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Maine man asks for community service after confessing he murdered his 14-year-old girlfriend

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A Maine man who confessed that he smothered his 14-year-old girlfriend to death, burnt her body, stuffed it into a suitcase and threw it into New York’s Gerritsen Bay asked police if he could be sentenced to community service.

According to CBS New York, 22-year-old Christian Ferdinand was convicted Monday after confessing to police that he murdered Shaniesha Forbes, 14, of Brooklyn, New York in January of 2013.

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Forbes died of “homicidal asphyxiation,” the court ruled. Her naked, charred body was found washed up on the shore of Gerritsen Beach on Jan. 6, 2013, two days after she disappeared.

The New York Post said that Ferdinand killed the girl in a fit of panic after she told him that she might be pregnant with his child.

He then doused her body in Axe Body Spray, lighting the liquid on fire with a cigarette lighter in an attempt to eliminate any incriminating evidence.

In his confession to police in 2013, Ferdinand said that he burned Forbes’ body, then stuffed her into a suitcase and threw it into the bay in hopes that the salt water would destroy any further evidence.

He was apprehended in Maine four months after Forbes’ body was found.

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After his confession, police documents say, Ferdinand asked, “Do you think I can get some kind of community service?”

On Monday, the jury in Brooklyn took less than an hour to return a guilty verdict. Ferdinand now faces from 25 years to life behind bars.

Forbes was a freshman at the Academy for Young Writers in Williamsburg. She lived with her mother and three siblings in East Flatbush.

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A coroner’s report stated that she was not pregnant at the time of her death.


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Shocking videos as Minneapolis burns — after authorities refuse to arrest George Floyd’s killer

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Minnesota is experiencing another evening of devastating protests on Thursday after Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and US Attorney Erica MacDonald held a press conference where they announced the investigations of George Floyd's killing were continuing, but no arrests had been made.

Here are some of the images from the scene:

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Trump mocked for claiming that mail-in voting will ‘end’ the Republican Party: ‘You silly fool’

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On Thursday, President Donald Trump proclaimed on Twitter that mail-in voting could "lead to the end of our great Republican Party."

His outburst triggered immediate mockery on social media. Some mimicked the president and responded in all-caps.

Fact check: mail-in voting has been happening in many Republican states for years. In fact Trump and Kellyanne Conway both vote by mail, as does our military.

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Car rampage through Colorado protesters compared to Charlottesville attack that killed Heather Heyer

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On Thursday, at a protest in Denver, Colorado against the police killing of George Floyd, the driver of a black SUV tried to run down one of the demonstrators, in an incident captured on video.

Nobody appears to have been killed. However, horrified commenters on social media compared the incident to the vehicle-ramming attack in Charlottesville, where a neo-Nazi drove a car into a crowd and killed counterprotester Heather Heyer.

Arrest this driver. Attempted murder. This is how Heather Heyer died. https://t.co/pxGmEFDZkC

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