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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A Texas man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for heroin and methamphetamine trafficking in New Mexico. Prosecutors say 39-year-old Jesus Gerardo Prieto Jr. of El Paso was sentenced Monday in federal court in Las Cruces. Prieto was arrested last October at the Border Patrol checkpoint in Las Cruces after agents seized more than 430 grams of methamphetamine and about 117 grams of heroin concealed inside his vehicle.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A Texas judge has found the estranged wife of concert pianist Vadym Kholodenko not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2016 deaths of the couple's two daughters. Judge Ruben Gonzalez in Fort Worth on Monday then ordered Sofya Tsygankova who was charged with capital murder, committed to a state mental hospital. The Ukranian-born Kholodenko in 2013 won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth. He found his daughters _ ages 5 and 1 _ dead in their suburban home in March 2016.

LOS FRESNOS, Texas (AP) - The Trump administration has made it harder for Central Americans fleeing gangs and domestic violence to travel to the U.S. and ask for asylum. Attorneys representing asylum seekers say their clients are being more frequently denied "credible fear" of bodily harm or death in their home countries since Attorney General Jeff Sessions tightened who can qualify. They also say immigration judges are reluctant to reverse those decisions on appeal.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A 34-year-old Texas prisoner convicted of killing a San Antonio market owner nearly 14 years ago is set for execution this week. Attorneys for inmate Christopher Young say he's a changed person since he got to prison and the Texas parole board improperly has used race as a factor in deciding not to recommend his sentence be commuted to life in prison.

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