<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Sun, 11 Dec 2016 01:13:26 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Southern Colorado porch pirate caught on video]]> http://gazette.com/southern-colorado-porch-pirate-caught-on-video/article/1592032?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/southern-colorado-porch-pirate-caught-on-video/article/1592032?custom_click=rss

Caught in the act! The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office is now searching for the thief who stole two packages from a home in Blende, in Pueblo County. The entire thing was caught on surveillance video.

The sheriff's office says it happened around 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

In the video, you can see a young man wearing a gray shirt, khaki pants and a black baseball cap rushing up to the front door after exiting a hard-top black Jeep.

The Jeep pulls right into the driveway. Following that, the suspect grabs two packages and proceeds to put them in the car before getting into the passenger's seat. The unknown driver of the Jeep then drives away.

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Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:52:18 -0700
<![CDATA[Assistant manager arrested for allegedly robbing own store in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/assistant-manager-arrested-for-allegedly-robbing-own-store-in-colorado-springs/article/1591946?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/assistant-manager-arrested-for-allegedly-robbing-own-store-in-colorado-springs/article/1591946?custom_click=rss

A witness knew both of the men who allegedly bound her with duct tape and robbed a Colorado Springs Family Dollar store while she was working there Wednesday night, court documents show - one was her brother and the other was her boyfriend and co-worker.

Both men, Martellius Bryant, 30, and Alejandro Pablo, 21, were living with Jessica Weikert, 34, according to men's arrest documents. Bryant is her boyfriend and the store's assistant manager and Pablo is her brother.

The store, located at 1736 S. Circle Drive, was robbed at about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, police said. Both of the employees who were working were bound with duct tape.

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Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:24:08 -0700
<![CDATA[A driver passed out from a suspected drug overdose and a child tries to wake him]]> http://gazette.com/a-driver-passed-out-from-a-suspected-drug-overdose-and-a-child-tries-to-wake-him/article/1592030?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-driver-passed-out-from-a-suspected-drug-overdose-and-a-child-tries-to-wake-him/article/1592030?custom_click=rss

When authorities pulled up to a Ford F-250 parked outside a casino in southwestern Florida, they were drawn into the sort of tragic scene that has been playing out across the country.

The driver, identified by police as 24-year-old Robert Huggins, was pale and sweaty; he had passed out from an apparent drug overdose, authorities said.

One of the passengers, Jordyn Demere, 20, was standing outside the vehicle - leaving her young son strapped in his car seat in the back, "sweating heavily with sweat running down his forehead and arms," according to a police report. "The child was also tapping Huggins on the right arm, attempting to wake Huggins.

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Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:46:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Police say 12-year-old boy took Mercedes, hit parked car]]> http://gazette.com/police-say-12-year-old-boy-took-mercedes-hit-parked-car/article/1592021?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-say-12-year-old-boy-took-mercedes-hit-parked-car/article/1592021?custom_click=rss

EDGEWATER — A 12-year-old boy is in big trouble after taking his mom's Mercedes on a joyride early Saturday and crashing into a parked car.

Edgewater Police Chief John Mackey says the mother left the keys to her car on a table and was unaware her child was missing until she was contacted by police.

Mackey says police saw the car moving slowly without its lights on and tried to stop it. The car ran a red light and went several blocks before making a sharp turn and hitting a parked vehicle.

The boy and two companions in the car were not seriously injured. They have been returned to their parents while the district attorney looks into possible charges.

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Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:07:02 -0700
<![CDATA[Balloon pilot who killed 16, including 2 from Colorado Springs, was on drugs and had five DWI raps]]> http://gazette.com/balloon-pilot-who-killed-16-including-2-from-colorado-springs-was-on-drugs-and-had-five-dwi-raps/article/1591953?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/balloon-pilot-who-killed-16-including-2-from-colorado-springs-was-on-drugs-and-had-five-dwi-raps/article/1591953?custom_click=rss

The pilot of a hot-air balloon that crashed last summer in Texas, killing himself and 15 sight-seeing passengers, had taken a cocktail of prohibited drugs including the opiate pain-killer oxycodone, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg News.

