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Man receives 30 years in prison for murder at local hotel

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Keith RenierKeith Renier at the time of his arrest. COURTESY PHOTO  ROCKVILLE – Crystal Blakeney held up the urn that contained her daughter’s ashes and pleaded with Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Marielsa A. Bernard to give the maximum sentence to the man that pleaded guilty to killing her daughter.

“I request the maximum penalty for what he was convicted of,” Crystal Blakeney said.

On Aug. 18, 22-year-old Keith Renier, who pleaded guilty to murder in the second-degree of transgender woman Keyonna Blakeney, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Bernard went five years beyond the state’s recommended guidelines for second-degree murder. Renier will be eligible for parole in 15 years.

“If I could give you more than 30 years, I probably would,” Bernard told Renier.

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Let the punishment fit the plea

gavel2The majority of criminal cases that come to Court result in a plea agreement, rather than an actual trial. In Maryland it is not unusual for the prosecution and defense to agree on the parameters of the plea including potential punishment, and to ask the trial judge to agree to be bound by the terms of the agreement before sentencing. Maryland’s highest court recently addressed what happens when the sentence actually imposed is actually less severe than the minimum agreed to by the defense, in an opinion called Stephanie Smith v. State.
The Court of Appeals’ opinion indicates that the defendant was indicted for insurance fraud, and charged with theft in excess of $10,000. The defense attorney and prosecutor negotiated an agreement for the defendant to plead guilty, with an agreement that the defendant not be sentenced to more than 5 years of jail time with all that suspended except for a minimum of 30 to 90 days incarceration, followed by 5 years probation. The agreement was also that the defendant would pay restitution to the victim of over $47,000.

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Tordil sentenced to life in prison without parole

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States Atty John McCarthy on Tordil sentencingState’s Attorney for Montgomery County John McCarthy after Eulalio Tordil's sentencing.  PHOTO BY NEAL EARLEY  ROCKVILLE – Eulalio Sevilla Tordil, who pleaded guilty in June to the murders of Malcom “Mike” Winffel and Claudina Molina as part of a two-day shooting spree at Montgomery Mall and Aspen Hill Shopping Center, was sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Sharon V. Burrell sentenced Tordil, a former police officer with the Federal Protective Services, to four separate life sentences for the murders of Winffel and Molina and the attempted murders of Carl Unger and Bolormaa Baljinnyam.

“He’ll die in jail; he will never walk the streets again,” said State’s Attorney for Montgomery County John McCarthy.

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Christian rap artist sentenced

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ROCKVILLE -- After being convicted of second-degree murder for ramming William Dean McDaniel with his car, Ryan Anthony Salandy was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Anne Korbel Albright sentenced Salandy, 23, to 18 years in prison with the possibility of parole after nine. Salandy was also sentenced to five years of supervised probation after his prison sentence, in which he will have to complete a face-to-face anger management program.

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Woman sentenced for animal negligence

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Tiong Dog Photo 2One of 66 dogs found in the home of Katherine Ting Tiong, who was found guilty of animal negligence. COURTESY PHOTOROCKVILLE – District Court Judge William Simmons sentenced Rockville resident Katherine Ting Tiong to 180 days in prison and 3 years of supervised probation for 66 counts of animal negligence.

Tiong will also have to pay a $1,000 fine. The sentencing took place on Friday.

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A good skin care product leads to jail time

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ROCKVILLE – Circuit Court Judge Eric Johnson sentenced Frederick resident Luz Lemonfield to 10 days in prison with 18 months probation for pouring a skin care product in her coworker’s water bottle last October.

The sentencing took place on Tuesday afternoon at the circuit courthouse.

Police said when they took Lemonfield into custody, she told them, “Well, I guess it didn’t work, then.”

According to police, Lemonfield poured a skin care product from the salon she worked in into the water bottle of her coworker, Sofia Santa Cruz. The incident took place on October 31.

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Local man sentenced to life in prison for killing

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ROCKVILLE – Surrounded by her friends and family and dressed in a long white t-shirt bearing the face of her dead son Marc St. Aubin, Susan St. Aubin solemnly spoke after one the men responsible for his death, Tavon Miles, was sentenced to life in prison.

A jury convicted Miles, a 29 year-old resident of Gaithersburg, of first degree murder, burglary and armed robbery, leading Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Quirk to sentence him to life in prison plus 20 years Thursday.

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