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White supremacist who plowed vehicle into crowd and killed woman during Charlottesville rally asks judge for mercy as sentencing looms

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The 22-year-old white supremacist who killed a woman and injured dozens of other people protesting the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 is now pleading with the judge to spare him from a life behind bars.

Attorneys for James Alex Fields Jr. on Friday made a motion to that effect. They cited their client’s age and traumatic childhood, as well as his history of mental illness.

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Prosecutors disagreed, saying Fields, who will be sentenced this coming Friday, has shown no remorse for his actions; they said his sentencing would set an example for others who think of committing “similar acts of domestic terrorism.”

Fields avoided the death penalty when he took a plea bargain in pleading guilty in March to federal hate crime charges and admitting that he’d intentionally plowed his vehicle into the crowd of anti-racism protesters. Those charges call for a life sentence under federal sentencing guidelines.

He was convicted of the first-degree murder of Heather Heyer, a paralegal who was counterprotesting at a rally where white nationalists decried the removal of a statue of the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

“No amount of punishment imposed on James can repair the damage he caused to dozens of innocent people. But this court should find that retribution has limits,” his attorneys wrote in the memo.

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Prosecutors pushed back at the notion of a troubled childhood, marred by the knowledge that Fields’ Jewish grandfather killed his grandmother and committed suicide, instead pointing to the fact that he idolized Hitler, keeping a photo of him on his bedside table, and had a history of racist behavior. They also said that “any mental health concerns raised by the defendant do not overcome the defendant’s demonstrated lack of remorse and his prior history of substantial racial animus.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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‘Facebook fugitive,’ inspiration for country song, honors deal to surrender after 15,000 likes: reports

A fugitive in Connecticut who had agreed to surrender if his “wanted” post on Facebook collected 15,000 likes has kept his word, according to reports.

But Jose Simms, 30, did so belatedly, waiting until Wednesday after the post had received some 29,000 likes, FOX 6 of Springfield, Mass., reported.

Simms, who was believed to be homeless, contacted police in Enfield, Conn., who arrested him without incident, the report said.

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Jose Simms, aka “The Facebook fugitive,” surrendered Wednesday, authorities said. (Torrington Police Department)

The suspect was charged with four counts of first-degree failure to appear and three counts of second-degree failure to appear, after missing court dates regarding charges ranging from breach of peace to risk of injury to a child.

The so-called “Facebook fugitive” was being held on $30,500 bond, according to FOX 6.

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Simms had made the Facebook arrangement with police in Torrington, Conn., who defended the move by saying the resulting publicity generated leads about Simms’ whereabouts.

Torrington police announced the arrest — on Facebook.

The case also inspired a country music parody song by the Nashville singing duo Dixie Jade.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Acting ICE Director Mark Morgan says he’s got ‘green light’ to continue removing illegal immigrants

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President Trump decided Saturday to postpone Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids and mass deportations across the country, set to begin Sunday, to give Democrats more time to reach a bipartisan agreement about the immigration crisis at the southern border.

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The change of heart came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, called Trump Friday asking him to call off the raids, a source familiar with the situation told Fox News.

Acting ICE Director Mark Morgan said on “Justice with Judge Jeanine” on Fox News Saturday that the postponement will “give Congress another chance on a bipartisan method to actually get together, pass this supplement, so that we can enforce the rule of law, positively impact this crisis and maintain the integrity of this system.”

The administration has been ramping up pressure on Congress amidst the escalating crisis at the southern border, as more than 140,000 migrants were encountered or apprehended at the border in May.

“It’s outrageous. Congress should get together and fix this,” Morgan said.

Despite the postponement, Morgan insists ICE’s aggressive removal tactics to remove any individual, criminal or not, who has a court-ordered deportation won’t stop.

“I’ve got the green light to anyone that’s here in violation of federal immigration law, I have the authority and the support to go after them, apply consequences, and remove them.”

“It’s just not about the numbers, Morgan said. “We need to continue to do interior enforcement against  anyone who is here illegally including families because [if] we do that, I promise the American people, we start removing people that had final orders including families, the numbers will go down, this crisis will be positively impacted.”

Morgan said despite being “hopeful” that Congress will pass tighter restrictions to quell the growing number of illegal immigrants coming into the U.S., mostly from Central America, he remains “skeptical” about a deal being reached.

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Human trafficking in America among worst in world: report

The United States is again ranked as one of the worst countries in the world for human trafficking. According to a recently released report by the State Department, the top three nations of origin for victims of human trafficking in 2018 were the United States, Mexico and the Philippines.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered the Trafficking in Persons report, which is created annually by the State Department to document human trafficking in the year prior, and highlighted the growing focus that government agencies and nonprofit organizations have dedicated to stopping human trafficking. The Department of Justice provided more than $31 million for 45 victim service providers that offered services to trafficking survivors across the country. It was a demonstrable increase; the DOJ only provided $16 million to 18 organizations in 2017, according to the report.

