KKK Leader Killed

This photo provided by the St. Francois County Sheriff's Department in Farmington, Mo., shows Malissa Ancona, Ancona has admitted fatally shooting her husband, an imperial wizard in the Ku Klux Klan. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ancona pleaded guilty Friday, April 19, 2019 to second-degree murder, tampering with evidence and abandonment of a corpse, and was sentenced to life in prison as part of a plea agreement. (St. Francois County Sheriff's Department via AP)

Slain Missouri Ku Klux Klan leader’s wife admits killing him

FARMINGTON, Mo. | The wife of a Missouri Ku Klux Klan leader admitted Friday to fatally shooting her husband.

Malissa Ancona was sentenced to life in prison Friday under a deal in which she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, tampering with evidence and abandonment of a corpse in the February 2017 death of Frank Ancona Jr., the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Ancona, who had identified himself as a KKK imperial wizard, had recently asked his wife for a divorce, according to officials and court records.

Malissa Ancona initially reported her husband missing, and a family fishing in southeast Missouri found his body near a river days later. She later claimed her son, Paul Jinkerson Jr., shot him while he was sleeping.

Jinkerson faces the same charges as his mom, but she said Friday that he had no role in the shooting. She said he did help clean up the crime scene and helped dump the body. the walls of their bedroom and dispose of bloody bedding.

Woman hurt in explosion at Kansas plant that makes batteries

SALINA, Kan. | Authorities said a woman was injured in an explosion at a Salina plant that makes vehicle batteries.

Saline County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jim Hughes said the 48-year-old woman was cleaning and servicing a machine when the explosion happened just before 6 a.m. Friday at Exide Technologies. He said she was struck by shrapnel and knocked over.

The emergency crew transported her to a hospital with cuts and scrapes that didn’t appear to be life-threatening.

Hughes said the damage was isolated to the area where the explosion happened and that there was no fire. The cause hasn’t been determined. Exide Technologies said in a statement that it is investigating to determine what happened.

Man guilty of trying to take internet domain at gunpoint

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa | A Cedar Rapids man who had his cousin try to hijack an Internet domain at gunpoint has been convicted in federal court.

Federal prosecutors said 26-year-old Rossi Lorathio Adams II was found guilty Thursday of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by force, threats and violence.

Adams was the founder of social media company State Snaps, whose followers often used the slogan “Do It For State!” Adams tried for years to buy the domain doitforstate.com from a Cedar Rapids man, but the owner refused to sell. Investigators said in 2017, Adams enlisted his cousin, Sherman Hopkins Jr., to break into the domain owner’s house and force him at gunpoint to transfer the domain to Adams.

Police said the man was shot in the leg as he and Hopkins struggled over the gun before the man wrestled the gun away and shot Hopkins several times.

Hopkins was sentenced last year to 20 years in prison for the crime. Adams also faces up to 20 years when he’s sentenced at a later date.

Nebraska plant manager charged in immigration investigation

LINCOLN, Neb. | The general manager of a northern Nebraska tomato plant is accused of knowingly using a staffing company that supplied workers who were living in the country illegally.

The Lincoln Journal Star reported that Rick Karnes and his company, O’Neill Ventures were charged with conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens. His next court hearing is set for May 2 in Lincoln. Federal records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for Karnes.

Prosecutors have said O’Neill Ventures used false names for the workers to hide their identities from enforcement officials and failed to verify the employees could legally work in the U.S.

The case was filed months after agents raided businesses in Nebraska and Minnesota that officials say knowingly hired immigrants who were in the U.S. illegally.

— From AP reports