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Ex-Colorado policeman gets 16 years for fatal on-duty shooting

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A former Colorado police officer convicted of murder for fatally shooting a man in the back while on duty two years ago was sentenced on Thursday to 16 years in prison, authorities said.

James Adam Ashby, 33, was found guilty in June of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Jack Jacquez, 27, who was skateboarding when first confronted by the officer in the rural farming town of Rocky Ford, about 130 miles (210 km) southeast of Denver.

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Otero County District Court Judge Mark MacDonnell sentenced Ashby to prison and fined him $10,000, court spokesman Rob McCallum said on Twitter.

Ashby, who was fired from the Rocky Ford police department after his arrest in the shooting, had faced a potential prison term of up to 48 years for his conviction.

It is relatively rare for U.S. law enforcement officers to be criminally prosecuted and convicted of murder stemming from the use of lethal force in the line of duty.

Prosecutors accused Ashby of lying about the circumstances surrounding the October 2014 shooting, which grew out of an encounter in which the policeman confronted Jacquez on patrol while the younger man was riding a skateboard along a highway.

After asking Jacquez what he was doing, Ashby said the younger man responded with a profanity and took off, according to a state police arrest warrant in the case.

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But a civilian who was in Ashby’s cruiser on a “ride-along” told investigators that Jacquez had merely said he was going home, court documents said.

Ashby also told investigators he feared for his life when he followed Jacquez into the man’s darkened house, believing Jacquez was armed with a baseball bat, and opened fire when he thought he was about to be assaulted.

Jacquez died from a single gunshot that struck his spinal cord and pierced his heart and a lung, an autopsy concluded.

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Jacquez’s family has filed a federal lawsuit against Ashby, the city of Rocky Ford and its police chief, alleging Ashby was hired by the department despite a history of excessive-force complaints lodged against him in another town where he previously worked.

(Editing by Steve Gorman and Peter Cooney)

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75 years ago: When atomic scientist Leo Szilard tried to halt dropping bombs over Japan

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As this troubled summer rolls along, and the world begins to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the creation, and use, of the first atomic bombs, many special, or especially tragic, days will draw special attention.  They will include July 16 (first test of the weapon in New Mexico), August 6 (bomb dropped over Hiroshima) and August 9 (over Nagasaki).   Surely far fewer in the media and elsewhere will mark another key date:  July 3.

On July 3, 1945, the great atomic scientist Leo Szilard finished a letter/petition that would become the strongest (virtually the only) real attempt at halting President Truman's march to using the atomic bomb--still almost two weeks from its first test at Trinity--against Japanese cities.

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‘Insane’: Park ranger shoots unarmed man through his heart and then handcuffs his dead body

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A ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park tased and then fatally shot a man during a New Mexico traffic stop and then handcuffed his lifeless body.

Charles "Gage" Lorentz was traveling March 21 from his work site in Pecos, Texas, to his family's home in southwest Colorado when he detoured at the national park to meet a friend, and that's where he encountered National Park Ranger Robert Mitchell, reported KOB-TV.

The ranger stopped the 25-year-old Lorentz for speeding on a dirt road near the park's Rattlesnake Springs area, and Mitchell's lapel video shows him ordering Lorentz to spread his feet and move closer to a railing.

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Former Trump administration official refers to a renowned Black scholar as ‘some criminal’

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President Donald Trump's former Attorney General Jeff Sessions referred to renowned Black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. as "some criminal" in an interview with The New York Times Magazine.

Sessions, one of Trump's earliest supporters who was later fired after years of attacks from the president, is currently attempting to reclaim his old Senate seat in Alabama. Sessions has desperately tried to tout his Trumpist credentials on the campaign trail, even as the president has waged a campaign aimed at sabotaging his primary bid.

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