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Pregnant Pastor’s Wife Killed in Home Invasion: Second Suspect Flips in a Plea Deal

A second man has accepted a plea deal from prosecutors for his role in a deadly burglary in 2015 that killed pregnant Indiana mother Amanda Blackburn, PEOPLE confirms.

Amanda, the 28-year-old wife of Indianapolis pastor Davey Blackburn, was shot in the head on Nov. 10, 2015, during a botched home invasion, according to authorities.

The couple’s toddler son was in the house at the time but was unharmed.

On Wednesday, 26-year-old Diano Gordon, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and one count of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, court records confirm.

Under the terms of the deal, the other charges Gordon was facing, including murder and theft, will be dropped.

Gordon is one of three men arrested on charges related to Amanda’s death.

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Ala. Woman Who Tortured and Killed Teen — Injecting Her with Drain Cleaner — Is Denied Parole

A convicted murderer sentenced to life in prison must remain behind bars at least until 2023 for the abduction and murder of a 13-year-old girl who was repeatedly raped, injected by syringe with drain cleaner, shot, and then thrown into a canyon.

The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles debated for about a minute before voting Wednesday to deny release for Judith Ann Neelley, reports AL. com.

The decision came two days after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a letter that also opposed parole for Neelley and decried the “unspeakable brutality” of her crimes.

Neelley, whose original death sentence was commuted to life in prison by a previous governor, should not be paroled “not now, and not ever,” Ivey wrote in a letter to the board. “[H]er character includes a disturbing tendency to manipulate others toward her own, violent ends. These things alone should prevent Ms. Neelley from ever

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Days Before Her Wedding Anniversary Vacation, Officer Allegedly Run Over by Teen in Stolen Jeep

Authorities say a 16-year-old boy will be prosecuted as an adult for murder in Maryland, where, according to charging documents, he has been accused of fatally running down a 29-year-old policewoman who confronted him during a burglary investigation. Police say he was driving a stolen Jeep.

Amy Caprio, who had been a Baltimore County police officer for nearly four years, was killed on Monday afternoon. She had been attempting to stop a group of teenagers in Nottingham in connection with a 911 call about a residential break-in.

Caprio first responded to the area after a neighbor called 911 to report a suspicious vehicle, “adding that the subjects had broken into a home and that a black Jeep Wrangler appeared to be involved,” Baltimore County police said in a statement.

Police allege that the Jeep in question was stolen out of Baltimore city, with stolen tags affixed to it.

At the scene in Nottingham, Caprio followed

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Missing NH Mom is Found Stabbed to Death — and Her Son Is Person of Interest

A New Hampshire man has been arrested in Virginia in connection to the fatal stabbing of his mother, who was found dead after being reported missing days earlier, according to multiple reports.

Phillip Nash, 21, was arrested Monday by Virginia State Police after New Hampshire authorities issued a warrant for his arrest, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Nash was said to be wanted for the alleged theft of his mother’s car after she was found dead in Canterbury, New Hampshire, Monday, WMUR reports.

Frances Nash, 51, was reported missing on May 17 and found dead Monday, according to WMUR. Phillip Nash is considered a person of interest in his mother’s death, according to the Leader.

He was arrested Monday afternoon by Virginia State Police outside Emporia, CBS News reports.

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Ex-Playboy Centerfold Pushed 7-Year-Old Son From Hotel Before Jumping Herself: Police

The former Playboy centerfold who fell to her death from a New York City hotel on Friday along with her 7-year-old son pushed the boy from the building first before leaping herself, police confirm to PEOPLE.

Officials determined the deaths of Stephanie Adams and her young son, Vincent, to be a murder-suicide after the pair fell from the 25th floor of the Gotham Hotel in Manhattan around 8:15 a.m. local time. Police found their bodies on the second-floor landing of the hotel’s courtyard.

Although initial reports suggested that Stephanie jumped with the child, police tell PEOPLE she pushed the little boy from the building first.

“I’m not wrapping my head around this,” Raoul Felder, Stephanie’s former attorney and longtime friend, previously told PEOPLE. “Her whole life was wrapped up in the child. Something must’ve happened in her life, and went haywire.”

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Aaron Hernandez’s Fiancée Shayanna Jenkins Reveals She Is Pregnant 13 Months After His Death

Aaron Hernandez‘s fiancée Shayanna Jenkins is expecting a child 13 months after his death in prison.

