A Central Illinois man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the 2015 slaying of an Army veteran who prosecutors say was fatally shot during a dispute over a small amount of drugs.
A sobbing Kevin Lee Payne Jr. told the courtroom, “I tried to slam on the brakes but it wasn’t good enough.”
Xuehua “Edward” Peng was accused of acting as a courier for China’s Ministry of State Security after the U.S. launched a “double agent operation” in 2015.
David Sura wishes he’d never woken up from his coma.
Months ahead of the June 2018 killing — for which Sura pleaded guilty to manslaughter after originally being charged with murder — he regained consciousness from a six-month coma brought about by brain injuries sustained in an all-terrain vehicle crash.
“You know it’s been called a tragedy — that doesn’t seem to be enough,” said the judge who handed down 22-year-old Colten Treu’s sentence.