An Erie man pleaded guilty Monday in Erie County Court to beating his two cats to death with a golf club.
According to court records, Bisbee attacked the cats after one of them scratched him. He told investigators he felt “betrayed” by the animals.
He said he “struck both cats numerous times with a golf club until they no longer were moving.”
As part of the agreement, Assistant District Attorney Mark Richmond said, Bisbee, of the 900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, may not own any domestic animals while serving his sentence. He also must pay $263 restitution to the Humane Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Oct. 7 before Judge Shad Connelly.
Bisbee’s lawyer, Stephen Sebald, said Bisbee waived his right to a preliminary hearing and applied to the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, a special probation program for nonviolent first-time offenders, but he was denied admission.
Bisbee also “proactively sought mental health counseling,” Sebald said. A report from Bisbee’s doctor will be submitted to the court before sentencing, Sebald said.
Erie County Detective Greg Acri filed the charges after an investigation by Humane Society Animal Enforcement Officer Merle Wolfgang.
Wolfgang said a tip triggered the investigation. According to the criminal complaint, several peo ple at Bis bee’s residence implicated Bisbee in the animals’ deaths.
She retrieved the cats’ bodies from Bisbee’s trash June 25, 2013, and discovered that they had “apparent trauma to their heads.”
An examination at the North East Animal Hospital indicated the cause of death was “focused blunt force trauma to the head.”
In an interview with investigators in August, Bisbee admitted he had killed the cats.
“I am glad one of the charges stuck.” Wolfgang said Monday. “If there are mental health issues, I am glad he is getting some help.”
An attorney called his client “deranged” just before a judge sentenced the man to prison for biting and beating his two-year-old daughter to death in what officials said was an attempt to make her gay.
Genesee Circuit Judge Joseph J. Farah said Monday, July 21, that the allegations against Donovan Lamar Haynes were “astonishing” and among the most unconscionable he’s heard during his time on the bench.
Haynes, 23, was sentenced Monday to 18 years, 9 months to 40 years in prison after pleading no contest to second-degree murder for the beating death of his daughter, Ti’Airra Woodward. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such at sentencing.
Farah also sentenced him to serve a concurrent 5-15 years in prison for first-degree child abuse.
The sentence was agreed to by both sides as part of the plea agreement.
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said the victim’s family was in agreement with the agreement.
Before Farah handed down his sentence, he read briefly from a pre-sentence investigation report that outlined the circumstances surrounding the girl’s death.
The report claimed that Haynes beat the girl in an attempt to turn her gay in hopes that she would avoid men like him, who had a history of treating women poorly.
“You don’t beat her in hopes she’s going to turn gay,” Farah said, adding that Haynes should have used his own life experience to teach his daughter how to avoid problem men.
The judge said Haynes also beat the girl in an attempt to toughen her up.
However, Farah added Haynes’ actions made it so no one would ever have to worry about the girl being tough.
“Dad took care of that,” Farah said. “He took care of it in one fell swoop.”
Ti’Airra was pronounced dead at Hurley Medical Center after she stopped breathing at a home on Donal Drive in Flint Township in what police call a child abuse case.
A medical examiner’s report indicated she died of internal bleeding from a lacerated liver.
Adult human bite marks were also found all over the girl’s body, police said.
Prosecutors said Ti’Airra was found unresponsive in the basement of Haynes’ mother’s Flint Township home.
Attorney Elbert Hatchett, who represented Haynes, had strong words for the man he was hired to represent.
“This case is a case that defies reason, logic, common sense,” Hatchett said. “(It’s a) tragedy to see the life of an innocent child snuffed out for no reason at all.”
Hatchett said Haynes is “deranged” and that he needs to undergo psychological counseling while in prison.
“I don’t have any sympathy for him,” Hatchett said of his client. “Hopefully, judge, he will repent.”
Ti’Airra’s mother, Nakeesha Woodward, left the court in tears after briefly addressing Farah before Haynes was sentenced. She returned to the courtroom in time to hear her daughter’s killer get sentenced to prison.
“I lost a child,” a tearful Woodward said as she lobbied Farah for a stiff maximum sentence.
State sentencing guidelines would have allowed Haynes to be sentenced to more than 31 years in prison if a jury convicted him of second-degree murder, according to Farah.
