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Courtesy Aimee Cagle(NEW YORK) --  A judge in Michigan has ruled that four teens who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2017 highway rock-throwing incident that led to the death of Kenneth White will be sentenced as adults.

In July 2018, when the teens' lawyers entered pleas for Mark Sekelsky, Alexander Miller, Trevor Gray and McKayden Payne, they'd included a proposal for juvenile sentencing.

Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Farah rejected that request during Tuesday's hearing. Instead, he gave the teens and their lawyers until Aug. 20 to accept being sentenced as adults, reject his revision to the plea agreement and try to negotiate a new one or head to trial. The teens could choose their options as a group or individuals.

Farah rejected the advice of every professional juvenile expert who testified at the sentencing hearing in the fall, all of whom had recommended juvenile sentencing. In court Tuesday, he said that while none of the four teens had dropped the fatal rock, Farah repeatedly said that not one had been forced or cajoled to be there.

"The seriousness of the alleged offense is as high as it gets," he said in the court Tuesday. "This is a homicide."

Theresa Simpson, White's mother, said on Tuesday after the hearing that she was pleased with the judge's decision.

"I'm so glad that Kenneth is getting the justice he deserves. ... My prayers were answered," Simpson told ABC News affiliate WXYZ-TV in Detroit. "I'm ecstatic over the decision that was made today. ... It's what we all wanted for him."

On Oct. 18, 2017, at about 8:30 p.m., White and his friend Steve Amthor were driving home from work, heading south on I-75 at about 70 mph in a van. Amthor said he saw a large rock coming toward the vehicle, in which White was the passenger, authorities told ABC News.

The rock, according to Amthor, entered the passenger side through the windshield, hitting White, 32, in the face and then ricocheted from his face to his chest, authorities said. About 20 rocks were found strewn on the highway, police said.

In court Tuesday, Farah referred to two days of exchanged SnapChat messages among the teens in which "the letters 'LOL,' 'LMAO' or 'HAHA' appear ... and many after it was learned that they had killed somebody."

"We could possibly go to prison for life from this," Farah read from the messages in court. "You guys knew what could've happened. And, if we do get caught -- which we won't -- it's our own fault. LOL. We gotta take our punishment. Lay low for a while and everything will be fine."

Farah said that after it was reported in the news that White had died, the conversation between the teens on SnapChat then turned to getting teardrop tattoos to commemorate the crying of White's family.

"Well, maybe, we should (get) tattoos with 'Crip Gang' next to the tattoo," the judge read.

Farah said the rock that killed White was not the only item tossed from the overpass by the teens. He said that tire irons, mufflers and even a shopping cart had been thrown as well though at different times and at different locations.

"What was the purpose? Wait till the road cleared and drop to see it break? No. (It was) to make contact in this (game) called 'Overpassing.' To be able to say aloud 'Dinger!' when a car was hit," he said.

A fifth suspect -- Kyle Anger who was 18 at the time -- is the one accused of throwing the actual rock that killed White. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for other charges being dropped. He is scheduled to be sentenced at a later date.

All five teens had been originally charged as adults with second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, six felony counts of malicious destruction of property and two misdemeanor counts of malicious destruction of property.

Lawyers for the teens said they were disappointed with the judge's ruling.

"We're back to the drawing board. Each one of the four boys has a mechanism within that plea that they have the option to withdraw the plea should the court not have granted juvenile sentencing. So the court made its decision, not granting juvenile sentencing, and I'm sure all the lawyers are gonna go back to the drawing board," said lawyer Michael Manley.

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Nashville Noticias(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Neighbors in the outskirts of Nashville prevented immigration officials from detaining a man in his driveway, and then formed a human chain to allow the man and his son to return to their home.

The man and his 12-year-old son were sitting in a van outside their home in the neighborhood of Hermitage when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrived. The man and the boy refused to get out of the van -- and that's when neighbors stepped in to help, according to video posted on social media.

The neighbors brought gas, food and water, and then formed a human chain so the father and son could get inside their home without being stopped by the ICE agents.

The agents eventually left without arresting the man, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.

It was the second incident in just a few days in which ICE agents appeared to try to take people from their cars into custody, even though it is unclear the agency has that authority. In the other incident, on Sunday in Los Angeles, a neighbor also intervened -- taking video of the incident on her cellphone.

Both incidents also come in the wake of an announcement by the Trump administration that it planned to increase the pace of deportations.

In Sunday's incident, a woman was pulled out of her car by ICE agents in unmarked vehicles on a street in the Echo Park neighborhood.

When a neighbor, Alicia Rivera, saw what was happening, she pulled out her phone and began documenting the arrest. At one point, she tried to block the agents' vehicle to stop them from driving away with the woman in the back seat.

