Connie Villa Smothered Daughter, 13, With Bare Hands, Admits She Tried to Kill Other Kids

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Connie Villa
Connie Villa killed her 13-year-old daughter with her bare hands after the girl refused to take pills like her siblings in a plan to deprive her ex-husband of the children, police say.

Citing "significant progress" in the investigation of the Christmas Day mother-on-daughter smothering of Aniarael Macias, Casa Grande police released a statement today that outlines details of the crime and the motive based on Villa's statements.


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John McCluskey, Arizona Prison Escapee, Faces Death Penalty in New Mexico Trial Starting Today

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John McCluskey's 2010 capture in northern Arizona.
Arizona prison escapee John McCluskey's murder trial gets under way today in Albuquerque for the slaying of an Oklahoma couple during a three-week crime spree in 2010.

Linda and Gary Haas, both 61, were General Motors plant workers on their annual trip to Colorado in August 2010 when they're believed to have run into McCluskey and his two accomplices at a rest area near the New Mexico-Texas line.

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Phoenix 8-Month-Old Dies After Being Burned with Lighter and "Violently" Shaken, Police Say

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An 8-month-old child died Wednesday after being burned with a cigarette lighter and "violently shaken," according to Phoenix police.

Adrian Ponce, the fiancé of the child's mother, has been jailed on nine felony child-abuse charges, as police await the results of an autopsy on the child, Sabrina Santos-Vasquez.

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David Deal, First to Be Sentenced for Abuse of Murdered 10-Year-Old Ame Deal, Gets 14 Years

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Ame Deal
The first of three family members who pleaded guilty to horrific abuses of 10-year-old Ame Deal -- who was murdered in 2011 -- has learned his fate.

Ame's father, David Deal, was sentenced this morning to 14 years in prison as part of a plea agreement, and will spend time on probation after that for a marijuana-possession charge.

See also:
-Ame Deal's Alleged Killers Last to Face Charges
-"Hide-and-Seek" Suffocation Death of 10-Year-Old Ame Deal Ruled Homicide
-Police: Abuse of Ame Deal "Makes You Sick to Your Stomach"
-Ame Deal's Killers Indicted for First-Degree Murder

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Ame Deal's Alleged Killers Last to Face Charges as Third Family Member Pleads Guilty to Abuse

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Ame Deal
The alleged killers of 10-year-old Ame Deal are the last to face charges in the 2011 case, as three family members now have pleaded guilty to abuse charges and charges were dropped against another.

First-degree murder charges are still pending against Samantha Allen, Ame's cousin, and Allen's husband, John.

See also:
-Ame's Dad Is Second Family Member to Plead Guilty to Abuse
-Aunt Pleads Guilty to Abuse
-"Hide-and-Seek" Suffocation Death of 10-Year-Old Ame Deal Ruled Homicide
-Police: Abuse of Ame Deal "Makes You Sick to Your Stomach"
-Ame Deal's Killers Indicted for First-Degree Murder


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Ame Deal Murder: Aunt Pleads Guilty to Abuse, a Week After Charges Dropped Against Cousin

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Ame Deal, a 10-year-old girl who was murdered after a lifetime of abuse.
A week after charges were dropped against one of six family members accused of abusing 10-year-old Ame Deal, who was murdered in Phoenix almost two years ago, another family member has pleaded guilty.

A spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office wouldn't elaborate when child-abuse charges against Ammandea Stoltzmann, Ame's cousin, were dropped, but Ame's aunt has now pleaded guilty in the case.

See also:
-Ame Deal Murder: Charges Dropped Against One of Six Family Members
-"Hide-and-Seek" Suffocation Death of 10-Year-Old Ame Deal Ruled Homicide
-Police: Abuse of Ame Deal "Makes You Sick to Your Stomach"
-Ame Deal's Killers Indicted for First-Degree Murder
-Ammandea Stoltzmann Arrested For Horrific Abuse of Ame Deal
-Phoenix Police: David Deal Kept 10-Year-Old Ame Deal in a Dog Kennel

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Rickesha Burns Accused of Shoving Vibrator Into 2-Year-Old Son's Anus

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Rickesha Burns
A Phoenix woman is accused of shoving a vibrator into her 2-year-old son's anus, and doctors told police that surgery will be required to remove it.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, 21-year-old Rickesha Burns called police Sunday, reporting that her son was bleeding from his anus.

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Leonard Orta Jr. Gets 18 Years in Prison for Starving 5-Year-Old Niece to Death

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A Phoenix man who let his 5-year-old niece starve to death in his apartment -- then did nothing as her body was decomposing in the apartment -- will be going to prison.

Leonard Orta Jr., 49, was sentenced to 18 years in prison, as part of a plea agreement, in which Orta pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

See also:
-Criminal Complaint Filed Against Uncle of 5-Year-Old Girl Found Decomposing in Apartment


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Jhessye Shockley's Mom Jerice Hunter Now Without a Lawyer After Not Paying the Bills

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Jerice Hunter
The court process for Jerice Hunter -- the woman accused of murdering her 5-year-old daughter, Jhessye Shockley, before tossing her body in the garbage -- may take a bit longer now, since Hunter is short an attorney.

The public-information office at the Maricopa County Superior Court says Hunter's case has been continued, since her private attorney withdrew due to lack of payment.

See also:
-Jerice Hunter Pleads Not Guilty to Abuse, Murder of Jhessye Shockley
-Jerice Hunter Has an Attorney. Meet Scott Maasen
-Jerice Hunter Attorney: Timing of Hunter's Arrest "Real Fishy"


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Marion Patterson III Sentenced to 17 Years for Role in Slaying of ASU Senior Zachary Marco

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Marion Patterson III was sentenced today to 17 years in prison for his role in the October 2010 slaying of 21-year-old ASU student Zachary Marco.

Marion Patterson III, the accomplice of the man who shot and killed Arizona State University senior Zachary Marco, was sentenced today to 17 years in prison.

Marco, 21, was robbed of his laptop in October 2010 by Patterson and another local gang-banger, Louis Harper, who wielded a gun. Rather than simply steal the item, Harper chose to pull the trigger and murder the young college student.

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