• MAN GETS JAIL FOR TAKING PART FROM PAUL WALKER CAR: SAN FERNANDO (AP) — A man who stole part of the Porsche that “Fast and the Furious” actor Paul Walker died in has been sentenced to six months in jail.
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office says 26-year-old Anthony Janow was sentenced Tuesday in Southern California.
Walker and driver Roger Rodas died in November 2013 when their speeding Porsche Carrera GT hit a tree and a light pole in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita.
Prosecutors say Janow and a friend stole a roof panel when a tow truck carrying the wreckage stopped at a red light.
Janow and 19-year-old Jameson Witty each pleaded no contest to grand theft, destroying evidence and obstructing a peace officer.
Witty was sentenced earlier this year to six months in jail.
• HATE-CRIME ATTACK DRAWS PRISON TERM: SACRAMENTO (AP) — A Yuba City man has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for helping to beat a white man and a black woman in what prosecutors say was a racially motivated attack.
Thirty-four-year-old Anthony Merrell Tyler was sentenced to 46 months in prison Tuesday.
He is one of three men who pleaded guilty to the 2011 attack at a convenience store in Marysville, 40 miles north of Sacramento.
Tyler has the words “white pride” and a swastika tattooed on his arms and has acknowledged being a member of a local white supremacist group. Prosecutors say he smashed a windshield and helped beat the male victim.
One co-defendant was sentenced previously to more than seven years and the other to nearly six years in federal prison.
• FONTANA TEEN ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF TRYING TO KILL FAMILY: FONTANA (AP) — A Southern California teenager has been arrested on suspicion of trying to kill his family by burning down their home.
The 17-year-old Fontana boy allegedly put paper on the kitchen stove and ignited the burners while his mother and at least one other person were sleeping.
Fontana police Lt. Gary Aulis says the suspect said he set the fire to kill his family.
Aulis says he was booked at Juvenile Hall after undergoing a mental health evaluation.
• MAN CONDEMNED FOR TORTURE SLAYING DIES: SACRAMENTO (AP) — An inmate condemned to die for the torture slaying of a Sacramento-area bartender two decades ago has died while awaiting execution.
State prison officials said Tuesday that 55-year-old Michael Lee Elliot died of undetermined causes Monday at a hospital near San Quentin State Prison. An autopsy is planned.
Elliot was sentenced to death in 1996 for the slaying two years earlier of bartender Sherri Gandy. She was killed during the early morning hours at the Black Stallion bar in Orangevale.
The 31-year-old single mother was stabbed and slashed 82 times before she was shot four times in the head.
Prosecutors say he carefully tortured Gandy with a knife even though she didn’t know the combination to the bar’s safe.