miles northeast of San Francisco, where Corona, a native of Mexico, lived with his wife and four daughters. His job was to recruit thousands of farm laborers, many of them Mexican, to work in the fields. The killings were … [Read more...] about Juan Corona, the ‘machete murderer,’ dies In Northern California prison at 85
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By Associated Press PUBLISHED: August 16, 2018 at 7:55 am | UPDATED: August 16, 2018 at 8:02 am By DON THOMPSON | The Associated Press SACRAMENTO — Brandon Hein was 18 when he and three other teenagers were charged in the 1995 stabbing death of the 16-year-old son of a Los Angeles police detective. One of Hein’s friends pulled a knife during a fistfight over marijuana. James Farris III died; Jason Holland testified that he committed the stabbings in a backyard clubhouse, but Hein was also sentenced to life in prison under California’s “felony murder” rule that holds accomplices to the same standard as if they had personally committed the crime. Hein became a cause celebre almost immediately for those who thought his sentence too harsh, the subject of sympathetic webpages and a 2003 segment on CBS News’ “60 Minutes.” More than two decades later advocates point to his case as one example as they try to narrow the rule. Even a few … [Read more...] about California legislature considers limiting broad ‘felony murder’ law
As he led the officers into the kitchen to show them some supposedly poisoned yogurt he'd been "saving for evidence," a pistol poked out of his cargo shorts pocket. "Are you carrying a firearm?" one of the officers asked. "No," Signorile said. "Why?" Then, in the living room, the officers spotted a black handgun resting on the glass-top coffee table. They asked Signorile to step outside. Although the cops were worried, there was little they could do about his guns. Like the vast majority of the United States, Florida law had no mechanism for taking weapons away from mentally disturbed or violent individuals. But that was about to change. That very night, as Signorile was committed for treatment under the Baker Act, the Florida House voted in favor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which gave police a way to take guns from dangerous people. Two days later, Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill into law. It was an extraordinary victory for gun-control advocates in … [Read more...] about Florida’s Post-Parkland “Red Flag” Law Has Taken Guns From Dozens of Dangerous People
Lorin Eleni Gill and Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press Updated 1:53 pm PDT, Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Now Playing: Police arrested a man suspected of attacking two women with a knife, killing one, in an Oakland, California subway station. 27-year-old paroled felon John Cowell was arrested in a different train stop. A vigil in Oakland turned into a march. (July 24) Media: Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A paroled robber who allegedly stabbed a woman to death and wounded her sister in an unprovoked attack at a California train station was charged with murder and attempted murder on Wednesday. John Cowell, 27, was set to be arraigned in Oakland in the attack against Nia Wilson, 18, of Oakland, and her 26-year-old sister, Letifah Wilson. Cowell was arrested Monday night on a Bay Area Rapid Transit train in the San Francisco Bay Area, about a dozen miles (19 kilometers) from the MacArthur station where the women were attacked Sunday night. Cowell … [Read more...] about California subway stabbing suspect charged with murder