"Show me the order," Rivera is heard saying in the video. "...You can't take her. It's not signed by the judge."

The agents then left the woman's car in the middle of the street with its hazard lights on and took the keys, Rivera told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV.

Rivera identified the woman as a mother of two and told KABC-TV the woman's partner and children are "devastated" over her arrest.

ICE did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News about either incident. Neither of the two individuals have been publicly identified.

After the Los Angeles incident, the agency told KABC-TV: "Congress has established no process, requirement, or expectation directing ICE to seek a judicial warrant from already overburdened federal courts before taking custody of an alien on civil immigration violations. This idea is simply a figment created by those who wish to undermine immigration enforcement and excuse the ill-conceived practices of sanctuary jurisdictions that put politics before public safety."

A spokesman for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles told ABC News that the organization has spoken to the woman and evaluating how it might assist her.

CHIRLA attorney Yolanda Martin told KABC-TV that ICE agents cannot pull over a car unless they have reasonable suspicion that the person is undocumented.

 After the incident in Nashville, police there put out a statement, saying officers learned that the ICE agents were trying to serve a detainer on the man, they were instructed to "not be involved in the service of the detainer, but to stand by from a distance to keep the peace if necessary," police said.

Nashville police said when ICE had attempted to pull the van over when it instead pulled into a driveway on Forest Ridge Drive.

"The caller said the driver was sitting in the van and was not getting out," the statement read. "He requested the police department's assistance, but did not specify what he wanted the police department to do."

Video posted by Facebook group Nashville Noticias shows at least a dozen people surrounding the van while holding hands. Soon after the chain was formed, the man's son was seen getting out of the passenger seat to go inside the home.

"We were going to hold it down as long as the police were here," Felishadae Young, neighbor who participated in the human chain, told ABC Nashville affiliate WKRN-TV. "We were going to be out here just as long."

The boy's mother was seen in video thanking the volunteers for helping the family.

Lisa Sherman-Nikolaus, policy director for the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, told WKRN-TV that people "have to look very closely" at the document when ICE agents say they have a warrant because they are "often signed by an ICE agent," rather than a judge, so it is not legally binding.

The organization responded to the family's home on Monday morning after hearing about what had happened, WKRN-TV reported.

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Raleigh Police Department (RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Police in North Carolina have found the bodies of two men they believe were killed by two suspects who have been charged with their deaths.

James Daishawn Robinson, 21, and Ryan Craig Veach, 19, were charged on Saturday with two counts of murder in the deaths of 23-year-old Brendan Hurley and 21-year-old Anthony McCall, according to the the Raleigh Police Department.

A third person, an unidentified juvenile, was charged with accessory after the fact to the murder, according to police.

Police have not said how the men were killed or commented on any possible motive.

"Through investigative means, detectives were able to locate the body of Brendan Hurley in Johnston County on Saturday," police told ABC News. "A second body was discovered in Nash County today."

Hurley and McCall were last seen on July 16 and were reported missing the following day.

An unidentified man who called police said that Hurley went over to a friend’s house the night before but hadn’t been seen since, according to a recording of the call.

“He was supposed to pick me up at 9 p.m. He has not. He’s gone and he didn’t show up for work,” the caller said.

He called Hurley a “very responsible young man.”

“I need to make a report that he’s missing and something is wrong,” he added.

Hurley left behind a 2-year-old daughter.

“It's so sad too because she's not going to see her dad by a choice that wasn't given to her," Laura Hurley, the victim’s mom, told Raleigh ABC affiliate WTVD Monday. "She's two and now it's going to be up to us to make sure that she knows who he was and how much he loved her. And it's so unfair. It's so unfair what everybody is feeling, friends, families.”

McCall’s father, Mark, told the station that Hurley picked up his son around 6:30 p.m. on July 16 to head to McCall’s mother’s house to let her dogs out.

It was the last time the two men were seen.

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ABC News, FILE(HOUSTON) --  Exactly one year after a 3-year-old boy died from being left on scorching hot bus outside a Houston day care, the driver of the bus was indicted, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Former bus driver Maurice Mitchell, 62, was indicted Friday and arrested Tuesday for injury to a child by recklessly causing serious bodily injury or death -- a second-degree felony -- according to the Harris County District Attorney's office.

On July 19, 2018, 3-year-old Raymond "R.J." Pryer Jr. was left on a hot bus for several hours after the bus returned to a day care from a field trip.

When R.J.'s father went to pick him up from day care that day, he found the 3-year-old unresponsive in the 113-degree bus, authorities said at the time.

Mitchell had allegedly "disengaged a passenger safety alarm, which was to safeguard young passengers from being left behind," without first looking through the bus to make sure kids weren't left there, prosecutors said in a statement.

