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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland bill that would put prison sentences of life without parole in the hands of judges needs more time for consideration, lawmakers said.

Wednesday's development came after state senators decided too many important issues were being raised so close to the end of the legislative session.

The bill now heads back to the committee level with potential to return for next year's session, which ends midnight on Monday.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Board of Pardons has refused to hear a commutation request from a killer whose sentencing led to changes in Delaware's death penalty law.

James Llewellyn Jr. is one of four men convicted of robbing and murdering two armored car guards in December 1990. The defendants all received life sentences after jurors could not unanimously agree on the death penalty.

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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.