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Mom Sentenced to 40 Years for Partying While Kids Died in Hot Car

A 19-year-old Texas mom of two girls made the tragic choice to leave them in a hot car overnight while she partied in a nearby shed, even engaging in sexual activity in the morning, prior to checking on them the next day. When she found them unresponsive, she began to weave a web of lies, trying to exculpate herself from any liability.

In the end, her one and two year old daughters died of heat exhaustion, the mom pleaded guilty to two felony counts of abandoning or endangering a child causing imminent danger or death, bodily injury or physical or mental impairment, and two counts of injury to a child. She is now serving a 40-year sentence in a Texas prison.

Sadly, not all of us see the holidays as a time for cheer. And it would be nice if those Scrooges among us would just say, "Bah, humbug," and move on.

But for some, the holiday spirit means stealing Christmas decorations from someone else's yard. And not just any decorations: an animated jack in the box, drums, mustang, and tricycle from a drive-thru Christmas lights display. So, what's going to happen to these local Grinches?

Florida Man Plotted to Bomb Target Stores, Gets 40 Years in Prison

Some criminal plots are interesting to explore, like in Ocean's Seven. And some are downright irrational and twisted, like Mark Charles Barnett.

Barnett, a 50-year-old registered sex offender from Florida, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison after plotting to place bombs in 10 Target stores throughout the eastern seaboard by hiding bombs in food packages that would be placed by a hired accomplice. Why? Because he wanted to make money by buying Target stock after the stock price dropped from the bad news. The way Barnett saw it, "If someone has to die so that I can make some money, so be it."

Banana Boxes Donated to Texas Prison Contain $18M of Cocaine

Often dubbed "the world's most popular fruit," the banana is quite versatile. Who knew it could help smuggle cocaine? And not just a small amount. At a prison in Texas, banana boxes were used to smuggle $18 million of cocaine.

Threatening Police in Rap Song Not Protected Speech

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld the lower court's finding of witness intimidation and terrorists threats when they rejected rapper Jamal Knox's free speech claim in a music video entitled "F--- the Police." In that video, Knox, using the name Mayhem Mal, threatens to kill the two police officers and an informant that led to his conviction on a 2012 drug charge.

World of Warcraft Hacker Gets Federal Prison Sentence

When you're a kid, grown-ups seem so mature and wise. And then you become an adult and you realize that grown-ups can be just as immature and petty as children, but with less of an excuse and a lot more power. In one shining display of adulthood, a grown man launched a cyberattack on the servers of the video game, "World of Warcraft," after getting angry at his online opponents. Now that gamer will spend a year in a grown-up federal prison.

A Long Island woman has been indicted on federal bank fraud and money laundering charges after attempting to transfer over $150,000 to overseas ISIS-related accounts. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Zoobia Shahnaz was apprehended at JFK International Airport attempting to board a flight to Islamabad, Pakistan, with the intent to join ISIS forces in Syria.

The scheme included converting credit into bitcoin to avoid detection. It didn't work.

Not a question you'd often wonder when it comes to roommates. Most of us don't live with someone we dislike to the degree that we would damage their belongings. But every now and then we don't have a choice in our living arrangements, like when we're assigned a roommate in college. Still, we'd like to think that even if we don't like someone we're sharing a room with, we can still act civilly during the cohabitation.

Then again, not all of us are Brianna Brochu, 18-year-old University of Hartford student who admitted to police that she licked her roommate's dining utensils and smeared bodily fluids on her backpack. So, what criminal charges might Brochu be facing?

When Jay Rosoff alerted sheriff's deputies that his 85-year-old father Moe was not moving around in his West Boynton, Florida home following Hurricane Irma, he was expecting help from officers and hoping for the best. And while three officers did help Moe get to the hospital after finding him collapsed on the floor in his bathroom, another did something far worse.

The same surveillance cameras installed in Moe's house that told Jay his father might be in trouble also showed Palm Beach County sheriff's Deputy Jason Cooke entering the home after it was empty, rummaging through cabinets and drawers, and allegedly stealing medication, cash, and jewelry. Moe Rosoff passed away at a hospital hours later, and Cooke has been charged with grand theft of a controlled substance and armed burglary during a state of emergency.

Sure, there are speed limits. But why would a car's speedometer go all the way to 150 mph if you were only supposed to drive 55? Well, one Texas mother put her speedometer, and her luck, to the test early Sunday morning.

Kierra Beaty was arrested and charged with street racing and child endangerment after her car clipped a pole, spun out of control, and crashed. In the car with Beaty were three passengers and her 13-month-old son, who was allegedly unrestrained in the back seat. Police say Beaty hit speeds as high as 120 mph before the crash.