MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin made his preferences in the French presidential election clear yesterday by hosting far-right candidate Marine Le Pen at the Kremlin, but analysts are skeptical about Russia’s ability to sway the outcome of the vote. Embracing Le Pen is part of Russia’s efforts to reach out to nationalist and anti-globalist forces to build up its influence in the West and help overcome the strains in relations with the U.
A Boston man has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for conspiring to sell machine guns and other weapons stolen from the U. S. Army Reserve Center in Worcester. Tyrone James, 29, of Dorchester was sentenced yesterday to 57 months in prison, followed by 36 months of supervised release.
A 23-year-old Wrentham man who sexually abused three pre-school aged kids at a Bridgewater State University daycare center will spend more than 7 years behind bars after pleading guilty to rape charges yesterday, officials say.
An ex-Army Reservist’s daring New Year’s Eve escape from a Rhode Island corrections facility, which triggered a nationwide manhunt, was “preventable, inexcusable, and directly related to a series of human errors,” according to a damning report filed yesterday by jail officials.