At the heart of the human trafficking trade in America is simple economics: Supply and demand.

Over the last two months, Fox News has investigated human trafficking. We followed the enforcement efforts of FBI agents and police officers, documented the ways advocacy groups protect and serve survivors, and heard heart-wrenching stories of abuse, rape and recovery from numerous victims.

“The United States is the number one consumer of sex worldwide. So we are driving the demand as a society.”

— Geoff Rogers, co-founder of the United States Institute Against Human Trafficking

If there’s one takeaway from our reporting, it’s that the industry is fueled by an unceasing demand. It’s here that officers focus their enforcement actions. And it’s where advocates focus their education efforts to end the illicit trade.

“We have a major issue here in the United States” Geoff Rogers, co-founder of the United States Institute Against Human Trafficking (USIAHT), said in an interview with Fox News. “The United States is the No. 1 consumer of sex worldwide. So we are driving the demand as a society.”

In 2018, the DOJ began 230 federal human trafficking prosecutions, a drop from 282 in 2017. Federal convictions rose from 499 in 2017 to 426 in 2018. More than 70 percent of the cases resulted in jail sentences of more than five years, according to the State Department report.

“These are American kids, American born, 50% to 60% of them coming out of the foster care industry.”

— Geoff Rogers

“We’re also driving the demand with our own people, with our own kids,” Rogers said. “So there are tremendous numbers of kids, a multitude of kids that are being sold as sex slaves today in America. These are American kids, American-born, 50 percent to 60 perform of them coming out of the foster care industry.”

This assertion is confirmed by the State Department’s report, which found that children in foster care, homeless youth, undocumented immigrant children and those with substance abuse problems especially at risk to fall into the human trafficking trap.

Rogers says that because the demand is so great in the U.S., traffickers are filling that demand with an increased supply of forced sex workers.

“So the demand here in the United States is a global one,” he said. “We do have men traveling the globe to go to places like Thailand and other places in East Asia to purchase sex with kids. But, in fact, the demand is so great that the supply has needed to be filled here in the United States.”

“Because of the demand, then these traffickers are filling that demand with supply. And the demand is so great here in the United States that they’re filling the supply with our very own kids,” Rogers continued.

According to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, over 300,000 of America’s young population is considered at risk for sexual exploitation. It’s also estimated that 199,000 incidents occur within the U.S. each year.

Corporal Alan Wilkett, of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, operates their local Human Trafficking Task Force. He believes the best way to combat the trade is to quell the demand.

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Pasco County Sheriff’s Corporal Alan Wilkett uses his laptop from his service vehicle.

“Historically, we’ve allowed the sex buyer to hide behind a mask of anonymity and actually call them a ‘John,’” He said in an interview with Fox News. “We don’t even call them by their name, because we let them stay behind that mask. And the only way we’re going to attack the supply side is by going after the demand. And that means the sex buyer needs to be held culpable for the damage and trauma that he or she is causing.”

“Trafficking in America, if you are trafficked in the United States, 85 percent of victims that are trafficked here are from here.”

— Brook Bello, founder of More Too Life

While Wilkett and other law enforcement officers focus on arrests and sting operations, leaders in the nonprofit realm take a more holistic approach to healing survivors. Brook Bello, the founder of anti-trafficking organization More Too Life in Florida, focuses on helping develop skills to lead a successful post-trafficking life.

“We work with victims that are 3 years old and up,” Bello said. “The average victim that we work with, that’s over 18, started being raped at three. Trafficking in America, if you are trafficked in the United States, 85 percent of victims that are trafficked here are from here.”

The State Department’s report similarly echoes the domestic nature of sex trafficking in the United States. Despite the growing focus and concern surrounding human trafficking, gaps exist that leave victims and survivors without the care and resources they need to build a life beyond the abuse.

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Brook Bello, founder of More Too Life in Florida, speaks with another woman.

“Advocates reported a significant lack of services available for men, boys, and LGBTI individuals and noted continued concern that some federal funding opportunities no longer highlight the need for services for LGBTI individuals,” the State Department said in its Trafficking in Persons report. “NGOs and survivor advocates continued to report insufficient access to emergency shelter, transitional housing, and long-term housing options for trafficking victims.”

Progress has been made on this front, but too often too many kids can’t fight their way out of the clutches of their traffickers. In cities across the nation, and along the highways that connect them, police and advocates continue their fight to eradicate human trafficking and heal those who survived.

This is the last article of a six part Fox News investigation into human trafficking in America. You can see the previous five television segments and articles here, One, Two, Three, Four, and Five.

