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Former Congresswoman Gets 5 Years for Pocketing Bogus Charity Money

Former Florida Democratic congresswoman, Corrine Brown, has been sentenced to five years in prison for mail, wire and tax fraud involving a sham charity, according to Fox News. Brown was pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars from donors that thought their money was going to a charity. But in reality, the charity was a sham.

Brown, along with her chief of staff, Elias “Ronnie” Simmons, solicited donations for One Door for Education and informed the donors that the money would be funding scholarships for minority students. Brown & Simmons raised more than $800,000 but only $1,200 was awarded as scholarships. The money that was pocketed was spent on lavish events if it didn’t go straight into the congresswoman’s bank account.

A federal judge sentenced Brown on 18 crimes that ranged from conspiracy to fraud.

“It is a sad day for everyone. It is a sad day for this community,” Judge Timothy Corrigan said in court, according to The Associated Press. “I was impressed with all the outpouring of support for you and it’s a tribute to you and the work you’ve done … and that makes it more tragic and sad.”

After being elected to the house in 1992, Brown served 12 terms. She became one of the first three African-American lawmakers from Florida to be elected to Congress. Brown was indicted last year on 24-counts and lost last year’s election because of it.

Brown has blamed Simmons for all the wrongdoings. Though Judge Corrigan didn’t believe the explanation, he did lessen Brown’s sentence. Brown’s lawyer vowed to appeal.

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MMA Star War Machine Given Life Sentence

Former MMA star “War Machine” was sentenced to life with the chance of parole for brutally beating his then-girlfriend, adult star Christy Mack, and her friend Corey Thomas in 2014. War Machine, real name Jon Koppenhaver, was found guilty of charges including sexual assault and battery with a deadly weapon on Monday (June 5) and he will be eligible for parole in 36 years. At that time he will be 71 years old.

Christy Mack addressed the court on Monday ahead of Koppenhaver’s sentencing, where she told the court that she feared he would come after her if he was ever let out of jail.

Story developing.

SOURCE: VLADTV

Kevin Gates Sentenced to 30 Months

Kevin Jerome Gilyard, 31, known by his stage name of Kevin Gates, of Baton Rouge, La., pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with a 2013 arrest, according to court records. Police records show Gilyard originally was arrested on an unlawful possession of a handgun charge about 8:10 p.m. Oct. 29, 2013, in the 7200 block of South Stony Island Avenue.

Kevin Gates Sentenced 180 Days in Jail

Bridgeview Branch Court Judge Neil Linehan gave Gilyard credit for 34 days already spent in jail in the case, according to court records.

Gilyard at least twice had warrants issued for his arrest in the case, once in 2013 when he failed to show up in court, and once in December 2016, according to court records. He was back in custody at the end of March, according to court records, and had been held by authorities since.

Kevin Gates Sentenced to 30 Months

Gilyard, as Gates, broke onto the scene in 2013 with “The Luca Brasi Story” after a series of mixtapes that depicted the gritty side of his life. The critically lauded effort also brought the rapper into the major label sphere. He signed to Atlantic Records, and released “Stranger Than Fiction” shortly thereafter, the release that began his stint as a Billboard chart fixture.

Rapper Kevin Gates Found Guilty

Gates’ style couples rap and R&B-style singing, while hewing to the bleak, autobiographical style that he has said came from the “pain” of his life. His only studio album, the platinum-selling “Isiah” released in January 2016, reached No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200.

SOURCE: CT

Judge Clowns Coolio’s Hairstyle

Talk about kicking a man when he’s down. Coolio had to stand before a judge to hear his fate after getting caught at the airport with a gun, and get his hair critiqued.

Judge Clowns Coolio’s Hairstyle

Court is never a fun place to be, that is unless you are the judge holding people’s fate in your hands. Rapper Coolio plead guilty to possession of a concealed weapon in court Wednesday after getting caught with a gun in his bag at LAX airport. He won’t face any jail time, but he was sentenced to three years probation and must commit 45 days of community service.

Judge Clowns Coolio’s Hairstyle

A sigh of relief there. However, Coolio didn’t escape the court without getting his hairstyle acknowledged. Midway through the sentencing, the judge took a moment to bring attention to the spider legs currently perched atop Coolio’s head.

Judge Clowns Coolio’s Hairstyle

“You’re a little bit different,” said the judge, inferring that this is not the first time he’s seen Coolio in court. “You’ve got a different little hairstyle going here than in the past, but it, you know, it suits you.”

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