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By John Rivera and John Rivera,Staff Writer | July 9, 1992
Prosecutors have notified 16-year-old Brian Tate, charged with the murder of another teen-ager in a dispute over a girl, that they will seek a sentence of life in prison without parole.Mr. Tate received the notification Thursday at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, where he is awaiting trial on Aug. 4. He is not eligible for the death penalty under state law because he is under 18."When Brian received it, it obviously terrified him," said George S. Lantzas, the defendant's attorney.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
A Towson attorney was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in jail for smuggling drugs into the Baltimore County jail. "I am ashamed and saddened I stand before you in this capacity," Jill Swerdlin told Circuit Judge Timothy J. Martin before the she was sentenced. Swerdlin, 47, a defense attorney who has represented suspected dealers, pleaded guilty to drug charges in June. She admitted she had smuggled Suboxone — a drug used to treat addiction to opiates — into the Baltimore County Detention Center to clients during visits.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2013
A judge has denied Del. Donald Dwyer's request to shorten his 60-day jail sentence in drunken driving and drunken boating cases, the delegate's lawyer said. Attorney David Fischer of Glen Burnie asked for a hearing on reducing the jail term, which Dwyer is serving on weekends. A judge denied the request last week, Fischer said. Judge Emory Plitt, a retired judge from Harford County, sentenced Dwyer in October to a year in jail with all but 60 days suspended in the two cases. Dwyer had pleaded guilty to operating a boat under the influence in a crash in August 2012 on the Magothy River that injured himself and six others, as well as to driving a car while impaired in August of this year, when police saw him speeding and swerving on Route 100 in Pasadena.
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August 5, 2014
A Crofton man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison plus 20 years for the killing of a Frederick man who prosecutors said had been his partner in a drug operation. Michael Stahlnecker, 51, was sentenced in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court for the November 2012 killing of John Patrick Ryan. State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess said in a release that Ryan had been under investigation by Frederick County officials on suspicion that he was involved in a marijuana operation in Maryland and California.
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August 1, 1991
Only 17 percent of respondents to SUNDIAL agree that the sentence of life without parole for Eric Joseph Tirado, convicted of killing Maryland State Police Cpl. Theodore D. Wolf, is appropriate. The figure represents 141 callers out of 810. The other 669 callers, almost 83 percent, say the sentence is not appropriate."It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.
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By Sports Digest | March 24, 2010
Prosecutors are portraying Gilbert Arenas as a thuggish intimidator who tried to pressure his teammate into a cover-up, as they argue for a three-month jail sentence for the NBA star on a weapons charge. Arenas' lawyer says his client is "a peaceful man" who played a misguided prank and has already been severely punished for bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room. He says the more fitting punishment is probation and community service. Both sides staked out their positions Tuesday in court filings, ahead of Friday's sentencing in D.C. Superior Court.
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March 24, 2010
A 39-year-old Edgemere man who claimed to be a police officer while waving a gun outside a Southeast Baltimore bar last fall pleaded guilty to handgun possession in Baltimore District Court on Tuesday and received a suspended three-year sentence, the city state's attorney's office announced. Arthur Campbell of the 2500 block of N. Snyder Ave. told police that he was trying to break up a fight at the Angle Inn in O'Donnell Heights and showed a membership card for the Police Emerald Society, a fraternal organization for area police officers of Gaelic descent, charging documents show.
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March 22, 1992
A 23-year-old Howard County man who went on a 15-minute armed robbery spree in South Carroll last May will continue to serve the 10-year sentence imposed on him.Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. last weekdenied a sentence reduction request by Wayne Edward Bell of West Friendship. In January, he was convicted of armed robbery, assault with intent to murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony and sentenced to 45 years, with all but 10 years suspended under termsof an agreement reached with the State's Attorney's Office in October.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2013
Former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold was led out of a courtroom Thursday with his wrists handcuffed behind his back and his head lowered, bound for the county jail after being sentenced for his misconduct in office conviction and behavior a judge condemned as "outrageous. " Outside the county courthouse, a Leopold supporter said the judge should be fired, while a woman whose lawsuit alleges that she was wrongly terminated by the Leopold administration walked from the building exclaiming, "Pop the champagne!"
