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March 5, 2013
I am grateful that the 17-year-old boy who was shot last year at Perry Hall High School is recovering ("Perry Hall High School shooter Gladden gets 35 years in prison" Feb. 26 2013). And we can all agree that the defendant, Robert Gladden, deserves to be held accountable for injuring a fellow student. But the 35-year prison sentence handed down to a 15-year-old for attempted murder - with no loss of life - should give us all pause and remind us of the danger of trying young people in adult courts.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 22, 2014
A Pennsylvania man will spend seven years in prison for stealing tons of steel materials from a Bel Air construction site over a period of several months during 2011, the Harford County State's Attorney's Office said. John Michael Schene, 49, of York, was sentenced Tuesday in Harford County Circuit Court and will serve his prison term in the Maryland Division of Corrections, State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly said in a news release. According to the release, Schene confessed to entering the yard of Lee Foundation Company's job site at a sewage pumping station in Bel Air on at least eight to 10 occasions and stealing approximately 25,000 pounds of steel concrete reinforcing bars, steel concrete form parts and various pieces of miscellaneous steel slated for use in building a foundation for the pumping station.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2012
A Crofton man was sentenced Wednesday to more than four years in prison for redirecting about $5 million in mortgage payoffs on 17 Maryland properties to himself and a co-defendant, according to federal prosecutors. Todd R. Bettin, 42, was assistant manager of At Home Mortgage when he conspired with the owner of a Gambrills settlement company to illegally benefit from money intended to pay off clients' mortgages, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said. Starting in 2007, Bettin and co-defendant Gary Pierce — now sentenced to six years in prison — diverted or held onto payoff funds from mortgage closings for days, weeks or years, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
After serving nearly 40 years in prison for a fatal shooting, Walter Lomax was released in 2006 amid questions about his trial. On Wednesday, he celebrated another milestone in his case, as prosecutors formally dropped the charges against him. Lomax, now 67, was sent to prison after being found guilty in the 1968 death of Robert L. Brewer, a night manager of a Brooklyn food market. A judge commuted his sentence eight years ago, citing problems with the evidence that led to his conviction.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2011
An Annapolis teenager charged as an adult in the death of a 2-year-old girl last year pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Wednesday, according to a spokeswoman from the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's office. Timothy Darnell Height, 18, received a 30-year sentence with all but 15 years suspended, followed by five years probation in the death of Amoir Faith Turner, said Kristin Fleckenstein, the spokeswoman. Officers found the toddler dead in her bed in the Bywater neighborhood of Annapolis shortly after 7 a.m. on June 5, 2010.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2012
A former Glen Burnie High School English teacher faces the possibility of spending up to 10 years in prison after entered pleas Friday to charges that he had sexual encounters with female students, said a spokeswoman for Anne Arundel County prosecutors. Jeffrey Robert Sears Jr., 30, of Glen Burnie, was charged in December with having sexual activity over two years with three students who were ages 15 and 16 – including intercourse in his classroom, car and bedroom, with a sexual encounter with one girl in a school stairwell.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
Two years ago, the fate of Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl Jones was in the hands of a federal judge. The Severn Democrat had pleaded guilty to not filing tax returns, the result of a years-long investigation into his law practice and tavern. Soon, he began a five-month prison sentence, had his law license suspended and was stripped of his seat on the council - with one colleague publicly calling him a liar. Today, Jones has regained his council seat and is aiming to revive a political career that once lay in shambles.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2012
A Gwynn Oak man was given a suspended three-year sentence on Friday for a hit-and-run accident that injured two Johns Hopkins University students in May, prosecutors said. Thomas D. Green, 37, was impaired by alcohol when he struck students Benjamin Zucker and Rachel Cohen just east of Hopkins' Homewood campus last spring, according to a statement Friday from the Office of Baltimore's State's Attorney. Green, of the 1300 block of Vida Drive in Gwynn Oak, hit the students on May 7 near the intersection of St. Paul and 33rd Streets.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,Sun Staff | March 25, 2000
Philip Berrigan is the great enduring figure of resistance to his admirers, who gather at his trials like a vast extended family. He is the non-patriarchal patriarch of a clan whose totem might be the dove of peace. A kind of shudder ripples through his supporters in the courtroom when Judge James T. Smith sentences Berrigan to 30 months in prison with the crisp dispatch with which he imposes a life sentence on a murderer. Berrigan is 76 years old, so you ask Elizabeth McAlister, his wife of 31 years, if she's ever thought he might die in jail, perhaps alone.
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By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,SUN REPORTER | November 17, 2007
A humbled and contrite Thomas L. Bromwell, who exercised extraordinary political power during almost a quarter-century in elected office, was sentenced yesterday to seven years in prison, ending a public corruption investigation that exposed how a local construction-firm executive spent years bribing the former state senator. Near the end of the two-hour sentencing hearing in the cavernous ceremonial courtroom at U.S. District Court in downtown Baltimore, the 58-year-old Baltimore County Democrat stood up and gripped the lectern.
