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February 1, 2001

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Missouri

Anti-Semitic pastor convicted of kidnapping

A pastor was convicted Wednesday of abducting six of his grandchildren and holding them for years while he indoctrinated them in his anti-Semitic beliefs. The jury recommended he get the maximum sentence of 30 years.

They had deliberated about an hour to find 73-year-old Rev. Gordon Winrod guilty.

He was accused of abducting his grandchildren from their fathers in North Dakota in the mid-1990s and hiding them on his 300-acre ranch in Gainesville for several years. Prosecutors said Winrod brainwashed the children. Authorities said Winrod sent out thousands of newsletters around the country each year, often calling for the killing of Jews.

Georgia

Cop killer accepts life sentence

A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the shooting death of a police captain during a traffic stop and was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

Under the plea agreement, the conviction and sentence of Jeffrey McGee can't be appealed.

McGee, 34, was charged with shooting Villa Rica police Capt. Robbie Bishop in the head on Interstate 20 west of Atlanta on Jan. 20, 1999. Bishop, 35, was found dead next to his patrol car, and McGee's name was on a warning ticket in the car.

"The plea agreement leaves nothing to chance," Dist. Atty. Peter Skandalakis said. "It insures that Mr. McGee is punished for his crime and will never set foot outside of prison."

Prosecutors had planned to seek the death penalty.

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