Alfred "Skip" Nichols was able to continue flying people for hire in spite of being convicted five times for driving while intoxicated and three times for drug offenses. The incident revealed lax regulations on balloon operators and a regulatory loophole that made it difficult to launch an enforcement action against him, according to documents prepared for a National Transportation Safety Board hearing Friday.

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Sat, 10 Dec 2016 07:29:41 -0700
<![CDATA[Heroin deaths in the U.S. surpass gun homicides]]> http://gazette.com/heroin-deaths-in-the-u.s.-surpass-gun-homicides/article/1591959?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/heroin-deaths-in-the-u.s.-surpass-gun-homicides/article/1591959?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever.

The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids.

Heroin deaths rose 23 percent in one year, to 12,989, slightly higher than the number of gun homicides, according to government data released Thursday.

Deaths from synthetic opioids, including illicit fentanyl, rose 73 percent to 9,580. And prescription painkillers took the highest toll, but posted the smallest increase. Abuse of drugs like Oxycontin and Vicodin killed 17,536, an increase of 4 percent.

"I don't think we've ever seen anything like this.

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Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:09:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Dylann Roof laughed during church slaying confession to FBI]]> http://gazette.com/dylann-roof-laughed-during-church-slaying-confession-to-fbi/article/feed/430358?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dylann-roof-laughed-during-church-slaying-confession-to-fbi/article/feed/430358?custom_click=rss

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof wanted the world to know he hated black people and thought they were criminals. He thought about attacking drug dealers, but they might shoot back. So, he told the FBI, he picked a historic black church in Charleston he had learned about online.

In a videotaped confession shown Friday during his death penalty trial, Roof laughed several times and made exaggerated gun motions as he recounted the massacre. He explained that he wanted to leave at least one person alive to tell what happened and complained that his victims "complicated things" when they hid under tables.

Forty-five minutes into the interview, an FBI agent decided to tell him nine people died in the June 17, 2015, shootings at

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]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:25:49 -0700 <![CDATA[Judge rejects Colorado Springs robbery suspect's theory about failed alcohol test]]> http://gazette.com/judge-rejects-colorado-springs-robbery-suspects-theory-about-failed-alcohol-test/article/1590884?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-rejects-colorado-springs-robbery-suspects-theory-about-failed-alcohol-test/article/1590884?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs robbery suspect offered a novel explanation for why he failed a urine test while free on bond: Too much fruit juice.

Jared Lee Carpenter, 35, saw his $185,000 bond revoked Wednesday after a judge rejected his attorney's claim that a week-long juice fast skewed the results of a urine test that found alcohol in Carpenter's system.

During a two-hour hearing, a defense expert testified that apple juice, orange juice and other fruit juices contain trace amounts of ethyl alcohol.

The argument that Carpenter drank enough to throw off his urinalysis results failed to win over 4th Judicial District Judge David L.

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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:42:41 -0700
<![CDATA[Police: Drunk driver caused head-on crash]]> http://gazette.com/police-drunk-driver-caused-head-on-crash/article/1591950?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-drunk-driver-caused-head-on-crash/article/1591950?custom_click=rss

A man who caused a head-on crash and injured two people and himself Thursday night is believed to have been driving drunk, Colorado Springs police said.

David Cavalier, 34, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and two counts of vehicular assault, Sgt. Robert Wilson said.

Cavalier was driving west on Platte Avenue, near Prairie Road, about 10:30 p.m. Thursday when he crossed the center median and hit an eastbound truck head-on, Wilson said.

Two people in the truck had broken bones and Cavalier remained hospitalized Friday morning with injuries, Wilson said.

Cavalier was later determined to be under the influence of alcohol, Wilson said.

A section of Platte was closed for several hours overnight, but reopened

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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:37:18 -0700
<![CDATA[Teen charged with murder in attack at troubled-youth ranch]]> http://gazette.com/teen-charged-with-murder-in-attack-at-troubled-youth-ranch/article/1591971?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/teen-charged-with-murder-in-attack-at-troubled-youth-ranch/article/1591971?custom_click=rss

SALT LAKE CITY — An Arizona teenager was charged with aggravated murder Friday in the brutal slaying of a worker at a southern Utah ranch for troubled teens.

