MIAMI (WSVN) -- A Miami police officer faced a federal court judge and pleaded guilty to extortion charges stemming from sports betting in a Liberty City barber shop.
Former Miami Police Officer Harold James has entered a plead of guilty to extortion charges. His Defense Attorney Tony Moss said, "Mr. James pled guilty to counter-information, charging him with two counts of attempted extortion for his services of providing protection to a check cashing store in Northwest Miami-Dade. The store was known to be cashing fraudulent government checks, and Mr. James promised to provide protection to a courier." James' defense attorney adds, "He recognized the wrongfulness of his conduct. He's cooperated from the beginning."
The FBI has been investigating several Miami police officers in the last week. This particular investigation stems from a large scale FBI inquiry into a police protection ring of a sports-betting operation that was allegedly based out of a now defunct barber shop in Liberty City...
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The ringleader in the kidnapping, rape and murder of a South Florida teenage girl has been sentenced to death.
Just before noon Thursday, Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge William Thomas handed down the sentence to Joel Lebron for his role in the murder, rape and kidnapping of Ana Maria Angel in 2002.
The 18-year-old Angel and her boyfriend, Nelson Portoblanco, had just finished a walk on South Beach on prom night, back in 2002.
The defense attorney for Lebron had argued that he was not the ringleader, had a rough childhood and was a model prisoner. The defense attorney asked the judge to give Lebron the sentence of life just like the other men involved in the attack. However, the judge denied the request and gave several reasons to his decision including the fact that the murder was committed during other felony crimes.
Investigators said the attackers left Portoblanco for dead on the side of Interstate 95 in Broward County and shot Angel in the head, in West Palm Beach, killing her instantly...
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