If you are being trafficked or suspect that someone you know is being trafficked contact The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or CYBERTIPLINE.ORG.

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Death toll in Hawaii plane crash rises to 11 victims

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The death toll has risen to 11 in the aftermath of a plane crash in Oahu, Hawaii, on Friday — slightly higher than the initial count of nine.

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported on the update in its crash coverage, and said the federal government could take more than a year to uncover the cause of the wreck.

The plane was carrying skydivers, all of whom died in a crash that Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel Neves said was “the most tragic incident that we’ve had.” The victims included two women and three men in their late 20s. Six other males also died but their ages were not reported.

In 2016, the aircraft reportedly crashed in California in an accident that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) attributed to the pilot’s failure to properly implement a “spin recovery procedure.”

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Hawaii’s Department of Transportation confirmed on Friday that the plane was a type of American-built small utility aircraft and that no survivors were expected to be located.

Police said the plane was fully engulfed in flames when first responders arrived, Hawaii News Now reported. Smoke from the crash site could reportedly be seen for miles.

Fourteen units and 39 personnel were called to the Dillingham Airfield around 6:24 p.m., officials said.  Capt. Kevin Mokulehua told the Star-Advertiser that the fire was under control in 20 minutes. The department’s Air 1 helicopter also conducted an aerial search for debris and other evidence that could help officials determine the cause of the crash.

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Family members who did not go up on the skydivers’ flight were present at the crash site.

“I am closely following the tragic developments out of Dillingham Airfield this evening,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said on Twitter. “At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims.”

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.

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Fake Uber driver charged with kidnapping Alabama students

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An Alabama man who pretended to be an Uber driver to pick up intoxicated women was arrested and charged with new crimes on Friday.

He now faces charges of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree kidnapping and impersonating a transportation network service driver, after the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit (TCVU) found evidence of two additional victims in his home and on his cellphone.

Tommy Wayne Beard, 62, was arrested last March, after a routine stop by police found an unconscious 22-year-old college student in the back of his vehicle, nearly seven miles in the wrong direction from her home, according to AL.com.

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During the March arrest, Beard told the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Officer he was an Uber driver and was taking the woman home, but when police awakened the woman, she couldn’t remember getting in the vehicle.

Beard was allowed to go home, but police obtained a warrant a few days later and charged him with first-degree kidnapping on March 8. He was released from jail after placing a $45,000 bond.

After the arrest, police seized a loaded firearm, his Uber vehicle sign and an artificial male genitalia device he had been wearing.

The new felony charges were prompted after police found photos on his phone of other young women who appeared to be unconscious in the back of his vehicle. TVCU investigators say Beard later admitted he wasn’t an actual Uber driver, and had been acting like one to pick people up.

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As it happens, police had spoken to one of the other two victims a year ago, according to TCVU assistant commander Capt. Kip Hart.

“One of the victims was discovered walking out of the woods in that part of the county and we didn’t know what happened to her,” said TCVU assistant commander Capt. Kip Hart. “She didn’t know what happened to her.”

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Beard could face additional charges and his bond is set at $30,000. Anyone with additional information should call the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit.

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Woman accused of binding pup’s mouth to keep her quiet faces felony charge

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A Utah woman is facing a felony charge tied to animal torture, accused of putting a hair tie around a 4-month-old puppy’s mouth for as long as two weeks to keep her from barking.

Shadow, a Black Labrador retriever-German shepherd mix,is severely disfigured in the nose and mouth, with a deep, expansive scar and a hole in her face even when she closes her mouth, because of mistreatment by her previous owner. The injuries are so severe she now needs a $2,000 surgery, and it will take at least two weeks to recover from it, according to her veterinarian.

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“Left side [of her nose], it’s completely open even with her mouth closed,”  Caylla Facemyer, Shadow’s new foster mom, said to Fox 13. “You can see into her mouth. It’s pretty bad.”

Alexis Callen, Shadow’s previous owner, admitted that she tied a hair tie around Shadow’s mouth for 48 hours to keep her quiet so she could sleep, according to a probable cause statement, but a veterinarian determined the dog was tied up for far longer than that, based on the severity of injuries.

Celestial Zoo Pet Rescue, the organization that placed Shadow with Facemyer, says she will undergo reconstructive surgery next week, but in the interim, the puppy can’t eat or drink properly because food and water leak from the opening in her cheek.

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“It looks even worse in person,” Facemyer said of Shadow’s injuries.

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Woman faces felony charge for tying pup’s mouth to keep her from barking tying it up for nearly two weeks, now faces felony charge for abuse

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A Utah woman is facing a felony charge tied to animal torture, accused of putting a hair tie around a 4-month-old puppy’s mouth for as long as two weeks to keep her from barking.

