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Nicki Minaj's brother Jelani Maraj was sentenced to 25 years to life for raping a minor child in 2015.

Maraj, 41, will serve a minimum of 25 years in prison following the guilty verdict in his child rape trial, TMZ reported.

Judge Robert McDonald sentenced Maraj in a New York courtroom on Monday, Jan. 27. The Nassau County D.A. told TMZ, "We hope that today's verdict will help the family in the healing process."

Maraj was found guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child in 2017. He was accused of raping his then-11-year-old stepdaughter in 2015.

"He had sex with that 11-year-old girl sometimes four times a week," Assistant District Attorney Emma Slain told jurors in 2017.

Nicki, 37, never testified during the trial -- despite claims made by her brother's defense team that she would.

Nicki, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, was expected to testify that Maraj's ex-wife, Jacqueline Robinson, tried to extort her for millions in 2015.

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Wayne Bertram Williams, the man convicted of killing two of 28 young Black males in the infamous Atlanta Child Murders, was denied parole by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole on Monday, Dec. 2.

Williams, 61, was sentenced to two life terms in prison with the possibility of parole in 1982. He continues to maintain his innocence despite the forensics evidence that placed some of the victims in his car and home.

Many believe Williams is a scapegoat who took the fall for the real killer(s) during the killing spree that terrorized Atlanta from 1979-1981.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is among the supporters who believe Williams is innocent. She announced last year that Atlanta city police and the Fulton County District Attorney's Office would re-examine the murder cases for new evidence.

Channel 2's Tony Thomas spoke to Williams' close allies who were "99 percent sure" he would be released on parole today.

"I don't see why anyone would want to hold a man in prison if there is still lingering doubts that he didn't do any of the things he's convicted of," said Dewayne Hendrix, leader of The Wayne Williams Freedom Project.

Williams will have to wait another 8 years before he can go before the parole board again.

In a letter dated last month but just released Monday, the state board cited the main reason for the denial was "insufficient amount of time served to date given the nature and circumstances of your offense(s)."

Wayne Williams was born on May 27, 1958, and raised in southwest Atlanta by his doting parents, Homer and Faye Williams. Both of his parents earned modest salaries as school teachers. They worked long hours and made sure their only child wanted for nothing.

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A young Williams is shown here sitting on his mother's lap in a photo taken by his photographer dad.

Williams was a bookish boy who tested at the genius level. As a teenager he constructed his own radio station at home and began frequenting Atlanta stations WIGO and WAOK.

He developed an interest in recording studio equipment and began to "audition" young boys in the neighborhood. He dreamed of becoming a pop music producer and manager.

Atlanta police say Williams handed out flyers to young boys, hoping to discover the next Jackson 5.

Some of the boys who auditioned for Williams ended up as victims of the Atlanta child serial murderer.

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A Florida jury sentenced Henry Segura to life in prison, following his conviction of first-degree murder for the deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her three children.

The same jury that convicted Segura of four counts of first-degree murder on Tuesday deliberated for over 4 hours before sentencing Segura to two consecutive life sentences in prison.

Segura declined to offer any arguments to spare his life during the death penalty phase this morning.

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Segura, 41, was convicted of the murders of his ex-girlfriend Brandi Peters, 26, her six-year-old twin daughters, Tamiyah and Taniyah Peters, and his own son, 3-year-old JaVante Segura.

Court TV anchor Vinnie Politan was stunned by the jury's decision. "He took the lives of this entire family - all four people - and yet he's not the worst of the worst?," said Politan.

"It's not like they're still trying to figure out who did this. No! This is the man who did it - took the life of his 3 year old. Drowned another six year old; shot another six year old in the head! And then the brutal beating and murder of Brandi Peters. But, still, [he's] not the worst of the worst?" said Politan after the sentencing.

The prosecution says Segura killed Peters because he didn't want to pay her $23,000 in back child support for their son.

All four bodies were found in Peters' Tallahassee, Florida home on Nov. 20, 2010.

Peters was found in a pool of blood near the front door. Her children were stacked in a bathtub partially filled with bloody water.

One of the twins was shot in the back of the head. The other two children were drowned.

Segura was arrested 10 months later in Le Sueru County, Minnesota, where he fled after the murders.

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Police in Fort Worth, Texas released dramatic body cam photos of the moment they rescued an 8 year old girl from a pedophile who snatched her off the street in broad daylight.

Video footage from a doorbell Ring camera shows the moment the girl was snatched from her mother's arms by 51-year-old Michael Webb.

