A Pennsylvania thoroughbred horse trainer who raced horses at Penn National Race Course in Grantville was sentenced to six months in prison for rigging races by drugging horses on race day.
David J. Wells, 50, admitted that he orally or by hypodermic injection illegally administered drugs to horses he trained and raced in order to give him and his horses an advantage in the races.
Wells said he was fully aware that this was in violation of the criminal laws of Pennsylvania, as well as racing rules and regulations. He also said that efforts were made to conceal this activity from the public and the Racing Commission. The illegal activity took place between 2009 and 2013.
The prosecution stemmed from an investigation into alleged wrongdoing in races at Penn National Race Course. As part of the investigation, Daniel Robertson, the official clocker at Penn National, was indicted in U.S. District Court on federal wire fraud charges in November 2013 and pleaded guilty in July 2014.
Robot on the loose
A Ukrainian who described himself as a robot without feelings was sentenced to death in Kiev for killing 52 people.
It took a judge nearly two days to read the verdict against Anatolly Onoprienko, 39, a former sailor who said he had been guided by an unknown dark power.
Onoprienko’s accomplice in nine of the murders, Serbiy Rogozin, 36, was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
Onoprienko’s murderous spree began in 1989, when he and Rogozin robbed and killed nine people. He resumed his rampage in 1996-98, killing 43 people in less than six months.
Too much to carry
A Baltimore, Maryland, man has pleaded guilty to driving off with a pharmacy delivery van loaded with medicine, and with the driver still in the van.
The driver was sitting in the van in a parking lot waiting for a pharmacy to open. The van was packed with $93,000 worth of pharmaceutical drugs, which the driver planned to deliver that day to several different customers.
Stanley Duryea Johnson, 60, approached the van, ordered the driver to move to the passenger seat, and drove off. Johnson eventually kicked out the driver, left him on the side of the road and kept driving.
Johnson didn’t get far. He is a career offender and faces a possible 20-year prison sentence.