Thomas Cypress, the brother of Billy Cypress, the former chairman of the Miccosukee Indian Tribe, has been ordered by a civil court to pay $5 million for the deaths of Robert and Paulette Kirkpatrick. The elderly tourist couple was killed back in 2009 when Cypress hit their car with his truck. His b ... More >>
Hafiz Khan, a Miami Imam who was convicted of supporting the Taliban, has been sentenced to 25 years behind bars. It's much lower than the 60-year maximum he faces, but at 78-years-old it's likely Khan will spend the rest of his life behind bars regardless. See also: Miami Imam Hafiz Khan Convicted ... More >>
Karlie Tomica, the self-described "party princess" who hit Shore Club executive chef Stefano Riccioletti and then drove home drunk, has reportedly reached a plea deal with prosecutors. She'll spend just four years in prison, followed by two years of house arrest and 15 years of probation.
Having a hard time coping with the fact that the world might end tomorrow? Yeah, we thought you might, and since the idea that civilization as we know it may be wiped out so that the dawn of a new age can begin is a little morbid, we've thought of a cynical approach to make you feel a little better. ... More >>
Allen Stanford -- the massive Ponzi-schemer and full-time nutter who put his billions in illicit profits into a Coral Gables castle and cricket tournaments in the Caribbean -- was sentenced to more than a century of jail time for his crimes today. A federal judge in Texas sentenced the financier, wh ... More >>
Gaston E. Cantens, a former advisory board member for Belen Jesuit Preparatory School who used his prominence in Miami's Cuban-American community to target the elderly, has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to running a $135 million Ponzi scheme.
Coming soon to a jail cell near you...Stripteases, sexual favors, booze, porn mags, and fat stacks of cash would be run-of-the-mill in many Miami strip clubs. But at downtown's maximum security Federal Detention Center?Multiple attorneys interviewed by Riptide say the FDC visitor rooms have been tak ... More >>
After being convicted of second-degree murder for stabbing a classmate during school at Coral Gables High School, Andy Rodriguez, 19, has avoided life in prison, but was sentenced to 40 years in jail this morning. Following his release, at the age of 59 if he serves his full term, he will also se ... More >>
Orange County Dept. of CorrectionsIf fans of the Casey Anthony trial were outraged by Tuesday's verdict, they're probably steaming after this morning's sentencing. She will be a free woman by next Wednesday. That means Anthony, 25 and in excellent shape, can attend Splashion at LIV next week an ... More >>
One of the strangest chapters from Miami's pot-smuggling glory days came to an end in federal court today, when a judge sentenced Mark Steven Phillips -- a long-lost associate of the Black Tuna ring -- to five years in prison. Phillips fled during the gang's infamous 1979 trial and hid under fake ... More >>
via Miami-Dade CorrectionsThe Miami mother convicted of murdering her three-year-old child Lazaro "Baby Lollipops" Figueroa in 1990 was sentenced to death by a Miami-Dade judge Friday. Judge Reemberto Diaz's sentencing puts 50-year-old Ana Maria Cardona back on death row, where he had been place ... More >>
Nevin Shapiro lived like a modern-day Caligula. He seemed to have it all: a luxurious Miami Beach mansion on the bay, parties that attracted local notables and sports superstars, fast cars, big yacht, women and the athlete's lounge at the University of Miami named after him. It all came tumbling ... More >>
Twenty-three-year-old Diana Demayo had just graduated from the University of Miami with honors and had a bright future infront of her when she returned to her native Detroit and got involved with twenty-four-year-old Peter Dabish. The privileged son of a co-founder of the national Powerhouse ... More >>
Darsi FerrerThere aren't many countries where being sentenced to 16 months for having two sacks of cement in your home is considered a victory for human rights. But this is Cuba, and Tuesday's sentencing of dissident Darsi Ferrer after a reportedly tense two-hour trial, was being hailed as ... More >>
