Tuesday, 24 July 2012 18:00

Long sentences to local jail for serious crimes draw fire

Written by John Wharton
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The St. Mary’s jail built to hold inmates awaiting trial or serving time for petty crimes, from its commander’s perspective, took custody last week of a Lexington Park man sentenced to more than four years for a felony drug offense, $15,000 copper theft and a fire in a child’s bedroom.

The sheriff’s captain in charge of the detention center voiced his dismay over the three consecutive 18-month sentences to two county prosecutors in a courthouse hallway immediately after the proceeding, and he reiterated his concerns the next day at the facility in Leonardtown.

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