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Little Women Cast Member Sentenced in DUI Crash That Killed Coast Guard Member Picking Up Wife for Her Birthday

Former Little Women: Atlanta cast member Melissa Hancock was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years in prison after she pleaded guilty earlier this year for her role in a fatal car crash, PEOPLE confirms.

Hancock, 26, admitted to four crimes in connection with the November wreck, court records show: aggravated involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence, driving the wrong way and failing to obey a highway sign.

On Nov. 5, 2017, about 2 a.m., Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash involving a wrong way driver in Virginia Beach, a police spokesperson previously told PEOPLE.

Hancock was driving westbound on I-264 in the eastbound lanes when her 2011 Cadillac struck Daniel Dill’s 2009 Mazda head on.

Her “blood alcohol content tested at 0.112 percent two hours after the crash,” authorities told told CBS News.

Dill, a longtime member of the U.S. Coast Guard, was transported to Virginia Beach General Hospital where he died the following day from severe blunt force trauma to his neck and torso, according to the Virginian-Pilot. He was 29.

Dill’s wife, Natalie, had been celebrating her birthday with friends, Dill’s sister, Kelly Vazquez, told PEOPLE at the time. She said Dill arranged to pick his wife up so that “she didn’t drink and drive.”

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Dill was en route to get Natalie when Hancock hit his car.

“He was the type of man who would do anything and everything to help others,” Vazquez told PEOPLE last year of her brother. “Just recently he had returned from Puerto Rico where he was assisting with the hurricane relief efforts.”

At her sentencing on Wednesday, Hancock, who appeared on season 2 of Lifetime’s Little Women: Atlanta, described her remorse to Dill’s family and friends.

“Words cannot express my sympathy,” she said, according to the Virginian-Pilot. “I can’t believe what I have done. I could never mean to hurt anyone.” (Reached by PEOPLE, her attorney did not immediately provide a comment on her sentencing.)

Dill’s wife, his friend and five of his family members reportedly read victim impact statements about his character and the loss they suffered.

“He and Natalie made all the right decisions that night,” Dill’s friend Aaron Goh told the judge, the Virginian-Pilot reports. “She made all the wrong decisions. And yet they’re the ones suffering the consequences.”


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Receptionist Sentenced for Fatally Poisoning Her Ex-Boyfriend’s Mom, Who Was Also Her Boss

On Thursday, before being sentenced to 23 years in prison in the 2015 poisoning death of her ex-boyfriend’s mother, a 24-year-old New York woman insisted she was innocent of the crime of which she’d been convicted three months earlier.

According to multiple news reports, Kaitlyn Conley was found guilty in November of first-degree manslaughter in the death of 60-year-old Mary Louise Yoder, a Whitesboro, New York, chiropractor who was also her boss.

The Post-Standard and local TV station WKTV report that Conley spoke during her sentencing in Oneida County, New York, Court on Thursday, saying: “With all respect to the justice system, I’m innocent.”

In addition to her prison term, Conley will be under five years’ post-release supervision, according to WKTV.

Prosecutors argued Conley poisoned Yoder, for whom she had worked for four years, as revenge against Yoder’s son, Adam, the Post-Standard reported.

Conley had known Adam since 2011 and the two had dated off and on before Yoder’s death, according to the Utica Observer-Dispatch. But their relationship was turbulent, and Conley’s defense reportedly contended Adam was abusive and controlling.

At Thursday’s sentencing, two of Yoder’s daughters, Liana Hegde and Tamaryn Yoder, asked the judge to give Conley the maximum sentence, according to the Post-Standard.

“My mother’s heart stopped beating because of this defendant,” Tamaryn said. “I ask the court for the maximum sentence.”

Hedge said Conley “has never shown remorse for her actions,” and that because of her personal and professional ties to the family, she was present in their lives as Yoder was ill and dying: “She wanted to be there and see it happen.”

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Conley’s first trial ended in a hung jury in May, and she is appealing her conviction. She was first charged in June 2016.

Jurors at her second trial found Conley not guilty on a more serious charge of second-degree murder.

Her attorney reportedly said after, of the manslaughter conviction, “You have to still prove that she poisoned , okay? If she didn’t poison her with the intent to kill, where’s the evidence that she poisoned her with the intent to commit serious physical injury?”

Conley’s defense argued at her second trial that Adam was to blame and that the evidence against her was circumstantial and she was a pawn of a cover-up, according to the Post-Standard.

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William Yoder, Mary’s husband, and Adam also asked for the maximum sentence to be imposed on Conley.

“ had a fight with my son … and then murdered his mother,” William reportedly said in court.

However, another of Mary Yoder’s sisters, Janine King, reportedly told the judge she believes Conley is innocent.

Conley’s sisters said much the same as King when they spoke out in an interview with Syracuse.com in November.