Clay Brewer, 17, attacked the man from behind with a weapon when he came to check on a group of teenagers sitting around a campfire on a frigid morning, police said.

The teen continued the Tuesday's assault after Jimmy Woolsey, 61, fell to the ground, according to Garfield County Sheriff James Perkins. Brewer also beat a second staffer who came to help and took her car before he was arrested on the way to the tiny town of Escalante, about 300 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Prosecutors filed eight charges Friday that also include attempted

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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:11:46 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado teen pleads guilty to role in biker gang murder]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-teen-pleads-guilty-to-role-in-biker-gang-murder/article/1591951?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-teen-pleads-guilty-to-role-in-biker-gang-murder/article/1591951?custom_click=rss

GREELEY — A teenager has acknowledged her role in the death of a woman allegedly killed by a former town board member in the northern Colorado community of Pierce and a group of bikers.

Prosecutors say 19-year-old Karly Hanchett pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to commit first-degree murder and participating in a violent crime causing death. She was one of seven people charged in the September 2015 death of 34-year-old Tera Lewandowski, whose remains were found near Cheyenne, Wyoming.

According to court documents, former Pierce Town Board member Daniel Meyer told authorities he killed Lewandowski after a hit was approved by his biker gang leader over an argument about drugs.

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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:25:27 -0700
<![CDATA[Man suffers 'severe injury' to arm during stabbing in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/man-suffers-severe-injury-to-arm-during-stabbing-in-colorado-springs/article/1591944?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-suffers-severe-injury-to-arm-during-stabbing-in-colorado-springs/article/1591944?custom_click=rss

A man underwent surgery for a "severe injury to his upper left arm" Thursday night after being stabbed during a fight, Colorado Springs police said.

Police found the man bleeding heavily shortly before 10 p.m. in the 1400 block of South Nevada Avenue.

A witness told police he saw the man fighting with two other males outside when one of them cut or stabbed the victim. Both culprits ran away and could not be found, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 719-444-7000 or leave an anonymous tip through Pikes Peak Crime Stoppers at 719-634-7867.

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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:10:54 -0700
<![CDATA[El Paso County jury to continue deliberation in attempted-murder trial]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-jury-to-continue-deliberation-in-attempted-murder-trial/article/1591926?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-jury-to-continue-deliberation-in-attempted-murder-trial/article/1591926?custom_click=rss

A jury is deliberating in the case of a Colorado Springs man accused of trying to kill an El Paso County sheriff's deputy during a vicious attack at the jail.

Marcus Allen Smith - already serving a life sentence without parole for murder - is charged with attempted first-degree murder and other crimes in a September 2014 attack on then-deputy Harry LeMonte.

The seven-woman, five-man panel received the case Thursday afternoon. The panel broke for the day at 5 p.m. and will resume deliberations at 9 a.m. Friday, a clerk said.

The case comes roughly five months after Smith, 26, was convicted of first-degree murder for sexually assaulting and killing an 87-year-old Colorado Springs woman.

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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:17:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Police: Black cat crosses suspect's path, rats him out]]> http://gazette.com/police-black-cat-crosses-suspects-path-rats-him-out/article/1591877?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-black-cat-crosses-suspects-path-rats-him-out/article/1591877?custom_click=rss

EPHRATA, Pa. — A Pennsylvania police department says a black cat was lucky for one of its officers tracking down a fugitive.

The Ephrata Police Department posted on its Facebook page that officers were searching for Jonathan Michael Steffy last month over an outstanding bench warrant.

They found the 23-year-old in a backyard but he fled. As they searched the area, one officer noticed a black cat in a nearby yard staring intently at a shed. The officer checked that shed, but it was empty. The officer again saw the cat, and it became apparent it was staring at a different shed behind the officer.

The officer opened that shed and found Steffy.

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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:41:34 -0700
<![CDATA[Pair sought in connection to car break-in]]> http://gazette.com/pair-sought-in-connection-to-car-break-in/article/1591895?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pair-sought-in-connection-to-car-break-in/article/1591895?custom_click=rss

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is seeking help in identifying two people who deputies believe broke into a car, stole credit cards and racked up charges at a local store.