R.J.'s parents filed a lawsuit against the day care which has since had its operating license revoked, according to ABC Houston station KTRK-TV.

A memorial bench dedicated to R.J. was unveiled on Saturday at Doss Park, where the 3-year-old had been on the field trip the day he died, said prosecutors.

Hot car deaths reached a record level last year with at least 52 children killed, including R.J., according to national nonprofit

"As the summer heat intensifies, we should honor R.J.'s memory by ensuring no more children are left in hot vehicles," Harris County Assistant District Attorney Michele Oncken said in a statement.

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iStock(OXFORD, Miss.) -- A 22-year-old Texas man is in custody in connection with the killing of an Ole Miss classmate whose body was discovered over the weekend, authorities said Tuesday.

Brandon Theesfeld was arrested Monday for the murder of Alexandria "Ally" Kostial, 21, according to the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office.

Theesfeld "was a student in the School of Business Administration and has been suspended from the university," school spokesman Rod Guajardo told ABC News via email.

Deputies were on a routine patrol Saturday at 10:30 a.m. when they found Kostial's body in Harmontown, Mississippi, about 30 miles from Ole Miss, according to the sheriff's office.

Her cause of death has not been released.

It was not immediately clear how Theesfeld allegedly knew Kostial, if at all.

Theesfeld, shackled and wearing an orange jumpsuit, made an initial court appearance Tuesday.

He did not enter a plea.

Kostial was from St. Louis and was studying marketing at the University of Mississippi's School of Business Administration, according to the sheriff's office and the university.

She had been attending summer school, according to her father.

Kostial was also a fitness instructor at the campus recreation center and a former member of the Alpha Phi sorority, said Kassidy Desnoyer, her friend from high school and college.

"She spent her summers going on mission trips. She cared about people and just wanted to help," Desnoyer told ABC News on Tuesday. "She was the brightest light I've ever came across."

A statement from Alpha Phi said: "The Alpha Phi community is grieving the loss of Ally Kostial, and we send our deepest sympathies to her family during this incredibly difficult time. We hope that the Alpha Phi sisters who knew Ally best can find peace and comfort as they reflect on the lasting impact she made on the lives of her family members and friends."

"We are truly saddened by the death of Alexandria Kostial," University of Mississippi Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks said in a statement on Monday.

"Ally was a valued member of our campus community," Sparks said. "We extend our deepest sympathy to her family, friends, and classmates, and stand ready to support them during this time."

Before attending Ole Miss, Kostial graduated in 2016 from Lindbergh High School in St. Louis, according to the school district.

"Our hearts are broken for the Kostials, and we extend our deepest sympathies to her entire family during this time," Lindbergh Schools spokeswoman Beth Johnston told ABC News via email on Monday.

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kali9/iStock(ATHENS, Ga.) -- A pregnant woman was shot and killed Monday night in Georgia while she was with her toddler, police said.

The woman was identified as 24-year-old Auriel Callaway, Athens-Clarke County Police Department spokesman Geof Gilland said at a press conference Tuesday.

Her child, believed to be 2 or 3 years old, was not injured, Gilland said.

However, Callaway’s unborn child did not survive.

The shooting broke out at 9:37 p.m. at the Clarke Gardens apartment complex in Athens, according to police. Callaway, who was four months pregnant, was a resident of the apartment complex, Gilland said.

Upon arrival, officers found her wounded at the scene. She was rushed to a local hospital, where she died, officials said.

Gilland said “multiple individuals” have been detained in the case for “investigative purposes.”

He noted that those detained were not all necessarily suspects, but could also be witnesses or persons of interest.

Jermaine Arnold, who knew Callaway and says she witnesses the shooting, remembered her as a "beautiful soul."

"She really wasn’t out here as much ... God took her away from us too early," Arnold told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV.

The investigation into Callaway’s death is ongoing.

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aijohn784/iStock(COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa) -- Ten years after an Iowa man mysteriously disappeared, his body was discovered wedged behind a cooler in a vacant grocery store where he used to work, police said.

In 2009, Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada was a 25-year-old working at a No Frills Supermarket store in Council Bluffs,Iowa, said Council Bluffs police officials.

On Nov. 28, 2009, Murillo-Moncada's parents reported him missing, telling authorities that their son "became upset and ran out of their home," said police.

He was never seen alive again.

A decade later, on Jan. 24, 2019, crews were removing shelving and coolers at the now-vacant grocery store and discovered a body, said police.

Last week Council Bluffs police learned from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation that the body was identified as Murillo-Moncada, police officials announced Monday.

Investigators believe Murillo-Moncada left home, went to the grocery store, climbed on the coolers, and then fell into a roughly 18-inch gap between the back of the cooler and the wall and became trapped, said police.

The death has been classified as accidental, police said. His autopsy indicates no signs of trauma, said police.

