In a follow up to our story about Charles Barkley being arrested for DUI back on December 31st, yesterday Barkley pled guilty in Arizona to two counts of driving under the influence and an additional charge of running a stop sign.
Barkley has been sentenced to ten days behind bars at an yet-to-be-determined Arizona jail. He will only have to serve five days if he completes an alcohol education program. In addition, Barkle will have to pay $2000 in fines.
In a follow up to our story about Suge Knight alleged assault on his girlfriend in Las Vegas, Knight took a plea deal in the Las Vegas Justice Court on Wednesday.
Knight plead guilty to one count of misdemeanor domestic batter. The guilty admission comes with a $340 fine, forty-eight hours of community service, and he will have to attend domestic violence counseling.
As part of deal, two counts of felony drug possession and a charge of felony coercion were dropped, which the Las Vegas Sun says is partially due to the fact that the prosecutors can not find their main witness.
Boy George, the ex-singer of Culture Club whose real name is George O’Dowd, was sentenced to fifteen months in prison today by Snaresbrook Crown Court in London.
Last month, Boy George was found guilty unanimously by a jury after a seven day trial in which he was accused of chaining a male escort to the wall in his London apartment. The escort, Audun Carlsen, also claims that Boy George beat him with a metal chain while imprisoned.
Boy George has maintained his innocence throughout the trial and sentencing.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson pled guilty to one count of evading the cops over the weekend.
The charge comes from a July incident in which Jackson attempted to escape police in a promotional monster truck, during which he hit multiple cars and almost hit several pedestrians. The incident ended when police pulled Jackson out of the vehicle at gunpoint.
Jackson now faces 200 hours of community service and could serve six months in jail as part of the plea agreement.
Actor Lillo Brancato Jr, who starred in a few early episodes of The Sopranos and co-starred alongside Robert DeNiro in A Bronx Tale, has been found guilty on charges of attempted burglary.
The criminal case stems back to 2005, when Brancato and his friend Steven Armento broke into a man’s home looking for Valium. Brancato said during his trial that the home’s owner gave them permission to stop by whenever they wanted some pills.
The criminal activity took a tragic turn when during the break-in Daniel Enchautegui, a cop that lived next door, came by to investigate. Armento shot the off-duty cop in the chest, who died at the scene. Enchautegui shot both Brancato and Armento several times before dying. Armento was found guilty of murder in November, and was sentenced to life in prison.
While Brancato was found guilty of attempted burglary, he was acquitted on two other burglary counts and a murder charge. Brancato could face up to 15 years for the attempted burglary charge.
In Colorado, 18-year old Lamar Roberts has pleaded guilty to charges of child abuse and knowingly/recklessly causing death for the December 2007 killing of 7-year old Zoe Garcia.
The death is due to Roberts’ imitation of the fighting moves found in the video game Mortal Kombat. Garcia’s half-sister, Heather Trujillo, was also involved in kicking, hitting and slamming Garcia. Trujillo pleaded guilty to child abuse and negligently causing death back in May and is currently serving six years in Colorado’s youth offender system.
Roberts was scheduled to start his trial in January. Instead, he will now face sentencing on January 16th.
Last month, OJ Simpson and Clarence Stewart were found guilty on multiple charges of armed robbery and kidnapping. Brent Bryson, the pair’s criminal defense lawyer, attempted on Friday to have the case declared a mistrial and begin a new one. Bryson claims that the jury foreman, Paul Connelly, was guilty of misconduct, as Connelly was dismissed from a job for making racial slurs and reportedly told reporters on the scene that Simpson “should have gotten life in prison” for Nicole Brown’s murder.
The judge for the case denied the motion, and reminded the defense attorney that they were aware of Connelly’s past before the case began.
Simpson and Stewart currently face begin sentenced to prison for life. They are currently scheduled for a sentencing hearing in December.
Thirteen years to the day after OJ Simpson was acquitted of murder charges, he was found guilty on twelve criminal charges, including armed robbery, kidnapping and burglary.
Simpson, along with his co-defendant, are now in jail and will remain there until December when they will face sentencing. The charges against Simpson could put him in jail for the rest of his life.
Simpson’s defense lawyers plan to appeal, and believe that Simpson’s prior trial and acquittal tainted the jury and led to their decision to find Simpson guilty.