Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.
This week, a few creeps had court dates: a sex offender got his sentence for killing a man looking to buy pot, the alleged snatcher of a little girl pleads not-guilty, and more:
- Sex offender sentenced in murder
Jamal Mitchell, a convicted sex offender, received a sentence of 25-years-to-life (plus a little more) for the 2011 murder of a Phoenix man who was trying to buy some weed from Mitchell. Police said Mitchell had set up the deal, for three pounds of weed, but only intended to rob the buyer. Mitchell was convicted by a jury in October of killing Nathaniel Kinsley. The jury also convicted him of armed robbery and misconduct involving weapons. Judge William Brotherton sentenced Mitchell to 25-to-life for the murder, plus 11 1/4 years for the armed robbery. The 10 years for misconduct involving weapons runs concurrently to the other sentences. Although the murder investigation led police to allegations of Mitchell inappropriately touching two children, he hasn't been charged with either of them.
See also: One-Man Crime Spree Jamal Mitchell
- Man accused of snatching little girl off the street pleads not-guilty
Robert Milliron pleaded not guilty to charges related to snatching an 8-year-old Mesa girl off the street near her home. According to police, the alleged kidnapping was seen by a witness, and as police responded, Milliron crashed his car into an alley, and the little girl was able to run away and find the cops. His next court date is on February 26.
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- Child-porn sharer gets a year in jail
Jeffrey Eberlein, of Laveen, was sentenced to a year in jail for sharing child pornography. Eblerlein was caught by openly sharing the files on a peer-to-peer network, according to police. In addition to the year in jail, Eberlein was sentenced to a lifetime of probation with sex-offender terms. He had pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor.