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The man convicted of killing rapper Nicki Minaj's father in a hit-and-run in February was sentenced to less than 1 year in jail.

Charles Polevich of Mineola, NY will only serve 8 months because he is currently serving time at the Nassau County Correctional Center.

Robert Maraj, 64, was struck and killed as he crossed an intersection on foot in Long Island, NY on Feb. 12, around 6 p.m.

Witnesses said a northbound white Volvo station wagon fled the scene after running over Mr. Maraj.

Polevich, 72, later turned himself in to police after they tracked his car to his home on Feb. 17, Nassau County Police announced.

Nicki has not commented on the sentencing, but she took to social media in February to share a brief message about her dad's untimely death.

"Tho I can't really bring myself to discuss the passing of my father as yet, I can say it has been the most devastating loss of my life. I find myself wanting to call him all the time. More so now that he's gone. Life is funny that way."

She added: "May his soul rest in paradise. He was very loved & will be very missed."

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Jussie Smollett was sentenced to 150 days in the county jail followed by 30 months felony probation for masterminding a hate crime hoax in January 2019.

He was also ordered to pay $120,000 restitution to the city of Chicago for wasting countless overtime hours investigating his false claims.

In an unexpected outburst, the stunned actor shouted "I AM NOT SUICIDAL! I AM NOT SUICIDAL! I am innocent!"

The judge ordered him remanded into the custody of the Cook County Sheriff. Smollett's attorneys asked the judge to stay the jail time while they file an appeal. But the judge denied the request.

"You're now a permanently convicted felon," the judge told Smollett before imposing his sentence.

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As Smollett was escorted from the courtroom on his way to jail, he raised a defiant fist in the air and shouted, "I AM NOT SUICIDAL!"

His sister yelled "Stop locking up our Black men!"

Smollett was arrested on Feb. 20, 2019 and charged with filing a false police report, a class 4 felony.

However, Smollett has friends in high places in the Windy City and all charges were dropped on March 26, 2019, sparking public uproar among citizens and police.

After the charges were dropped, allegations of favoritism were made against state prosecutor Kim Foxx. A special prosecutor was assigned to the case and Smollett was indicted again on 6 counts of felony disorderly conduct.

On December 9, Smollett was found guilty on 5 of 6 counts. Watch the sentencing hearing live below.
 

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A U.S. court has postponed Nigerian scammer Ramon Abbas's sentencing hearing from Valentine's Day to July 11.

According to reports, the social media influencer's hearing was postponed from February 14 to July 11 by Judge Otis. D. Wright in Los Angeles Superior Court following a request by his defense attorney.

"At the request of counsel, the sentencing is continued to July 11, 2022, at 11:00 am," the judge said in a statement on February 2, 2022.

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Abbas, better known by his Instagram username, Hushpuppi, was convicted of conspiring with others to steal $124 million.

His victims included a U.S. law firm which transferred $40 million to a bank account controlled by Hushpuppi and his associates.
 
RELATED: Nigerian scammer ‘Hushpuppi’ pleads guilty, faces 20 years in prison
 
Hushpuppi, 39, inspired millions of social media followers by sharing photos of his extravagant lifestyle on his still-live Instagram page.

Photos showed Hushpuppi posing with his fleet of luxury vehicles and private jets. He spent millions on designer bags and clothing by Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Fendi. And he counted rappers, professional athletes and Nigerian politicians among his many friends.

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In June 2020, Dubai police raided Hushpuppi's Palazzo Versace penthouse and arrested him. He was extradited from Dubai to Chicago, Il., where a bond request was denied.

He was then transported to Los Angeles, California to face money laundering charges.

On July 28, 2021, Hushpuppi pleaded guilty to money laundering. He faces a statutory maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison. Upon his release, he will be deported to his home country Nigeria.

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Jussie Smollett's sentencing hearing is set for March 10, 2022.

Judge James Linn will likely sentence Smollett to prison for masterminding the hoax plot.

In December, a jury found Smollett guilty on 5 felony counts of disorderly conduct for lying to Chicago police about a hate crime hoax in January 2019.
 
RELATED: Black Lives Matter Stands with Jussie Smollett Despite Guilty Verdict
 
According to the NY Post, Smollett will likely receive less than a year in prison and 5 years probation upon his release.

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Smollett, 2nd from left, is best known for his role in Fox TV's soap opera Empire. The show was canceled following Smollett's 2019 arrest in Chicago, where the series was based.

On March 26, 2019, all charges against Smollett were dropped by his friend, state prosecutor Kim Foxx.

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After a special prosecutor was appointed, Smollett was indicted again on six counts of felony disorderly conduct.

His trial began in November 2021, and on December 9, Smollett was found guilty of five of the six counts.

Smollett, who is openly gay, remained defiant and maintained his innocence after the trial.

Judges who preside over sentencing hearings prefer to see convicted felons show signs of remorse before deciding whether to spare them from doing prison time.

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Black Twitter reacted after a Minnesota judge sentenced former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin to 22.5 years in prison for the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, 46, died on May 25, 2020 from cardiac arrest due to neck compression after Chauvin kneeled on his neck for 9.5 minutes.

Derek Chauvin, 45, was convicted on second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in April.

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On Friday, June 25, Judge Peter Cahill sentenced Chauvin to 12.5 years, plus an addition 10 years for abusing "his position of authority as a police officer, and did it in front of children."

Federal civil rights charges are still pending against Chauvin. Those charges carry their own penalties if he is convicted.

The city of Minneapolis settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Floyd's family for $27 million.

Not everyone was satisfied with the sentence on Friday. Many said Chauvin didn't receive enough time in prison.

Former ESPN journalist Jemele Hill, 45, tweeted:

"If you're wondering if Derek Chauvin's sentence is fair, Chauvin will be 60 years old when he's released from prison after serving 15 years of his 22 1/2-year sentence. George Floyd was murdered by Chauvin when he was 46. Floyd can never resume his life. Chauvin can."


 

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A federal judge disagreed with prosecutors that rapper Tekashi69 should be set free with time served. The judge sentenced the 23-year-old rapper to 24 months in prison with 5 years probation after he is released.

The judge lectured the rapper for over 20 minutes. He said Tekashi will not walk free today because the 13 months the rapper has already served is not enough time.

After telling Tekashi he "squandered" his recording career by joining a violent gang, the judge said, "Mr Hernandez, please rise. It is the judgment of the court you are to serve a term of 24 months in prison, with five years of supervised release."

He continued: "I impose 300 hours of community service when you get out, and a fine of $35,000. Mr Hernandez, the worst part is over. There is a great deal to be admired about you. You've learned a hard lesson here. I wish you very very well. We are adjourned."

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Tekashi69, real name Daniel Hernandez, was arrested on racketeering, weapons and drug charges in 2018. He was also charged with conspiracy to murder and armed robbery as a member of the notorious Nine Trey Bloods street gang.

The judge considered victim impact statements from 2 armed robbery victims: a man and a woman who say their lives have been altered by the rapper's violent actions.

The man said he lives in constant fear of Tekashi69 sending his gang associates to "finish the job".

The victim concludes his impact letter by asking the judge, "Why should this person, who nearly ended my life, be free when I am not free?"

Black Twitter responded to a judge telling wannabe gangster Tekashi69 that he will not walk free today.

One Twitter user referenced a quote by Breakfast Club radio host Charlamagne da god who said he would perform fellatio on Tekashi69 if his charges were dropped and he walked out of jail a free man.

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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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A Georgia police officer who shot a mentally ill, unarmed Black veteran was acquitted of murder on Friday, Nov. 1. Former DeKalb County police officer Robert "Chip" Olsen was acquitted of two murder charges in the 2015 shooting death of 26-year-old Anthony Hill.

The jury found Olsen guilty of aggravated assault, making a false statement and two counts of violation of oath.

The presiding judge, LaTisha Dear Jackson, sentenced Olsen to 20 years in prison on Friday. He must serve 12 years in prison before he can be released.

In March 2015, Olsen was called to an Atlanta apartment complex to investigate a report of a naked man behaving erratically.

Upon arriving, Olsen said he saw a naked man running toward him. Olsen yelled for Hill to stop, then fired his service weapon, striking Hill twice and killing him.

The shooting of an unarmed Black man resulted in civil unrest and protests in the DeKalb and Atlanta areas.

Hill's family said he had a history of mental illness and he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and PTSD after leaving the armed services.

Activists had asked for Olsen to be sentenced to 35 years in prison. But Judge Jackson sentenced him to 20 years and eight years of probation following his release from prison.
 

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Black Twitter didn't know what to think after Botham Jean's brother hugged the former Dallas cop who took Jean's life in a deadly case of mistaken identity.

On Tuesday a jury convicted Amber Guyger of murder in the fatal shooting of her upstairs neighbor. She claimed she mistook his apartment for her own after working a 13-hour shift on Sept. 6, 2018.

Prosecutors showed the jury racist text messages and racially offensive memes on Guyger's social media accounts.

Guyger, 31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

During his victim impact testimony, Jean's brother, Brandt Jean told Guyger, who is white, that he forgives her and didn't want her to go to prison. "I love you as a person, and I don't wish anything bad on you," Brandt said.

After his testimony, Brandt gave Guyger an emotional embrace that stunned social media.

There was more odd behavior in the courtroom. A Black bailiff was seen stroking and primping Guyger's hair after her guilty verdict was announced.

Guyger spent her first night in prison on Wednesday.
 

 

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Former Dallas cop Amber Guyger will spend the next 10 years behind bars for fatally shooting her upstairs neighbor Botham Jean, 26.

Guyger, 31, was found guilty of murder on Tuesday, Oct. 1, for fatally shooting Jean in his own apartment on Sept. 6, 2018. The jury didn't buy her claim that she believed he was an intruder in her apartment.

The sentencing phase of Guyger's murder trial began on Tuesday afternoon.

Prosecutors showed jurors racist text messages and social media memes by Guyger.

One text message was in reference to the Jan. 15, 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday parade in Dallas, according to ABC affiliate WFAA 8 News.

"When does this end lol," a fellow cop texted Guyger.

"When MLK is dead… oh wait…" she responded.

"Just push them… or spray your pepper spray in that general area," she wrote, referring to the majority Black crowd at the parade.

Prosecutors had asked jurors to sentence Guyger to at least 28 years — symbolic because Jean would have turned 28 last Sunday, according to NBC News.

Guyger did not testify during the sentencing phase.

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Felicity Huffman will spend the next 2 weeks in prison as her punishment for paying a middle man to get her daughter into a prestigious college.

The Desperate Housewives actress pleaded guilty in May to a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

The prosecutor went easy on her because she quickly accepted responsibility for her white collar crime.

Huffman, 56, tearfully apologized to a federal judge in a packed courtroom in Boston on Friday, Sept. 13.

In addition to spending 14 days behind bars with hardened criminals, the judge fined her $30,000 and said she would be on supervised probation for one year.

Prosecutors had recommended one month in prison, 12 years of supervised probation, and a $20,000 fine, Yahoo News reports.

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