Man gets life for killing teen
A 76-year-old man who fatally shot his black 13-year-old neighbor in the chest after accusing the boy of burglary was sentenced on Monday to life in prison with no chance of parole. John Spooner, who was convicted last week of first-degree intentional homicide, acknowledged shooting Darius Simmons last year. He told the jury he suspected Darius had stolen shotguns from his home. Footage from Spooner’s surveillance cameras show him confronting Darius, pointing a gun at the boy’s chest and firing. Darius fled, then collapsed and died in the street as his mother cradled him. Police searched the boy’s home later that day and did not find the weapons.
Man charged in stabbing
A Ukranian man appeared in Westminster Magistrates’ Court yesterday, charged under terrorism laws with the murder of an elderly British Muslim man in Birmingham and with planting explosive devices at three mosques. Pavlo Lapshyn, a 25-year-old post-graduate student, had been detained last week as part of an investigation into bombings at mosques in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Tipton. No one was injured in the blasts. Mohammed Saleem, 82, was stabbed on April 29 as he walked home after prayers at a mosque.
Redford fights for horses
Robert Redford has joined the fight against the reopening of the country’s first horse slaughter plants. The actor on Monday announced the formation of the Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife, whose first act is to join a federal lawsuit filed by the Humane Society and other groups to block the planned Aug. 5 opening of the slaughterhouses. “Horse slaughter has no place in our culture,” Redford said in a statement. Meat from the slaughterhouses would be exported for human consumption and for use as animal food. After lengthy delays and a lawsuit by Valley Meat Co, the Department of Agriculture last month gave the company approval to begin slaughtering horses.
Zimmerman helps in crash
Officials say George Zimmerman helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle in Orlando last week, just days after he was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Orlando sheriff’s spokeswoman Kim Cannaday said in a statement on Monday that deputies responding to the wreck found Zimmerman and another man had already helped the couple and their two children out of the flipped sports utility vehicle.
Actor Dennis Farina dies
Dennis Farina, a former Chicago cop who played a TV cop on Law & Order, died on Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Arizona, hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung, said his publicist, Lori De Waal. He was 69. Farina’s many films include Saving Private Ryan, Out Of Sight and his breakout film, Get Shorty. He served with the Chicago Police Department for 18 years before he found his way into acting as he neared his forties.
FARC offers farmers arms
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels offered armed support to a rural protest in Catatumbo in a gesture that could ignite violence. Impoverished farmers in the area have blocked roads and clashed with police in the past month to protest the government’s fumigation of illegal coca crops — the only means of subsistence for many — and a lack of state presence.