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The man accused of killing Memphis rap legend Young Dolph received a 5-year sentence for shooting 3 people in 2017.

Dolph, real name Adolph Thornton (below right), was gunned down by two men inside a Memphis cookie shop on Nov. 17.

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service identified 23-year-old Justin Johnson (pictured with Dolph) as one of the killers on Wednesday. A $15,000 reward is being offered for his capture.
 
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Johnson was out on the streets because the liberal judge who sentenced him in 2017 felt sorry for him.

Shelby County Judge Christopher Craft said he remembered the then-teenager when a reporter reached out to him for comment.

"The first time he used a gun, we gave him some slack because of him immediately cooperating and doing everything," said Judge Craft.

The first time Johnson used a gun, he attempted to murder three people after a fight at a bowling alley.

According to court records, Johnson immediately pleaded guilty to the shooting spree at the Billy Hardwick Bowling Alley, ABC 24 reported.

"He had no record. He got in a fight with some people at a bowling alley, and they were all mad at each other. He went out to his car and got a gun and came back in and started shooting. He fired a bunch of shots and a man was hit in the arm and a lady was hit in the leg and another person was grazed," said Craft.

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Though there were signs that Johnson was a hardened criminal, Judge Craft was "impressed" with the lad.

"He immediately admitted to his charges and said 'you don't need to indict me. I'll agree to my charges'," said Craft. "Because he had no record, he was a range one offender, which is 3 to 6 years. Because there were three victims, he pleaded guilty was sentenced to five years in prison."

Craft spared the youthful offender by not giving him the maximum 6 years for attempting to kill 3 people. Judge Craft followed Johnson's progress in jail. He observed that the teenager had "an exemplary record and no write-ups" behind bars.

He said Johnson "went above and beyond what he was expected to do" and he released Johnson after serving just six months of his 5-year sentence.

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A few months later, Johnson was arrested again on drugs and gun possession charges, which meant he violated his probation and faced a federal charge.

"We were very disappointed with that because he was such an impressive young man," said Craft.

"What we did was we ran our five-year sentence concurrent with his federal, and he went off to federal prison," said Craft. "He went off to prison, and the next I heard of him was when he was on the news as a suspect."

Johnson was released from prison in less than 5 years.

Critics are outraged over Johnson's lenient sentence and the liberal judge who put a lawless criminal back on the streets.

"A lot of times the toughest thing I have to decide is should I give this man another chance or should he go off to prison," said Craft. "When we make decisions about whether or not to give another chance, there are going to be a few people we give another chance and they fail. But there are going to be thousands of people we give another chance to and it changes their life, and they never come back."

Memphis officials honored Dolph's legacy by renaming a street after him in Castalia Heights last month.

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The mother of a skirt-wearing teenage boy who raped a girl in a Loudon County, Virginia school bathroom says her son is a troubled boy who just wanted sex.

Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, the mother, who asked not to be identified, said her son is not a male-to-female transgender.

"He's a 15-year-old boy that wanted to have sex in the bathroom, with somebody that was willing," she said. "And they're twisting this just enough to make it a political hot button issue."

"He would wear a skirt one day and then the next day, he would wear jeans and a t-shirt, a Polo or hoodie. He was trying to find himself and that involved all kinds of styles. I believe he was doing it because it gave him attention he desperately needed and sought."

She acknowledged her son's deviant, predatory behavior that included sending nude photos of himself to a girl in fifth grade.

The story made headlines after outraged parent Scott Smith, the father of the rape victim, was dragged out of a school board meeting with a bloodied mouth on June 22.

Initially, it was reported that Smith was protesting critical race theory being taught at the school. He was mocked online and his photos went viral on social media.

Then Smith told his story -- that he confronted school board officials over the brutal rape of his daughter by a transgender child.

Former President Barack Obama weighed in on the controversy by dismissing the rape as a "Phony, Trumped-Up Culture War."

School officials initially denied knowing that a girl had been sexually assaulted in the school bathroom.

It was then revealed that the same boy raped another girl in the bathroom at a school where he was secretly transferred.

On October 25, a judge found the boy guilty of the May 28 "forcible sodomy and forcible fellatio" rape of the girl. He is awaiting sentencing.

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An 11-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy were arrested Wednesday and charged in the assault and robbery of an Asian man in San Leandro, California.

Police say the 11-year-old -- who has an extensive criminal record -- was the getaway driver.

The unidentified 80-year-old man was walking alone on Acapulco Road at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday when two Black males wearing dark hoodies approached and assaulted him.

The teens snatched a Fitbit off the man's wrist, stole his wallet and knocked him to the ground.

The victim suffered minor injuries but did not require medical attention, police said.

The younger boy is seen in the surveillance video (circled) but he did not participate in the assault on the victim.

Police say he was behind the wheel of a blue Subaru sedan that the males fled in after the attack. The car had been carjacked on May 10 in Oakland, Calif., police said.

Police believe the same suspects are responsible for stealing a Hispanic woman's purse at the 500 block of Bancroft Avenue the same day.

Sources told Dion Lim of ABC7 News that the 11-year-old boy has an "extensive criminal history," that includes robberies and carjackings.

Due to his young age, police released the boy into the custody of his single mother.

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One of two girls charged with killing Uber Eats driver Mohammad Anwar in Washington, DC, took a plea deal this week, according to published reports.

The 15-year-old carjacker pleaded guilty to the murder of 66-year-old Anwar, an Uber Eats delivery driver, who was thrown from his car and killed during an attempted carjacking on March 23.

In return for pleading guilty to murder, prosecutors agreed to drop other charges - armed carjacking, robbery and aggravated reckless driving, DailyMail.com reported.

She will be sentenced on June 4 and, as part of the plea deal, will serve a maximum of six years in a juvenile detention center, until she is 21.

Court proceedings for minors are closed to the public and their criminal records are sealed for life.

A 13-year-old accomplice was also charged as a juvenile in the crime.

The girls targeted the father-of-three as he delivered food for Uber Eats in the southeast section of D.C.

Chilling cell phone video shows Anwar leaning halfway out of his car, telling a bystander "they're kids", as the oldest girl sped off -- with Anwar still holding on to the steering wheel.

Seconds later, the car lost control, overturned and crashed, throwing Anwar from the vehicle. He died from severe head injuries.

As the victim lay dying, one of the teens is overheard saying her cell phone was still in the car.
 

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A South Florida teenager is in jail charged with kidnapping and killing a Fort Lauderdale real estate agent.

Henry Lee Lewis III, 15, is being held without bond following his arrest on second-degree murder and armed robbery charges in the shooting death of 37-year-old Stefano Barbosa.

Police say Lewis accosted Barbosa who was on his way to meet with tenants on February 1, Fox News reported.

The masked teen forced Barbosa to drive to a nearby bank at gunpoint and ordered him to withdraw $1,000 out of an ATM machine.

Barbosa made two separate $500 withdrawals, according to investigators who reviewed bank records.

After withdrawing the cash, Lewis allegedly ordered Barbosa to drive a few miles away and then shot him point blank in the chest.

The car swerved off the road, crashed through a fence and hit a tree. Lewis then fled on foot.

A resident heard the crash and called 911, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. Police found Barbosa unresponsive in his car with a bullet wound to the chest.

School workers were able to identify Lewis from surveillance video, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

Lewis was already in police custody on unrelated charges.

He has a lengthy criminal history dating back to a firearms charge when he was just 12, according to the news outlet.

The boy will be tried as an adult to ensure that he will not be released from a juvenile jail at age 18.

"These types of decisions are very difficult to make but I believe this is the correct decision in this case and in these circumstances," Broward State Attorney Harold F. Pryor said in a statement.

"This young person's issues are so significant that they require treatment, help and services beyond what the juvenile justice system can provide at this time. If this case were to be handled as a juvenile matter, he would have to be released from the juvenile justice system at age 18."
 

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A 14-year-old Michigan girl who allegedly stabbed her grandmother to death in her bedroom won't be charged as an adult.

Police say Cynthia Mosby, a 65-year-old nurse, was stabbed multiple times on Sunday, Feb. 21, and left for her son to find the following day.

Mosby's son called 911 after he found his mother lying face down on the bedroom floor of her home in Canton Township. The suspect wasn't at home when police arrived. Mosby was the girl's sole guardian, authorities said.

The suspect's father, who lived in the home with his mother and daughter, said the girl probably snapped because Mosby pushed her to focus on her studies.

After the murder, the teen fled about 25 miles away to a motel in Southgate, where she checked in using her late grandmother's credit card.

Police located the girl at the motel with a young man on Monday, Feb. 22, the day after the murder.

The male was not charged. Police believe the murder was premeditated.

The teen was arraigned Saturday morning on both first and second-degree murder, 10 News reported.

The girl is being charged as "adult designated," although she is not being charged as an adult.

"In this case, the 14-year-old girl is being adult designated because upon conviction it gives the judge the most flexibility during sentencing to provide options for rehabilitation of this very troubled youth," said Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy in a statement.

According to reports, the teen was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. She is scheduled for a competency hearing on April 15.

