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John Henry Spooner Sentence to Life In Prison in death of black Wis. teen Darius Simmons

A Milwaukee County judge sentenced John Spooner on Monday, July 22nd to life in prison without the chance for parole. Spooner is the 76-year-old man found guilty of first degree intentional homicide in the death of Darius Simmons. A Milwaukee County jury reached a verdict in the second phase of the John Spooner murder trial…

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A Milwaukee County judge sentenced John Spooner on Monday, July 22nd to life in prison without the chance for parole.

Spooner is the 76-year-old man found guilty of first degree intentional homicide in the death of Darius Simmons. A Milwaukee County jury reached a verdict in the second phase of the John Spooner murder trial Friday, July 19th. After less than 15 minutes, the jury ruled unanimously that Spooner did not suffer from a mental disease or defect when he shot and killed Simmons.

The mother of Simmons addressed the court on Monday with the help of her pastor. “I have no hatred for this man. I will pray for him. I want him to be held accountable for what he did to my son, Darius Simmons,” said Patricia Larry.

But when Spooner spoke to the judge, what he said shocked many. Spooner called the police who investigated his burglary crooked — and insisted the Larry children robbed him twice. Police said there was no evidence of that.

In the end, although Patricia Larry was working to forgive her son’s killed, Spooner went on the attack.

If Spooner didn’t know he was wrong, the judge told him with the harshest sentence available — life in prison without the chance for parole. Spooner’s lawyer asked the judge to get special protection for Spooner as he goes to prison due to the racial implications of this case. The judge is leaving it up to the state to evaluate. He will have to pay $58,000 in restitution out of his prison earnings if he lives long enough to do that.

John Spooner’s statement:

“I feel sorry for Darius. He had nobody that loved him enough to teach him to go straight. They screwed up my life. Like I say, crooked cops didn’t help. But like the videos, how much can a guy take. May God forgive you, Ms. Larry, for your lying, cheating and stealing. Like I say, I don’t know if I did right or wrong. The jury didn’t tell me. Nobody told me if I did right or wrong. I’m going to wait till I meet my maker.”

 

 

 

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Keyshia Cole’s Mom, Frankie Lons, Has Passed Away

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Frankie Lons, the vibrant mother of singer Keyshia Cole, who became a popular figure after appearing on Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is in 2006, has passed away.

News of her death surfaced on Monday morning (July 19). Cole’s younger sister, Elite, who appeared on The Way It Is as well, confirmed the sad news. She took to her InstaStories to write, “Worse pain ever….to see my mama in a body bag on her birthday! My heart so f–kin broke.”

According to Cole’s brother Sam, said Lons relapsed and overdosed at her home on Sunday while celebrating her birthday.

Last year, Cole shared that Lons, who struggled with drugs off and on, checked into rehab and in February would have been there for 30 days. She was hopeful that her mom would finally be able to stay sober and be as healthy as possible for her children.

“Do you believe in the power of love?” she wrote alongside a photo of her next to her mom.”What about lack thereof? 50/50 There’s strength in knowing there’s something or someone you can always lean back on. Someone to catch u when u fall. I’ve been being strong for you, hoping I’ll get a chance to feel that feeling from you.”

Cole and her older sister, Neffeteria, haven’t spoken publicly on the news. During Cole’s latest reality series on BET, Keyshia Cole My New Life in 2019, the singer and Lons had a conversation about the possibility of her not being around, which Cole said, understandably, alarmed her.

“Some things happen out there in the streets and it scares a child, the thought,” Cole said.

“One day chicken the next day feathers. If I die today you’re going to move on and you’ve got to make it. You’ve got to live for Keyshia,” Lons replied. “You have to live for you and your family not nobody else. You don’t have to do nothin’ but die and pay taxes, but you have to move on if anything happens to me. At the end of the day you’ll see me later. Up there.”

She added, “I’m a be always where you can find me. Even when God calls me. A mother’s love will always protect you.”