Haynes also initially faced charges of open murder, first-degree murder and torture that could have earned him life in prison without parole if convicted.
Before being sentenced to prison, Haynes attempted to withdraw his no contest plea.
Haynes told Farah that he felt his attorney could have secured a plea agreement that included less prison time.
He addressed the court briefly before Farah handed down his sentence, thanking his family for their support and the court’s time in hearing his case.
Hatchett, however, said that his client was being pressured by family members to take the case to trial rather than go forward with the plea agreement.
“There is no likelihood — none — that he would be found not guilty by a jury of his peers,” Hatchett said.
However, Leyton said his office pursued the plea agreement after flaws developed with the case.
“We had some concerns about the testimony of a key witness,” Leyton said.
Farah refused to let Haynes withdraw his plea, saying that a withdrawal was not in the interest of justice.
“I felt that he was playing with the court,” Woodward said. “He has no remorse.”
China’s World Metropolis Center (WMC) has become the center of controversy recently over their decision to lay out 10 parking spaces intended for women only. As a result, what we assume was a well-intentioned gesture by the shopping center has seemed to upset some people online drawing cries of discrimination. On the other hand, visitors to the mall seemed pleased with the initiative.
Forget “silent but deadly.” How about “rank but restorative”?
Media sites recently reported news that delighted flatulence lovers: Scientists had published a study that said smelling farts is good for you. The only problem was, reports on the study kinda … stunk.
Here’s what happened.
Researchers at the University of Exeter said the hydrogen sulfide that we emit when we cut the cheese protects mitochondria, which are the cell’s “power producers.” Dr. Mark Wood, a researcher at Exeter, explained that hydrogen sulfide is the stinky component of passing gas “and could in fact be a healthcare hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases.”
Somehow that was taken to mean that smelling farts could ward off harmful diseases.
But read the following before you start pounding down dried apricots and baked beans: The Guardian pointed out that the study never mentions that smelling your farts is healthy. And NBC News reinforced the skepticism.
Still, that won’t stop us from having some fun — and a little hope.
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Police and FBI agents cracked a Denver bank robbery case in five hours — but they had lots of help from the suspect.
The man’s next mistake was driving a silver Honda sedan that was registered in his name. Investigators soon identified Martinez as the suspect through the license plate, according to a police probable cause statement supporting the man’s arrest.
After being greeted by a female teller, the suspect, an older man with white hair and a salt-and-pepper beard, said, “This is a robbery, give me the money,” the statement read.
He handed the teller a dark zippered bag, which she filled with money. Then he instructed the teller to hand the bag to the next teller, who added money to it.
“That’s enough,” the robber said.
Then he walked from the bank and took off in the Honda sedan.
An investigator identified the car owner as John David Martinez and obtained a copy of his driver’s license photo, the statement said. The investigator noted that the DMV photo of Martinez matched surveillance video images of the man who robbed the Wells Fargo bank.
The investigator showed a bank teller four photographs of different men and she pointed to the fourth photo of Martinez. “That’s him. He’s the one who robbed the bank this morning,” the teller said. A second teller also picked Martinez’s photo out of the lineup, according to the police statement.
At about 2 p.m., police found Martinez’s silver 2001 Honda Accord parked at a Ramada Inn at 2601 Zuni St. The motel manager told police that Martinez and his wife were in room No. 142.
Police and FBI agents went to the room and arrested Martinez.
As a police investigator was driving Martinez to the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force headquarters, a supervisor called the detective’s cellphone. The supervisor told the detective to call back when he could talk privately, without using the hands-free speaker.
“He probably wants to tell you he found the money,” Martinez told the cop. The detective looked at the suspect, who added: “That I took from the back this morning.”
During a recorded interview, Martinez waived his right to remain silent, police said.
Martinez said that he and his wife had been evicted from their home three weeks ago and they’d moved into the Ramada Inn three days earlier.
The suspect told investigators that he got up that morning while his wife was still asleep, drove straight to the bank and robbed it, the police statement stated.
He drove back to the motel and later “told his wife that he had borrowed the money and did not tell her that he had robbed the bank,” according to the statement.
Martinez was booked into Denver jail on investigation of felony robbery involving $20,000 or more, according to the Denver jail website.
Martinez has prior arrests for assault with a deadly weapon, forgery, criminal impersonation, DUI hit and run and resisting arrest, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.