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Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
Christopher Torchia And Gerald Imray, The Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for killing Reeva Steenkamp by a South African judge who cited the "gross negligence" the runner showed when he shot his girlfriend multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home.

However, legal experts said the section of law Judge Thokozile Masipa quoted when she announced the double-amputee Olympic athlete's sentence provides for a maximum of five years in prison and Pistorius could be released after 10 months in jail to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest.

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
Christopher Torchia And Gerald Imray, The Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for killing Reeva Steenkamp by a South African judge who cited the "gross negligence" the runner showed when he shot his girlfriend multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home.

However, legal experts said the section of law Judge Thokozile Masipa quoted when she announced the double-amputee Olympic athlete's sentence provides for a maximum of five years in prison and Pistorius could be released after 10 months in jail to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest.

Police probe New Hampshire pumpkin fest melee

Police: Criminal behaviour in melee near New Hampshire pumpkin festival will be prosecuted
The Associated Press

KEENE, N.H. - Local authorities in New Hampshire vowed Monday to prosecute the perpetrators of the violent disturbances near Keene's annual pumpkin festival that led to property damage and dozens of arrests and injuries over the weekend.

Keene Police Chief Kenneth Meola said also that college students who did nothing criminal but exercised "poor behaviour" during the melee Saturday that overwhelmed police would be referred to their schools.

Suspect in US abduction charged in rape

Suspect in US abduction of UK-born woman charged with 2005 rape, attempted murder
Matthew Barakat, The Associated Press

FAIRFAX, Va. - The suspect in the disappearance of a British-born University of Virginia student was charged Monday with abducting and raping a woman in suburban Washington in 2005.

The indictment against Jesse L. Matthew Jr. was handed up by a Circuit Court grand jury in Fairfax County and includes a charge of attempted capital murder.

US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed

US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed due to potentially deadly inflator problem
Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

DETROIT - The U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get the air bags in their cars fixed, amid concern that a defect in the devices can possibly kill or injure the driver or passengers.

The inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed in crashes. Safety advocates say at least four people have died from the problem and there have been multiple injuries.

Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings

Police say deaths of 7 Indiana women could be serial killing; suspect hints at more victims
Tom Coyne And Michael Tarm, The Associated Press

GARY, Ind. - Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found over the weekend said Monday they believe it is the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect has indicated there could be more victims going back 20 years.

Prosecutors in Lake County in the Midwestern state of Indiana on Monday charged 43-year-old Darren Vann in the strangulation death of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy. Her body was found Friday night at a Motel 6 in nearby Hammond.

Mexico offers reward for info on missing students

Mexico's government offers reward for information on 43 missing students
Maria Verza, The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY - The Mexican government announced rewards Monday of 1.5 million pesos ($111,000) for information on 43 students from a rural teachers' college who have been missing since Sept. 26.

The government ran full-page ads in Mexican newspapers with pictures of the 43 young men. The government also offered 1.5 million pesos for information on those who had abducted or killed the students.

Suspected Indiana serial killer charged in 1 death

Suspected Indiana serial killer charged in woman's death; more likely in 6 other deaths
The Associated Press

HAMMOND, Ind. - A man suspected in the deaths of seven women in northwestern Indiana has been charged in one of the slayings.

The Lake County prosecutor's office on Monday charged 43-year-old Darren Vann of nearby Gary, Indiana, in the strangulation death of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy. Police say her body was found Friday night at a Motel 6 in Hammond.

The Lake County coroner's office said she was strangled.

Hammond Police Chief John Doughty says Hardy was involved in prostitution and had arranged to meet Vann at the motel through a Chicago-area website.

Voynov suspended on domestic violence suspicion

NHL indefinitely suspends LA Kings defenceman Slava Voynov over domestic violence suspicions
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The NHL suspended Los Angeles Kings defenceman Slava Voynov indefinitely Monday after the two-time Stanley Cup winner's arrest on suspicion of domestic violence.

Voynov was booked and released at the Redondo Beach jail after his arrest early Monday morning at a Torrance hospital on suspicion of corporal injury to a spouse, Redondo Beach police Lt. Joe Hoffman said. The 24-year-old Russian defenceman posted US$50,000 bail.

Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings

Police say suspect in slaying of 7 women in Indiana says victims may go back 20 years
The Associated Press

HAMMOND, Ind. - Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found over the weekend in Indiana say the suspect has told them that he may have killed people going back 20 years.

Hammond Police Chief John Doughty said during a news conference Monday that the suspect, identified as Darren Vann, is being co-operative with investigators. Vann was convicted of sexual assault in Texas in 2009 and now lives in Gary.

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