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Spike Lee Apologizes After Accidentally Announcing Top Cannes Prize Winner at Start of Show

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“It took a lot of suspense out of the night I understand, it wasn’t on purpose,” said the director.

As with most awards ceremonies, the Cannes Film Festival likes to build up to the winner of its biggest award, the Palme d’Or winner. Alas, that wasn’t to be the case with Spike Lee on hand.

“I have no excuses,” Lee, this year’s jury president, said in a press conference. “I messed up.”

He then tried to make a sports analogy to compare his slip to, adding, “I’m a big sports fan. It’s like the guy at the end of the game in the foul line, he misses a free throw, or a guy misses a kick.”

Others might compare it to the 2017 Oscars when “La La Land” was erroneously announced as best picture over the actual winner, “Moonlight.” At least in this case, Lee only killed the suspense and announced the winner early, rather than assemble the wrong cast and crew on the stage only to send them off and replace them.

Maybe it was a language mix-up, or Spike just misunderstood her use of “first prize” in French to refer to the top prize of the night, rather than the first prize to be presented on the night, for Best Actor (Caleb Landry Jones, “Nitram”).

Instead, though, Lee quickly blurted out that Julia Ducournau’s “Titane” had picked up the Palme d’Or, to the shock and horror of his fellow panelists.

Hilariously, Spike almost did it again (though everyone already knew the winner thanks to his first flub).

Taking to the stage at the proper time for announcing the Palme winner, he said, “In 63 years of life I’ve learned that people get a second chance, this is my second chance. I apologize for messing up. It took a lot of suspense out of the night I understand, it wasn’t on purpose.”

But then he almost announced the winner again before the evening’s hostess, French actress Doria Tillier, evening stopped him so that Sharon Stone could come out and do what she was there to do … announce the Palme d’Or winner … that everyone already knew.

Perhaps Lee was just excited that Ducournau is only the second female — and first solo female — in history to win the honor, coming 28 years after the win for “The Piano” and Jane Campion. That year, she shared top honors with Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine.”

Lee said that the organization took the error well, telling him to “forget about it.” He later joked about it, talking about what an honor it was to be on the jury. “This year, especially, after COVID-19. This is historic. Besides me f—— up, this is historic.”

You can check out the complete list of winners below:

Palme d’Or: “Titane,” Julia Ducournau

Grand Prix: “A Hero,” Asghar Farhadi & “Compartment No. 6,” Juho Kuosmanen

Best Director: Leos Carax, “Annette”

Best Actress: Renate Reinsve, “The Worst Person in the World”

Best Actor: Caleb Landry Jones, “Nitram”

Jury Prize: “Memoria,” Apichatpong Weerasethakul & “Ahed’s Knee,” Nadav Lapid

Best Screenplay: “Drive My Car,” Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Camera d’Or: “Murina,” Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic

Palme d’Or, Short Film: “All the Crows in the World (Tian Xai Wu Ya),” Tang Yi

Special Mention: “Ceu de Agosto,” Jasmin Tenucci

Honorary Award: Marco Bellocchio

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Tennis Player Coco Gauff Tests Positive For COVID-19, Will Not Attend Olympics

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17-year-old tennis player Cori “Coco” Gauff was slated to be on the U.S. tennis team at the upcoming Olympic Games, but has withdrawn after testing positive for COVID-19.

She broke the news via social media.

“I am so disappointed to share the news that I have tested positive for COVID and won’t be able to play in the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” she wrote in a note. “It has always been a dream of mine to represent the USA at the Olympics, and I hope there will be many more chances for me to make this come true in the future.” At #25, Gauff is the youngest player with a Women’s Tennis Association ranking in the top 100 .

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At 15, Gauff shocked the sports world when she beat tennis icon Venus Williams in the opening round of Wimbledon in 2019. She then bested Williams again during her Australian Open debut in January 2020 and defeated Naomi Osaka at the same event.

Gauff finished her statement by wishing all of her fellow athletes well. “I want to wish TEAM USA best of luck and a safe game for every Olympian and the entire Olympic family.”

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