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College Student Sentenced To Over 12 Years In Prison For Rape But Didn't Have Sex With Victim

Albert Wilson has maintained his innocence throughout the very complicated trial. 

The case of Albert N. Wilson sounds like something out of an episode of Law and Order SVU. Wilson, a former University of Kansas student, attended a bar with a friend and met a girl who was visiting a family member who attended KU. The two were underage and under the influence when they left the bar to go back to Wilson's apartment. What happened next has changed both of their lives, leaving Wilson with a sentence of over 12 years in prison for rape, despite the notion that the two didn't have sex.

Lawrence Journal-World reports Wilson was given the sentence on Wednesday (April 3) in addition to a lifetime of probation and a mandatory sex offender title for the events that transpired in September 2016. Wilson, who was 20 at the time, met the then-17-year-old girl at popular college spot Jayhawk Cafe. While Wilson used a friend's ID to get into the bar, the young woman and her cousin who attended KU weren't carded.

Both parties agreed that they met while heading to the dance floor (weirdly titled the "Boom Boom Room") and danced with one another. Wilson allegedly lifted up the girl's skirt and touched her while they kissed. Shortly after, Wilson invited the girl back to his place, which was walking distance from the bar. Neither party apparently asked about each other's age.

The victim claimed Wilson took her back to his place where he raped her but Wilson shared a different story with the jury. “She didn’t seem intoxicated at all,” Wilson said as he claimed the two kissed and engaged in other sex acts but never had sexual intercourse.

Kansas Bureau of Investigation scientists testified that Wilson’s DNA was found on the girl’s chest — where he said he kissed her — but no seminal fluid or DNA was found. Swabs were collected from the girl the day after the incident from a nurse a local hospital. Photos of bruises were also taken on her inner thigh.

During the trial, Wilson maintained his innocence and explained why he initially claimed he didn't remember what happened at his apartment. “I don’t know how to explain this, but I come from a different background than you, ma’am,” said Wilson, who is black to Judge Sally Pokorny, who is white. “… I just felt like the police [were] against me at that point.”

Wilson's court-appointed attorney Forrest Lowry stated that the former student wasn't the man he was painted to be in the trial. The now 23-year-old was a Wichita Southeast High School football player with no criminal record. He earned his associate degree from a community college before transferring to KU and had dreams of becoming a sports journalist.

“It was a chance meeting. Obviously, my client misread what was going on,” Lowry said in court. “…If there was ever a case that deserved a departure of any kind, I think this is it.”

After a six-hour deliberation, the all-white jury convicted Wilson of rape. Wilson was given the reported "lowest end of what’s called for by Kansas sentencing guidelines for rape."

The case has gained attention, including supporters creating a website detailing some questionable aspects of the incident. Video surveillance showed the two engaging with one another throughout their encounter and that they were only at the apartment for five minutes before they headed back to the bar.

Many have questioned why Wilson was given a lengthy sentence but actual convicted rapists like Brock Turner were given lighter sentences.

Read more details of the case here and see reactions below.

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Meanwhile, Franklin’s other son, Kecalf Franklin, filed for a temporary restraining order in hopes of stopping Owens from making further decision on the estate’s behalf until a judge can decide who should be the estate's executor. Per TMZ, Kecalf claims Owens has been spending uncontrollably and selling off the late music legend’s proper, and personal items. The site reported that Kecalf believes Owens received money from the estate and transferred a car in her name.

Franklin who was mother to four sons, died from pancreatic cancer last August. The 76-year-old music legend was originally believed to have passed without a will but in May, Owens reportedly discovered three handwritten wills in the singer’s home. Two of the documents were drafted in 2010 and another was written in 2014. David Bennett, Franklin’s longtime attorney, filed the documents in a Michigan probate court so that a judge can determine if the documents are legal. Although two of Franklin’s son objected to the wills, Owens released a statement asserting that she would like to “remain neutral” in the matter and wishes that “all parties involved make wise choices on behalf of their mother, her rich legacy, the family and the Aretha Franklin estate.” In a separate court filing, Kecalf maintains that his late mother named him executor in the 2014 will, and he has the support of his brother, Edward Franklin. White and Owens names were apparently crossed out of the will, but White doesn’t believe that it was his mother’s doing.

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A Wendy Williams Biopic Is Coming To Lifetime

Wendy Williams is getting the film treatment. The 55-year-old talk show host has signed on to executive produce a forthcoming biopic detailing the “highs and lows” of her life and career, the cable network announced in a news release Tuesday (July 23).

The film, from Will Packer Media, begins production this fall and is scheduled to debut in 2020. The biopic will be coupled alongside a documentary on Williams’ life, produced by Entertainment One and Creature Films.

Williams has a long-standing relationship with Lifetime having produced a 2014 Aaliyah biopic that was widely panned by viewers and fans of the late singer, but became a ratings hit for the network.

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The network is also set to release Surviving Jeffrey Epstein, a documentary centered around the billionaire New York financier, who is currently locked up on accusations of child sex-trafficking and other sex crimes, and his ability to “hide in plain site while enablers protected him for over two decades.” Epstein was arrested last month, and recently denied bail.

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Tay-K Sentenced To 55 Years For His Role In Deadly Home Invasion

After three hours of deliberating, a Texas jury sentenced Tay-K to 55 years in prison Tuesday (July 23) and ordered him to pay $21,000 in fines for his involvement in a 2016 home invasion that left a young father dead. The jury also sentenced the rapper born, Taymor McIntyre, to 30 years for aggravated robbery, two additional 13-year sentences for the remaining two aggravated robbery charges, plus $8,000 in fines.

The 19-year-old recording artist whose track, “The Race,” went viral while he was on the run from authorities, and charted on the Billboard Hot 100, must serve at least half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole. The sentences will run concurrently because he was a minor at the time of the crimes, Texas news station NBC 5 reports.

The teen was convicted of participating in the Texas armed robbery that resulted in 21-year-old Ethan Walker being shot to death. Walker’s roommate was also shot, although not fatally, and another person was injured.

According to The Fader, Tay-K’s lyrics on “The Race” and screenshots from the music video were used as evidence in the trial. Walker’s mother testified during the trial as well, and his father shared an emotional statement in court last Friday (July 19) after Tay-K was found guilty.

“I have tried to live a good life and I know hate is a very negative emotion but right now there are three people I hate,” Richard Walker said according to the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram. “One is the planner, one is the person who pulled the trigger and one is the person who profited off of this and saw this as a career move,” he said in reference to Tay-K and a handful of others involved in the deadly robbery.

“Every lyric to ‘The Race’ is stained with my son’s blood. Every ‘free Tay-K’ T-shirt that was ever sold has my son’s blood on it,” Walker added. The  victims and their family members have reportedly filed lawsuits against Tay-K to block him from profiting off of the song.

In addition to his current legal predicament, Tay-K faces burglary and capitol murder charges stemming from two separate incidents.

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