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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 SARA ENGRAM | October 23, 1994
Before handing a token sentence to Kenneth Lee Peacock last Monday for the shooting death of his wife, Baltimore County Circuit Judge Robert E. Cahill noted a distinction between this case and the ''brutally difficult choices'' he has faced in sentencing drunken drivers whose irresponsibility had killed a relative, friend or bystander.Sara Engram is editorial-page director of The Evening Sun.
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January 29, 1992
From: Roger D. CassellElkridgeOn Jan. 24, 1992, in the Circuit Court for Howard County, the citizens of this state and county were subjected to a farce of the greatest magnitude.Francisco Rodriguez was allowed to plead guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of Cpl. Ted Wolf of the Maryland State Police, which took place in March of 1990. Rodriguez was given a life sentence for the crime, subject to the terms of the pleaagreement.Then, to the dismay of all, the judge had the terms ofthe plea agreement sealed.
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April 22, 2006
A 25-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesteday to being a felon in possession of a firearm and received a 10-year prison sentence, followed by three years of supervised release, according to the U.S. attorney's office. As part of his guilty plea, Kondwani Martin admitted being involved in a gunfight with city police officers on South Eutaw Street outside the Upper Deck Bar and Grill on Feb. 10, 2005, prosecutors said. Martin was hit by at least three shots from officers.
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May 4, 1993
Circuit Court Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr.'s two-year sentence of Pamela Snowhite Davis for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana can best be described as malicious. An outspoken advocate for the legalization of marijuana, Davis is clearly being punished for espousing views that Judge Beck finds offensive.A trial jury in Westminster convicted Davis of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance. The court's pre-sentencing report determined an appropriate punishment for the woman, a first-time offender, would be a minimum sentence of probation up to a maximum sentence of one year imprisonment.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff Writer | March 4, 1992
Morning rush-hour traffic on Interstate 95 slowed to a crawl yesterday as motorists strained to read a homemade billboard in the median strip."Trooper Ted Wolf was murdered here. One of his killers will be eligible for parole in 15 years. Think about it."The 4-by-6 white sign with red lettering was placed just south of the Route 175 overpass where state police Cpl. Theodore D. Wolf was shot twice in the head while sitting in his cruiser during a traffic stop March 29, 1990.The killer referred to in the sign is Francisco Rodriguez, 21, who pleaded guilty in January to first-degree murder in Corporal Wolf's death, and was sentenced to life in prison.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer | June 12, 1994
A 57-year-old Aberdeen woman, the victim of a burglary, robbery and kidnapping last June, says she is unhappy with the sentence imposed Wednesday in Harford Circuit Court on one of the two men convicted of terrorizing her last year.Dorothy McDowell expressed dissatisfaction with Circuit Court Judge William O. Carr's sentencing of William Daniel Borden, 20, of Darlington, to 15 years in state prison, with five years suspended, on the kidnapping conviction."I'm very upset that he [Borden] got less time than an accomplice who cooperated with police against him," Mrs. McDowell said.
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By Tricia Bishop | tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | January 19, 2010
A 24-year-old Baltimore man, who was initially set free on state carjacking charges, was sentenced federally Tuesday to 40 years in prison for the same 2006 crime, which resulted in the death of a Security Square Mall store owner in Woodlawn. Defendant Brian Keith Rose pleaded guilty in Baltimore U.S. District Court after judge Catherine C. Blake ruled that she would allow fingerprint evidence in court. The prints had been excluded by Baltimore County Circuit Judge Susan M. Souder in the original state case, leading to federal intervention.
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By JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV | January 19, 2008
A Howard County Circuit Court judge denied yesterday a request to change the sentence of a former special-education teacher who was convicted in August of a third-degree sex offense involving a 15-year-old boy. Kirsten Ann Kinley is beset by several medical conditions - including kidney disease, depression and other mental disorders, and contact lens difficulties - that warrant her release from the Howard County Detention Center, her attorney, Thomas Morrow,...
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By Julie Bykowicz | julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com | March 19, 2010
Child predators would face at least 15 years in prison without the possibility of parole under a new measure given preliminary approval Friday morning by the Maryland House of Delegates. The move came as delegates gave their final OK to two other sex offender reforms -- eliminating good-time prison credits and requiring lifetime supervision for violent and repeat offenders. On Thursday night, the House Judiciary Committee signed off on the extended sentence for child predators. Anyone convicted of the second-degree rape or second-degree sex offense of a child under 13 would be subject to a mandatory prison term of 15 years without parole, a more than a threefold increase from the current penalty of five years with the possibility of parole.
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