The male-female duo reportedly busted out the passenger window of a vehicle parked in the northeast lot of Fox Run Regional Park, 2110 Stella Dr., between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 23, and stole a purse.

Credit cards taken from the purse were immediately used at the Monument Wal-Mart and a nearby Advance Auto Parts at 15777 Jackson Creek Parkway, the office said. At the latter store, the culprits bought a starter for a 1994 Honda Accord LX, which is believed to be the same type of light-colored sedan vehicle the pair was in.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:20:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Drug ring allegedly peddled from bars and food trucks in metro Denver]]> http://gazette.com/drug-ring-allegedly-peddled-from-bars-and-food-trucks-in-metro-denver/article/1591892?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/drug-ring-allegedly-peddled-from-bars-and-food-trucks-in-metro-denver/article/1591892?custom_click=rss

Ten alleged drug ring members suspected of selling cocaine and methamphetamine in bars, from food trucks and on the streets of Denver and Aurora, have been arrested.

The suspects face felony charges in Arapahoe District Court including organized crime conspiracy, racketeering, and possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, according to an Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office media release.

The year-long investigation involved wiretaps, surveillance and undercover operations, ultimately leading to the coordinated arrests of the suspects by more than 30 local, state and federal law enforcement officers executing warrants at various locations.

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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:06:31 -0700
<![CDATA[1 dead after shots fired into South Texas grocery store]]> http://gazette.com/1-dead-after-shots-fired-into-south-texas-grocery-store/article/feed/426232?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1-dead-after-shots-fired-into-south-texas-grocery-store/article/feed/426232?custom_click=rss PALMVIEW, Texas (AP) — South Texas authorities say a grocery store employee faces charges of murder and attempted murder after he fired into a break room at the store, killing a co-worker and injuring three others.

Palmview police Chief Christopher Barerra says the shooting at the H-E-B store happened at about 3:30 a.m. Monday. He says the suspect, 25-year-old Raul Lopez, fled, then called 911 to confess.

Barrera says Lopez surrendered outside of his home at about 4:30 a.m.

Barrera says 48-year-old Mario Pulido was pronounced dead at the scene. Two of the injured were in critical condition and the other suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers recovered the weapon after the suspect drew them a map of whe

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]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:18:43 -0700 <![CDATA[Man charged in shooting death of teen inside fire station]]> http://gazette.com/man-charged-in-shooting-death-of-teen-inside-fire-station/article/feed/425868?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-charged-in-shooting-death-of-teen-inside-fire-station/article/feed/425868?custom_click=rss GRINDSTONE, Pa. (AP) — A 21-year-old man has been charged in connection with the shooting death of a 16-year-old junior firefighter inside a Pennsylvania fire station.

State police say George Matis, of Republic, has been charged with criminal homicide. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

Authorities say the unidentified teenager was shot Sunday at the Republic Volunteer Fire Company in Redstone Township in Fayette County, about 45 miles south of Pittsburgh.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain unclear.

The fire company said on its Facebook page that a parade and other events scheduled for Sunday night had been canceled "due to an emergency."

No other information was immediately available.


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Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:51:44 -0700
<![CDATA[New Orleans French Quarter shooting kills 1 and wounds 9]]> http://gazette.com/new-orleans-french-quarter-shooting-kills-1-and-wounds-9/article/feed/425691?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-orleans-french-quarter-shooting-kills-1-and-wounds-9/article/feed/425691?custom_click=rss

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Police had already increased patrols in New Orleans' bustling French Quarter before gunfire erupted early Sunday, leaving one man dead and nine other people wounded in a tourist district famed for its bars, bright lights and live music.

Extra uniformed and plainclothes officers were on duty and ambulance crews were on standby for what Mayor Mitch Landrieu said was supposed to be a festive time with college and pro football games in the city and people vacationing over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said officers responded about 1:30 a.m. Sunday to the shooting at the intersection of Iberville and Bourbon streets.