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Police have arrested one of the juveniles seen in viral videos attacking a BMW on a Manhattan street this week.

Video footage shows dozens of teens surrounding the vehicle, kicking the car and punching the windows as the driver's frantic mother called 911 while screaming, "We're going to die!

The 70-year-old woman and her son had just dropped off a donation to a nonprofit organization that benefits Black Lives Matter when the attack happened.

Max Torgovnick told the NY Post he and his mother were headed to his father's neurology office on Fifth Avenue when his BMW was surrounded by a pack of 50 teenagers on BMX bicycles -- Christmas gifts from a nonprofit organization.

Torgovnick said he was worried the teens would smash out his car windows, get inside the car and pull them out.

According to the NY Post, the juvenile detainee, who lives in Queens, is being charged with vandalism to Torgovnick's car and other misdemeanors.

More arrests are expected.

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A Texas judge lost his patience with a juvenile Crips gang member who removed his ankle monitor and shot a 1-year-old baby. The judge sentenced the 12-year-old to 7 years in a juvenile detention center.

The boy broke down and cried during a Zoom detention hearing in September. But the judge told him to save his tears.

"Every time you come in here you cry. You know that, right?" Judge Kim told rapper Lil Rodneyy. "Every single time, you beg me for one more chance. You swear to God, 'On my mama's name,' 'I'm not gonna cut off the monitor, I'm not gonna run off,'" said judge Kim.

The boy, who also answers to "30 Shotz," admitted he cut off his ankle monitor to attend a friend's funeral. But he couldn't recall the friend's name. He told the judge he only knew the friend by his nickname.

The boy's grandfather, who helped raise him, also attended the Zoom hearing.

Judge Kim told the boy he would be detained in a juvenile detention center until he turned 19.

Rodneyy's mother was interviewed after the hearing. She is a single mom who gave birth to Rodneyy when she was 16.

The boy's father abandoned his family, and Rodneyy's mom chooses not to seek child support. She said she was sent away to prison twice when the boy was a toddler. Rodneyy was raised by her father, who lovingly refers to his grandfather as "Paw paw."
 

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A Miami teenager is charged with murdering Miami Senior High School football coach Corey Smith.

Charles Alexander, 15, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon and charged with murdering Smith and taking $7,450 in cash from his home.

Charles, who has a history of mental problems, faces charges of second-degree murder and armed grand theft. He will be charged as an adult, the Miami Herald reported.

The teenager was staying overnight in Smith's home when he used the coach's own 9mm handgun to shoot him dead in his den on Monday morning.

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Smith's wife said they hadn't seen the teen in a year.

"He asked to come over," said Amina Smith. "Corey picked him up Sunday night and he spent the night. I left to go to work."

Hours later, police responded to a 911 call of shots fired inside the house on the 2100 block of Northwest 97th Street. Charles told police he was studying when he heard gunshots.

He was interviewed for four hours at the Miami-Dade Police Department and released. Police say he gave "inconsistent statements" about what happened inside the house, and he denied any involvement in the murder.

On Wednesday, his mother called police and said she was "in fear of the defendant," according to the arrest report obtained by The Herald.

She said Charles confessed to her that he had killed Smith, the report said.

The murder weapon was found in a trash can outside the home. Over $7,000 in cash was also found inside his jeans hidden in a black bag.

A Miami-Dade juvenile circuit judge on Thursday ordered that Charles be held without bail in a juvenile detention center.

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A 9-year-old Florida boy will be charged with allegedly stabbing his 5-year-old sister while telling her, "Die, die."

The boy was playing in his bedroom with his sister Monday afternoon at the Berkeley Pointe apartments in Ocala, Florida.

Their mom stepped outside to check the mail and to get some candy from a neighbor for the children.

When she retuned, the mother found her son stabbing his sister repeatedly with a kitchen knife, FOX 35 reported.

The mother grabbed the knife away from the boy, who fled into a maintenance shed. The girl was alert and responsive after the attack. She was transported to a children's hospital.

The boy told police his sister "had entered his head two days earlier" and wouldn't leave, according to an arrest report obtained by FOX 35.

He told police he got a knife from the kitchen, grabbed his sister by the neck while she was bent over and began stabbing her, FOX 35 reported. "Die, die," the boy told the little girl.

The boy allegedly said he stabbed his sister because "he wanted to be able to go outside" and play.

The boy is being held in a secured juvenile detention facility while awaiting a psychological evaluation ordered by a Marion County circuit court judge. He will be charged with attempted first-degree murder, according to news reports.

A public defender has been appointed to represent the child.