Former As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis has lost his bid to shave time off his prison sentence after he was found guilty of plotting to kill his wife. The rocker's lawyer argued his client's time behind bars should be reduced by the amount of time he served while under "house arrest" as he awaited sentencing, but in a Del Mar, California court on Friday (18Jul14), Judge Carlos Armour denied the request, explaining that credit only applies to inmates held in lieu of bail.
He stated, "He was privately monitored, not by the Sheriff who controls those in custody in this County. Therefore, those custody credits are denied."
Lambesis was sentenced to six years behind bars in May (14).
He was arrested in May, 2013 after handing an undercover cop, pretending to be a hitman, cash and instructions of how to gain entry to his wife's home.
Prior to his sentencing, the singer expressed his remorse and told authorities that his steroid use was "affecting many decisions in my life". He insisted, "I am not a risk to her (wife Meggan) in the slightest way."
A man accused of trespassing on Taylor Swift's beachfront property in Rhode Island on three separate occasions has been sentenced to 18 months of probation. Daniel P. Cole was initially taken into custody and charged in December (13) after he parked his pick-up truck outside the singer's Watch Hill home and refused to move.
Police were called to the scene to investigate and the Massachusetts resident allegedly became involved in an altercation with officers, just 12 days after Swift's security guards had to escort Cole off the star's estate.
The second incident landed the 39 year old a no trespassing order, but cops found him back on the property in March (14), when he was also slapped with a no contact ruling, demanding he keep his distance from the singer and her home, according to local paper The Westerly Sun.
He pleaded not guilty to misdemeanour charges of wilful trespassing and disorderly conduct, but was convicted on Thursday (17Jul14) after a three-day trial in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Judge Frank Cenerini ordered Cole serve probation and undergo anger management screening and counselling. He also renewed the no trespassing and no contact orders.
Cole hasn't been the only unwelcome visitor at Swift's Rhode Island luxury house - three people recently pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct charges after allegedly hurling beer bottles at the mansion in June (14).
The singer was not home at the time of either incident.
A New York rapper affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan has pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge stemming from a fatal car accident on New Year's Day (01Jan14).
Shyheim Franklin, 35, surrendered to police in January (14) in the days after the crash on Staten Island, New York which killed Felipe Avila Olea, 29. He was accused of driving into the victim's car after ignoring a stop sign, and hitting a parked vehicle before fleeing the scene on foot.
Franklin has now pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and a weapon possession charge relating to a gun which police officers found in his apartment last year (13).
The rapper has recorded music under the stage names Manchild, Little Shyheim and The Rugged Child, and worked with stars including the Wu-Tang's RZA, Tupac Shakur, and the Notorious B.I.G., who he once shared a stage with.
Filmmakers Randall Miller and Jody Savin have broken their silence following the death of a camera assistant on their Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider, insisting they have committed no crime. Director Miller and his writer/producer wife were shooting a dream sequence on a train trestle in Wayne County, Georgia in February (14) when an oncoming train disrupted filming. Sarah Jones lost her life when the train hit her.
The filmmakers, who surrendered to local authorities on Sunday (13Jul14), have pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges filed against them, and now they've released a statement through their attorney.
Miller and Savin write, "In the weeks and months that follow when the true facts of the events are revealed, people will know that this was not a crime: we never had criminal intent; we would never knowingly or intentionally put anybody’s safety at risk. This was a horrible tragedy and a horrific accident.
"We have remained silent out of respect for the family of Sarah Jones, their loved ones and all of the crew who were injured on that very sad day.
"Our hearts are broken, our spirits are broken. We have young children and can only imagine with immense sadness the heartbreak of losing a child. We are praying for Sarah’s family."
A third producer, Jay Sedrish, turned himself in to police in Georgia on Thursday (17Jul14).
The trio has been indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass.
Several civil suits have also been filed against MIller, Savin, Sedrish and other individuals and entities associated with the film.
Jazz veteran Herbie Hancock has written a letter to a judge in support of a friend who is facing jail on drugs charges. Bruce Veniero, 71, is facing 10 years in prison after spending more than a decade on the run in South America. He pleaded guilty to a number of drug smuggling charges in New York City in 1998, but disappeared after skipping out on his $1 million (£588,235) bail.
He will be sentenced on Friday (18Jul14) in Long Island Federal Court, and his friend Hancock has written a note to the judge overseeing the case to ask for leniency.
In the letter, the musician calls Veniero a trusted friend who has given him "unceasing support and encouragement throughout the years," according to the New York Daily News.
The pair is believed to have grown close in the 1970s when Veniero ran a restaurant in California where Hancock often performed.