The Oneida County Prosecutor’s Office did not respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment. Conley’s attorney could not immediately be reached.


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Utah Mom Sentenced for Starving 12-Year-Old Son and Keeping Him Locked in Bathroom: ‘It’s Unbelievable, Quite Frankly’

A judge on Monday sentenced a Utah woman to up to 45 years in prison after authorities say she starved her 12-year-old son and kept him locked in a bathroom, under surveillance, for months and possibly more than a year, according to multiple news reports.

Thirty-six-year-old Brandy Jaynes, of Toquerville, Utah, was ordered to serve one-to-15 years consecutively in Utah State Prison on three felony counts of second-degree intentional child abuse, to which she had pleaded guilty in July, local TV station KUTV and the Salt Lake Tribune report.

Judge Eric Ludlow denied a request from Jayne’s attorney, Edward Flint, to consolidate all three of the counts into one, according to KUTV.

Flint, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE, also unsuccessfully sought to have the sentences run concurrently, KUTV reports.

Jaynes kept her son locked inside the bathroom for months, authorities have said. The Spectrum & Daily News reports that, according to prosecutors, evidence suggested the boy had been kept in isolation for seven or eight years. His siblings told authorities that he’d been in the bathroom for at least a year, which Jaynes’ attorney disputed, according to the Tribune, and investigators previously told PEOPLE the boy may have been kept there for two years.

Investigators said Jaynes starved her son — leaving him so malnourished that he weighed only about 30 lbs. when he was found in January. He was so weak he could not stand on his own, authorities previously told PEOPLE.

His father, Jaynes’ estranged husband, Russell Jaynes, is accused of failing to prevent his suffering and is also charged with child abuse. Russell is expected to appear in court on Sept. 19, when his case may be resolved, according to the Tribune.

It remains unclear what may have motivated Brandy Jaynes to inflict such prolonged abuse on her son. During her sentencing, authorities again detailed the scene of the boy’s captivity — what one investigator previously described to PEOPLE as “like a horror movie.”

“I’ve been doing this for 30 years I’ve never seen anything like this,” the judge said at the sentencing on Monday, according to the Spectrum. “I’ve handled murder cases, rape cases, and I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s unbelievable, quite frankly.”

Deputy Washington County, Utah, Attorney Angie Reddish-Day read a letter in court from the couple’s son, written with the help of his foster parents, that she described as “heart-wrenching,” according to the Spectrum.

“She did horrible things to me, but she’s still my mom,” the victim said in his letter. “I feel safe now. I started feeling safe when I got away from her.”

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The boy’s statement continued: “Instead of eating breakfast, lunch and dinner, I would only get one meal of a couple of hot dogs every other day for months. I felt frozen when I was drenched with ice cold water in the winter.”

The Jaynes’ son was found in January in the small bathroom, which officials have said was covered in feces and urine. It was Russell who found the boy lying on the bathroom floor and rushed him to a nearby hospital, police told PEOPLE.

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The boy, now 13, had been taken out of school in December 2012, prosecutors said, according to the Tribune. He and his siblings are now reportedly in state custody.

In a letter to the court, Brandy said that she “screwed up by not getting help,” the Tribune reports. A pre-sentence report stated that she had no remorse for what she did, but Flint, her attorney, disagreed.

“This is not the story of a witch that needs to be burned at the stake. That’s the popular sentiment,” he said in court, according to the Spectrum. “This is the story of a woman who began to fail in her duties to her family, in particular to one son who needed help in a different matter, and she failed in that regard and things got worse. Instead of admitting she couldn’t do it anymore and getting help, she compounded things and made them worse.”

Officials with the Washington County District Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE.


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Ariz. Woman Sentenced to Die for Her Role in Locking Girl, 10, in 3-Foot-Long Container

An Arizona woman was sentenced to death on Monday for her role in the 2011 murder of her 10-year-old cousin, who suffocated after she was padlocked overnight in a small plastic storage container in the sweltering heat, PEOPLE confirms.

With the jury’s decision, 29-year-old Sammantha Allen becomes the third woman on Arizona’s death row.

She was found guilty of first-degree murder and four counts of child abuse on June 26 in the killing of Ame Deal — who, authorities reportedly said, was forced to exercise in triple-digit summer temperatures and then locked in a 32-inch-long plastic box overnight, likely as punishment because she stole an ice pop.

Ame died from suffocation after being left in the box for six or seven hours.

“Lack of remorse was the biggest thing that played into it for us — that we didn’t see that from Sammantha throughout the whole process,” said juror Anne Schaad, according to the Associated Press and CBS News.

Allen’s defense attorney could not be reached for comment by PEOPLE.

“I want to thank the members of the jury for their time and effort on this case and reaching a difficult, but just conclusion for the senseless murder of Ame,” Maricopa County, Arizona, Attorney Bill Montgomery said in a statement.


