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Anne Arundel judge spares man long sentence because of height

ANNAPOLIS — A judge has spared a man who pleaded guilty to assault time in state prison because of his short stature.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Hackner sentenced 25-year-old Marcus Freeman to 18 months in county jail on Monday.

Hackner, noting Freeman’s 5 foot, 1 inch height, said he feared Freeman would be “lunchmeat” in a state prison, where any sentence longer than 18 months must be served.

The Capital of Annapolis reports that Freeman pleaded guilty to assault and entered an Alford plea to second-degree assault in a triple stabbing on Aug. 10.

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  1. Judge Hackner is far too lenient on criminals that should be jailed for a long time. On February 11th, he sentenced a man tp 10 years for shooting and killing his half brother and then suspended 9 years of it so the killer got 1 year and 1 day in jail. What a Joke!

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