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Man Sentenced to Life For the Murder of UCLA Student on the Anniversary of Her Stabbing Death

The man responsible for killing of 21-year-old UCLA student Andrea DelVesco has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

The sentencing comes exactly 3 years after Alberto Hinojosa Medina, 25, stabbed DelVesco and set her apartment on fire before fleeing after burglarizing a different apartment moments before.

Firefights discovered the charred remains of DelVesco, a Phi Beta Phi sorority sister and Austin, Texas native, inside her burning apartment.

It took 32 firefighters about 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze. DelVesco was pronounced dead at the scene.

Medina and his accomplice Eric Marquez, 25, were arrested and charged with DelVesco’s murder on Sept 28, 2015.

Medina, a former Fresno State University student, was found guilty of one count of first-degree murder with the special circumstance of murder during a burglary.

Medina also was convicted of one count of arson of an inhabited structure,

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Calif. Woman Falsely Accused of Faking Her Abduction Could Be Cross-Examined by Kidnapper: ‘Amazingly …

The lawyer for Denise Huskins, the California woman whose 2015 kidnapping and sexual assault were originally dismissed as a hoax by investigators, tells PEOPLE his client has been subpoenaed by prosecutors to testify next week at the preliminary hearing for her abductor.

“It’s horrible,” Doug Rappaport says about the possibility that Huskins may be cross-examined by Matthew Muller at the hearing, scheduled for Tuesday.

Muller, who could not be reached for comment, is representing himself.

“So, consequently, he can confront and cross-examine his accusers; he’s exercising his constitutional rights,” Rappaport tells PEOPLE two days after his client and her fiancé, Aaron Quinn, were issued subpoenas to appear in a Solano County court.

Rappaport says it is “not just a possibility” that Huskins will be cross-examined by Muller but “highly probable.”

The Solano County District Attorney’s Office did not respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment, but prosecutor

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Pregnant Woman’s Kidnapper Allegedly Told Her Dad, ‘Sorry for What Happened’ While She Was Still Missing

The trial of the second suspect accused of conspiring to murder a pregnant North Dakota woman for her unborn baby began Wednesday with prosecutors alleging that William Hoehn helped his former girlfriend kill the 22-year-old while she was clinging to life, multiple news outlets report.

Hoehn, 33, of Fargo, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the Aug. 19, 2017, death of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind.

LaFontaine-Greywind, his downstairs neighbor, was eight months pregnant when she was killed in the apartment Hoehn shared with 39-year-old Brooke Crews, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Crews, who is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty in December to murdering LaFontaine-Greywind, admitted first to luring her to her third-floor apartment in the building where LaFontaine-Greywind lived with her family and then dumping her body in the local Red River, the authorities have said.

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Mass Stabbing at NYC Day Care Seriously Injures Babies and Adults, Including Days-Old Infant

Three infants and two adults were stabbed early Friday morning during an altercation inside an overnight child care business run out of a home in Queens, New York, a police source tells PEOPLE.

All five victims were transported to area hospitals where they remain in serious but stable condition, the source confirms.

The children range in age from 3 days to 1 month old, authorities said at a news conference Friday morning.

The stabbing unfolded shortly before 4 a.m., says the police source.

The 52-year-old suspect — a woman who worked at the facility, in Queens’ Flushing neighborhood — has been apprehended, but formal charges have not yet been filed against her, according to the source. The suspect’s name has not been released.

The source tells PEOPLE the assailant, armed with a kitchen knife, stabbed a female co-worker before going after the babies.

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Mom of Jogger Stabbed to Death in DC Says She Has ‘No Hate’ for Her Daughter’s Killer

The mother of Wendy Martinez, the Washington, D.C., woman who was fatally stabbed while jogging near her home on Tuesday, is speaking out about her daughter’s killer.

“My heart has no room for hate, has no room for resentfulness,” Cora Martinez said during a news conference held on Thursday.

“We believe in the greatest judge and the ultimate person that is going to give what is deserved, so I am asking my family to do the same. Let it go.”

“Wendy is at peace, she is happy and we want to follow that example,” Cora said.

She also revealed that she and Wendy went wedding dress shopping over the weekend after her daughter got engaged to her fiancé, Daniel Hincapie, last week.