Former employees said it was common for workers to be on top of the grocery store's coolers because the space was used for storage, according to police.

The grocery store closed in 2016, according to Omaha ABC affiliate KETV.

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Subscribe To This Feed YORK) -- A former friend of fake heiress Anna Sorokin says she has wondered how she missed all the red flags from the convicted con-woman, who she now calls a "sociopath."

Rachel Williams wishes she never met Sorokin, she told ABC News. Williams was among many others who Sorokin -- a globe-trotting, high-life scammer -- betrayed for over a year. Now, Sorokin is in prison, convicted of several counts of grand larceny. Prosecutors said she defrauded luxury hotels, banks and even a private jet company out of more than a quarter-million dollars.

Williams recounted her experience in an interview with ABC News' Deborah Roberts as well as in her new book, "My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress."

In some ways, Williams said, she was seduced by Sorokin's behavior.

"I was captivated by it," she said. "I was sort of fascinated by her willingness to just...challenge boundaries."

Sorokin's inconceivable life as the so-called "SoHo scammer" began when she moved to New York City in 2014 and assumed the name Anna Delvey. She claimed to be a German heiress with a $67 million trust fund, and eventually used that fake identity to talk herself into exclusive New York parties and nightclubs, prosecutors said. It was in one of those clubs that she met Williams, then a 28-year-old photo editor at Vanity Fair magazine.

Williams said her first impression of Sorokin was that she was "slightly offbeat."

"She had curious mannerisms; she kind of fidgeted a lot," she said. "She was quirky."

Williams said that Sorokin often picked up the tab at first, treating her to fancy dinners, $300 private fitness sessions and infrared sauna treatments.

Williams said her late 20s was a period of "major transition for me and my friends."

"A lot of them were getting married or having babies or leaving the city...and I felt a little bit isolated," she said. "I kind of wanted a diversion. And I was so glad to have this person who was available and seemed really excited to be my friend."

Then, in spring 2017, Williams said Sorokin offered her an all-expenses-paid trip to Morocco. On the trip, however, Williams said Sorokin's credit cards mysteriously stopped working.

"I'm the disorganization," Williams recalled. "But at this point, I still trust her."

Fearful of being stranded in a foreign country, Williams said she offered her credit cards as a temporary backup, even though she could not afford it.

"I leave before Anna does," she said. "When I land...I get a text message that the whole villa's being charged to my cards."

The amount: $62,000.

Williams described seeing that charge as a "complex, paralyzing moment for me."

"She owed me more money than I made in a year," she added.

While Sorokin allegedly kept saying that bank transfers were supposed to be coming through, Williams said, "It was starting to eat at me."

"I am late with my rent," Williams said. "I'm late with my credit card payments."

But soon it became clear to Williams that she had been duped, she said, so she went to the police and then the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. When Sorokin couldn't be found, Williams turned to social media to smoke her out, aiding investigators with a sting operation that eventually led to Sorokin's arrest in summer 2017 in Malibu, California.

Williams said she helped authorities apprehend Sorokin not only because of the money she had lost but also because "what was really upsetting to me was sort of this riddle that needed to be solved."

Williams soon learned the painful truth: her "friend" was no heiress, but rather, a con artist. The Russian-born daughter to middle-class parents who prosecutors said faked financial records, wrote bad checks and scammed her way through New York City's high society even showed up for her court date in designer clothes.

"I wasn't sure what to expect in seeing Anna after all that time," Williams said of coming face-to-face with her former friend in court. "When I did her, she was smirking at me."

Williams said that the smirk didn't work to unnerve her. "At that point, understanding her for who she caused her to lose her power. ... And she became no longer scary to me."

Sorokin was convicted in May on eight counts including grand larceny, but she was found not guilty of defrauding Williams. She was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $200,000 in restitution. Her attorney still insists she meant no real harm.

"I don't believe a criminal act occurred," Todd Spodek, Sorokin's attorney, said. "She [Williams] made a voluntary choice to put this debt on her credit card, she didn't have to, she wasn't forced to do it, she chose to do it, and that was a mistake."

Williams said that looking back, she believes she "wanted to see the good in [Sorokin]."

"I think it's also important," she said. "To see reality and to understand what's right in front of you."

Now, Williams said her philosophy is to always "trust your gut."

Spodek told ABC News that they had filed a Notice of Appeals, but are still reviewing the appellate options.

Following the trial and an investigation into the Moroccan resort charges, Williams' credit card company forgave a bulk of her debt -- she was still required to pay back some of the expenses incurred.

HBO purchased the rights to Williams’ story and is currently working on an adaptation to be helmed by Lena Dunham.

Sorokin sold the rights to her story to Netflix and Shonda Rimes. However, she will not legally be able to profit from the deals and the money will instead help pay back those she was convicted of scamming.

