Next on News 7, Emmit Cressell Junior learns his sentence for the murder of Garnett Johnson.
and a judge sets free the man convicted of the 1979 murder of two members of the Rainbow Family.
Looks like a chilly weekend with increasing clouds by Sunday. Details coming up.
On health check --
What kind of damage could the Y2K computer bug do to area hospitals?
And the mother of a baby switched at U-V-A hospital could take the medical center to court.
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Emmett Cressell, Junior reacts after learning he's been sentenced to life in prison for burning and beheading a black man in Grayson County.
Cressell was also fined 100-thousand dollars for taking "G-P" Johnson's life in July of '97.
The sentence mirrors the one recommended by the jury that convicted Cressell in November.
Teresa Hamilton was in court this morning and joins us live from our Blacksburg newsroom.
Jean, prior to sentencing Cressell apologized to the Johnson family but say's he's quote "factually innocent".
His wife and mother also urged the judge to spare Cressell from life in prison-- saying he's NOT a violent killer.
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((AMY CRESSELL/CRESSELL'S WIFE:HE'S A BEAUTIFUL FATHER, I KNOW WHEN OUR FIRST CHILD WAS BORN HE CRIED AND CHASED THE NURSE DOWN THE HALLWAY TO HOLD HIM. ))
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Amy Cressell did her best to portray her estranged husband as a loving father of four, despite the two protective orders she's taken out against him.
Cressell's attorneys also reminded the judge their client was the one who reported "G-P" Johnson's burning and beheading to police.
They also pointed out co-defendant Louis Ceparano was the one with the victim's blood on him and is already serving two life sentences.
Cressell's mother also says her son is innocent.
((WILMA CRESSELL/CRESSELL'S MOTHER:NO MATTER WHAT ANYBODY SAYS, MY SON DID NOT KILL ANYBODY. ))
But in the end, Judge Colin Campbell stuck with the jury's recommendation--
That Cressell spend life in prison and pay a 100-thousand dollar fine-- saying Cressell's actions have damaged a lot of people for life.
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((JEFF JOHNSON/VICTIM'S COUSIN:OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM WORKS, WE HAVE PROVEN THAT IT CAN WORK, AND WE'RE JUST GRATEFUL THAT WE'VE ALWAYS HAD THE SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF GRAYSON COUNTY. ))
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Cressell's attorneys have already laid the groundwork for an appeal.
A retired judge has freed the man convicted of murdering two women on their way to a 1980 Rainbow Family gathering in West Virginia.
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Jacob Beard was sentenced to two life terms for the murders.
But last week, without giving a reason, a judge set aside Beard's conviction.
Prosecutors must decide by February 11th if he will be re-tried.
A white supremacist on death row in Missouri has confessed to the crime.
But investigators who looked into the claims of Joseph Paul Franklin do not believe he was the murderer.
The Bureau of Prisons has ditched plans for a halfway house in this area -- because of the citizen outcry.
16 non-violent federal offenders would have lived in the house on Route 40 West in Rocky Mount.
Two firms were fighting for a contract to run the halfway house.
But because Congressman Virgil Goode, the Franklin County sheriff, and many citizens wrote letters against the proposal -- the facility will no longer be built.
Franklin County had also planned to fight against the home in the state supreme court.
Birmingham Albama is remembering the bombing of an abortion clinic one year later-
The blast injured a nurse and killed an off duty police officer, Robert "Sandy" Sanderson.
((IBILL JOHNSON/BIRMINGHAM PUBLIC SAFETY: IT HAS BEEN A YEAR SINCE THE COWARDLY ATTACK. PAINFUL FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ON THE POLICE FORCE AND JUST AS STRONG AS IT WAS ON THE DAY HE DIED.))
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No one's been arrested in the bombing.
It's believed suspect Eric Robert Rudolph is still on the run in the North Caroina Wilderness.
Police today released new information saying the bomb was set off with a remote control device- not a timer.
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At least one Virginia delegate wants to see U-V-A share it's name. We' ll have that story after the break.
and the U-S Senate is one step closer to hearing from three witnesses in the case against the President.
On Health Check, we'll see how the local hospitals are as concerned about the Y-2-K Bug as they are the flu bug.
and Patrick Evans shares a few laughs with a famous red head...Carrottop.
Subpoenas are on the way to Monica Lewinsky, Vernon Jordan and Sidney Blumenthal.
The three will begin giving depositions next week in the Presidents' impeachment trial-
Jonathan Freed reports.
