A 54-year-old Springfield man was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole for killing his girlfriend in 2014. A jury deliberated for less than three hours before finding Lorenzo Roy guilty of first-degree murder after a December trial. Police say Jessica Conner, 26, had been stabbed more than 20 times when she was found on April 12, 2014, lying in a pool of blood on her kitchen floor. At his sentencing Friday, Roy said he was unhappy with his attorneys.
The judge wanted to know why. Why were prosecutors letting Preston Watts off the hook with anything less than a murder charge? Police had found Watts in November 2015 standing near the bullet-ridden body of his uncle. Watts had a gun. His uncle was unarmed. Prosecutors wanted Watts to go to prison. But by the end of the sentencing hearing in August, the judge — in what he called "probably the most difficult sentencing I've ever had" — let Watts walk out of the courtroom.
Pristina "Tina" Tyner was lying on her back in a pool of blood when police arrived at a Springfield motel in a response to a shooting. The 37-year-old prostitute was trying to say something. But the words wouldn't come out. The shooter had apparently run to a white sedan, which hopped a curb and fled the scene before police arrived. Tyner died days later in the hospital without ever saying who shot her. A woman was in a motel room with Tyner moments before the shooting.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".