“These last seven days were the happiest of Wendy’s life,” Cora said. “We went to the store she was trying out gowns.”

According to CBS News, Wendy will be dressed

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Uber Driver Arrested for Stabbing 2 Passengers for Vomiting in Her Car

An Uber driver from Augusta, Georgia has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault after allegedly stabbing two passengers, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office tells PEOPLE.

On Sunday, 29-year-old Shaunisha Danielle Brown was arrested after she allegedly stabbed two of her passengers after someone threw up in her car, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Passenger Daniel Millard, who was using the rideshare with two other female passengers, told WRDW-TV it was just your average ride until Brown allegedly got offended by something one of the riders said, rather than one of them getting sick.

“The Uber driver showed up we all get in. Everything is fine and dandy. We are like we’re going home. Great,” Miller told the television station.

“She went down another wrong road and Amber just said, ‘Just get us where we are going please,’ and the driver got offended by that I’ll take it,” Millard explained.

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‘He’s Gonna Kill Me If I Don’t Get Away,’ Woman Texted After Moving States — Then She Vanished

Relatives of a 40-year-old woman missing since July are asking for the public’s help in finding her after she sent messages before she disappeared saying she feared for her life, PEOPLE confirms.

Erin Schmidt Vandewiele hasn’t been seen since July 23, according to a GoFundMe started by her sister, Mandi Schmidt.

She had recently moved with her boyfriend, Joseph Mayor, from Wisconsin to Denver, Schmidt told local TV station KMGH.

“We’re very worried, especially after we’ve seen text messages that she had sent another friend that she was scared that Joe was going to hurt her,” Schmidt alleged on the GoFundMe.

The day before she disappeared, Vandewiele messaged friends saying she was scared for her life and that she would call one of them the following day if she was still alive.

“Erin never called back,” Schmidt wrote on the GoFundMe.

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Ex-‘Teacher of the Year,’ 42, Accused of Exchanging Lewd Photos with Girls While Posing as Teen Boy

A once-lauded teacher at a Florida middle school was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly exchanging lewd pictures with underage girls, PEOPLE confirms.

Kristopher Paul Beckstrom — a 42-year-old music teacher at Landon Middle School in Jacksonville, Florida — is charged with transmitting material harmful to minors and producing/promoting performance which includes sexual performance by a child under 18, online jail records show. He remains behind bars.

According to the Jacksonville Public Education Fund website, Beckstrom, who attended Jacksonville University, had previously been named a school-level “‘teacher of the year.”

Duval County Public Schools did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

“At this point, our action is that that teacher is not in any of our classrooms and will not be allowed on any of our campuses,” Dr. Diana Greene, the district superintendent, told local TV station WJXT.

It is unclear whether Beckstrom has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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2-Year-Old’s Mom Allegedly Poisoned Him with Hydrocodone in His Sippy Cup: Prosecutor

A Pennsylvania mother has been charged in the death of her 2-year-old son after toxicology reports showed enough prescription drugs in his system to kill him, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by PEOPLE.

Jennifer Clarey, 42, was arrested for homicide on Tuesday and is being held without bond at the Bucks County Correctional Facility in Doylestown.

Tullytown police officers were first called to Clarey’s home about 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 25 to conduct a welfare check. They found her and her son, Mazikeen Curtis, lying in a blood-covered bed, according to the affidavit.

“The child showed no signs of life, was cold to the touch,” the affidavit states. “The woman … had significant lacerations to both of her wrists.”

Mazikeen was pronounced dead the following day. Clarey was treated for her “self-inflicted” wounds and law enforcement executed a search warrant at her home.

Detectives recovered a knife and utility blades with blood on them,

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Four People Dead, Three Wounded in Shooting at Rite Aid Distribution Center in Maryland

Four people were killed and three others were wounded in a shooting Thursday morning at a Rite Aid distribution center in Perryman, Maryland, PEOPLE confirms.

Speaking to reporters later Thursday, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said the violence unfolded shortly after 9 a.m.

Gahler said one person carried out the workplace shooting with a handgun.

The suspected shooter — a 26-year-old woman — was transported to the hospital, where she died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to authorities.

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The scene in Perryman, Maryland, following a shooting there on Thursday morning

Gahler declined to

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