The girl, who is not identified because she is the victim of a sex assault, was walking with her mother in a Fort Worth, Texas neighborhood in May, when Webb drove alongside them, exited the vehicle, and snatched the child.

The frantic mother fought with Webb but he managed to overpower her and take the girl. The mother's screams were captured on a Ring doorbell. "Help me! Help me! Please! My daughter just got kidnapped!"

The woman's screams brought neighbors out of their homes. Witnesses were able to give police a good description of the kidnapper's vehicle.

8 hours later, police and tactical SWAT teams surrounded a hotel where Webb was staying with the child. He hid her in a large hotel laundry basket and warned her not to make a sound.

Police body cam video shows the moment police dragged the naked kidnapper out of the hotel room and rescued the little girl.

"When they find her, you hear how just emotional it is for everyone. They are just so happy and relieved that they have her," said Erin Nealy Cox, US attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Webb broke down in tears when he told investigators he scoped out the neighborhood before making his move. "I scoped it out pretty good... I know I missed somebody because, when I pushed the woman and grabbed her, I heard somebody screaming," said Webb.

He was convicted in September and sentenced to life in prison on Nov. 14. He also faces sexual assault charges in a separate case in Tarrant County.
 

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Many believe D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo is a psychopath who deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. But the Supreme Court may consider reducing his sentence or releasing him.

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Malvo and his mentor John Allen Muhammad terrorized Washington, D.C. during the so-called "D.C. Sniper" shooting spree in 2002. 10 people were killed and three others injured during the sniper attacks.

The two men were arrested while they slept in a car at a highway rest stop in Maryland. Muhammad (pictured below) was executed on death row, per his request.

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Malvo, who was 17 at the time of the shootings, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Supporters say Malvo was an immature boy who was easily manipulated by the older man. Now 34, Malvo is a model inmate at a maximum security prison in Virginia.

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A talented artist, Malvo spends his days reading the Quran and drawing in his prison cell. The doodle below was entered into evidence December 3, 2003 during his trial at the Chesapeake Circuit Court in Chesapeake, Virginia.

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The United States Supreme Court will consider Malvo's request to re-sentence or release him in the aftermath of a 2012 court decision that prohibits mandatory life sentences for juveniles, ABC News reported.

Malvo's attorney's wrote in court documents:

"Invalidation of 'mandatory' life without-parole sentences is premised on the court's recognition that the qualities of youth - immaturity, vulnerability and changeability - must be taken into account when sentencing a juvenile offender because those qualities will typically make life without parole an excessive punishment for a juvenile."

Malvo's lawyers say the jury were only instructed to consider a punishment of life without parole or the death penalty in his murder trial.

Malvo's case has precedence. Just recently, convicted murderer Cyntoia Brown, who killed a man in his sleep when she was 16, was released from prison where she was serving a life sentence.

Brown, now 31, apologized to the victim's family this week - but only to promote her new memoir, critics say.

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The HM Prison Service in the United Kingdom has ended the controversial policy of housing male-to-female (MtF) transgenders in all-female prisons.

The new policy calls for MtF prisoners to be housed in separate wings over concerns for the safety of genetic female prisoners.

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Morris Garner, the male-to-transgender street practitioner who was convicted in a fatal butt injections procedure, was found dead in prison on Sunday, the Mississippi Department of Corrections confirms.

Garner, 58, was found unresponsive in his prison cell on Sunday morning. He was transported to a Mississippi hospital where he was pronounced dead after serving 3.5 years of his life sentence.

Garner, who also went by the name Tracy Lynn Garner, was convicted in the death of Karima Gordon, or Atlanta, in 2012.

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Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez apparently left a message when he took his own life in his cell at a maximum security prison in Shirley, Massachusetts early Wednesday.

According to CBS Boston affiliate WBZ, Hernandez, 27, scrawled a bible verse on his forehead in his own blood.

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Update II: Kelly Gissendar, 47, was put to death early Wednesday at the Georgia Diagnostic Prison in Jackson. Gissendaner became the first female convict executed in Georgia in 70 years.

She died by lethal injection at 12:21 a.m. Wednesday after exhausting all of her appeals at the state and federal levels. The Supreme Court denied Gissendaner's final appeal at 11:30 p.m. ET.

Gissendaner's three grown children were offered the option of saying their good-byes to their mother at the prison, but they opted to go before the clemency board on Tuesday to plead for her life instead.

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Derrick Williams sentenced to life for killing wife

Finesse Dawson died a brutal death at the hands of the man who vowed to love and protect her forever. Derrick McLaurence Williams, 32, was convicted of beating and strangling Dawson on Dec. 5, 2012.

He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

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