February 3, 2000
An Annapolis man with a long criminal record was given the maximum prison sentence for manslaughter yesterday in the death of another man resulting from a simmering dispute that began over a woman. Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Michael E. Loney ordered Al Ballinger Sr., 39, to spend 10 years in prison. Noting that Ballinger has 17 convictions -- among them violent offenses, drug possession and escape from jail -- Loney said Ballinger has a history of lawlessness. Public Defender Keith Gross, who sought a sentence of no more than three years, said he would appeal Ballinger's conviction.