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1st warden in U.S. sentenced to prison after sex abuse scandal in Dublin

Ray Garcia holds up a folder to block his face before being sentenced at Oakland federal court. March 22, 2023 OAKLAND, Calif. - A judge on Wednesday sentenced the former head of the Federal Correctional Institute at Dublin tonearly six years behind bars making Ray J. Garcia the first warden in the United States to be sentenced to prison – a place where sexually abused incarcerated women and spent more than 30 years of his career. The exact term is 5 years and 10 months.And for the first time, Garcia, 55, of Merced, held himself accountable for what he did. "I stand before you a broken man," he told U.S.

District Court Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, his voice cracking with emotion. "I couldn't be more ashamed or sorry." He said he has long been a "highly sexualized" man, an issue he never properly dealt with because he was always more concerned with his job and taking care of his family. He also apologized for not taking responsibility earlier because he thought that "somehow this would go away.

But I was wrong. Terribly wrong."He added: "I didn't show strength discipline or character. I'm sorry beyond sorry to the women I've hurt." Garcia said that he hopes to work on himself and change his behavior while in prison.

He vowed his right to appeal the case any further and accepted full responsibility for what he had done.  He must surrender on May 19. Where he will spend his prison sentence has not been determined.

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US government agency says 'no link' between dead whales and wind farm development - - New York - Usa - state New York - county Island - state Virginia - state Maryland - state Maine - state Rhode Island - county Long - county Gulf
US government agency says 'no link' between dead whales and wind farm development
dead whales washing ashore to wind farm development.This winter, 16 whales have washed up dead along the Atlantic coast in places like Assateague Island in Maryland, Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Long Island, New York.The standings are part of what the National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, call the Humpback Whale Unusual Mortality Event, which started in 2016.The Marine Mammal Commission said in a statement posted to its website on Tuesday that 40% of the whales were examined at necropsy and showed evidence that a ship struck them, or they got entangled in fishing gear.The commission also said these strandings are nothing new, and they are not isolated to the Atlantic coast.According to the commissioner, at least 10 humpback whales have stranded each year during the UME, though in 2017 the highest number of 34 were recorded stranded.What scientists have found is the number of humpback whales in the Gulf of Maine is increasing, and the younger whales are moving to the Atlantic coast, where they are vulnerable to being struck by ships.Many people, though, say wind farm development is the cause of the whale strandings.READ MORE: Dead whale found on beach at Assateague Island National SeashoreWind farm development and research is taking place up and down the Atlantic coast, in places like Block Island, Rhode Island; Montauk, New York; off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland, and nearly 20 miles offshore Virginia Beach, Virginia.Agencies like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, and U.S.
Brave Escape: Kidnapped woman's year-long nightmare ends at South Jersey gas station - - state California - state New Jersey - county Burlington - state Arizona - Jersey - state New Mexico
Brave Escape: Kidnapped woman's year-long nightmare ends at South Jersey gas station
BURLINGTON COUNTY, N.J. - What began as an innocent act of kindness became one woman's fight for her life across the country in New Jersey's Burlington County.New Jersey State police say 57-year-old James Parillo met the victim in New Mexico last February when she agreed to drive him to Arizona.The suspect and victim then entered into a month-long relationship, which ended when he assaulted her in California."During their time together, the suspect allegedly took away the woman’s phone, confiscated and utilized her debit cards, and isolated her from her family," police said.The pair ended up renting a room at a house in New Gretna, New Jersey, where police say the woman was kidnapped, beaten and choked by the suspect.On February 7, the woman made her escape, running bare foot in 40-degree weather to a nearby gas station.MORE HEADLINES:A gas station attendant was sitting outside on break when she heard people screaming, and running around the corner."He was screaming you don't wanna do this, and then she got up to me, and she said I've been kidnapped, call 911," Jammie Garthaus said.The woman then ran inside and locked the deadbolt, an escape plan she told police she devised during a prior visit."She was saying that he choked her. She had like a red mark around her throat," Garthaus said.