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Maryland man gets 5 years for parole violation

When a Maryland court grants parole to someone convicted of a crime, judges generally view it as a light sentence. After all, parole is generally preferable to jail time. When people violate their parole, then, parole officers usually view it as violation of trust and offer very little leniency. Jail time often follows.

But parole violations are not always so cut-and-dry. Often, violations can be for small, technical problems, issues that may have an explanation. Occasionally, those accused of a parole violation can successfully arrange to have their parole reinstated at their hearing.

Those who are unable to successfully contest the accusations against them often face serious jail time. Take, for example, a Maryland man who was recently sentenced to five years in prison for a theft-related parole violation.

The man had previously been convicted of several smaller charges, each one short enough to be served in a local jail. Upon his release, he began a small job for a retired veteran he met at his church. The work went unfinished, however, and some tools belonging to the veteran went missing.

The man was called in for a parole violation hearing, at which he made an "Alfred plea," which essentially states that he pleads innocent, but acknowledges that there is enough evidence to find him guilty if the case went to trial.

As a result of the Alfred plea, the man was found guilty of Theft Less than $1,000. He was also sentenced to jail time for the offense for which he was paroled, second-degree assault. The charges add up to a five-year sentence, which he will serve in a state prison.

Source:  The Bay Net, "Five years jail imposed for theft, parole violation" Dick Myers, Sep. 05, 2013

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