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Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016

NYC Settles Suit in Fatal Stairwell Shooting for $4M

NYC Settles Suit in Fatal Stairwell Shooting for $4M

New York City has reached a settlement of more than $4 million with the family of an unarmed man fatally shot by a police officer in a darkened stairwell in November 2014, the attorney for the family said...

Thursday, Apr 14, 2016

Liang Verdict Stands After Lawyers Argue to Get Case Tossed

Liang Verdict Stands After Lawyers Argue to Get Case Tossed

A judge has decided to allow the guilty verdict to stand against Peter Liang, the ex-cop convicted of manslaughter in the deadly shooting of an unarmed man in a darkened Brooklyn public housing project.

Thursday, Apr 14, 2016

Ex-Cop's Sentencing Postponed in Stairwell Shooting

Ex-Cop's Sentencing Postponed in Stairwell Shooting

A judge has delayed the sentencing for a former New York Police Department officer who accidentally shot an unarmed man in a darkened public housing project stairwell.

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016

Juror in NYPD Stairwell Shooting to Face Judge

Juror in NYPD Stairwell Shooting to Face Judge

A judge is set to determine whether to overturn the conviction of a former NYPD officer who accidentally shot and killed a man in a darkened housing complex stairwell because of a juror failed to disclose...

Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016

Lawyers for Convicted NYPD Officer Peter Liang Seek Retrial

Lawyers for Convicted NYPD Officer Peter Liang Seek Retrial

An attorney for the NYPD officer convicted of accidentally firing a stray shot into a public housing stairwell that killed an unarmed man tells NBC 4 New York he filed a motion Tuesday seeking retrial for Peter...

Tuesday, Apr 5, 2016

Stairwell Shooting Cop Apologizes to Mother of Victim's Child

Stairwell Shooting Cop Apologizes to Mother of Victim's Child

A former NYPD officer convicted of accidentally shooting an unarmed man in the stairwell of a public housing building on Thursday apologized to the man's domestic partner.

Thursday, Mar 24, 2016

DA: Don't Send Cop in Stairwell Shooting to Jail

DA: Don't Send Cop in Stairwell Shooting to Jail

The Brooklyn prosecutor said Wednesday that he has asked a judge not to give any jail time to the NYPD officer convicted of accidentally firing a stray shot into a public housing stairwell that killed an unarmed...

Monday, Aug 31, 2015

Third Skydiver Who Jumped Off 1 WTC Avoids Jail

Third Skydiver Who Jumped Off 1 WTC Avoids Jail

A third extreme-skydiving enthusiast convicted of reckless endangerment, BASE jumping and other charges after parachuting off of the World Trade Center in September 2013 escaped jail time at his sentencing...

Monday, Aug 10, 2015

Skydivers Trio Who Jumped Off 1 WTC Avoid Jail

Skydivers Trio Who Jumped Off 1 WTC Avoid Jail

Two extreme-skydiving enthusiasts convicted of reckless endangerment, BASE jumping and other charges after parachuting off of the World Trade Center in September 2013 escaped jail time at their sentences as...

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015

Blogger Mom Guilty of Killing Son, 5, With Salt

Blogger Mom Guilty of Killing Son, 5, With Salt

Lacey Spears, the Kentucky woman who authorities say force-fed her 5-year-old son salt through a stomach tube and reveled in the attention that a sickly child brought her, has been found guilty of murder in the...

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Documents
Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in Florida after crashing into a fountain at a traffic circle and flipping his car.

Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

A group of expert hackers that attacked governments and corporations around the globe has been busted after its ringleader — one of the world's most-wanted and most-feared computer vandals — turned against...

EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

News 4's I-Team has obtained a videotape in which Lamont Pride confesses to firing the bullet that struck NYPD Officer Peter Figoski point-blank in the face. His attorney declined to comment.

Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

Accused cop killer Lamont Pride told detectives the day after the shooting of Officer Peter Figoski that he was sorry for what happened and that he didn't want to kill a cop, according to police documents.

The Accused Killer in His Own Words

The Accused Killer in His Own Words

NBC New York's Jonathan Dienst has exclusively obtained a partial transcript of the confession that police say Levi Aron gave authorities during questioning for allegedly killing an 8-year-old boy.

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Mob Busts
Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

A mobster-turned-FBI-informant who is believed to have carried out a killing while helping the FBI track Mafiosos from Boston to Philadelphia was found dead in a New Jersey hotel last month.

Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

A well-groomed New York City mobster has avoided getting the death penalty for ordering a gangland hit.

Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Federal prosecutors say they've broken up a mob-run ring that recruited women from Russia and other Eastern European countries to dance at Long Island and Queens strip clubs.

Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

DEA and FBI agents arrested four members of the Bonanno organized crime family early Friday for alleged crimes that include racketeering, gambling and drug sales. The father of a "Mob Wives" reality show...

FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

Epic bust marks "largest single day operation" against organized crime.

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