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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two Boston men who were attacked and robbed in New Orleans' French Quarter during a Unitarian convention asked a judge to show leniency to their attackers. The judge handed out prison sentences, but not the maximum. NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune reports that victims Tim Byrne and James Curran made the plea in letters read aloud Tuesday in court by a prosecutor. The judge sentenced one man to eight years in prison, two men to five years, and one man to three years.

ANGOLA, La. (AP) - A Louisiana man is free after spending 20 years in prison for a killing his attorneys say he didn't commit _ under a plea agreement which says he obstructed justice by a false confession. Corey Williams pleaded guilty to manslaughter and obstruction of justice. His plea agreement says prosecutors had evidence that he removed evidence from the crime scene and "provided a false inculpatory statement to police."

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana lawmakers have started yet another special session about state finances, the sixth such gathering in three years. The House and Senate opened the 14-day session Tuesday afternoon. Gov. John Bel Edwards called the session, hoping to persuade lawmakers to replace some temporary taxes expiring July 1.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The FBI says police have caught a New Orleans man accused of holding up three banks or money centers in Louisiana and Mississippi Walmarts. A news release Tuesday says federal and state warrants accuse Terry Madison III of robbing Walmart money centers in Hammond, Louisiana, and Picayune, Mississippi, and a bank located inside the Walmart in Waveland, Mississippi. The Louisiana holdup was April 14, and both Mississippi holdups on May 2.

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