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From Sun Staff and News Services | February 23, 2014
Israeli police shot dead a prisoner who was a native of Maryland after he wounded three guards with a pistol at a jail near Tel Aviv Sunday, police said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Samuel Sheinbein, serving a sentence for a 1997 Maryland murder, had shot the three security officers, leaving one critically injured. Israeli security forces "returned fire and shot and killed the suspect," Rosenfeld said. Israeli media said Sheinbein, in his early 30s, had barricaded himself inside a bathroom in his cell.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
Two years ago, the fate of Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl Jones was in the hands of a federal judge. The Severn Democrat had pleaded guilty to not filing tax returns, the result of a years-long investigation into his law practice and tavern. Soon, he began a five-month prison sentence, had his law license suspended and was stripped of his seat on the council - with one colleague publicly calling him a liar. Today, Jones has regained his council seat and is aiming to revive a political career that once lay in shambles.
NEWS
August 13, 2013
Attorney General Eric H. Holder's plan to reduce overcrowding in federal prisons by instructing federal prosecutors to stop invoking mandatory minimum sentences against low-level, nonviolent drug offenders was a welcome, if overdue, announcement. The policy's chief shortcoming is that Mr. Holder can't, by himself, correct this long-standing problem. That will require intervention by Congress - as well as by legislatures in states where similar problems exist. That the United States locks up too many people for too long is unquestionably true.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2013
A former Baltimore County firefighter from Owings Mills was sentenced in federal court to 16 years in prison late Thursday for recording his sexual abuse of two boys and soliciting and storing images of several others, according to Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein's office. Anthony Maurice Cottle, 24, sexually abused two boys last summer while living in the family home of one of them in Halethorpe, police and prosecutors said. He also produced videos depicting both of the boys' genitals, and him performing a sex act on one of the boys, prosecutors said.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
A Frostburg State University student convicted of fatally stabbing another student in 2011 was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison. Shanee Liggins, at the time a 23-year-old senior business major, stabbed Kortneigh McCoy, 19, at an off-campus party. Witnesses said Liggins threatened another partygoer with a knife and McCoy stepped in to head off the dispute. Liggins pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in December. Her 14-year prison sentence includes anger management treatment and a mental health evaluation, according to court records.
NEWS
March 7, 2013
Dan Rodricks ' column ("Gun control, yes, and therapy, not jail," March 3) on the 35-year prison sentence given the 15-year-old Perry Hall High School student was right on. So was the letter from Ann Phillips ("Perry Hall shooter's sentence is a travesty," March 1). When you are an adolescent, you can not drink or vote. You can't drink at 18 years of age because you are not considered mature enough to handle it. You can't drive until you are 16 years old. But you can enlist in the U.S. Army when you are 18 years old and "adult.
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By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,Sun reporter | May 3, 2007
Maurice Mouzon lived a life of second chances. For more than a dozen years, judge after state judge either set aside criminal charges against him or threw them out altogether. Attempted murder, assault, kidnapping, drug dealing - gone, gone, gone, gone. On the rare days when Mouzon was convicted of a crime in Baltimore, most of his jail time was suspended. An eight-year prison sentence turned into three years. In one case, a 12-year prison term was boiled down to three days behind bars.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,Sun reporter | December 16, 2006
Just before daybreak on a Tuesday in February, Robin Lee Welshons answered a knock on the door at an Aberdeen motel room and was shot several times at close range. The 35-year-old mother of three, who was two days away from beginning an 18-month prison sentence, died in the doorway. According to police, the motel operator replaced the bloodstained carpet and made the room available for customers the next day.
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March 5, 2013
I am grateful that the 17-year-old boy who was shot last year at Perry Hall High School is recovering ("Perry Hall High School shooter Gladden gets 35 years in prison" Feb. 26 2013). And we can all agree that the defendant, Robert Gladden, deserves to be held accountable for injuring a fellow student. But the 35-year prison sentence handed down to a 15-year-old for attempted murder - with no loss of life - should give us all pause and remind us of the danger of trying young people in adult courts.
NEWS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2012
A Crofton man was sentenced Wednesday to more than four years in prison for redirecting about $5 million in mortgage payoffs on 17 Maryland properties to himself and a co-defendant, according to federal prosecutors. Todd R. Bettin, 42, was assistant manager of At Home Mortgage when he conspired with the owner of a Gambrills settlement company to illegally benefit from money intended to pay off clients' mortgages, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said. Starting in 2007, Bettin and co-defendant Gary Pierce — now sentenced to six years in prison — diverted or held onto payoff funds from mortgage closings for days, weeks or years, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.
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