Category: Celebrity Justice

Brody Jenner, Avril Lavigne take bar fight to the cops

Avril Lavigne and Brody Jenner

Ask Brody Jenner and Avril Lavigne: Sometimes date night in Hollywood can turn bloody.

After Jenner and Lavigne were involved in a bar fight at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, leaving both halves of the famous couple with injuries, police are now involved in the scuffle.

Though no specific location has been given, the two were reportedly partying on the premises when someone started some mess with Avril. Thanks to AFI Fest, the Roosevelt has seen A-list traffic all week long, and the joint plays host to popular lounges including the Spare Room.

Brody stepped in, apparently, to break up the scuffle and wound up taking a broken beer bottle to the head. Police and emergency response were called to the scene, but the only man left standing was Brody. He declined medical treatment on site, filed a police report, then drove himself to the hospital.

"Interesting Saturday night... Just got of the hospital with a new scar on my face.. Charges/chargers!!!" he tweeted.

Avril suffered worse, she said on Twitter, claiming a "black eye, bloody nose, hair ripped out, scratches, bruises and cuts. So not ok to be abusive to others. Violence is NEVER the answer."

Jenner's manager released a statement Monday night: "Brody Jenner is recovering at home after being assaulted in an unprovoked attack this past Saturday night. He appreciates all the calls of support and well wishes. As this is an ongoing police investigation, there will be no further statements at this time."

So we wait to learn more after the police do their thing.


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Photos: Avril Lavigne, left, and Brody Jenner at New York Fashion Week in September. Credits: Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images, left; Ilya S. Savenok / Getty Images, right.

Justin Bieber to take DNA test; Mariah Yeater team says bring it

Justin Bieber with his MTV Europe Music Awards

Justin Bieber will reportedly submit to a paternity test upon his return from Europe — and if it proves he's not Mariah Yeater's baby daddy, she might be on the receiving end of a lawsuit courtesy of the Biebs.

Her lawyers, meanwhile, said they are encouraged to be getting what they asked for, because in their view having the 17-year-old pop star submit to DNA testing is the only way to figure out who fathered their client's 3-month-old child.

"We are encouraged that Justin Bieber will voluntarily take the paternity test," attorneys Lance Rogers and Matt Pare told TMZ, adding that the child-support lawsuit was filed "in good faith" and isn't going away any time soon. TMZ broke the news that Bieber would do the DNA test.

Yeater filed a lawsuit in San Diego on Halloween, alleging that she and Bieber had had brief, virginity-stealing sexual intercourse (his virginity, not hers) in a bathroom backstage after his Oct. 25 show in L.A., after which he wouldn't give her his phone number.

The 20-year-old will be going even more public with baby boy Tristyn and her version of her 30 seconds with Bieber in an interview with "The Insider" set to air Monday night. E! Online quotes her as saying their encounter "went from cute and gushy, you know, to just more aggressive."

Bieber said Friday on "Today" that he'd "never met the woman." Yeater reportedly told ex-boyfriend John Terranova last December that she was preggers and that he — Terranova — was the father.

Mariah Yeater pictureTerranova, who'd dated Yeater for four years, told the Sunday Mirror that his ex "came back here from California telling me she was pregnant with my child. I said, 'This is impossible, you've been in California two months and back here for only a week.' She told me, 'No, I got pregnant before I left.' But it didn't make sense because she had a doctor’s note saying she wasn't pregnant enough for that to be possible."

Yeater's visit to Terranova's place in Las Vegas ended in her arrest on suspicion of domestic battery, for which she headed to court in Clark County, Nevada, on Dec. 12.

Unnamed friends, meanwhile, told the Mirror that Yeater also had mentioned a "secret boyfriend" named Steve as the baby's father.

"It's disappointing that people would stoop so low," a source told People, regarding the likelihood of a lawsuit from Team Bieber, "but somebody needs to stand up to them." A Bieber attorney said last week that they would "vigorously pursue all available legal remedies to defend and protect Justin against these allegations."

