COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina mother sentenced to life in prison for killing her two young sons never planned to kill them and instead intended to end her own life, according to a letter she wrote to a Columbia newspaper.
A Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds has rejected two plea deals and said on Wednesday his trial would be a forum on the need for campaign finance reform. Douglas Hughes, 61, a former mail carrier from Ruskin, Florida, said he expected two trials from his illegal flight - one in U.S. District Court and a second in public opinion as he fights lobbyists' influence in the U.S. capital. Hughes' lawyer, assistant federal public defender Tony Miles, said during a status hearing before District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly that Hughes had rejected a formal plea offer that would have put him in prison for 10 to 16 months.
The FBI still has not determined whether the suspect in the fatal shootings of five U.S. servicemen in Tennessee last week was radicalized in the run-up to the rampage, the special agent in charge of the investigation said on Wednesday. "At this time, we’re treating him as a homegrown violent extremist," Reinhold said.