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The Delaware Governor got three crime bills from the General Assembly.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that one would tie the criminal sentence for home improvement fraud to the financial loss of the victim.

This would allow prosecutors to seek a prison term of up to eight years for fraud involving $50-thousand to $100-thousand and 25 years in prison for those scams involving more than $100-thousand.

Another measure would provide judges with more discretion on whether to try a juvenile as an adult.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Charles Blizzard was sentenced by a Delaware judge in June to a year of probation after pleading guilty to offensive touching.

That's a far cry from the life sentence he was given for the fatal beating of a man in 1982, when Blizzard was 17 years old.

Blizzard, now 52, was released from prison in 2014, one of more than a dozen convicted killers in Delaware who were resentenced after initially being given life in prison for crimes committed as juveniles.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is making her first official visit to Delaware.
The nation's highest ranking law enforcement official is in Wilmington on Monday to focus on juvenile justice and the effects of crime on children.
She will be joined by U.S. Sen. Chris Coons during a town hall meeting with community leaders on juvenile justice at the Delaware Historical Society in downtown Wilmington.


After 30 years in prison for the beating death and robbery of Howard Marshall Charles Rusty Blizzard walked out a freeman escaping a life sentence.

A Delaware judge ordered his release because of a Supreme Court decision that ruled it was cruel and unusual punishment to automatically sentence a juvenile to life in prison.

Blizzard was 17 in 1982 when the fatal beating occurred.

At his trial he denied he had anything to do with the beating but when he was released yesterday…he apologized to his victim’s sister calling the crime senseless.    

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Task Force on Juvenile Court Jurisdiction is scheduled to meet.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday in Annapolis.

The task force was formed in June to study current laws concerning the jurisdiction of juvenile courts. It's also reviewing the current research on best practices in the judicial system for dealing with youth who have committed further crimes.