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tommaso79/iStock(DENVER) -- Frank Rzucek, whose daughter and grandchildren were killed by son-in-law Chris Watts, says "heartless" bullies are trolling his grieving family online.

"There's a lot of ugly out there," he said.

Chris Watts is serving life in prison for the August murders of his pregnant wife, Shanann; his 4-year-old daughter, Bella; and his 3-year-old daughter, Celeste.

"For the past 11 months, piled on top of pain and the grieving of this devastating loss, our family has been subject to horrible, cruel abuse, outright bullying, on a daily basis," Rzucek told reporters Monday in front of the Watts' former Colorado home.

"I don't want to draw more attention to the viral material that has been posted online," he said, "but I will say that our family, including Shanann and her children, our grandchildren, have been ridiculed, demeaned, slandered, mocked in the most vicious ways you can imagine."

Rzucek alleges that the attacks includes threats, fake Facebook accounts and a "constant stream of ugly, evil insults."

"Every time we turn around there's someone trying to capitalize on our tragedy by spreading false rumors and outright lies about Shanann and our grandchildren. We have been subject to threats on our lives all because we are victims in painful tragedy," he said. "It is cruel, it is heartless."

Rzucek said he's reported the abuse to social media platforms but there's been no change.

He had a message for social media companies: "We are calling on you again to do the right thing, to take some responsibility for your platforms and stop this despicable conduct."

And to the trolls, Rzucek pleaded, "please stop."

Rzucek acknowledged that his family isn't the first to be victims of online bullying.

Families of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012 have for years been the target of conspiracy theorists, online harassers and those pushing unfounded claims about the tragedy.

"Families like ours should have the right to be safe ... the right to mourn in peace," Rzucek said. "To Congress or to any person in position of power, we are calling on you to do something to pass laws that will protect victims of unspeakable crimes from this kind of abuse."

In August, right after Shanann Watts, Bella and Celeste disappeared, Chris Watts lied to reporters, saying his family went missing.

"When I came home and then walked in the house, nothing. Vanished," he told ABC Denver affiliate KMGH. "My kids are my life."

Within days, Chris Watts was arrested and the bodies of his wife and children were found.

Chris Watts pleaded guilty to all charges against him, and in exchange, prosecutors did not pursue the death penalty. Chris Watts was sentenced in November to life without parole.

He told investigators he strangled his wife at their home then put his children into the car -- along with his wife's body -- and drove to the oil site where he worked.

There Chris Watts said he strangled both children with the 3-year-old's blanket.

He confessed to burying his wife's body and ditching his children's bodies in oil tanks.

At the time of her death Shanann Watts was pregnant with a boy she planned to name Nico.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Severe storms moved through the Northeast late Monday and into Tuesday morning, producing damaging winds of 75 to 80 mph from Virginia to New Jersey.

Heavy rain came with these storms, including up to 4 inches in Westchester County, just north of New York City, in only a few hours. Flash flooding was reported from Pennsylvania to Connecticut.

There was a total of 480,000 people without power from Wisconsin to New York at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Flood alerts remain in effect for 12 states from Tennessee to Massachusetts on Tuesday.

Severe storm threat shifts south Tuesday into the Carolinas and southern Virginia from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Norfolk, Virginia.

The biggest threat with these storms will be damaging winds, heavy rain and frequent lightning.

Tropical depression No. 3 is lingering off Florida’s east coast on Tuesday, but most of the heavy rain is offshore.

The tropical cyclone will move north, parallel the Southeast coast, throughout the day Tuesday and could bring heavy rain -- up to 3 inches -- to the Carolinas.

The National Hurricane Center is not forecasting this cyclone to strengthen and get a name.

It is expected to weaken and die out sometime on Wednesday.

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Handout(NEW YORK) -- New defense filings in the case of admitted serial bomber Cesar Sayoc paint a grim picture of a man who "lost everything in the Great Recession," had "cognitive limitations and severe learning disabilities" and was "abandoned by his father and sexually abused by a teacher at his Catholic school."

"In this darkness," his defense counsel wrote, "Mr. Sayoc found light in Donald J. Trump."

In their sentencing submission Monday, Sayoc’s lawyers lay out the path from his difficult childhood through his recent years living out of his cramped van, festooned with stickers supporting Trump, and critical of the president's perceived enemies.

"As he grew older and more isolated, excessive steroid use increased his feelings of anxiety and paranoia," his lawyers wrote.

"Mr. Sayoc came to believe that prominent Democrats were actively working to hurt him, other Trump supporters, and the country as a whole," the defense filing states.

Sayoc would eventually construct and send through the mail 16 improvised explosive devices that his lawyers say in his mind were hoax devices to "try to intimidate and scare Trump’s perceived enemies."