Kim Rothstein and friend Stacie Weisman leaving the courthouse after the sentencing.Unless you've been under a rock for the past few months, you should know that South Florida got stuck with its own mini-Madoff who goes by the name of Scott Rothstein. Yesterday, Rothstein was sentence by U.S. Dis ... More >>
Lil Wayne had his sentencing delayed so he could return to Miami for oral surgery. Well, TMZ said he underwent a marathon session yesterday and got eight -- yes, eight! -- root canals. You'd think that would be punishment enough for his weapon charges, but he'll still likely spend eight months to a ... More >>
Dept. of CorrectionsVincent LeeDefending the pride of the Miami Dolphins to the death is something the current roster hardly seems interested in, but one fan is accused of killing a Dolphins detractor. Though, both the assailant and the victim were already behind bars at the time.The incident too ... More >>
Earlier this summer, New Times brought you the story of Roman Vidal, a 54-year-old Cutler Bay resident accused of funneling millions of dollars' worth of black-market cigarettes through the Port of Miami to criminal gangs in Europe.Just before 11 a.m. today, Vidal pleaded guilty to four counts of ... More >>
via Esparta's FlickrSwine Flu has claimed two more lives in Miami-Dade County according to the Miami Health Department. The total number of confirmed cases in the county has ballooned to 493. A 31 year-old female and a 69 year-old male are the latest confirmed deaths. Meanwhile, an outbrea ... More >>
Bernie Madoff, the West Palm Beach financial demon who ripped off thousands of investors, many in South Florida, has been sentenced to the maximum 150 years behind bars. "I'm responsible for a great deal of suffering and pain, I understand that. I live in a tormented state now, knowing all of the ... More >>
In an attempt to fix a broken system, Judge Steve Leifman announced plans this morning for a first-of-its-kind "pilot facility" to house mentally ill individuals with criminal charges in Miami-Dade. Leifman -- an articulate, bespectacled advisor to the Supreme Court on mental health issues -- expl ... More >>
Who says the electric chair should stand in the way of your dream job? Not Michael Lambrix. Sure, the 48-year-old waits on death row for fatally bludgeoning and strangling two people outside Fort Myers in 1983. But that hasn't stopped the articulate, overachieving inmate from applying to be Florid ... More >>
OJ Simpson faced anywhere from six years to life for his conviction for armed robbery last month. He ended up with 15 years (though other reports are claiming he may serve up to 18, I guess the legal experts are still working out the math), and will not be eligible for parole for at least six, possi ... More >>
State officials scrap under-the-bridge policy.
Miami-Dade Corrections officers think a new uniform code discriminates against black men
A lawyer offered convicts reduced sentences for a price
New evidence may exonerate Luis Diaz, imprisoned for 26 years as the Bird Road Rapist
George Burgess, the county manager, hits a sour note
Women in prison transcend violence, tedium, and the past
Parking -- that's right, parking
South Beach clubland tough guy Chris Paciello may soon show himself to be not so tough after all
A top Miami-Dade schools cop is the focus of a probe that recalls the area's biggest police scandal
A wealthy couple disappears, the slumbering Metro-Dade Police Department awakens, and the ghastly deeds of Miami's Sun Gym gang at last come to an end.
Stanley Cohen's wife went to prison for arranging to have him killed. Years later a Miami journalist reveals a secret. Now the entire case may be unraveling.
If at first you don't succeed in getting your sentence reduced, invoke the terminally ill mother
When he was booked into the Dade County Jail, Earl Cole was a sick man. Not for long.
Smuggling coke by the ton and making money by the bushel. Getting tortured in Panama and eating smoked pork loin in Houston. The courtroom show is riveting, but like Al says, where's the justice?
An appeals court nudges convicted orangutan smuggler Matthew Block a little closer to prison
But is that any excuse for Matthew Block's lawyer to send Shirley McGreal a card that shows zebras doing it?
Ape trader Matthew Block has been sentenced in the case of the Bangkok Six. But the monkey business continues.
Chapter Two, in which the alleged drug kingpins are linked to a cellular telephone smuggled into their unit in the federal pen