Man gets 33 years to match Bird jersey

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A man got a prison term longer than prosecutors and defense attorneys had agreed to – all because of Larry Bird.

The lawyers reached a plea agreement for a 30-year term for a man accused of shooting with an intent to kill and robbery. But Eric James Torpy wanted his prison term to match Bird’s basketball jersey number, 33.

“He said if he was going to go down, he was going to go down in Larry Bird’s jersey,” Oklahoma County District Judge Ray Elliott said Wednesday.

Carjacker burned by coffee defense

BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) – A coffee-to-go is turning out to be a weapon of self-defense.

Deputies in Jasper County say a would-be bandit got a cup of steaming java in the face when he tried to pull a carjacking.

The suspect tapped the window of the car Wednesday morning with a gun and motioned the driver to get out, Chief Deputy Roy Hughes said.

Instead, the driver slammed the car door on the man’s legs, threw the hot coffee at him and wrestled him to the ground.

The driver and suspect struggled for the gun, but deputies say the bad guy got away. The investigation was ongoing.

Woman finds bullet in pork loin

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Was the pig a victim of a drive-by shooting?

That’s one theory to explain how a bullet wound up in Diane Johnson’s pork loin casserole. She said there was no mistaking the projectile’s distinct shape in the pork loin she bought at a Publix grocery store.

All meat is scanned with a metal detector before reaching Publix shelves, said Dwaine Stevens, spokesman for the company in Florida.


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