Commissioners did not recommend parole for teen

Maryland

October 07, 2005|By JULIE BYKOWICZ | JULIE BYKOWICZ,SUN REPORTER

The chairman of the state parole commission said yesterday that no commissioners have ever recommended parole for a teenage inmate who spent almost a year of his prison sentence in a local pretrial detention center.

Moshe Khaver, 19, was sentenced in November to five years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree assault. Khaver admitted in court that he had run over another teenager, who spent five weeks in a coma and suffered permanent injuries, during a dispute over $20 in marijuana.

Instead of being transferred to a state prison, Khaver, who has ties to the governor's office and whose father is a local rabbi, was held at the downtown Central Booking and Intake Center until this week. There, he was held in a single cell and received kosher meals delivered to the detention center by his mother.

Khaver was transferred Tuesday night to the state prison system. According to a public safety Web site, Khaver was being held yesterday at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Baltimore, where he was to be assessed before moving to a state prison.

Public Safety Secretary Mary Ann Saar has said Khaver's move to the prison system after spending 11 months in a pretrial detention center was because of a recent parole denial.

The Sun reported on Khaver's unusual treatment Sept. 16, and that day a Baltimore Circuit Court judge sent a letter to public safety officials demanding answers and saying that the Khaver situation could promulgate the notion that race plays a role in the criminal justice system.

Parole Commission Chairman David Blumberg explained yesterday that the sequence of Khaver's parole events, as detailed late Wednesday by a public safety spokesman, was incorrect.

Spokesman Mark Vernarelli wrote in an e-mail that Khaver had initially been recommended to be paroled in December of this year, and that the decision was reversed Sept. 22 after further review.

Blumberg said that while a hearing officer did recommend Khaver for parole after an Aug. 15 hearing, a parole commissioner vetoed that the next day. Following parole procedures when the officer and commissioner reach different conclusions, two other parole commissioners then reviewed Khaver's file.

On Sept. 22, Blumberg said, those two reached the same conclusion as the first commissioner: to refuse Khaver parole.

julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com

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