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Another Sentenced In Dallas Corruption Trial & Midday Roundup

By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX – Another defendant in the Dallas City Hall corruption trial has been sentenced.

Businessman Rickey Robertson got three years for his part in the scam to shake down low-income housing developers for cash and contracts. He could have gotten 30.

Prior to sentencing, Judge Barbara Lynn dropped one of the charges against Robertson, saying there was not enough evidence he knew the car he sold was paid for with illegal proceeds from the bribery and extortion scheme.

South Dallas activist Darren Reagan is to sentenced this afternoon. He could get up to 40 years in federal prison.

Friday, former Dallas City Councilman Don Hicks was sentenced to 18 years in prison; his wife Sheila, 9 years. And former Dallas Plan Commissioner D'Angelo Lee got 14 years.

Fort Hood suspect moving from hospital to jail

An Army psychiatrist charged in the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military installation will be moved to the Bell County Jail near Fort Hood. Maj. Nidal Hasan faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder over the November shootings.

Gunfire from civilian police stopped Hasan, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.

Hasan's Article 32 hearing, similar to a grand jury proceeding, it set for June 1 at Fort Hood.

Hasan will be transferred from a San Antonio military hospital and housed in the jail's medical unit. Hasan attorney John Galligan says his client could be transferred this week by helicopter. Galligan says doctors say Hasan's physical therapy is finished.

Bell County has a contract with Fort Hood to house military suspects. The 650-bed jail in Belton opened about a year ago.

Arson suspects grew up together in Texas church

Gov. Rick Perry got an up close and personal look at church that was torched in Tyler.

Perry yesterday visited the burned-out sanctuary of Tyland Baptist Church. The church was burned on Jan. 16.

Two suspects remain in custody in the investigation of a string of east Texas church fires. Jason Robert Bourque is a former Eagle Scout and high school debate champion who grew up in a small church not far from 10 others that authorities believe have been set ablaze since Jan. 1.

Daniel George McAllister is Bourque's childhood friend from First Baptist Church in tiny Ben Wheeler.

Bourque and McAllister are charged with one count of felony arson over a fire at Dover Baptist Church near Tyler. Bail is $10 million apiece.

Investigators say the motive for the fiery crime spree -- remains a mystery.