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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2011
The last of three white men accused of attacking a black fisherman in 2009 was given an 85-year prison sentence Wednesday, with all but 10 years suspended. Zachary D. Watson, 19, averted a trial by pleading guilty to four charges — armed carjacking, robbery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit assault and committing a hate crime — with the understanding that he would receive a limited term of incarceration. But Baltimore Circuit Judge Lynn K. Stewart sternly warned Watson that she would make sure he serves the remaining 75 years of the sentence if he commits any offenses during a five-year probationary period after his release.
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March 14, 2012
Those who are sworn to enforce the law have a special obligation to obey it. That should be the cardinal rule for any police department, and the prison sentence handed down this week for a Baltimore officer who took kickbacks from a Rosedale body shop should help make sure his colleagues on the force get the message. Officer David Reeping was sentenced to eight months in federal prison Tuesday after he confessed to participating in an extortion scheme in which he and other officers received thousands of dollars in payments for illegally referring accident victims to a towing company that was not authorized to do business with the city.
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By Patricia Hurtado and Patricia Hurtado,NEWSDAY | September 16, 2004
NEW YORK - Speaking in a light-bathed room where her media company holds meetings and photo shoots, Martha Stewart said yesterday that she would voluntarily begin serving her five-month prison term because she wanted to put the "nightmare" of her stock scandal behind her. "I suppose the best word to use for this very harsh and difficult decision is finality," Stewart, 63, told reporters gathered for a news conference at the Chelsea offices of the company...
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2012
Officer David Reeping was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in federal prison for his role in a kickback scheme that ensnared more than 60 officers over two years, according to trial testimony, and led to 16 criminal convictions within the Baltimore Police Department, along with numerous suspensions. Reeping was the first to be federally sentenced in the scandal, which involved officers illegally referring the owners of broken-down and damaged vehicles to a Rosedale body shop in exchange for cash.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2012
Perry Roark, the co-founder and "supreme commander" of notorious prison gang Dead Man Inc., pleaded guilty to federal racketeering and related murder and drug charges this week, accepting a life sentence as part of the deal. Some of the charges would have made him eligible for the death penalty. The 43-year-old, who was rearraigned in U.S. District Court in Baltimore during an unpublicized hearing Thursday, has been incarcerated since he came of age. State prison is what he knows and where he built DMI into a militarized group of organized killers and enforcers who trade lives for heroin, a gang expert said.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2010
A suspended Baltimore police officer pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree assault Friday and agreed to a 10-year prison term, with all but 18 months suspended, for firing his service weapon at two men as they drove away from a Canton bar last year. Patrick A. Dotson, 28, is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 30. As part of the plea deal, Dotson will spend only 18 months in prison, though he could be forced to serve the full 10 years if he violates probation after he's released.
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June 11, 2003
An Anne Arundel County judge who four years ago shortened the 15-year prison term of a man who had sexually assaulted two girls, ages 5 and 9, ordered the man this week to serve the remaining years of the prison term. Karl L. Johnson, 25, of Severna Park pleaded guilty Monday to violating his probation, according to court records. He was convicted this year in District Court in connection with two domestic cases, a spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office said. Prosecutors criticized Circuit Judge Ronald A. Silkworth in 1999 for releasing Johnson early from prison, where he was serving seven years of a 15-year sentence for rape and battery, and placing him on home detention.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
A corrections officer at the Baltimore City Detention Center received a 30-month prison term Tuesday for her role in a wide-ranging drug smuggling plot hatched by members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang. Katrina Laprade, 32, pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge in November and was sentenced the day before the anniversary of the initial indictment in the case being unsealed. Federal investigators found that inmates and the corrections officers worked together to smuggle drugs and cell phones into the downtown Baltimore jail.
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By Tricia Bishop | June 4, 2012
A West Baltimore man captured on video attacking a police officer on New Year's Eve was convicted of second-degree assault last month in a rare bit of swift justice in the city. Manuel Imel, 40, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but one year of the term suspended, for tackling an officer who was in the middle of arresting a second man. A recording of the incident was widely viewed online at WorldStarHipHop.com. It shows two officers trying to handcuff a man in the street as a crowd watches, apparently upset.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2012
Robert Gene Harris was sentenced Friday to 10 and a half years in prison for his role in robberies in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Harris, 29, of Chambersburg, Pa., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg of the Maryland district court for conspiracy to commit armed robberies and the use of a firearm during a violent crime. The judge also ordered Harris to pay $14,925. Harris' prison term will be followed by three years of supervised release, according to U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
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