The mother of one, who shares daughter Avielle Janelle with the late football player, announced her pregnancy on Instagram with a bump-revealing photo on Tuesday.

Jenkins also revealed the sex of her baby, writing she was expecting a second daughter, although she did not comment on the paternity of the child.

“Many of you have had speculated that I may be expecting another miracle which is very accurate, I wanted to take time and process and post when I was ready to. I wanted to have a moment for myself alone with my daughter … we are beyond excited about the new addition and chapter we will soon begin,” Jenkins, 28, wrote in the caption.

“I couldn’t be a luckier woman to have such a perfect little girl that’s prepared to become the best big sister, and

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Florida Mom Missing Since Mother’s Day Is Presumed Dead — and a Suspect Is Arrested in the Case

Florida police have arrested a woman in connection with the disappearance of a mom-of-three who didn’t pick up her children on Mother’s Day and hasn’t been seen since.

At a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said investigators arrested 50-year-old Kimberly Kessler — who authorities allege was the last person to see 34-year-old Joleen Jensen Cummings alive, according to local TV station WJXT.

Kessler, a co-worker at Tangles Hair Salon with Cummings, is charged with grand theft auto, First Coast News reports. She is also a suspect in Cummings’ disappearance, authorities said Tuesday.

She is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond.

Leeper said investigators have evidence to suggest that Cummings is dead but would not release it at this time.

Cummings was last seen leaving her job at Tangles in Fernandina Beach at 5 p.m. on May 12. She was supposed to meet up with

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Teen Girls Hid in Bathroom as Stepdad Killed Mom and Sister While ‘Laughing Hysterically’ Before Suicide

Three teenage girls in Ohio hid in a locked bathroom as their stepfather went on a murderous rampage, fatally shooting their mother and older sister before killing himself with the same gun.

PEOPLE confirms that police in Springfield, Ohio, believe Eric Sirons, 56, used a handgun to shoot and kill his wife, Jennifer Sirons, 49, and his stepdaughter, Andrea Heiser, 21.

A motive has not been released by Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf, who briefed reporters on the May 15 incident. But court records confirm that Eric had initiated divorce proceedings last month.

A mutual restraining order barring the husband and wife from contacting each other was recently granted by a judge.

Eric Sirons was the membership director for the Chamber of Greater Springfield while Jennifer Sirons was the chief financial officer for the Clark County Juvenile Court.

Heiser was enrolled at Wright State University, where she was studying statistics.

During the murder-suicide, Jennifer Sirons’ other

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After Robbing a Bank Wearing a Bomb, a Pizza Guy Was Told to Go on a Scavenger Hunt to Save Himself

A 46-year-old pizza delivery man with a bomb fastened around his neck robbed a Pennsylvania bank in August 2003, walking out with more than $8,000 in cash.

Minutes later, with police surrounding him nearby, that man, Brian Wells, pleaded for help.

The bomb collar he wore was going to explode, Wells said. It had been locked around him by three people in order to compel him to do what they wanted and return with $250,000.

“Why is no one coming to get this thing off of me?” he asked authorities.

Minutes before a bomb squad arrived, the device Wells was wearing exploded — his death captured by local news cameras.

Afterward, police recovered several pages of handwritten instructions from Wells’ car. The papers were addressed to the “Bomb Hostage” and contained directions first to rob the bank and then to proceed on an elaborate scavenger hunt for keys and codes to disable

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Father of Boy Killed By Ex Playboy Model in Murder-Suicide Hotel Jump Speaks Out

The father of a slain 7-year-old is “distraught” over the loss of his son, who was killed in a murder-suicide when his mother, a former Playboy centerfold, jumped with the boy from a New York City hotel on Friday.

An attorney for Charles Nicolai, a New York-based chiropractor, says the man is grieving the deaths of his son and his estranged wife Stephanie Nicolai, despite the pair’s contentious custody battle in the months before the deaths.

“Charles is Distraught over the loss of his beloved son Vincent, who was the center of his life and for Stephanie whom he cared for deeply,” William Beslow, Nicolai’s attorney, tells PEOPLE in a statement.

“We request privacy during this difficult time for Charles and his family as they mourn and remember the memories of Vincent and Stephanie.”

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