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November 5, 2000

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Georgia

School shooter sent to prison

A 19-year-old convicted of killing two teen-agers outside a high school dance was sentenced to two life terms plus 35 years in prison, the maximum sentence for the crimes.

A lesser punishment for Darrell Ingram, 19, would have trivialized the lives of his victims, Superior Court Judge Penny Haas Freesemann said in issuing the sentence Friday.

Ingram was found guilty last month of felony murder and other charges for opening fire with a semiautomatic weapon outside a dance on March 10 as students celebrated a girls' basketball team victory.

Ramone Kimble, 16, a Savannah High School student, and Stacy Smalls, 19, who was not a student, were killed. A third teen-ager was injured. All three students were shot in the back as they fled.




BOSTON

U.S. citizen trapped in Russia

A Massachusetts man working in Moscow is stuck in Russia after authorities there, citing a tax investigation, seized his visa.

Al Decie, of Newburyport, has been working for the last five years for a U.S.-funded project to promote grass-roots democracy in Siberia. He told The Boston Globe he believes the tax investigation is part of a harassment campaign by Russian officials who disapproved of his activities.

Decie's legal troubles began July 3 when he was planning to leave Russia for the summer. He was summoned by the agency that issues visas to foreigners in Krasnoyarsk, the Siberian city in which he has lived since 1996. An agency official took his visa, and another official from the local tax inspector's office said he had to file income tax declarations from the past five years to get it back.




Tennessee

Officer indicted for fatal raid

A former Lebanon police officer who led a drug raid on the wrong house that resulted in the death of an innocent man has been indicted by a grand jury.

Steve Nokes was charged Friday with criminal responsibility for reckless homicide, tampering with evidence and aggravated perjury.

John Adams, 64, was shot and killed Oct. 4 when five officers burst into his home and Adams fired at them with a sawed-off shotgun, according to police.

Police had intended to raid the home next door.

Prosecutors said it was Nokes' fault that officers entered the wrong house. They said Nokes, who didn't enter the house, also lied on the affidavit to get a search warrant for the raid.




WASHINGTON, D.C.

FBI agent wants protection

A 20-year veteran FBI agent is asking court permission to tell President Clinton and watchdogs in Congress about what he calls criminal misconduct by federal workers during a top secret, undercover national security operation.

But the bureau says his allegations have already been addressed. FBI Director Louis Freeh and Deputy Atty. Gen. Eric Holder have denied agent Joseph Rogoskey permission to relay his allegations to Clinton and House and Senate committees.

In a lawsuit filed Friday, Rogoskey said that as an undercover agent he "witnessed acts of serious misconduct and violation of federal law by employees of the federal government during the course of their employment."

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