Bieber is currently in Europe, in part for the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday night in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he performed live and took home awards for best male and best pop act.

Also, ladies, for the record: The Biebs' girlfriend, Selena Gomez, performed at the show as well.


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Top photo: Justin Bieber with his MTV Europe Music Awards for best male and best pop act in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Nov. 6. Credit: Luke Macgregor / Reuters

Bottom photo: Mariah Yeater in a booking photo last December after she was arrested on suspicion of battery domestic violence, destroying property and making threatening phone calls in Las Vegas. Credit: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department / Getty Images

Michael Lohan denied bail -- boxing career jeopardized?

Michael Lohan denied bail

Michael Lohan is still behind bars after a judge on Saturday denied him bail, a setback that could get in the way of his daddy and celebrity duties.

After nearly a week of trouble between Lindsay's dad and his former fiancee, Kate Major, the 51-year-old faced Hillsborough Circuit Judge Denise Pomponio at a satellite bail hearing to go over his recent alleged violation of a no-contact order.

Lohan tried to make excuses, but the judge wasn't having it. Not surprising, as only three days earlier, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Walter Heinrich had been very clear -- and fairly ticked off -- about what would happen to Lohan if he "even dreamed about" Major.

"It doesn’t matter if she called you a hundred times after you got out of jail, Judge Heinrich doesn't have a court order on her, he has a court order on you.... It is your responsibility, because you are under the court order," Pomponio told Lohan.

Major, a former Star magazine reporter who also dated Jon Gosselin, testified that Lohan tried to call her five times after being released from custody Wednesday night and sounded intoxicated. An officer who was with Major that night and heard at least one call via speakerphone told the judge that Lohan was nonthreatening and tried to patch things up with his ex during the call.

The problems had started Tuesday, when Lohan was arrested for allegedly beating Major. The ordeal went from bad to just plain bizarre after he complained of chest pains while in custody, was taken to a hospital and then reportedly tried to bolt. When he finally did post bail Wednesday, he rang up Major multiple times, she said. (That was the violation that landed him in front of the judge Saturday.)

Lohan allegedly tried to flee when police arrived at his Tahitian Inn hotel room by jumping 34 feet off the balcony. He suffered a possible broken foot and had to be taken to the hospital before they transferred him to a Hillsborough County jail on Friday night.

Bail was set at $500 on the charge of nonviolently obstructing police, but with no bail on the other charge, the judge wasn't letting Lohan go anywhere. Major, however, might have to go somewhere: She was reportedly given an eviction notice Friday because of the media hubbub she and her ex have sparked around her apartment building.

Michael Lohan's lockdown couldn't come at a worse time for a guy who according to TMZ was planning this coming week to meet with Dr. Drew Pinsky for a TV stint, attend daughter Lindsay Lohan's probation-violation hearing Wednesday in L.A., and participate in a celebrity boxing match Thursday with contestants including Tareq Salahi, the alleged White House party crasher whose wife, Michaele Salahi, ran off with Journey guitarist Neal Schon in September.

Though Tareq Salahi, Jose Canseco, Joey Buttafuoco and Nadya "Octomom" Suleman are all on the card for the pay-per-view boxing match, Lohan is -- was? -- set to go mano-a-mano with O.J. Simpson houseguest Kato Kaelin.


Michael Lohan boomerangs back behind bars in Florida

Michael Lohan arrested on domestic abuse charges in Florida

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Photo: Michael Lohan speaks to the media after being released from the Hillsborough County Jail Wednesday. Credit: Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

Michael Lohan arrested on domestic abuse charges in Florida

Michael Lohan arrest mug shot

Michael Lohan was arrested early Tuesday in Florida on suspicion of domestic violence after allegedly getting into it with on-and-off girlfriend Kate Major over a scheduled court hearing and, well, maybe a little sumpin' sumpin' else.

"She had some redness on her arms, some minor bruising and it was determined that he grabbed her arm and threw her to the ground a couple of times," Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis told the Associated Press.    

