A former pastor who was having sexual relations with a 16-year-old girl and tried to take her to Mexico was sentenced this week to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Shannon Hall sat next to her "black twin," longtime friend Monica Hines, at the Twins Care assisted living facility in Highland Park, preparing for the worst. Hall quietly explained to Karen Rainford, one of Hines' academic instructors, that the family was readying her legal affairs.
The testimony from scores of witnesses and survivors at the recent trial of former Guatemalan military dictator Efrain Rios Montt was no doubt gripping and emotionally gut-wrenching. Infants tossed into flaming homes. Pregnant women gutted, their fetuses cut from their bodies. Elderly men and women gunned down. Women and girls gang-raped inside churches. A former government soldier maintained his orders were to kill the Indians.
A St. Louis man was found guilty Friday of killing a Brooklyn Park daycare provider and her elderly parents -- shooting each twice in the head at close range -- in an apparent effort to stop a molestation charge against him.