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April 7, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
  When Army Sgt. Paul Costello returned home to West Chester from an 18-month tour in Iraq in 2006, he "went on vacation for three months," he said, laughing. "I was so burnt out," he said. "I was just so happy to be home. " But his initial relief was short-lived, he said. He grew depressed and suicidal. He began drinking almost every day - "I was trying to go out and have as much fun as possible," Costello, 28, said. "I felt I had missed out on so much. " He worked 80-hour weeks to keep his mind off the nightmares and the insomnia, the memories of 18 months in war-torn Ramadi, "which was and still is one of the worst places in Iraq," he said.
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April 1, 2013 | By Brian Skoloff, Associated Press
PHOENIX - An 86-year-old man who carried out a mercy killing by shooting his ailing wife and high school sweetheart in the head was sentenced Friday to probation after an emotional hearing where family members tearfully spoke on his behalf. George Sanders could have faced more than 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter. Judge John Ditsworth said his sentence of two years' probation was "individualized and tempers justice with mercy. " "It is very clear that he will never forget that his actions ended the life of his wife," Ditsworth said as Sanders stood, his hands clasped and shaking.
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March 31, 2013 | By Brian Skoloff, Associated Press
PHOENIX - An 86-year-old man who carried out a mercy killing by shooting his ailing wife and high school sweetheart in the head was sentenced Friday to probation after an emotional hearing where family members tearfully spoke on his behalf. George Sanders could have faced more than 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter. Judge John Ditsworth said his sentence of two years' probation was "individualized and tempers justice with mercy. " "It is very clear that he will never forget that his actions ended the life of his wife," Ditsworth said as Sanders stood, his hands clasped and shaking.
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March 28, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of the leaders of a Montgomery County methamphetamine trafficking ring was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years in state prison and 15 years on probation. Francesco "Frank" Messina, 44, pleaded guilty in November to corruption, conspiracy, and selling methamphetamine to undercover officers. He was one of 32 people arrested in what Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman called "a family affair ... consisting of distributors, users, and pushers. " During raids in February 2012, local police, county detectives, and federal drug-enforcement agents seized drugs, paraphernalia, and weapons from Messina's auto-body shop in Lansdale.
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March 17, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The up-and-coming rapper Meek Mill says he would like nothing more than to be on the road touring all the time. "My best thing is to stay traveling," the 25-year-old North Philadelphia street rapper said Friday. "Every time I come back to Philadelphia, someone tries to shoot me or get me back in trouble. " But ties to the past are hard to cut - especially the one with your probation officer. So the troubled relationship between Meek Mill, né Robert Williams, and Philadelphia probation officer Treas Underwood was the subject of another long, contentious hearing before Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley.
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March 16, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The up-and-coming rapper Meek Mill says he would like nothing more than to be on the road touring all the time. "My best thing is to stay traveling," the 25-year-old North Philadelphia street rapper said Friday. "Every time I come back to Philadelphia, someone tries to shoot me or get me back in trouble. " But ties to the past are hard to cut - especially the one with your probation officer. So the troubled relationship between Meek Mill, né Robert Williams, and Philadelphia probation officer Treas Underwood was the subject of another long, contentious hearing before Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley.
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March 14, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
The man who calls himself NJ Weedman was sentenced Tuesday to a harsher term for violating probation than he had received for possessing a pound of marijuana. Ed Forchion, 48, received nine months in the Burlington County Jail for failing to sign up immediately with the probation department after he was sentenced in January to two years on probation on an April 2010 drug charge. Forchion, a former New Jerseyan who lives in Los Angeles, was arrested Jan. 31 at Philadelphia International Airport as he prepared to fly home.
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March 13, 2013
A BURLINGTON COUNTY judge Tuesday sentenced Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion to nine months in jail for violating probation. Forchion has lived in California in recent years but was sentenced to probation in Burlington County for marijuana possession. He's been in jail, however, since he was arrested Jan. 31 at Philadelphia International Airport while boarding a plane to California. According to a report in the Burlington County Times , Superior Court Judge Charles Delehey said Forchion would be released in time to continue his treatments for bone tumors.
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