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Dec 5, 2018

Man Guilty in Hofstra Grad's Killing Sentenced to 25 to Life

Man Guilty in Hofstra Grad's Killing Sentenced to 25 to Life

The adopted son of famed jeweler who was found guilty in the brutal 2016 murder of a Hofstra grad after a night of partying has been sentenced Wednesday — and could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Dec 4, 2018

‘El Chapo’ Consort Who Changed Face Testifies About Killings

‘El Chapo’ Consort Who Changed Face Testifies About Killings

A key government witness at the U.S. trial of the alleged Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" has testified about the cold-blooded killings committed to further his own narcotics empire.

Nov 28, 2018

NY Man Who Killed Brother for 'Being Loud' Gets Jail Term

NY Man Who Killed Brother for 'Being Loud' Gets Jail Term

A Bronx man who stabbed his brother to death for being too loud was sentenced to prison, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Nov 26, 2018

Witness: ‘El Chapo’ Paid Massive Bribes to Top Mexican Cop

Witness: ‘El Chapo’ Paid Massive Bribes to Top Mexican Cop

A government witness testifying at the U.S. trial of the alleged Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" claims his cartel paid massive bribes to a top law enforcement official.

Nov 21, 2018

Tekashi69’s Lawyer Says Rapper Innocent of Federal Charges

Tekashi69’s Lawyer Says Rapper Innocent of Federal Charges

The defense attorney for Brooklyn rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine says his client is "completely innocent" of federal racketeering and firearms charges.

Nov 16, 2018

NYPD: Women Arrested Over Bizarre Subway Beating

NYPD: Women Arrested Over Bizarre Subway Beating

Two women have been arrested in connection to beating a mother on a subway after her young son asked her why the child of another straphanger was wearing a costume, police announced Friday.

Nov 16, 2018

FBI: Gambino Crime Family Associates Charged in 2015 Fire

FBI: Gambino Crime Family Associates Charged in 2015 Fire

Two reputed associates of the Gambino crime family have been charged with torching a businessman's Mercedes Benz in Howard Beach in Queens.

Nov 13, 2018

Trial of Alleged Drug Kingpin 'El Chapo' Begins in NYC

Trial of Alleged Drug Kingpin 'El Chapo' Begins in NYC

The high-security trial of infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman got underway on Tuesday, with a prosecutor telling jurors how the man who got his start in a modest marijuana-selling business...

Nov 2, 2018

Man Tied to 'Jeweler to the Stars' Found Guilty of Murder

Man Tied to 'Jeweler to the Stars' Found Guilty of Murder

A Manhattan jury found a famed jeweler's adopted son, who was accused of the brutal 2016 murder of a Hofstra grad after a night of partying, guilty on all counts Friday.

Sep 24, 2018

Few Answers 2 Months After Baby Boy Found Dead in East River

Few Answers 2 Months After Baby Boy Found Dead in East River

Nearly two months after the body of a 7-month-old boy was pulled from the East River, it is still not clear how he died -- or who may have killed him. Mason Saldana, wearing only a diaper, was plucked from...

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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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