The case came to light on July 12, 2011, when police were called to Ame’s home in Phoenix and found her dead inside a plastic storage box. Family members initially said that she liked to hide in the box and must have fallen asleep, according to prosecutors.

Under questioning, Allen told police she knew the girl had been left in the container, the Arizona Republic reports. “There never was intention on killing her,” she said. But she said that her husband, John Allen, “said he was going to get her out.”

In video of her questioning shown at at her trial, however, Sammantha told a detective that she knew Ame was still in the container when she went to sleep, according to the Republic.

Authorities believe Sammantha and John were responsible for forcing Ame into the box and had fallen asleep without letting her out.

Before she was padlocked inside the box, John allegedly forced Ame to do back-bends for two hours and run around the yard despite the searing 103-degree temperature, the Republic reports.

Authorities said Ame was routinely locked inside the plastic box and abused by her caretakers. In one instance, the young girl was forced to eat dog feces and had it rubbed in her face after she failed to pick up a dog’s dropping, according to the Republic.

She was also allegedly made to crush aluminum cans barefoot, eat hot sauce and had been kicked in the face, beaten with a paddle and tossed into a cold swimming pool, according to the AP and CBS News.

Sammantha was sentenced to 76 years for four counts of child abuse, on top of her death sentence.

The AP reported that authorities had found Ame was a unique target of scorn in her family.

“Several forensic interviews were conducted on relative children,” investigators wrote in court records obtained by the news outlet. “The common theme is, Ame is bad, Ame lies, Ame steals, Ame is not allowed to play.”

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Ame’s father, David, was sentenced in June 2013 to 14 years in prison for attempted child-abuse for his role in Ame’s torment.

Her grandmother, Judith, was sentenced in September 2013 to 10 years in prison and lifetime probation after pleading guilty to two counts of attempted child abuse.

Cynthia Stoltzmann, who was Ame’s legal guardian and aunt, was sentenced to 24 years in prison and lifetime probation in September 2013 after pleading guilty to two counts of child abuse and one count of attempted child abuse.

John Allen, who is also charged with murder and child abuse, is scheduled to go to trial on Oct 9. He has pleaded not guilty. A message left with his attorney was not returned.


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Woman Sentenced for Helping Her Husband Rape 2 Children: ‘Disgusting and Horrendous’ Acts

A woman who helped put her husband behind bars for raping two children in Pennsylvania was sentenced on Monday to five to 15 years for also participating in the sexual assaults, PEOPLE confirms.

Holly Greiner, 31, will be on probation for 15 years after her prison stint, court officials tell PEOPLE. She pleaded guilty in April to two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child. She had the child rape charges against her dismissed after negotiating a plea deal with the prosecution.

Soon after her arrest, Greiner admitted to police that she and her husband forced two children to perform sex acts on each other and with them.

She agreed to assist prosecutors by testifying against her husband, 29-year-old Robert Phillip Greiner, at his trial. He was convicted in November of 11 counts including rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, endangering the welfare of a child and corruption of minors

In February he received what will likely amount to a life sentence, with a minimum of 67-and-a-quarter years behind bars.

He was also found guilty of evidence tampering and witness intimidation — charges that were filed after he made calls to his wife from prison pestering her about recanting her statements to police and pressuring her not to testify at his trial.

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The couple was arrested in 2015 after a 10-year-old boy told police in West Manheim Township, Pennsylvania, that he and a 5-year-old girl were sexually abused over a six-month period, court officials confirm.

Both victims testified during last fall’s trial, which prosecutors contend helped them secure the conviction.

PEOPLE could not reach the prosecutor, Chuck Murphy, for comment. He told the York Dispatch that the female victim said she was happy to help put her abusers away.

“She said because she didn’t want to have bad dreams about it anymore,” Murphy told the paper, which reports that a family member said in court the girl has not had any bad dreams about Greiner since the trial.

“Without their courage in coming forward, we couldn’t have made sure this guy can’t do it to anyone else,” he said, noting that “there’s no minimizing how disgusting and horrendous these acts were.”

PEOPLE was unable to reach the Greiners’ attorneys for comment.


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Scorpions Drummer Jailed: James Kottak Reportedly Sentenced For Offensive Behavior In Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Newspapers in the United Arab Emirates are reporting that the American drummer for the rock band Scorpions has been sentenced to one month in jail after being convicted of offensive behavior in Dubai.

The government-backed National newspaper reported Tuesday that James Kottak was convicted of insulting Islam, raising his middle finger and being under the influence of alcohol while in transit at Dubai airport. The Gulf News daily says he was arrested April 3 en route from Russia to Bahrain, where the German band was scheduled to perform at a Formula One race. Kottak was a no-show at the April 5 concert.

The newspapers say Kottak admitted to drinking but denied other charges.

The Scorpions’ manager didn’t respond to requests for comment. Kottak’s local lawyer couldn’t immediately be reached.
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