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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 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 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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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | March 24, 1994
A 39-year-old man, who is serving four years in state prison for sexually assaulting the daughter of a family friend, came to Carroll Circuit Court this week looking for forgiveness and a shorter sentence.He got neither."I can't tell you enough how sorry I am for the pain and suffering that I have caused," John Warren Gesell wrote in a letter to Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. "I ask you to forgive me for what I have done and to give me a second chance to live in the community without their fear of me."
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | April 20, 1994
A man who was shot six times after attacking a Howard County patrolman with the officer's pepper Mace while high on PCP last spring was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison yesterday.David Scott Shipley, 25, of Baltimore was given the sentence in Howard Circuit Court after entering into a plea agreement for a battery charge in December.During yesterday's hearing, Shipley apologized to Officer Patrick McDonald for the April 29, 1993, incident at the Columbia Junction shopping center in Jessup, calling it a "foolish and immature act."
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December 17, 1994
We have considerable sympathy for former City Comptroller Jacqueline F. McLean. Because of self-inflicted misdeeds, she is a broken woman. Her marriage is over, but her financial troubles are not. Yet had one of her former assistants in the comptroller's office been sentenced yesterday for crimes similar to Ms. McLean's, that assistant -- even if he or she had shared Ms. McLean's personal troubles -- almost surely would not have been treated with such leniency.In...
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March 29, 1992
Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold upheld the prison sentence of a Baltimore man convicted in the county's largest residential break-in.On Tuesday, Arnold declined to reduce the sentence of Byron P. Pantazonis, saying that the crime was too serious and that Pantazonis' rolein the crime merited keeping him in jail for seven years.Pantazonis and his girlfriend, Julie R. Wilt, were convicted lastyear of theft as part of a scheme to steal more than $260,000 worth of antiques from the Westminster home of Emily Fink.
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April 26, 1995
By giving Annapolis lobbyist Bruce Bereano a light sentence involving no prison time, U.S. District Judge William Nickerson has delivered a slap on the wrist to Bereano and a slap in the face of the jury that convicted him of fraud related to illegal campaign contributions.The jury made it perfectly clear it thought Bereano had done something quite wrong. The judge had said before the verdict that he doubted if a crime had been committed, and in his sentencing he seemed determined to second guess -- perhaps even rebuke -- the jurors.
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October 20, 1991
EDITOR'S NOTE: Delegate Richard C. Matthews, R-Carroll, said he willre-introduce legislation to keep a public record of sentences imposed by each Appeals, Circuit and District Court judge for serious and violent crimes. His proposal requires the Administrative Office of theCourts to compile and maintain a register (available to the public) that contains a record of sentences: for the Court of Appeals, votes on death penalty cases; for Circuit Court, the sentence imposed for crimes of violence in non-jury trials; for District Court, the sentence imposed for drunken driving offenses.
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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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