Major told police Lohan had showed up at her place with a suitcase, and that she let him in the door to stay on his good side before a Tuesday hearing on whether to make her most recent temporary restraining order against him permanent, according to a police report obtained by TMZ. Lohan later got violent with her and yelled at her about the hearing and because she wouldn't have oral sex with him.

Lohan's version of events, as recorded in that police report? He told police Major was drunk after a night out at a restaurant and needed a ride home, where they had an argument and then had sex and wound up fighting over the details of how to end that encounter. Lohan denied assaulting Major, but said he busted her cellphone on the corner of a table because he was angry.

Lohan was arrested in L.A. in March after an alleged domestic violence incident also involving Major, misdemeanor charges were dismissed after she didn't show up in court in July.

Though the latest incident is hardly the first time Lohan, 51, has been arrested on suspicion of manhandling the ladies in his life, this time there was a new twist: After being taken into custody, he complained of chest pains and was taken to a hospital. When he thought the police had gone, he tried to check himself out and leave, Davis said. Alas, no luck — the officers hadn't gone anywhere.

Major was granted a temporary protective order against her ex-fiance Oct. 3, according to TMZ, after complaining to the court that he'd been harassing and threatening her and her father. Lohan was ordered to stay 500 feet away from her, and prohibited from texting or phoning Major or having her or her father followed.

Lohan, who told police that he and Major moved to Florida to get away from the media attention surrounding his daughter Lindsay Lohan, previously went to prison on attempted assault and aggravated harassment charges, plus a criminal contempt count after he pleaded guilty to violating a protective order obtained against him by his now ex-wife, Dina Lohan.

This was the third restraining order against Lohan that has been sought by Major, 28, a tabloid reporter who dated Jon Gosselin before hooking up with Lohan. Major and Lohan got engaged in April 2010, which could have a little sumpin' sumpin' to do with that one guy and his repeated declarations that the end of the world is nigh.


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Photos: Michael Lohan's mug shot, shown in triplicate, was released by Florida's Hillsborough County Jail on Tuesday after his arrest on suspicion of battery domestic violence. Credit: Hillsborough County / Getty Images

Lindsay Lohan errs on the early side, makes it to the morgue


Lindsay Lohan got it right Friday morning, showing up at the L.A. County coroner's office for morgue community service while it was still dark, which simply has to be on time, right?

Lohan had stumbled on what we'll call a "trial run" Thursday, getting turned away at the door — once she finally found the correct one — because she showed up late.

The actress and model will be "cleaning toilets, mopping floors and emptying the trash bins," Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told L.A. Now, saying she wouldn't be treated differently than any of the 15 to 20 people each day who do this as community service. Assuming, of course, those 15 to 20 people are also greeted by helicopters, photographers and a swarm of other media upon arrival.

"With all of the stress and pressure from yesterday and today," Lohan wrote online Thursday, "I've never been so happy to go to therapy!!!! Also, I'm sorry for the confusion that I may of caused to those at the Coroner's office. Won't happen again, now I know where to go! Thank you for your help."

She made it to the morgue at 5:35 a.m. Friday, dropped off by a driver and beating her Thursday time by about three hours.

The morgue staffers, who are not allowed to fraternize with community service folks in general, have been specifically ordered not to photograph Lohan, Winter told L.A. Now. However, that hasn't stopped unnamed sources from leaking details of Lindsay's day already to outlets including TMZ.

Lohan, whose probation was revoked Wednesday pending a hearing to determine if her weak performance on community service constitutes a violation, appears to be taking Judge Stephanie Sautner's strongly worded hint that she get at least 16 hours done at the morgue before everyone's back in court Nov. 2.

The actress, on probation for DUI and other charges in 2007 and a misdemeanor theft earlier this year, was kicked out of community service at the Downtown Women's Center, and the judge was not pleased. There are also questions about whether court-ordered weekly counseling sessions were attended in person, and represented accurately to the court on a probation progress report.

