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Published: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 7:05 AM
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — The U.S. Air Force has come forward to acknowledge a “misstep” that meant that Texas church shooter Devin Kelley’s name and criminal convictions were never entered into the National Criminal Information Center, an FBI information system that allows law enforcement officials to access crime data shared across agencies.
This meant that Kelley essentially had a clean record, even though he’d been court-martialed, dishonorably discharged and pleaded guilty to domestic abuse charges. Because his charges were never entered into the NCIC, they essentially didn’t exist.
The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 amended that Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 to affect a total of nine conditions that make someone ineligible to own a gun, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. They’re serious offenses like felony charges, known substance abuse, a dishonorable discharge from any branch of the armed services, a misdemeanor (or higher) domestic violence conviction and others.
Kelley is now known to qualify as a “prohibited person” — i.e., barred from ever legally owning a gun — on two of those conditions. He received a dishonorable discharge stemming from domestic abuse charges that he pleaded guilty to in 2012, according to Military.com.
Kelley’s dishonorable discharge from the Air Force was executed in 2014. He was initially charged with five domestic abuse charges; under a plea deal created between his lawyer and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tuscon, Arizona, he would plead guilty to just two of them.
Kelley pleaded guilty to one incident of domestic abuse in which he “struck his wife by beating her with his hands, kicking her, as well as choking her and forcefully pulling her hair” and another incident, a beating of a child under 16 in which he hit the child “on the head and body with a force likely to produce death or grievous bodily harm,” according to court documents reviewed by Military.com. These incidents occurred between 2011 and 2012.
Three additional charges were withdrawn and dismissed. They alleged that Kelley struck a child, as well as assaulted and threatened his wife by pointing both loaded and unloaded firearms at her.
As for Kelley and owning a firearm, that should have been it. A convicted domestic abuser with a dishonorable discharge, he would have failed any background test run on him for the purpose of acquiring a permit or purchasing a weapon.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 2:50 PM
PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia Eagles fan attacked a horse after being ejected from the Eagles-Falcons playoff game in Philadelphia on Saturday.
According to WPVI, police said 22-year-old Taylor Hendricks was ejected from the game and became violent as he was leaving. WTXF reported Hendricks struck a mounted police officer in the legs and repeatedly hit the horse in the face and neck.
Published: Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 3:48 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 3:48 AM
MAYPEARL, Texas — A Maypearl, Texas, woman has been charged with murder after she was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of killing her husband.
Sandra Louise Garner was arrested Jan. 10, nine days after her husband’s death. Police said they were led to the 55-year-old after they seized one of her electronic devices and discovered that she’d recently searched “how to kill someone and not get caught,” according to the Waxahachie Daily Light. Garner’s late husband, 42-year-old John Garner, was found in the couple's home early Jan. 2. Maypearl Police Chief Boyd Norton said the autopsy revealed that John Garner was killed with a .38 caliber bullet.
Norton said Sandra Garner called 911 on the night of her husband’s death, saying, “Ms. Garner told investigators she was awakened by two gunshots and saw a masked male holding a gun and a flashlight inside her residence,” per a report from Paris Extra. Sandra Garner also claimed that “the perpetrator told her he held a grudge against her husband because of work-related matters," police said. She also reportedly told police that the gunman told her he wasn’t there to hurt her and that he made her open the family safe and fork over $18,000. However, as early as Jan. 4, the Maypearl Police Department pushed back on Sandra Garner’s story, writing on Facebook, “We have reason to believe that the shooting was NOT a ‘stranger on stranger’ home invasion.”
The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office reportedly got a search warrant and found a bullet in a pillowcase in the Garners’ bedroom. That discovery led to them seizing the devices, where they uncovered Sandra Garner’s search history. Norton also said investigators found a .38 Taurus handgun in a Ford Mustang parked near the residence. The gun was wrapped in a paper towel and slipped into two plastic bags, he said. Police arrested Sandra Garner after experts determined that the bullet found in the John Garner’s body matched the .38 found in the Mustang.
Published: Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 12:05 PM
LAS VEGAS — We are slowly learning more about the Las Vegas shooting that left 58 people dead in October 2017.
Newly unsealed court documents show that, in the months before the massacre, shooter Stephen Paddock took measures to muddy the waters in the law enforcement investigation he knew would follow his attack. FBI search warrants state that Paddock “destroyed or tried to hide digital media devices” that he assumed the feds would be after, according to a New York Times report. In fact, Paddock took a number of steps aimed at tripping up investigators, and the FBI team trying to get to the bottom of the shooting wrote that the 64-year-old exhibited “a level of sophistication which is commonly found in mass casualty events.”
Stephen Paddock had at least 7 cell phones/mobile devices. Seems like a lot for a “lone wolf,” as described by cops. Media hearing to unseal search warrants— next week. #LasVegasShooting. pic.twitter.com/sKtu78HSec— Craig Fiegener (@CraigNews3LV) January 11, 2018
Although the bureau still has not determined a motive for his attack, they’ve slowly traced the winding trail that led him to the Mandalay Bay hotel room last October. They said he used multiple communication devices, including a prepaid cellphone. Three phones were found in the room where Paddock died, two of which investigators were able to search, but one that they could not unlock, authorities said. An agent wrote in the search warrants that “if there were any information related to a potential conspiracy, it would be found within” the locked phone, which operated on the Google platform.
The warrants also detail a few of the steps that investigators took in looking into Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley. Although Danley has not been charged, investigators said: “She has been identified thus far as the most likely person who aided or abetted Stephen Paddock based on her informing law enforcement that her fingerprints would likely be found on the ammunition used during the attack.”
She reportedly deleted social media profiles in the hours after the attack.
In the warrants, agents pushed for access to Danley’s email account, saying that “[it could] lead investigators to determine the full scope of Stephen Paddock’s plan and Marilou Danley’s possible involvement.”
A number of the devices that Paddock used in the shooting were ordered online, including a holographic weapon sight, authorities said.
Published: Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 3:49 PM
HOUSTON — A Texas woman whose purse was snatched in broad daylight on New Year's Eve also was dragged by the suspect's car, police said.
The incident was captured on surveillance video, KHOU reported. The 77-year-old woman is seen placing groceries in the trunk of her car. A man in a white Nissan Sentra pulls up behind her and grabs the purse from her cart.
While the woman tries to hold onto her purse, the suspect drives off, dragging the woman until she fell.
Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information in the case, KHOU reported.