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By Justin Fenton | justin.fenton@baltsun.com | December 17, 2009
City police identified the man shot and killed by Baltimore County detectives Tuesday, as the union representing parole and probation agents expressed concern that the attempted arrest in the agency's parking lot put members of the public in danger. Christopher Shelton, 39, left an appointment with his probation agent and was fatally shot after pointing a .50-caliber handgun at two county officers who were investigating an armed robbery, police said. Shelton had served two terms in prison for armed robbery, most recently a 2000 conviction in Baltimore County that was apparently cut short by a three-judge panel, according to records.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Calling the shooting a "simply cold-blooded execution," a Baltimore County judge sentenced Dante Antonio Woods to life without parole on Wednesday for a fatal shooting in Rodgers Forge last summer. Prosecutors said Woods — who was 22 at the time — gunned down Donte Stephens, 36, on July 17, 2013, outside his home in the 100 block of Murdock Road, where he lived with his girlfriend and her daughter, who had a 5-year-old son with Woods. Judge Sherrie R. Bailey said it's "rare to see homicide cases where there is this much time to think and consider one's actions.
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March 18, 2011
In The Sun's editorial regarding parole ("Politics of parole," March 16), a very important fact is omitted. You stated that the judge would have given life without parole if he intended that the criminal never be released. However, the penalty of life without parole did not become law until 1987. Prior to then, the choice of penalties for murderers was life or capital punishment. Some of those fifty parolees that the governor is reviewing may be killers who should never be released.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
All traffic is shut down on MD 178 in Parole between Epping Forest Road and Bestgate Road due to an early morning collision on Monday, according to the state Department of Transportation. DOT first reported the accident at 1:22 a.m., and the road remained closed well into rush hour. Emergency roadwork on U.S. 40 in White Marsh from Days Cove Road to Joppa Farm Road has closed the eastbound right shoulder at 8:48 a.m., DOT said. All lanes on Interstate 95 in Rossville have been reopened with the clearing of a three-vehicle collision at the Baltimore Beltway at 9:13 a.m., DOT said.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
A three-vehicle collision on U.S. 50 East in Parole at Rowe Boulevard has closed the eastbound right shoulder at 8:39 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the state Department of Transportation. A collision on the outer loop of Interstate 695 in Towson at the MD 139 (Charles Street) exit has closed the outer loop right shoulder at 8:21 a.m., DOT said. The Maryland Transit Administration reported minor light rail and MARC train delays at 8:48 a.m.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
All traffic is shut down on MD 178 in Parole between Epping Forest Road and Bestgate Road due to an early morning collision on Monday, according to the state Department of Transportation. DOT first reported the accident at 1:22 a.m., and the road remained closed well into rush hour. Emergency roadwork on U.S. 40 in White Marsh from Days Cove Road to Joppa Farm Road has closed the eastbound right shoulder at 8:48 a.m., DOT said. All lanes on Interstate 95 in Rossville have been reopened with the clearing of a three-vehicle collision at the Baltimore Beltway at 9:13 a.m., DOT said.
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February 2, 2011
I read with great interest Dan Rodricks' commentary of "Taking politics out of parole" (Jan. 29). In his 600-word essay, only once did Mr. Rodricks make a passing mention of the most important word in the criminal justice system — "victim. " Only once did the commentary use the word "punishment," which is one of the fundamental goals for imposing a criminal sentence and thus, making our communities safer. I view the need for the governor to sign off on the parole of a "lifer" not as putting politics in the parole system but as a way of making sure that the person who makes the weighty decision of when a lifer is released is a person directly accountable to the citizens of this state.
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January 9, 1992
It is the ultimate user fee. On Jan. 1, the state started collecting a $25 monthly fee from individuals placed on court probation and $40 a month from newly paroled prison inmates. Those in a position to pay are indeed supporting the bureaucracy charged with policing their activities.It is only fitting that these fees be imposed. After all, parolees and probationers are the only ones who ever utilize the services of this state agency, which has a taxpayer-supported budget of $38 million. The new fees could eventually generate more than $3 million, offsetting a portion of the costs.