In March, he pleaded guilty to 65 counts in Manhattan federal court stemming from mailing the devices.

His attorneys asked that Sayoc be sentenced to just over 10 years. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 5.

The defense filing draws a thread through Sayoc's "religious" viewing of Fox News programs like Fox and Friends and Hannity, to his following of Trump supporters on social media and his connection to hundreds of right-wing Facebook groups, many of which "promoted various conspiracy theories, and more generally, the idea that Trump’s critics were dangerous, unpatriotic, and evil."

Sayoc was an avid follower of Trump's Twitter account and his federal public defenders point to Trump throughout the filing.

"In his statements, Trump specifically blamed many of the individuals whom Mr. Sayoc ultimately targeted with his packages," they write.

But prosecutors have countered the blaming of Trump and claims of dud devices. The government’s sentencing memo calls for a sentence of life in prison for sending the 16 improvised explosive devices to 13 victims around the country.

Prosecutors say Sayoc "perpetrated this attack intending to injure and silence public servants and private citizens based on their civic activities, and to intimidate like-minded people from entering the public arena and participating in discourse that is critical to the proper functioning of this country."

Prosecutors called Soyoc’s claim that his devices were hoaxes a "desperate effort to avoid accountability" and "simply false."

Though they acknowledge that the "IEDs would not have functioned as designed," prosecutors say, as a legal matter, that the devices meet the requirement that the "bomb be capable of exploding and intended to be used as a weapon."

"Deficient as the defendant may be as a bomb maker, hoaxes do not involve real explosives, real shards of glass, and real toxic chemicals, as the defendant’s IEDs did," prosecutors wrote.

According to FBI analysis included in the filings, the devices were packed with "explosive powder from fireworks" and "pool shock," or chemicals that contained chlorine commonly used in swimming pools that would "increase the chances of burning victims."

Sayoc was charged last October for the string of package bombs that were mailed to prominent Democratic politicians and media figures, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and current presidential candidates Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Joe Biden. The packages triggered a nationwide manhunt involving hundreds of investigators.

The defense and government filings are filled with color photographs of each of Sayoc’s explosive devices, the interior and exterior of his van, security camera stills, internet search terms he used and quotes from his social media posts. Also included are pictures of social media posts, childhood photos of Sayoc and his writings.

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WLS-TV(CHICAGO) -- Aerial footage shows the moment a group of good Samaritans worked together to rescue the driver of a pickup truck that had just overturned on a busy Illinois highway.

Chopper video taken by ABC Chicago station WLS-TV shows the moment the tire on a Ford Ranger blew on Interstate 88 near Oak Brook around 6:45 a.m. on Monday, causing it to spin out of control and roll onto its roof.

Nearly a dozen rescuers, many construction workers, then rushed to the driver's aid, using their collective strength to heave the truck onto the passenger side as they tried to figure out how to help the driver, identified by Illinois State Police as 32-year-old Orlando Hernandez.

Tom Meyers was leaving his full-time job as a firefighter in Rosemont, Illinois, for his part-time firefighting job in Aurora Township when he drove past the scene.

"Anytime you see something like that happen, you always … have that urge to help," he told WLS.

The group had already flipped the truck, and Meyers pulled up just in time to extract Hernandez from the wreckage.

"At that point, I knew we had to get the windshield and try to cut the seat belt," Meyers said.

Meyers and others used the construction workers' tools to break the windshield and cut Hernandez's seat belt, WLS reported.

The group cheered once they realized Hernandez wasn't seriously injured.

"He said, 'I want to get out,'" Meyers said of the driver. "I said we should probably wait for the fire department to show up, and that's when he proceeded to jump out the window."

State police also identified 23-year-old Melrose Park, Illinois, resident Rodrigo Macias as a member of the rescue group. The other identities of the other good Samaritans are unknown, police said.

Firefighters and paramedics then arrived on the scene and transported Hernandez to a local hospital. He suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The truck Hernandez was driving was totaled in the crash, police said. It is unclear how fast he was traveling when the tire blew.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- After a day of largely peaceful demonstrations, masses of protesters were met with tear gas in San Juan late Monday as they called for the ousting of embattled Gov. Ricardo Rossello.

Protesters were seen throwing objects at police keeping the line between the governor’s mansion and those calling for Rossello to resign. The gas was deployed after multiple warnings by police to leave the area at 11 p.m.

A Puerto Rico police spokesperson, however, told ABC News an 11 p.m. curfew does not exist.

"There is no schedule for the demonstrations; last Wednesday and Friday the protesters were until after 1 a.m. at the entrance of Calle Fortaleza," the spokesperson said. "The mobilization of the police to evict the area is carried out according to the aggression acts that the protesters carry out against the security agents. The eviction process depends on the protesters and their conduct within the framework of the Law."