The downtown center has said it would take Lohan back to fulfill her 360-hour sentence if she completed her 120 hours at the morgue first. Since being sentenced in May, she'd completed only 21 hours and reportedly missed nine scheduled four-hour shifts.

So, what's that simple rule of parenting? Reward the behavior you want to encourage, and ignore the unwanted stuff? In that case, bravo, Lilo, for getting to the morgue on time, and with fabulous hair, we must add. If a felonious Chris Brown could get gold stars from a judge, anything is possible.

As for completely ignoring the rest, well, we're not quite that mature yet.


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Photos: Lindsay Lohan, right, arrives to a media welcome at the L.A. County coroner's office at 5:35 a.m. Friday, dropped off by a driver, left. She was reporting for community service at the morgue. Credits: Jason Redmond / Associated Press


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Lindsay Lohan might not be so good at probation, but she appears to have the bail thing nailed. Never dismiss the power of "practice, practice, practice."

Lohan promptly posted $100,000 bond Wednesday, with L.A. Now reporting she'd spent less than an hour in custody after Judge Stephanie Sautner revoked her probation, pending a hearing set for Nov. 2.

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Before her client was cuffed, attorney Shawn Chapman Holley had pointed out that Lilo's bail bondsman was in the court and ready to go to work if the judge wanted to skip any steps, but Sautner wasn't about to catch that Hail Mary. "No," she said, the sheriff's deputies were going to do their thing. "Take her into custody."

At the next hearing, the judge will decide after hearing from witnesses whether Lohan has again violated the terms of her probation — which Sautner referred to as "a gift, not a right." At issue? Did she show up in person for all required counseling sessions, and what exactly prompted the Downtown Women's Center to make her persona non grata regarding community service.

Should the actress be found in violation, it's unclear whether she'd actually head back to jail, or be looking at more home detention. In court the judge made reference to a massive, budget-related transfer of felons from state prisons to county lockups, which could make jails too crowded to house misdemeanor offenders.

Also Wednesday, the hits kept coming for Lindsay: While in court, TMZ said, she was served with notice of a civil suit being filed against her by Dawn Holland, the former Betty Ford Center worker who alleged Lohan roughed her up when she tried to administer a breath test for alcohol after the actress and others went AWOL from a sober house.

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Photo: Lindsay Lohan listens to the judge in L.A. on Oct. 19. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times


Soulja Boy, out on bail after arrest, tells fans he's innocent

Soulja Boy out on bail after arrest on felony marijuana and gun charges

Soulja Boy, real name DeAndre Cortez Way, was out on bail Wednesday after appearing in a Georgia court Tuesday afternoon on drug and weapons charges.

"Aye can I have a real ... moment? my fans was DEEP ... OUTSIDE THAT JAIL MAN IM SORRY!!! thats love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!," the 21-year-old hip-hop performers said on Twitter late Tuesday.

He'd apologized earlier for being unavailable to promote his movie's DVD release while under arrest. "I missed 10 interviews today for my new movie!," he tweeted. "to those companies i'm sorry! you can see I had a lil situation. the show must go on." Whether the "sorry" in the tweet note to the fans was any kind of apology is the eye of the beholder.

Soulja Boy and four other men were arrested in early Tuesday in Temple, Ga., on the interstate near the Alabama border, after a search of the vehicle they were in turned up three guns, more than 5 ounces of marijuana and less than $50,000 in cash, police said.

During a routine traffic stop for a broken tag light, officers noticed "a pungent smell" when the windows of the Cadillac Escalade were rolled down, Police Chief Tim Shaw said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Some of the items found during the search were in a Louis Vuitton briefcase believed to belong to Way, law-enforcement sources told TMZ. Because there were discrepancies in the men's stories, Shaw told a local news team, all five were charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, each of which carries a penalty of one to 10 years. Georgia police consider more than an ounce of weed to be intended for distribution.

"I'm innocent man. I love you all. I just want you'll to know I'm innocent," Soulja Boy said to fans outside Free at Last Bail Bonds on Tuesday afternoon, CBS Atlanta reported. Bodyguards then rushed him to a waiting car, the station said.

Soulja Boy is out on $10,000 bond. Requests to his reps for comment on Tuesday were not returned.


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Photo: Soulja Boy, a.k.a. DeAndre Cortez Way, in Los Angeles in 2009. Credit: Jay Clendenin / Los Angeles Times.

Soulja Boy arrested on felony drug, weapons charges; bail is $10K

Soulja Boy arrested on drug and weapons charges

Rapper Soulja Boy -- real name DeAndre Cortez Way -- was arrested on felony drug and weapons charges after what police called a "routine traffic stop" in Temple, Ga., near the Alabama border, police told the Ministry on Tuesday.

The five men in the Cadillac Escalade at the time of the stop were arrested after marijuana, cash and guns were found during a search of the SUV, which was pulled over for an equipment violation, Temple Police officer Dana Rampy said.

"It was less than $50,000 cash, and it was slightly more than five ounces of marijuana," Rampy said, adding that bond for Soulja Boy had just been set at $10,000.

Arrested along with the along with the 21-year-old "Crank That" singer -- and dancer, as seen in the video below -- were a driver and three bodyguards on felony charges of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. The five men were booked into the Carroll County jail.

Rampy said that a puppy found in the Escalade was picked up by the sister of driver Gregory Latimore, 56, after police called around for help rather than sending the cute little guy to the pound. The vehicle and its driver were from a car service, TMZ said.

The rapper was previously arrested in Georgia in 2009 after running from police and then coming back for his car at the scene of what was said to be a video shoot, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Earlier this month, Soulja Boy attended the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. Ministry requests for comment from Way's representatives were not immediately returned.



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Who gave us Scarlett Johansson naked? FBI says Christopher Chaney

Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera

Scarlett Johansson, your long, naked nightmare may be over: The FBI has arrested a man it suspects of hacking into email accounts of celebs and their friends to procure and distribute revealing personal pictures.

Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., was arrested Wednesday after a yearlong investigation dubbed Operation Hackerazzi by the FBI in Los Angeles.

Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera were, along with Johansson, officially confirmed as victims courtesy of an indictment unsealed Wednesday. Their names have been frequently mentioned in connection with the story as it unfolded.

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So how is Chaney alleged to have done it? The Times' celeb crime specialists Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton (Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim are on the Dr. Conrad Murray trial related to the death of Michael Jackson) heard it like this from law enforcement:

Mining details of the stars' personal lives in celebrity magazines and websites as well as Twitter and Facebook posts, Chaney looked for potential passwords that would give him access to their accounts, the FBI said. The name of a dog. A favorite movie. An old address. A sibling's nickname.

Once he cracked the password, officials charged, he hit a gold mine, gaining access to the stars' address books as well as any photos and other files saved on their emails. He used an email forwarding program that automatically duplicated any messages the stars received into his account. So even when the celebrities change their passwords, he'd know about it, officials said.

Chaney told a Florida news station that he knew what he did was wrong, but got so hooked on it he didn't know how to stop.

"It started as curiosity, and it turned to just being addictive," he told Action News in Jacksonville. "Seeing the behind-the-scenes of what's going on with the people you see on the big screen."

The FBI said Chaney didn't intend to sell the images, one of which was described by a Ministry staffer (in not so many words) as revealing that Johansson possessed a lower half granted by a higher power.

Despite saying he was sorry and posting $10,000 bond, Chaney is essentially grounded at his parents' house now, with absolutely no Internet privileges. He faces up to 121 years in prison if found guilty on all counts.

Wait till the judge gets home.

P.S.: Crime guys Blankstein and Winton are all over this and other stories daily on L.A. Now. Follow them on Twitter for timely and often juicy updates: @anblanx and @LAcrimes.


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Billy Bob Thornton's daughter gets 20 years in godchild's death

Billy Bob Thornton, left, and Amanda Brumfield, his estranged daugther

Billy Bob Thornton's estranged daughter Amanda Brumfield was sentenced in Florida on Thursday to 20 years in prison in the death of her 1-year-old goddaughter, Olivia Madison Garcia.