Veniero was brought back to the U.S. after he was arrested by Interpol officials in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2009.
An actress who has appeared in TV hits The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries has been sentenced to 18 years behind bars for sending ricin-laced letters to U.S. President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Shannon Rogers Richardson pleaded guilty to the crime in December (13), six months after she was arrested for sending three 'poisoned' notes to Obama, Bloomberg and his colleague Mark Glaze, threatening harm if they continued to push for tougher gun control laws.
The highly-toxic substance, which can cause death, caused minor injuries to one mail clerk, but the letters never made it to her intended targets.
The 36 year old, also known as Shannon Guess Richardson, appeared in a federal court in Texarkana, Texas on Wednesday (16Jul14), when she used the opportunity to apologise to her victims, stating, "I never intended to hurt anyone."
Richardson was ordered to spend the next 18 years in a federal prison. Once completed, she must also spend five years on supervised release and pay $367,000 (£215,882) in restitution.
She had initially blamed her estranged husband Nathaniel Richardson for sending the letters. He filed for divorce last year (Jun13).
British pop star Tulisa Contostavlos brokered a $1,360 (£800) cocaine deal for an undercover reporter after becoming convinced he was a movie producer who was lining her up for a major Hollywood role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, a court has heard.
The former N-Dubz singer is on trial for allegedly arranging for a drug-dealing pal to sell half an ounce of the illegal drug to a man she believed was a leading film studio boss.
However, he was really notorious U.K. undercover journalist Mazher Mahmood, and Contostavlos was subsequently charged by cops after the story appeared in The Sun on Sunday newspaper.
At the opening of her trial at London's Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday (16Jul14), the jury was told Contostavlos was once a member of a street gang which sold crack cocaine. She met with Mahmood - who was using the cover name 'Samir Khan' - at swanky hotels in Las Vegas and London last year (13) after he told her agent he could land her a role in a "big production" alongside Titanic star DiCaprio.
Prosecutor Timothy Cray told the court, "It is clear the defendant was very keen to break into films and she and her manager swallowed the story completely. She was told that she would be more suitable for the film than Keira Knightley or Kate Winslet."
The jury heard that the pop star, who was also a judge and mentor on the U.K.'s The X Factor for two seasons, later agreed to sell Mahmood cocaine and used the term "white sweets" as code for the drug in text messages.
She allegedly arranged for her pal, rapper Mike Coombs, to supply the drug to the reporter in a room at London's Dorchester hotel in May, 2013.
The prosecutor added, "We say that the defendant was instrumental in arranging the supply of cocaine carried out in the Dorchester... Although the defendant had not negotiated the price or the amount, she had done all she could to make a supply of cocaine happen and the charge reflects her involvement in the supply of the drug."
Contostavlos, of Friern Barnet, north London, denies being concerned in the supply of cocaine. The trial continues.
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Actor Rob Lowe has been tapped to play a murdered hotel heir in an upcoming TV movie.
The Hollywood veteran has been cast as Ben Novack, Jr., the slain millionaire heir to popular Miami, Florida resort, the Fontainebleau hotel, in Beautiful and Twisted.
The film will also star Candice Bergen as Novack Jr.'s mother, Bernice, and Spanish actress Paz Vega, who will portray the hotel boss' wife, Narcy, a former stripper.
In 2012, Narcy Novack was sentenced to life behind bars after she was found guilty of murdering her husband.
Three people have pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct charges after allegedly hurling beer bottles at Taylor Swift's Rhode Island home and shouting at a security guard. Connecticut residents Michael Horrigan, 29, Tristan Kading, 28, and Emily Kading, 26, were arrested outside the country hitmaker's beachfront property last month (Jun14). They appeared in a Rhode Island court on Friday (11Jul14), when they each pleaded their innocence. The court date took place weeks after Tristan Kading told TMZ.com their behaviour had simply gotten out of hand while they were drinking. The singer was not at home at the time of the incident.
A rapper pal of British pop star Tulisa Contostavlos has pleaded guilty to supplying cocaine to an undercover journalist, on the eve of the pair's trial. The former N-Dubz star is accused of brokering a deal for half an ounce of the drug by arranging a meeting between the reporter and Michael Coombs, who is known professionally as Mike GLC, in May last year (13).
Contostavlos denies the charge, but at the start of their joint trial in London on Monday (14Jul14), Coombs changed his plea and admitted being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.
He will be sentenced at the end of Contostavlos' trial, which is due to open before a jury on Tuesday (15Jul14).
The pop star, of Friern Barnet, north London, denies being concerned in the supply of cocaine.