Utah’s ‘Clearfield Rapist’ avoids death penalty, gets life in prison for Wyoming murder

EVANSTON, Wyo. (KSTU) — Mark Douglas Burns has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 2001 murder of Sue Ellen Gunderson Higgins in Evanston, Wyoming. The ruling dashed Burns’ hopes of receiving the death penalty. Judge Joseph Bluemel agreed with prosecutors that a death sentence would not be an appropriate punishment for … Read more

Army fires, suspends Fort Hood leaders over violence at post, including Guillen murder

WASHINGTON (KXAN/AP) — Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy announced Tuesday that 14 leaders at Fort Hood were either “relieved or suspended” as a result of an independent investigation into violence at the post, including murders, sexual assaults and suicides. Two general officers are among those being removed from their jobs, as top Army leaders on Tuesday … Read more