"I miss Olivia just as much as anybody does," was the only thing Brumfield told the judge before being sentenced, the Orlando Sentinel reported. She'd had a friend read a letter she'd written to the court.

Heather Murphy, the child's mother and at one time Brumfield's best friend, delivered what the Sentinel called an emotionally wrenching statement about her child, telling the court how older daughter Isabella still asked when "Liv" was coming home and on her birthday wanted to tie an ice cream cone to a balloon so her sister could have it in heaven.

Olivia died of a skull fracture and brain bleed in October 2008 while staying overnight at Brumfield's Ocoee, Fla., home.

Brumfield, 32 and the mother of two kids and a stepchild, is the oldest of Thornton's four children, born in 1978 to the actor and his first wife. The "Sling Blade" Oscar winner, famously married for a while to Angelina Jolie, has had kids with three women, and been married and divorced five times.

Melissa Parish, Thornton's first ex-wife, defended her daughter in 2009. She likened the child's death to that of Natasha Richardson, saying there was no way her daughter could know the child was injured and shouldn't be held responsible for the death. At the time, Thornton's publicist said the actor had not spoken to his daughter in "a substantial number of years."

Though found not guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse, Brumfield was convicted of aggravated manslaughter in May. Coincidentally, her guilty verdict came during the Casey Anthony trial, in the same courthouse where Anthony in July was found not guilty in the death of daughter Caylee. 

Brumfield maintained that Olivia fell while trying to get out of her playpen and hit her head; prosecutors argued that an accidental fall from that height couldn't have done the damage. Murphy said the sentence was more than she'd expected. The defense had hoped for a lighter sentence. Brumfield got credit for 165 days' worth of time served, and must pay $10,000 in court costs.


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Photos: Amanda Brumfield, the estranged daughter of Billy Bob Thornton, left, looks at her family in an Orlando courtroom Thursday after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2008 death of her goddaughter. Credits: Scott Gries/Getty Images, left; Red Huber / Orlando Sentinel / MCT, right.

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Brumfield Sentenced In Toddler's Death

Amanda Brumfield Faces 20 Years In Jail

POSTED: 11:27 am EDT October 6, 2011
UPDATED: 12:31 pm EDT October 6, 2011

The estranged daughter of actor Billy Bob Thornton was sentenced Thursday in the death of a friend's toddler.Amanda Brumfield was babysitting the child, who would have turned 4 years old in September, when she hit her head and died at her home in Ocoee.
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Family and friends of both Brumfield and the victim sobbed after learning the defendant would spend 20 years in jail for the death of her 1-year-old goddaughter.The mother of Olivia Madison Garcia fought back tears as she talked about her daughter."When I saw you with a white sheet over your head, it broke my heart," Heather Murphy said. "I just wanted you to wake up and be that miracle and tell all the doctors they were wrong."Brumfield, who was Murphy's best friend at the time, was acquitted of murder and child abuse in the girl's death, but she was convicted of manslaughter and faced 13 years to 30 years behind bars.The judge also heard from Brumfield's friend, who said Brumfield wasn't a violent person and mouthed, "I love you," to the defendant as she sat crying next to her attorneys.Brumfield's pastor asked for leniency."Give me a chance to work with her, to try to help her, help her kids," the Rev. Jeff Pritchard said. "She's a redeemable soul."Brumfield also made a final statement in court."I miss Olivia just as much as anybody does," Brumfield said.The judge called the case sad and said his sentence wouldn't help the pain."I sentence you to 20 years in the Department of Corrections," Judge Reginald Whitehead said.Brumfield's family and friends were too upset to comment on the verdict. The victim's mother said the sentence gave her closure."I hope one day somebody in that family will come forward and tell me what really happened, that she didn't fall from a playpen, but somebody will tell me what really happened in the last hours of my daughter's life," Murphy said.

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