Criminal Sentencing and Punishment

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    Tony Bosch Will Plead Guilty To Steroid Charges in Federal Court This Morning

    Just two years ago, Tony Bosch was the go-to source for customized steroid cocktails for some of the biggest names in professional baseball. Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and Nelson Cruz all paid the unlicensed doctor thousands to cook up testosterone creams and lozenges that could beat Major League Ba ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    Gucci Killed His Cell Mate for Trying Rape! Five Weirdest Hip-Hop Urban Myths of All Time

    Is hip-hop just a front to fill the private prison system? Can you have the keys to the bakery and the Church of Satan at the same time? Can a man with an ice-cream cone on his face kill another man with his bare hands? That's some wackadoodle scenario shit right there, but these are all healthy an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Thomas Cypress Ordered to Pay $5 Million for DUI Crash That Killed Two Tourists

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Hafiz Khan, Miami Imam, Gets 25 Years for Supporting Taliban

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    Karlie Tomica, Hit-and-Run "Party Princess," Gets Plea Deal for Four Year Behind Bars

    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.

  • News

    February 28, 2013
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    December 20, 2012

    End of the World: Weird Last Meal Requests From Death Row

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Allen Stanford Gets 110 Years In Prison For Massive Ponzi Scheme

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Belén Jesuit Ponzi Schemer Gaston E. Cantens Sentenced to Five Years Behind Bars

    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.

  • News

    December 1, 2011
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    November 29, 2011

    Miami's Federal Jail Overrun With Strippers Posing As Paralegals, Lawyers Say

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Coral Gables High Teen Killer Gets 40 Years

    ​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 >>

  • News

    August 4, 2011
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    July 7, 2011

    Casey Anthony Will Be Free Next Wednesday

    Orange County Dept. of Corrections​If 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Black Tuna Pot Smuggler Gets Five Years In Prison After Three Decades On The Run

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Ana Maria Cardona Back on Death Row for Murder of "Baby Lollipops"

    via Miami-Dade Corrections​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Miami Beach Ponzi Schemer Nevin Shaprio Gets 20 Years in Jail

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Peter Dabish Sentenced to Life for Murder and Torture of Recent UM Grad Diana DeMayo

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    With Darsi Ferrer Sentencing, Cuba Cements Its Reputation for Justice

    Darsi Ferrer​There 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Scott Rothstein Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    News Roundup: Lil Wayne Gets Eight Root Canals

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    "Dolphins Suck" Comment Leads to Death of an Inmate

    Dept. of CorrectionsVincent Lee​Defending 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Miami's Black-Market Cigarette King Pleads Guilty

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Two More Miami-Dade Swine Flu Deaths; Outbreak in Women's Prison

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Madoff Gets 150 Years in Jail

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Death Row Inmate Wants to Be the Next Supreme Court Justice

    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 Florida' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    OJ Simpson Gets 15 Years

    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 >>

  • News

    February 7, 2008

    Homeless Sex Offenders Face Eviction

    State officials scrap under-the-bridge policy.

  • News

    April 5, 2007


    Miami-Dade Corrections officers think a new uniform code discriminates against black men

  • News

    October 19, 2006

    Freedom for Sale, Part 1

    A lawyer offered convicts reduced sentences for a price

  • News

    August 4, 2005

    Free Bird?

    New evidence may exonerate Luis Diaz, imprisoned for 26 years as the Bird Road Rapist

  • News

    June 24, 2004

    Politically Tone Deaf

    George Burgess, the county manager, hits a sour note

  • City Life

    May 13, 2004
  • News

    February 12, 2004

    Blue Lines, Steel, and the Hour of Myth

    Women in prison transcend violence, tedium, and the past

  • News

    December 5, 2002

    County Jail's #1 Problem?

    Parking -- that's right, parking

  • News

    February 8, 2001

    Goon Over Miami, Part 4

    South Beach clubland tough guy Chris Paciello may soon show himself to be not so tough after all

  • News

    April 6, 2000

    River of Sleaze

    A top Miami-Dade schools cop is the focus of a probe that recalls the area's biggest police scandal

  • News

    January 6, 2000

    Pain & Gain, Part 3

    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.

  • News

    December 17, 1998

    The Imperfect Murder

    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.

  • News

    March 26, 1998

    The Cesar Odio Sentence Reduction Plan

    If at first you don't succeed in getting your sentence reduced, invoke the terminally ill mother

  • News

    February 5, 1998
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    May 29, 1997
  • Music

    January 30, 1997
  • News

    December 12, 1996

    Incarceration Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

    When he was booked into the Dade County Jail, Earl Cole was a sick man. Not for long.

  • News

    December 5, 1996
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    December 14, 1995

    The Trial of Willy & Sal

    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?

  • News

    July 6, 1995

    Lock a Block

    An appeals court nudges convicted orangutan smuggler Matthew Block a little closer to prison

  • News

    June 16, 1993

    Birds Do It, Bees Do it

    But is that any excuse for Matthew Block's lawyer to send Shirley McGreal a card that shows zebras doing it?

  • News

    April 28, 1993

    Gorilla Warfare: Part 2

    Ape trader Matthew Block has been sentenced in the case of the Bangkok Six. But the monkey business continues.

  • News

    April 14, 1993


    It alters perceptions and skews the ability to tell right from wrong. Ultimately, it results in a dysfunctional society. But it's not a drug. It's the War on Drugs.

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