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December 9, 2009
A former Baltimore police officer received a five-year suspended sentence this week and was ordered to refrain from unsupervised contact with children after pleading guilty in September to second-degree assault. Troy Jaquan Gee Sr., 34, had been charged in Baltimore Circuit Court with child sexual abuse for allegedly fondling a 13-year-old relative in March 2008. The girl reported the incident to police, and Gee was suspended without pay from the Police Department upon his arrest. He has since resigned.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
A man who, with his fiance, stole $130,000 from a Dundalk bank where she had previously worked as a teller, was sentenced in federal court Friday, authorities said. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Darrius Roszario D. Washington, age 20, of Baltimore, to more than 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release. His accomplice, Janaya B. Person-Robinson, 20, pleaded guilty will be sentenced on October 22. She had worked at the branch, was familiar with the bank's operating procedures and knew the employees, authorities say. The couple waited in the M&T Bank branch bank's parking lot on October 1, as employees were arriving to work when Washington stopped a bank employee walking from her car, authorities said.
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By Will Fepserman, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
A Westminster man was sentenced Wednesday to 63 months in prison and 25 years of supervised release for possession of child pornography following a plea agreement in the case, according to the U.S. State Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said a computer belonging to Joshua Foe, 35, was seized by law enforcement officials under a federal search warrant after officials determined he was sharing child pornography through a file sharing website in 2012 and 2013, according to a press release from the U.S. State Attorney.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
A federal appeals court ruling could add to the number of inmates with legal grounds to seek reduced sentences because of a shifting interpretation of sentencing guidelines and what constitutes a violent crime. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated last week a 31/2-year sentence for Jose Herbert Henriquez, an El Salvadoran who pleaded guilty to illegally re-entering the United States. The lengthy sentence was based in part on a previous burglary conviction. "A Maryland conviction of first-degree burglary cannot constitute a crime of violence," Judge James A. Wynn Jr. wrote for the majority, remanding the case to a lower court for Henriquez to be resentenced.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
A little-noticed and highly technical Supreme Court decision is opening the way for dozens of federal inmates from Maryland to seek reduced sentences — even though trial judges found they had violent criminal pasts. For some, the high court decision has already meant that sentences of 15 years and more have been cut substantially. One inmate, for example, saw his sentence reduced from 15 years to about six years; he was released in February. The legal challenges are the latest turn in an ongoing debate over the fairness of long federal prison sentences — a weapon frequently used in Baltimore to combat crime.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
When, for a change of pace, I turned last week to actually good prose , a few of you suggested that I might make such an excursion a regular feature. Let's give it a try.  Here is an extract from Adam Gopnik's "The Back of the World: The Troubling Genius of G.K. Chesterton," in The New Yorker  of 7 and 14 July 2008.  The text There are two great tectonic shifts in English writing. One occurs in the early eighteenth century, when Addison and Steele begin The Spectator  and the stop-and-start of Elizabethan-Stuart prose becomes the smooth, Latinate, elegantly wrought ironic style that dominated English writing for two centuries.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
Former Maryland men's basketball assistant coach Dalonte Hill was sentenced Wednesday to a week in jail after pleading guilty in Howard County to driving while impaired. The October incident led to his resignation. Circuit Court judge Richard S. Bernhardt also sentenced Hill to a year's probation, which would be supervised if Hill remains in the state and unsupervised if he were to get a job out of state. Hill, 35, resigned from Maryland in November, a little more than a month after he was cited for drunk driving.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2013
A middle-aged heroin dealer received a mandatory life sentence last week in a federal drug-trafficking case, an outcome his lawyer said was particularly unfair because U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had announced changes in the use of the stiff penalties just two weeks before. The example of Roy Clay, the dealer, points to the complexities of rolling out the new policy and applying it to cases that already ended in a conviction. But statistics compiled by the U.S. Sentencing Commission based on data from fiscal year 2010 suggest that his case may not be typical.
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By Will Fesperman, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
A 31-year-old North Carolina man was sentenced to 46 months in prison Friday following a plea agreement on charges of sex trafficking in Anne Arundel County. County police had apprehended the man, Michael Darnell Boswell Jr., in June 2013 near the Baltimore-Washington International Airport based on information from an undercover detective. Prosecutors had alleged that Boswell drove at least two women around Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina to engage in sex acts. According to a press release from the U.S, Attorney's Office, Boswell first had the women host private parties and dances, then sex work soon followed.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
A Baltimore man charged in the killing of a 12-year-old girl was denied bail during a review hearing Monday morning. Bail had initially been set at $1 million following the arrest late Thursday of Kevin Simpson, 20. A judge decided Monday he should not be released before trial under any circumstances. Early May 26, Baltimore police said a white Ford Fusion was stolen during a robbery in which 15-year-old Oscar Torres was fatally shot and his friend, an unidentified 27-year-old man, was left in critical condition.
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