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]]> Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:06:47 -0700 <![CDATA[Report: Northern California woman found chained, beaten]]> http://gazette.com/report-northern-california-woman-found-chained-beaten/article/feed/425532?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-northern-california-woman-found-chained-beaten/article/feed/425532?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A newspaper report says a Northern California woman found near an interstate had been chained to an object and badly beaten.

The Sacramento Bee on Friday cited a radio dispatch recording it obtained describing the reappearance of 34-year-old Sherri Papini.

The dispatch recording quotes California Highway Patrol officers as saying Papini was chained to an unspecified object. The officers also told dispatchers that the woman was heavily battered.

Papini was found near Interstate 5 on Thursday after disappearing while jogging on Nov. 2. Police are looking for two women who allegedly left her near the spot she was found by a passing motorist.

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]]> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 23:47:46 -0700 <![CDATA[Man shot dead while trying to stop man from beating woman]]> http://gazette.com/man-shot-dead-while-trying-to-stop-man-from-beating-woman/article/feed/425495?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-shot-dead-while-trying-to-stop-man-from-beating-woman/article/feed/425495?custom_click=rss

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Police say a man trying to stop another man from beating a woman in a crowded San Antonio parking lot has been shot dead and a bystander has been critically wounded.

The shooting happened Friday afternoon outside a Wal-Mart store.

Police Chief William McManus says a man was assaulting a female companion when the other man drove up and demanded he stop. McManus says the attacker drew a handgun and fired at the man, killing him and critically wounding a female bystander.

A woman in the vehicle with the man who was shot was injured by shattered glass.

McManus says the beaten woman escaped and a police helicopter followed the shooter's vehicle for 10 miles before his arrest.

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]]> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 22:38:10 -0700 <![CDATA[St. Louis police officer shot in 'ambush' attack, chief says]]> http://gazette.com/st.-louis-police-officer-shot-in-ambush-attack-chief-says/article/feed/423787?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/st.-louis-police-officer-shot-in-ambush-attack-chief-says/article/feed/423787?custom_click=rss

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis police sergeant was hospitalized in critical condition but expected to survive after being shot Sunday night in what the police chief called an "ambush."

Police Chief Sam Dotson said the 46-year-old officer was shot twice in the face. The male suspect was later killed in a shootout with police.

"Fortunately for the blessing of God the officer's going to survive," Dotson said during a brief news conference after the shooting. He declined to name the officer but said he is a married father of three who has been with the department for about 20 years.

The officer was not involved in a call or a traffic stop but was sitting in traffic about 7:30 p.m. Sunday when another car pulled up alongside

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]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 03:50:38 -0700 <![CDATA[Kansas police seek public help in search for missing newborn]]> http://gazette.com/kansas-police-seek-public-help-in-search-for-missing-newborn/article/feed/423349?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kansas-police-seek-public-help-in-search-for-missing-newborn/article/feed/423349?custom_click=rss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police assisted by the FBI pressed an urgent appeal for public help Friday in finding a Kansas newborn a day after her mother was shot to death in her home, insisting the week-old girl was imperiled during a disappearance the police chief considered vexing.

Wichita, Kansas, police trying to locate Sofia Victoria Gonzalez Abarca, who went missing Thursday, said tips of special interest to investigators would be any reports about someone suddenly passing off an infant as their own, or buying large quantities of baby formula or clothing.

Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said leads as of late Friday afternoon were proving elusive in what he called "a very sad and tragic case.

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]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:15:57 -0700 <![CDATA[Attorney: Jacob Wetterling's killer shed 'countless tears']]> http://gazette.com/attorney-jacob-wetterlings-killer-shed-countless-tears/article/feed/423173?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/attorney-jacob-wetterlings-killer-shed-countless-tears/article/feed/423173?custom_click=rss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota man who confessed to kidnapping, sexually assaulting and killing 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling has shed "countless tears" for Jacob and his family in the 27 years since his death, his lawyer says in a court filing.

Danny Heinrich will be sentenced in federal court Monday on a child pornography charge that stemmed from the investigation into Jacob's disappearance. As part of his plea deal, Heinrich confessed to killing the St. Joseph boy, and prosecutors agreed not to charge him with murder. The plea deal calls for a 20-year sentence, the statutory maximum for the count.

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