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((The Sergeant at Arms of the Senate headed off to deliver subpoenas for
the witnesses called by the House prosecutors.
Monica Lewinsky, presidential friend Vernon Jordan, and White House aide
Sidney Blumenthal will be deposed next week.
Since the trial is on hold until then, the day's Senate session
SEN. STROM THURMOND/R-SC: THE SENATE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE SENATE STANDS ADJOURNED.
The trial break was a relief to the Senate's top Republican...who was
speaking to a conference of the nation's mayors.
SEN. TRENT LOTT/MAJORITY LEADER/R-MS.: I AM REALLY GLAD TO BE HERE WITH YOU...IN FACT, I'M REALLY GLAD TO BE ANYWHERE BUT WHERE
I'VE BEEN FOR THE LAST THREE WEEKS...TETHERED TO THE FLOOR OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE.
The President also addressed the mayors on Friday...but did not mention the trial.
Yesterday, the G-O-P majority pushed through a plan for the rest of the trial. It means videotaped testimony from the witnesses may be made public.
That has Democrats upset...and the White House stepping up its cry of partisanship.
JOE LOCKHART/WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: THERE IS AN ATTEMPT HERE TO MANIPULATE...TO INFLICT MAXIMUM POLITICAL DAMAGE ON THE
PRESIDENT...WE SAW IT IN THE HOUSE...AND NOW IN THE SENATE.
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: THE WHITE HOUSE IS ALSO SAYING IT'S SKEPTICAL THAT THE G-O-P WILL MEET ITS GOAL OF ENDING THE TRIAL BY TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY. J-F...WASHINGTON.))
A former Richmond mayor, and current City Council member, says he will plead guilty on Monday to four of 19 federal charges.
Reverend Lee Young was facing various fraud, racketeering and influence peddling charges-- including that he bilked an elderly church parishioner out of money to support extramarital affairs.
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Young will have to step down from his Council seat.
He likely faces 24 to 30 months in prison.
Clinch Valley College of the University of Virginia has borne the University's name since 1954.
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But now that the southwest Virginia college wants to change its name to "University of Virginia - Wise," U-V-A alumni are NOT happy.
The President of the U-V-A Alumni Association reports "an avalanche of negative reaction" from alumni who feel a closer assocation with Clinch Valley would hurt the University's reputation.
Scott County Delegate Terry Kilgore is sponsoring the name change bill.
He says U-V-A reaction is "a slap in the face" to southwest Virginia.
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((DEL. TERRY KILGORE/D-GATE CITY: WHEN I GRADUATED FROM CLINCH VALLEY, MY DEGREE WAS SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT AND THE RECTOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA. SO THERE'S A LOT OF MISINFORMATION OUT THERE. I GOT ONE E-MAIL THAT SAYS WE DO NOT NEED TO PURCHASE A COLLEGE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA THAT'S FACING FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES. WELL WE'RE NOT FACING FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES. WE'RE A STAND ALONE INSTITUTION. SO I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DEBATING.))
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Kilgore says he's somewhat flexible on the name, as long as U-V-A is the first part.
We had a hard time getting Patrick Evans to do his story today. He's jealous because he has to interview someone who not only has a better sense of humor, but he has better hair too. Patrick is standing by with Carrottop.
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Carrottop, the zany red-headed comedian brings his unique style to the Roanoke Civic Center tonight, and there are a few tickets still available.
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Patrick Evans is Live from the Civic Center with an exclusive interview...
Patrick, is it Carrot, or Mr. TOP to you?
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Today in Sports, we'll take a look at the Big Orange Wrestling Tournament in Vinton.
Today on health check -- attornies anticipate the case of the babies switched at the U-V-A hospital will have to be settled in court.
And how concerned should you be about spending next New Year's Eve in the hospital?
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((GREG WALTON/VP CARILION INFO. SERVICES: WE DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY REASON FOR PATIENTS TO BE WORRIED DURING THE Y2K PHENOMENON.))
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As many people as there are preparing for millinium parties, even more are preparing for the Y2K computer bug.
Tonya's going to tell us how the medical community is getting ready.
In 336 days, 7 hours minutes and seconds, we'll know just how much damage the year 2000 computer bug has done to Southwest Virginia.
But until then and for the past few years the areas hospitals have been making sure things run smoothly to protect the health of the communities they serve.
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This room houses the brain of Carilion Health System.
And this is the man in charge of making sure nothing malfunctions when the year ending in double zeros rolls around.
It's taken a full time effort of manpower over the past two years.
