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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2011
A 28-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for murdering a Marine last year after a fight at a house party, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced. Michael Wiggins, of the 2400 block of Maisel Court, stabbed Pvt. Darius Ray at a celebration for the Marine's 20 t h birthday. Wiggins was convicted in October of murder, assault and related counts. Two other men involved in the altercation were convicted of assault. "While I am gratified by the conviction and life sentence, I continue to mourn the loss of a young man who was dedicating his life to our nation and the protection of others," Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein said in a statement.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
In 2006, Baltimore prosecutors agreed to a plea that would send David Thornton to prison for eight years for a pair of murders. The assistant state's attorney assigned the case said that while it was a light sentence, "maybe he can't kill anyone … while he is in prison. " Eight years later and out of prison, police are accusing Thornton of killing again. Thornton, now 40, was arrested March 20 and charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of 17-year-old Jowan Henry, who was killed March 8 in the 2600 block of Mura St. in East Baltimore.
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By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | October 22, 1990
Michael J. Mikalajunas, who masterminded the 1988 murder of Christopher L. Weathers along a dark roadside at Fort Meade, has been sentenced to 21 years and 10 months without parole in federal prison.Judge J. Frederick Motz imposed the sentence late Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.The defendant collapsed in tears at the hearing, and his mother pleaded for mercy from the court."I think about it every night," Mikalajunas, 21, of Crofton, said of the murder. "I'm sorry for the pain I caused his [Weathers']
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By Peter Hermann | May 30, 2012
Demetrius Alvin Boyd picked the wrong place to fall asleep -- in his Toyota, stopped in a travel lane of a highway, passed out at the wheel with his foot on the brake.  Awakened by a U.S. Park Police officer patrolling the Baltimore-Washington Parkway near Greenbelt, Boyd ran into a problem other than needing shut-eye. He had been drinking alcohol, had 17 small bags filled with marijuana and a loaded .45 caliber handgun, reported stolen, tucked in his waistband. On Wednesday, a federal judge in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt sentenced the 35-year-old Boyd, of Laurel, to four years in prison for the drugs, another six months for driving under the influence, followed by two years of supervised probation once he's released.
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June 14, 1994
It is an open secret that homosexual rape in prisons by inmates of other inmates is widespread and, in many cases, taken lightly if not ignored by wardens and guards. A judiciary that has attempted to deal with brutality by prison guards and with cell size, prison menus and even passive tobacco smoke has yet to deal with this much more serious problem in a forceful and effective way. Until now -- maybe.The Supreme Court ruled last week in a case involving rape that "a prison official cannot be found liable under the Eighth Amendment unless the official knows of and disregards an excessive risk to inmate health or safety; the official must both be aware of facts from which the inference could be drawn that a substantial risk of serious harm exists, and he must draw that inference."
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October 11, 1990
Is a prison clerk being made a scapegoat for the failure of prison officials to keep convicted robber John Thanos behind bars? Did officials rush to release Thanos, who is accused of killing three people after being freed, simply to relieve prison overcrowding?One investigation already has been completed, another is in progress and a third probe soon may be launched by Gov. William Donald Schaefer to determine why Thanos was let go 18 months early. Officials admit a new early-release policy was mistakenly applied to the convicted robber and rapist.
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January 9, 1992
The recession might be acting as a drag on many Maryland industries, but there is one area where business is booming: state prisons. Inmates are filling up new cells as fast as they can be built. And there's no end in sight.Maryland added five prison buildings last year, but also added 100 inmates every month. When 1992 began, there were 32,000 inmates in state prisons, Patuxent Institution, the state-run city detention center and county jails. The cost to taxpayers is staggering. Maryland's public safety expenses are expected to top $640 million this year.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2010
— Shortly after Tyrone Hall was sentenced Wednesday for the fatal shooting of Brandon Carroll and the wounding of Ellis Hartridge Jr., the families and friends of all three young men involved in the incident last April stood outside Allegany Circuit Court. Some cried openly; others seethed quietly. Neither side seemed satisfied with Judge W. Timothy Finan's decision to send the 21-year-old Glen Burnie man to prison for five years. "Is it fair? Somebody died, so somebody had to pay," Hall's father, Tyrone Sr., said as he fought back tears.
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March 14, 2007
Despite some progress, Maryland's mandatory minimum sentences are still too harsh, particularly on African-American defendants, and they don't allow enough low-level drug offenders to get treatment, which would be more helpful to them and to the public, according to a recent policy study. Legislation pending in the General Assembly would help address these concerns and deserves to be passed. Like many states, Maryland has relied on firm, fixed punishments as an effective way to fight crime.
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May 27, 1993
Seven years into his job as Maryland's public safety secretary, Bishop L. Robinson has reversed course: he's now a fan of alternatives to the state's costly prison expansion plan. He says he would like to see 30 percent of the state's inmates dealt with through non-incarceration.We applaud Mr. Robinson's turnaround. It makes no sense to build a seemingly endless chain of large new prisons. The expense to taxpayers is enormous and the results are counter-productive: prisons don't stop criminals from returning to their former lifestyles once they are released.
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