It was the third time tear gas has been used against protesters since the start of demonstrations earlier this month.

The dark turn late Monday was in stark contrast to a day of mostly celebratory protests against Rossello.

Blowing whistles, waving red, white and blue Puerto Rican flags and demanding the immediate resignation of the governor, tens of thousands of protesters Monday morning showed their outrage by shutting down a major freeway in the U.S. territory's capital and imploring those who feel the same to join an island-wide strike.

Some protesters spent the night at a baseball stadium in the capital of San Juan and were joined at daylight by a crowd that grew through the morning, fueled by anger that Rossello has defiantly refused to step down.

"That's not enough. We need him out. We need a good governor. We need leadership," protester Daphne Lebron told ABC News.

Another protester, Angel Torres, told ABC News that demonstrators are fed up with Rossello and his inner circle.

"How can someone who belittles his own country represent us?" said Torres, who was born and raised on the Caribbean island.

"Gov. Rosello did a great job ... uniting us," Torres said facetiously.

Rossello appeared on Fox News on Monday afternoon and was pressed by the host to name one supporter. The governor named the mayor of San Sebastian, Javier Jimenez Perez, who later told ABC News that he does not support the governor.

Protesters seize freeway

By 10 a.m. Monday, the crowd had swelled to tens of thousands of protesters who began marching en masse from the Hiram Bithorn Stadium south of the San Juan business district to a major freeway nearby, where they stopped traffic -- an attempt to cripple business in the downtown area.

The island's tourism industry continued to take a hit as Royal Caribbean International announced it was canceling port calls of its Celebrity Equinox and MSC Seaside cruise ship to San Juan, saying in a statement to ABC News that "concern for the safety and well-being of our guests and crew members is our top priority."

Since turmoil erupted in Puerto Rico, Royal Caribbean has scrapped port calls to San Juan. The Puerto Rico Tourism Co. said in a statement that each canceled port call is costing the island's economy $311,000 to $439,000.

Organizers heralded the demonstration as the "Marcha del Pueblo," or "The People's March," and called on all Puerto Rican citizens to go on an island-wide strike until the governor steps down.

Demonstrations are also expected to spread to New York City, where protesters are planning to gather in Columbus Circle in Manhattan on Monday afternoon to join the calls for Rossello's resignation.

The governor, a Democrat, has faced mounting pressure to resign since private online chat messages on The Telegram app were leaked earlier this month.

Rossello, 40, the second youngest governor in Puerto Rican history and the son of former Gov. Pedro Rossello, was sworn in as governor of the U.S. territory on Jan. 2, 2017, amid turmoil over a debt crisis and 13 straight years of recession.

Just eight months after his election, Hurricane Maria hit the island and caused widespread death and destruction, sending Puerto Rico deeper into financial turmoil.

'We will stand up'

Protester Kevin Morales said he found it "infuriating" to read the nearly 900 pages of text messages obtained and posted on July 13 by the Puerto Rico Center for Investigative Journalism. He said he and other Puerto Ricans have long been fuming over government corruption even before the text messages were made public.

On July 10, Rossello's administration was plunged into a scandal when the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested the governor's former Education Secretary Julia Keleher and the former head of Puerto Rico's Health Insurance Administration Angela Avila Marrero on charges of steering federal money to unqualified, politically-connected contractors.

Standing on the freeway amidst a sea of protesters as far as the eye could see, Morales, who is planning to go to college in Oxford, England, in the fall, said he was proud and inspired to see so many Puerto Ricans, particularly other young people, speaking out to demand better leadership.

"The people of Puerto Rico will not be defeated," Morales told ABC News. "We will stand up. We will take what is ours -- our island."

He added that he plans to keep protesting as long as Rossello remains in office.

"If he resigns, we will end the protest," Morales said.

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Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The man who is accused of fatally shooting a New York City mob boss in a brazen crime that shocked observers and the law enforcement community allegedly thought he had the protection of President Trump and was trying to arrest him as part of a battle against the "Deep State," new court documents claim.

Anthony Comello is charged with the murder of Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, the reputed head of the infamous Gambino crime family.

Authorities initially feared a possible mob war in the wake of Cali's shooting death in March, but later Comello, who has no known mob ties, was identified as the suspect. He has entered a not guilty plea to murder and weapons possession charges.

In new court documents submitted Friday, Comello's defense attorney details how his client -- who he is arguing suffers from mental defect -- allegedly was a believer in the "conspiratorial fringe right-wing political group" QAnon.

QAnon has found its way out of the recesses of the internet with references on Alex Jones' "InfoWars" and from celebrities like Roseanne Barr. Trump supporters were also spotted wearing "Q" T-shirts at rallies in June 2018. Then-press secretary Sarah Sanders said the "president condemns and denounces any group that would incite violence against another individual" in response to a question about QAnon.

