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March 14, 2010
Benjamin A. Sifrit, convicted along with his wife of 10 years for murdering a couple in Ocean City in 2002, has filed for divorce on the grounds she is a "convicted felon." Radio station WTOP reported that Sifrit is seeking to divorce Erika Sifrit. Both are in prison after being convicted of murdering Joshua Ford and Martha Crutchley of Fairfax, Va. Acting as his own attorney, Sifrit cited Maryland Code, which says a court can grant a divorce on the grounds of a conviction of a felony or misdemeanor where the person has been sentenced to serve three years in prison.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
More than 300 people banned from owning guns were able to buy them last year because the state police were overwhelmed with background check requests, police said Wednesday. People with histories of mental illness or convictions for violent misdemeanors, felons and fugitives were able to obtain and keep guns for three months or longer before state police reviewed the sales, according to records released by request to The Baltimore Sun. Maryland State Police finally cleared the backlog of background-check requests last week that began more than a year ago and once stood at more than 60,000, leading to months-long delays in investigating thousands of firearm transactions.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | June 6, 2013
Gene Robert Bowser Jr., 37, of Aberdeen, was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison without the benefit of parole, for possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone, an opiate narcotic, by Harford County Circuit Court Judge M. Elizabeth Bowen for charges stemming from an arrest Jan. 6, 2012, at the Travel Lodge Motel in Aberdeen, the Harford County State's Attorney's Office said. Bowser was convicted by a jury on Dec. 18, 2012. This sentence closely follows a sentence of 13 years handed down May 7 by Circuit Court Judge Stephen M. Waldron after Bowser was convicted Feb. 13, of misdemeanor possession of Hydrocodone and morphine, stemming from an earlier arrest in Aberdeen on Aug. 31, 2011, State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly said in a news release.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
Though felons are prohibited from voting in Maryland, 15 of them cast ballots in the 2010 gubernatorial election, according to a recently released audit. The finding in an Office of Legislative Audits' report criticized the State Board of Elections, saying the agency "did not have an effective process to ensure that individuals serving a sentence for a felony conviction were removed from the voter registration database, as required by law. " Each month, the board receives a list from the judiciary of all convictions and must manually sort out misdemeanors, which don't exclude people from going to the polls.
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August 25, 2007
A 29-year-old man was sentenced yesterday to nearly 20 years in prison after being convicted by a jury of being a felon in possession of a handgun, federal prosecutors said. Darryl Harcum had been convicted eight times in state court of crimes that include distribution of heroin, distribution of cocaine and assault, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Maryland. Prosecutors said that testimony during Harcum's two-day trial in U.S. District Court in Baltimore showed that a city police officer responded to the 1200 block of Braddish Ave. on Jan. 26, 2006, for a report of gunfire.
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By Annie Linskey | August 9, 2008
The president of the Pagan motorcycle club in Maryland was sentenced yesterday to 21/2 years in federal prison and three years of supervised release after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of 19 guns, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. The man, Jay Carl Wagner, 67, of Hagerstown was prohibited from owning firearms because of a previous conviction of resisting arrest, according to the news release. Maryland State Police officers watched Wagner walk out of his home May 9, 2007, with a handgun, according to Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein's office.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2012
Howard County police charged a Columbia man Monday with assaulting a student on the campus of Long Reach High School in Columbia on March 21. Donnell Maurice Vannison, 40, of the 8500 block of Tamebird Court, faces second-degree assault and disorderly conduct charges. He was released Monday after a court appearance and is scheduled for trial on June 6. Vannison, wearing a ski mask, entered the school property at about 2:20 p.m., police said. He approached a 16-year-old male student and struck him with a blow that grazed the boy's face.
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By MATTHEW DOLAN | December 9, 2006
A 34-year-old Baltimore man received a 15-year prison sentence in federal court yesterday for being a felon in possession of a Bersa .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol. Chief U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg enhanced the sentence for Jermaine Powell after finding that Powell was an armed career criminal, based on his previous convictions for narcotics distribution and robbery. After police discovered the weapon and ammunition in Powell's home, he said that the firearm belonged to him and that he had purchased the ammunition from a store in South Baltimore, according to court papers.