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By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2011
While Gov. Martin O'Malley has the authority to release a convict serving a life sentence, he has never used it. Now, lawmakers are considering whether to take it away from him. The House of Delegates has approved legislation that would free a lifer on the recommendation of the state parole commission if the governor does not file an objection. A Senate committee is expected to vote this week on legislation that would remove him from the process altogether. The efforts are being led by O'Malley's fellow Democrats, some of whom are exasperated by his inaction on the 50 cases now sitting on his desk.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Calling the shooting a "simply cold-blooded execution," a Baltimore County judge sentenced Dante Antonio Woods to life without parole on Wednesday for a fatal shooting in Rodgers Forge last summer. Prosecutors said Woods — who was 22 at the time — gunned down Donte Stephens, 36, on July 17, 2013, outside his home in the 100 block of Murdock Road, where he lived with his girlfriend and her daughter, who had a 5-year-old son with Woods. Judge Sherrie R. Bailey said it's "rare to see homicide cases where there is this much time to think and consider one's actions.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
A three-vehicle collision on U.S. 50 East in Parole at Rowe Boulevard has closed the eastbound right shoulder at 8:39 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the state Department of Transportation. A collision on the outer loop of Interstate 695 in Towson at the MD 139 (Charles Street) exit has closed the outer loop right shoulder at 8:21 a.m., DOT said. The Maryland Transit Administration reported minor light rail and MARC train delays at 8:48 a.m.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
A White Marsh woman will spend the rest of her life in prison for hiring a hit man to kill her husband — a man she has insisted subjected her to years of abuse. A judge handed down the sentence Monday after jurors rejected Karla Porter's claim of self-defense and convicted her in August of first-degree murder. Prosecutors have disputed the allegations of abuse by William "Ray" Porter, arguing that she concocted them to justify a cold-blooded murder. "The evidence at the trial was very clear.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2013
Anne Arundel County Police are searching for a prisoner that escaped their custody on Tuesday in Parole. Police did not immediately comment on how the prisoner escaped. Officials said he was last seen at a State Highway Administration building at 130 Defense Highway in Parole and was seen running toward Annapolis Mall. Elwood Veney, 33, was convicted of armed robbery, police said, and is not scheduled to be released until September 2017. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue scrub shirt with a gray sweatshirt over top, and has tattoos on his arm, chest and neck, with a name tattooed on his right arm, according to police.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2013
A federal judge reluctantly handed down what she called an "extremely severe and harsh" life sentence without parole Tuesday to a 47-year-old heroin dealer convicted of trafficking the drug from New York to Baltimore. District Judge Catherine C. Blake said she had no choice but to accept the prosecutors' decision to seek the mandatory term, based on Roy Clay's prior convictions and the amount of drugs involved. U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has said his agency will seek to avoid mandatory minimum sentences for some drug offenders.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2013
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of a White Marsh woman charged with ordering the death of her husband at a Towson gas station three years ago. Karla Porter, 51, could be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole if she is convicted. She had been the only defendant in Baltimore County facing the possibility of execution - but that option is gone with the state's repeal of capital punishment this year. Porter and her husband, 49-year-old William "Ray" Porter, owned the Hess gas station on Joppa Road.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2013
A patient at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing a fellow patient at the state psychiatric facility, a spokesman for the Howard County prosecutor's office said. El Soudani El-Wahhabi had been convicted in February of first-degree murder in the 2010 strangulation death of Susan Sachs, slain in her room. It was the first of three homicides at the hospital to occur within 14 months, leading to criticism and charges in operation of the facility.
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By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2011
The House of Delegates has joined the Senate in demanding that the governor act on recommendations by the state parole commission to free inmates serving life sentences. The House voted Friday to give the governor six months to deny a parole recommendation by the commission. Under the legislation, if the governor does not file an objection before the deadline, the inmate would be freed automatically. Lawmakers took up the measure earlier this year in frustration that Gov. Martin O'Malley had not acted on any of the 50 parole or commutation recommendations pending during his four-plus years in office.
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Dan Rodricks | July 10, 2013
One of the ironic consequences of the Maryland Court of Appeals' ruling in the matter of criminals sentenced to life in prison is that it undermines, with fine judicial reasoning, what two Democratic governors tried to keep in place with crass political considerations — that is, the denial of parole to longtime convicts who had earned release from prison. Some of the inmates who are being released because of the court's ruling are in their 60s and 70s, and Marylanders might be surprised to learn that we really keep guys behind bars at those advanced ages.
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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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