mandatory minimum

Nov 3, 2020

Baltimore gun criminal gets mandatory 15-year sentence

A felon who tried to sell two semi-automatic weapons to an undercover Baltimore police officer will spend the next 15 years in a federal prison. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake handed down the punishment Tuesday against Devan Mack, who earlier pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. The 15-year sentence […]

Mar 18, 2020

General Assembly rejects Hogan’s crime-fighting proposals

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s effort to enact mandatory minimum prison terms for repeat gun offenders and to discourage judges from handing down reduced sentences was rebuffed during an abbreviated General Assembly session, thanks to the Democratic-led legislature’s opposition to mandated punishments and diminished judicial discretion, even as homicides continue at  brisk pace in [...]

Jan 30, 2018

Hogan’s mandatory-minimum bill thrills prosecutors, riles defense

ANNAPOLIS – Gov. Larry Hogan and chief county prosecutors battled the public defender’s office and the ACLU on Tuesday over his proposal to impose mandatory minimum sentences on repeat gun offenders, with law enforcement calling the measure necessary to reduce slayings and the defense saying it would usurp judicial discretion. “We cannot allow this senseless […]

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