Brothers sentenced for false marathon claim

Two brothers convicted of filing a false $2 million claim to the Boston Marathon victims’ compensation fund using the name of a long-dead aunt were sentenced Monday to three years in prison. Branden Mattier, 23, and Domunique Grice, 28, were convicted this month of conspiracy to commit larceny and attempt to commit larceny. Mattier also was convicted of identity fraud.

Prosecutors said the brothers, both from Boston’s South End, submitted a claim to The One Fund claiming their aunt lost her legs in the April 15, 2013, bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260. The fund alerted authorities that the claim was suspicious.

Massachusetts State Police arrested Mattier when he accepted a fake check.


Attorneys seek officer’s disciplinary records

Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case want to see disciplinary records of a police officer who was working on the day of the attack, but the reason wasn’t immediately clear.

A subpoena, made public Monday, seeks documents from a 2008 internal affairs investigation of Joshua Schol, an officer in Aurora, the Denver suburb where the shooting took place. The subpoena says the investigation concluded Schol was untruthful in a police report. That report would be unrelated to the theater shootings because it was written four years before the attack.


Experienced hiker dies of hypothermia

A 70-year-old hiker who died of hypothermia in rugged terrain in Mount Rainier National Park over the weekend was experienced, prepared and knew the mountain well after having written dozens of stories about treks through the area.

She did not have other injuries and her death was an accident, the Pierce County medical examiner’s office said Monday. While not certain about the circumstances around her death, those who knew Karen Sykes said they believe her death was something that could happen to anyone no matter how experienced.


Big earthquake triggers tsunami alert system

A strong earthquake near Alaska’s Aleutian Islands triggered a tsunami warning Monday, but only small waves measuring several inches hit coastal communities. The magnitude-8.0 earthquake struck early Monday afternoon, centered about 13 miles southeast of Little Sitkin Island, or about 1,400 miles southwest of Anchorage.


Activist’s widow sues doctors over death

The widow of Native American activist Russell Means has filed a lawsuit accusing doctors in New Mexico of overlooking his esophageal cancer.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Sunday that the lawsuit by Pearl Means in state District Court in Las Vegas, New Mexico, accuses doctors who work at clinics owned by Santa Fe’s Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center of ignoring his symptoms and allowing his condition to worsen. He died in 2012 at age 72.

– From news service reports