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By GREGORY KANE | March 25, 2006
Oh, you've got to hand it to A. Robert Kaufman. He says what's on his mind, doesn't care who likes it and lets the chips fall where they may. And he's honest. Kaufman, Baltimore's perennial Trotskyist candidate for just about everything, doesn't flinch when it comes to telling you what he really believes. Kaufman has long been an advocate for restoring voting rights to felons. Which is he why he dashed off a testy letter to the editor about my column on felon voting rights, which ran a week ago today.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 28, 1997
A convicted felon and admitted con man sought by Baltimore County police since January has been apprehended and is being held in a jail in Texas.Salvatore P. Spinnato was in the Denton County Jail last night awaiting transport to Maryland, according to a Sheriff's Department spokesman in Denton.Spinnato, who has used nearly a dozen aliases, went into the federal witness protection program in the 1970s after being a star witness in a Baltimore public corruption case.At the time he disappeared in January, he was scheduled to be tried in Baltimore County Circuit Court on charges of kidnapping his ex-wife's boyfriend and threatening to kill him.Pub Date: 8/28/97
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February 17, 2014
Even after paying their debt to society, millions of Americans who have been imprisoned for committing a crime remain unable to exercise the most fundamental right of citizens in a democracy. State laws that bar felons from voting after their release - in some cases for the rest of their lives - undermine their efforts to rehabilitate themselves as productive members of society and disproportionately affect minorities, who make up more than a third of the nearly 6 million people affected by such laws.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2013
Authorities are warning that a ruling by Maryland's highest court could take away a powerful weapon in the fight against crime: the state's mandatory five-year, no-parole sentence for gun possession by certain convicted felons. The Court of Appeals ruling in a Baltimore case erased a defendant's mandatory sentence and ordered him resentenced under a more lenient provision of the law. City officials decried the ruling, which comes as Baltimore is grappling with a flareup of gun violence that has left dozens wounded and 23 dead in the past three weeks.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | June 6, 2013
Gene Robert Bowser Jr., 37, of Aberdeen, was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison without the benefit of parole, for possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone, an opiate narcotic, by Harford County Circuit Court Judge M. Elizabeth Bowen for charges stemming from an arrest Jan. 6, 2012, at the Travel Lodge Motel in Aberdeen, the Harford County State's Attorney's Office said. Bowser was convicted by a jury on Dec. 18, 2012. This sentence closely follows a sentence of 13 years handed down May 7 by Circuit Court Judge Stephen M. Waldron after Bowser was convicted Feb. 13, of misdemeanor possession of Hydrocodone and morphine, stemming from an earlier arrest in Aberdeen on Aug. 31, 2011, State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly said in a news release.
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March 28, 2012
Given the recent crackdown on contract hits, as noted in "Sins of the Saints" (March 22) and other player run-ins with the law, perhaps the acronym NFL refers to the National Felons League. Dennis R. McCartney, Baltimore
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2012
Howard County police charged a Columbia man Monday with assaulting a student on the campus of Long Reach High School in Columbia on March 21. Donnell Maurice Vannison, 40, of the 8500 block of Tamebird Court, faces second-degree assault and disorderly conduct charges. He was released Monday after a court appearance and is scheduled for trial on June 6. Vannison, wearing a ski mask, entered the school property at about 2:20 p.m., police said. He approached a 16-year-old male student and struck him with a blow that grazed the boy's face.
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By Peter Hermann | December 9, 2011
McKenzie White has made his mark on the judicial system. At the age of 37, federal prosecutors said he had already been convicted of felonies five times -- two for armed robbery, three for drug distribution. A search of the Maryland court database shows these convictions -- robbery in 1992 with a 12 year sentence, with all but eight years suspended; drugs in 2002, with a three year sentence; assault in 2004 with time served; drugs in 2005 with a 10 year sentence, all but three years suspended; and drugs in 2007, with a four year sentence.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | February 20, 1998
The owner of a Fells Point gun shop targeted by federal agents has won the right to resume selling handguns after his acquittal on charges he sold a weapon to a woman acting at the behest of a convicted murderer.The not-guilty verdict delivered by a 12-member Circuit Court jury Wednesday marks a defeat in the state's first attempt to convict someone under a 1996 law that prohibits people from buying guns for someone else.Anthony A. DiMartino, the 67-year-old owner of Baltimore Gunsmith Co., was given back his handgun sales permit yesterday.
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December 1, 2011
After reading Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s commentary on gubernatorial pardons, I'd like some follow-up information about those who were pardoned or had their sentences commuted ("Pardons: A power to be taken seriously," Nov. 22). In a previous letter to The Sun I noted that Dan Rodricks ' column on the topic failed to be convincing because it lacked any information about the result of such pardons. Knowing that a significant number of released prisoners have made contributions to their families, communities and employers would certainly support his the arguments in favor or pardons.
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November 30, 2011
Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein is warning that a recent revision to the federal sentencing guidelines for crack and powder cocaine possession will lead to the release of hundreds of dangerous criminals onto the streets. But before crying wolf about a new crime wave, he ought to consider federal prosecutors' role in creating what he describes as an impending disaster. The fact is, most of the people currently in prison for drug violations aren't there because they committed violent crimes.
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