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((GREG WALTON/VP CARILION INFO. SERVICES: THERE ARE ABOUT TWENTY PROJECTS GOING ON RIGHT NOW AND IT'S NORTH OF PROBABLY FIVE MILLION DOLLARS IN TERMS OF COST.))
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((MARK RADER/LEWIS-GALE SUPPORT SERVICES: THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PROJECT WAS TO GO THROUGH THE ENTIRE FACILITY AND INVENTORY EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT THAT CONTAINS EITHER AN ELECTRICAL POWER CORD OR A BATTERY.))
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the most crucial medical machinery to be tested are those with dates like MRI's and cat scans.
And if you happen to be hooked up to an IV pump at the turn of the century, those have been checked as well.
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Lewis-Gale has created a full time position solely dedicated to typing in and tracking hospital information on Y2K.
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((MARK RADER/LEWIS-GALE SUPPORT SERVICES: EVERY PIECE OF EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN ASSIGNED A Y2K NUMBER THAT'S WE'RE TRACKING THROUGHOUT THE FACILITY, WE CAN THEN DETERMINE WHERE A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT IS AT ANY GIVEN TIME AS WE'RE APPLYING A KNOWLEDGE BASE TO THE EQUIPMENT.))
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and for a facility the size of Lewis-Gale that means almost 20-thousand items.
Carilion has inventoried 17-thousand pieces of equipment and gone through a process of elimination, making a list, checking it more than twice.
and while the hospitals are very dependent on computers, they say it's the care givers that will make the difference that night.
Coming up at 6, we'll tell you how hospitals are preparing in case all the energy and time put into preventing any chaos doesn't work.
The lawyer for one of the families involved in last year's baby switch at the U-V-A hospital says it's likely the case will end up in court.
Cynthia Johnson told News7 today that preliminary attempts at settling the case OUT of court have gone nowhere.
She and her client, Paula Johnson, claim the hospital was negligent when it allowed the I-D bracelets on two babies to become switched in July, 1995.
Cynthia Johnson says the lawsuit is ready to be filed, but they're waiting for the State Health Department to complete its investigation into the switch.
Johnson refused to put a dollar figure on the amount of damages she might seek.
A man in Chicago is suing his doctor after he was apparently misdiagnosed as having the virus that causes AIDS.
Mark Savage believes his doctor never even tested him for H-I-V. Savage says he has suffered extreme mental pain in addition to the side effects from the drugs he was prescribed to fight the virus.
After seven years Savage had a new test taken when he began seeing a new doctor.
It revealed he wasn't sick and had never had the virus.
Savage is seeking in excess of 50 thousand dollars in damages.
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Good afternoon Tonya and Jean, in today's Two Minute Ticker we're taking it to the mats.
And the 23rd annual Big Orange Wrestling Tournament at William Byrd High School.
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More than 200 high school wrestlers packed the Vinton gymnasium for the wrestling showcase.
Many of last year's state tournament place winners are returning including Radford High School--the 1998 State Group A Champions.
The tournament includes single A, Double-A, and Triple A schools.
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The action starts up again on Saturday morning at 9:30 and the championship is at 7:30 tomorrow night.
The Virginia Men's basketball team begins an eight game ACC run tomorrow on the road against Florida State at high noon.
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The Wahoos are 11 and 10 on the season after an impressive 9 point win over Virginia Tech Wednesday night at the Richmond Coliseum. UVa, which had four players in double figures, will need that balance and another 53 percent shooting effort to avenge a 72-69 December loss to the Seminoles.
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The Super Bowl hype is winding down now that the majority of the media obligations for the players have ended.
The Broncos are still favored by at least 7.
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In one other note from Miami, the NFL owners say they will not discuss the Redskins ownership change until their February 16th meeting in Atlanta.
The biggest problem with the team being in limbo is that it will affect its ability to bid for free agents next month, plus it could hinder the team's draft day preparations by not knowing how much money will be available to spend on players.
Coming up at six we'll visit with the number one division three basketball team in the South Region - Hampden Sydney College.
Have a safe weekend everybody.
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Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles have made their first public appearance together.
The two had arrived separately at the Ritz Hotel on Thursday night for the birthday party of Camilla's sister.
Until last night the couple had eluded cameras, but now what is has been called the worst kept secret in Britain is out in the open.
Their appearance comes as the public grows more willing to accept their relationship.
Parker Bowles was not always popular with the public.
Princess Diana blamed her for the breakup of her marriage to Prince Charles.