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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | February 15, 2009
We've all seen it on TV: A criminal is convicted and immediately led out of the courtroom, usually in handcuffs, and on to prison. That's the way the justice system works, right? Not always. When it comes to white-collar crime, federal judges and even prosecutors can seem a little soft on sentencing and detention, allowing convicted criminals relatively liberal latitude in when they begin serving time. In some cases, it can take months before a criminal is made to report for prison.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2011
The corporate officer of a Baltimore scrap-metal recycling company was sentenced Wednesday to six months in federal prison followed by six months home detention for bribing a National Security Agency official, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced. Adam Wayne Berg, a third-generation leader of Berg Bros. Recycling Inc., was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, pay a $30,000 fine and $105,000 in restitution. The restitution amount equals the bribe he and a colleague paid NSA employee Robert Adcock for access to valuable recycling materials stored at a Fort Meade warehouse, according to court records.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2011
A 26-year-old Hyattsville gang leader, who earlier pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, was sentenced to 23 years in federal prison Monday for his role within the "Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation" gang — known as the Latin Kings — according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office. Brandon Smith was involved in a gang-related shooting outside the Amazura Night Club in Queens, N.Y., January 2009, and he slashed a man's face two weeks later while holding him hostage, according to a statement of facts within his plea agreement, signed in February.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | August 13, 1999
The case of a Baltimore drug lord who ordered executions from federal prison is a prime example of how inmates have run deadly criminal enterprises with unfettered access to telephones, a government inquiry has concluded.The Inspector General's Office, an investigative arm of the U.S. Justice Department, accused the Bureau of Prisons of "taking insufficient steps to address this abuse" despite being aware of widespread problems for years."A significant number of federal inmates use prison telephones to commit serious crimes while incarcerated, including murder, drug trafficking and fraud," Inspector General Michael R. Bromwich concluded.
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By ANDREA F. SIEGEL and ANDREA F. SIEGEL,SUN REPORTER | June 20, 2006
The Virginia prosecutors of snipers Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad say they oppose allowing Malvo to serve his life sentence in a federal prison as part of any far-reaching plea agreement, as has been suggested in recent months. Muhammad, 45, on death row in Virginia for a sniper murder, was convicted in May of six fatal sniper shootings in Montgomery County in 2002. He received six life terms without parole. Malvo, 21, serving multiple life sentences for Virginia sniper shootings, had not spoken publicly about the crimes until Muhammad's trial.
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By David G. Savage and David G. Savage,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 3, 2004
WASHINGTON - In an unusual midsummer order, the Supreme Court said yesterday that it would seek to rule quickly on whether thousands of federal prison sentences were unconstitutional because a judge, not the jury, had decided key facts that called for more time behind bars. The federal criminal courts were thrown into "disarray" by a high court ruling in late June that cast doubt on the traditional way of imposing punishment, Bush administration lawyers complained in an emergency appeal.
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By TONY PERRY and TONY PERRY,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 4, 2006
SAN DIEGO -- A judge rejected Randall "Duke" Cunningham's tearful bid for mercy yesterday and sentenced the war hero and disgraced former congressman to eight years and four months in federal prison for bribery. Looking thin and haggard, with head downcast, Cunningham listened as U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns imposed the sentence. "You've undermined the opportunity [that] honest politicians have to do good," Burns said. Burns ordered Cunningham to pay $1.8 million in restitution and refused his request for a week to say goodbye to his family.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2012
Disgraced collector Barry H. Landau was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in federal prison for stealing thousands of historic documents worth as much as $2.5 million from archives along the East Coast, including one in Baltimore, where the scheme unraveled last summer. The 64-year-old Manhattan resident, who for years fooled celebrities and political players into believing he had significant ties to the White House, was also ordered to pay $46,525 in restitution and to stay away from all archives and libraries after he is released.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | November 19, 2003
As eastern Baltimore County looks toward revitalization, federal officials are considering a proposal to build a privately run prison next to a historic black community and in the path of an ambitious waterfront project. Correctional Services Corp. of Sarasota, Fla., has proposed the 1,750-bed prison just south of the Turners Station neighborhood in Dundalk, a U.S. Department of Justice spokesman confirmed yesterday. News of the proposal has shaken the proud Dundalk area, once the heart of Maryland's steel and shipbuilding industries.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2012
A 35-year-old Pikesville man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Tuesday for conspiring to deal drugs and to commit a string of armed robberies at fast food chains and a Dollar Tree store, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced. Brian Johnson, 35, and others robbed two McDonald's and a Wendy's in Baltimore County in December 2009 and a Burger King and Dollar Tree store in the city that month, netting about $1,280, according to prosecutors. Johnson also admitted conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, crack and marijuana in the city from 1996 to 2009.
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