Comello's family "began to notice changes in his personality" following the presidential election in 2016, noting that he took an interest in politics, which was "something he had not previously been involved in," the court document states.

Comello allegedly "became increasingly vocal about his support for QAnon,'" about a month-and-a-half before Cali's murder, the documents state.

"But Mr. Comello's support for QAnon went beyond mere participation in a radical political organization, it evolved into a delusional obsession," the legal memorandum states.

According to the memo, QAnon follows the "postings of an individual (or group of individuals) who write using the pseudonym 'Q'." Devotees believe that there are people working in the so-called "Deep State" who are trying to ruin America and President Donald Trump and his supporters are battling against them.

"As part of his delusion, the defendant believed that he had been given secret knowledge about the Deep State, and that Q was communicating directly with him so that the defendant could play a grand role in the conflict to save the American way of life. Because of his self-perceived status in QAnon, Mr. Comello became certain that he was enjoying the protection of President Trump himself, and that he had the president's full support," the court document states.

His attorney's document notes how Comello tried to make citizen's arrests of three prominent politicians, all of whom are Democrats and vocal critics of Trump -- New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, and Representatives Maxine Waters and Adam Schiff. All three of those citizen's arrests, in February 2019 or shortly after, were unsuccessful.

In the de Blasio case, the mayor's security detail thwarted him and in the case with the members of Congress, U.S. Marshals did not help him, which Comello allegedly believed they would. His lawyer said Comello believed de Blasio was guilty of "election fraud" and the two members of Congress were "guilty of breaking the law."

Comello allegedly intended to perform another attempted citizen's arrest when he went to confront Cali as well, but the incident escalated, according to the court document.

"In addition to politicians and celebrities, Mr. Comello concluded that the Deep State also includes individuals associated with organized crime. He ardently believed that Francesco Cali, a boss in the Gambino Crime Family, was a prominent member of the Deep State, and, accordingly, an appropriate target for a citizen's arrest," the memorandum states.

The documents detail how Comello drove to Cali's Staten Island home on March 13 and "struck" the mob boss's car which was parked outside of the residence.

The noise apparently prompted Cali to leave the house and speak to Comello about the damage to the car.

"While the two men were standing near their respective vehicles, Mr. Comello informed Mr. Cali of his true intention to effect a citizen's arrest, and ordered Mr. Cali to submit to detention," the document states, adding that Comello "brought handcuffs with him, and planned to restrain Mr. Cali and bring him to the appropriate authorities to answer for the criminal actions which Mr. Comello believed he had taken part in."

"After a heated exchange, Mr. Cali made a furtive action with his hand and Mr. Comello became afraid for his life. He reached into his vehicle, withdrew his gun, and shot Mr. Cali in self-defense," the document states.

Comello's defense attorney has already submitted a notice of intent to show evidence of mental disease or defect, the documents state.

"Had Mr. Comello simply intended to lure Mr. Cali out of his house and murder him, there would have been no need to bring any elements of restraint," the document states. "The presence of these handcuffs demonstrates that Mr. Comello was actually planning to effect a citizen's arrest on Mr. Cali, rather than shoot him."

A judge denied Comello's attorney's request for bail in May.

The documents were filed in connection to a request for specific pieces of evidence to be submitted as discovery, and the next court appearance is slated for Aug. 13.

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vmargineanu/iStock(HARMONTOWN, Miss.) -- Authorities are investigating the mysterious death of a 21-year-old Ole Miss student whose body was discovered over the weekend.

Deputies were on a routine patrol Saturday around 10:30 a.m. when they found the body of Alexandria "Ally" Kostial in Harmontown, Miss., about 30 miles from Ole Miss, according to the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's officials have not released her cause of death, but said "it is apparent that foul play was involved."

"We are not releasing many of the details [as] this is an active investigation," sheriff's officials said in a statement Monday.

Investigators are "following several leads," the sheriff's department added.

Kostial was from St. Louis, Mo., and was studying marketing at the University of Mississippi's School of Business Administration, according to the sheriff's office and the university.

"We are truly saddened by the death of Alexandria Kostial," University of Mississippi Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks said in a statement. "Ally was a valued member of our campus community. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family, friends, and classmates, and stand ready to support them during this time."

Before attending Ole Miss, Kostial graduated in 2016 from Lindbergh High School in St. Louis, according to the school district.

"Our hearts are broken for the Kostials, and we extend our deepest sympathies to her entire family during this time," Lindbergh Schools spokeswoman Beth Johnston told ABC News via email.

Authorities ask anyone with information to call the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department at 662-234-6421 or Crime Stoppers at 662-234-8477.

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