Imelda Mar­cos given 42-year sen­tence

Dayton Daily News - - NATION & WORLD -

A Philip­pine court on Fri­day sen­tenced Imelda Mar­cos, the coun­try’s flam­boy­ant for­mer first lady, to a min­i­mum of 42 years in prison for cre­at­ing pri­vate foun­da­tions to hide her un­ex­plained wealth. But it is un­likely that Mar­cos, a 89-year-old widow, will see any jail time. The court, which han­dles graft and pub­lic cor­rup­tion cases, said the rul­ing could be ap­pealed, and le­gal ex­perts have said Mar­cos could fight a prison sen­tence be­cause of her ad­vanced age. The sen­tence comes as Mar­cos and her fam­ily have seen a po­lit­i­cal resur­gence in the Philip­pines, hav­ing gained fa­vor un­der the pres­i­dency of Ro­drigo Duterte. — stab­bing of a 15-year-old girl. The Alabama Supreme Court set a Feb. 7 ex­e­cu­tion date for Do­minique Ray. Tif­fany Harville dis­ap­peared from her Selma home in 1995. Her body was found in a field a month later. Ray was con­victed in 1999 af­ter co-de­fen­dant Mar­cus Ow­den tes­ti­fied that Ray stabbed the girl af­ter they picked her up from her home and raped her. An­other man had been charged in Harville’s slay­ing, but those charges were dropped when Ow­den con­fessed to a role. — ex­trem­ists ex­ploded out­side a ho­tel in the cap­i­tal, Mogadishu, Fri­day af­ter­noon killing at least 20 peo­ple and in­jur­ing 17, said po­lice. The sui­cide bombs det­o­nated near the perime­ter wall of the Sa­hafi Ho­tel. So­mali se­cu­rity forces shot dead four gun­men who tried to storm through a hole blown into the ho­tel’s wall.

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