WHEATON, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago woman has been sentenced to natural life in prison without the possibility of parole in the 2012 fatal stabbings of her 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old girl she was caring for. A judge sentenced Elzbieta Plackowska (elz-BEE'-tah plah-KOW'-skuh) on Friday. She was convicted in September of the killings and for fatally stabbing two dogs.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Prosecutors have declined to file charges against police officers who shot and killed a black man in St. Paul after he pointed a gun at them. Twenty-nine-year-old Cordale Quinn Handy was killed on March 15 after police responded to a disturbance in which several shots were fired. Handy refused officers' demands to drop his gun. The Ramsey County Attorney's Office said Friday that it determined that use of deadly force was justified.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago attorneys who had said they wanted to sue the estate of a teen fatally shot by a police officer in 2015 have changed their minds. The attorneys announced their change of heart on Friday _ a day after the Chicago Tribune reported the city's intention to sue the estate of Quintonio LeGreier.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 69 years in prison for fatally shooting a man at a party near the University of Illinois. Robbie Patton was convicted in September of first-degree murder in the 2016 killing of 22-year-old George Korchev and aggravated battery with a firearm for wounding three others. Police say the shooting happened during a fight at the party in Champaign. None of Patton's victims were in the fight. He was sentenced Thursday.
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