Shadow, a Black Labrador retriever-German shepherd mix,is severely disfigured in the nose and mouth, with a deep, expansive scar and a hole in her face even when she closes her mouth, because of mistreatment by her previous owner. The injuries are so severe she now needs a $2,000 surgery, and it will take at least two weeks to recover from it, according to her veterinarian.

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“Left side [of her nose], it’s completely open even with her mouth closed,”  Caylla Facemyer, Shadow’s new foster mom, said to Fox 13. “You can see into her mouth. It’s pretty bad.”

Alexis Callen, Shadow’s previous owner, admitted that she tied a hair tie around Shadow’s mouth for 48 hours to keep her quiet so she could sleep, according to a probable cause statement, but a veterinarian determined the dog was tied up for far longer than that, based on the severity of injuries.

Celestial Zoo Pet Rescue, the organization that placed Shadow with Facemyer, says she will undergo reconstructive surgery next week, but in the interim, the puppy can’t eat or drink properly because food and water leak from the opening in her cheek.

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“It looks even worse in person,” Facemyer said of Shadow’s injuries.

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Defendant throws feces at Miami judge, gets acquitted on burglary charges

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A defendant charged with burglary decided to play dirty during his criminal trial in a Miami-Dade courtroom on Friday.

Dorleans Philidor, 33, was reportedly sitting in a wheelchair next to Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Lisa Walsh, when court officials say he tried to throw his feces at her.

The excrement missed, but the Miami Herald reported Philidor yelling, “It’s protein! It’s good for you!”

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During the incident, the bailiff yelled for Walsh to run as police and corrections officers ran into the courtroom.

Witnesses reportedly saw Philidor eat some of the bowel movement as well.

“It was intense. The corrections officers and police officers were swarming. Like 60 of them,” witness Allen Rios told the Miami Herald. “They told everyone to leave and you couldn’t go back in. It was a hazardous area.”

Once the incident concluded, the courtroom was closed for cleaning, and Walsh moved the closing arguments to another courthouse later on Friday morning, according to public relations director Eunice Sigler.

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After they returned, the jurors found Philidor not guilty in the burglary crime, but he will stay behind bars because of a separate grand theft auto case. It’s not clear what charges he will face for his fecal outburst.

A day earlier, Sigler said Philidor also defecated on himself and spread it over the walls and his body in a holding cell next to the courtroom. After officials took him away, half of the courthouse’s second floor was closed. Thursday’s outburst prompted a doctor’s evaluation, which determined he was well enough to be present at Friday’s trial.

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Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Juan Diasgranados says Philidor will receive extra security to prevent these events from happening again.

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Florida man sentenced to 15 years for dismembering father

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Florida man was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday for dismembering his father’s dead body, but was found not guilty of murder in the crime.

James “Jimmy” Scandirito, 50, of Boca Raton, was found guilty of “abuse of a dead body” after allegedly cutting up the corpse of his father, 74-year-old James “Skip” Scandirito.

The younger Scandirito was sentenced roughly a year after his father was found buried and dismembered underneath the Ocean Breeze Golf Club in Boca Raton. When handing out the sentence, Judge John Kastrenakes said Scandirito was unremorseful and tried to obstruct the investigation, according to the Palm Beach Post.

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James had originally told police his dad went on a kayaking trip and never returned, but officers followed the younger Scandirito to the golf course in March of last year, where they uncovered Skip’s upper and lower torso.

Police accused James of killing his father on March 28, 2018, putting his body parts in trash bags, sealing them with duct tape and burying them at the closed golf course.

During the trial, Scandirito said he found his father motionless in the living room on a pile of cocaine. Scared, he said he began cutting up the body and finding ways to dispose of it.

“It was one bad decision, and another bad decision, and a stupid decision, and a horrible decision,” Scandirito testified, according to the Palm Beach Post. “It just kept snowballing.”

Prosecutors said Scandirito hacked up his dad for inheritance money because he wasn’t doing well financially. They asked for the maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

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“The only thing he has shown is that he wants to avoid responsibility for what he did,” Assistant State Attorney John Parnofiello told the court. “It is truly an atrocious thing that he’s done. It is an act that cries out for the maximum sentence.”

The defense team for Scandirito argued his need for drug-abuse treatment, not a prison term.

“He has never had treatment for the issues that have plagued is life,” Assistant Public Defender Elizabeth Ramsey said. “He is a man that can be reasoned with. He is a man who can learn. The appropriate sentence is to give him the opportunity to be rehabilitated.”

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The Judge also handed Scandirito a $10,000 fine and a hearing is scheduled for Aug. 16 to determine if he’s responsible for paying the cost of the investigation.

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