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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure with a variety of crime-fighting initiatives has been approved by the Maryland Senate.

The bill passed 36-8 Monday night. It combines other bills and elements of proposals made by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. It now goes to the House.

It comes after Baltimore had 342 murders in 2017, a year that set a record for homicides on a per-capita basis.

The measure increases sentences for repeat offenders. One provision increases the sentence for a second offense of possessing a gun while committing a crime from 20 to 40 years.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Four bills running through the Delaware Legislature are seeking to ease or change sentencing requirements for juveniles charged with felonies.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports the three House bills would remove mandatory minimum sentences and give judges more discretion in each case. The Senate bill would allow courts to immediately order a conviction to be expunged, which would erase or seal the juvenile's criminal record if found not guilty or the charges are dropped.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Lawmakers are poised to introduce bipartisan legislation to reinstate Delaware's death penalty, which the state Supreme Court declared unconstitutional last year.

Under the bill, the death penalty could not be imposed unless jurors unanimously found the existence of one or more aggravating circumstances. Jurors also would have to unanimously find that aggravating factors alleged by prosecutors had been proven beyond a reasonable doubt and outweighed mitigating factors cited by the defense.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A former state Senate candidate accused of molesting a young neighbor more than 25 years ago is about to learn his fate after pleading no contest to unlawful sexual contact.

Fifty-six-year-old Eric Bodenweiser will be sentenced Friday on two misdemeanors that are punishable by up to one year each in prison but carry a presumptive sentence of probation. 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is set to sign three bills giving Delaware judges more sentencing discretion and criminal offenders more opportunities to get back on the right path.

One bill to be signed this week allows prison officials to offer jobs for up to six months to ex-offenders who demonstrate exceptional skills while enrolled in vocational programs, notwithstanding prior felonies.

A measure sponsored by Delegate Mike McDermott would double the sentences of those who convicted of aiding a murder after the fact.

Under the legislation it would rise from 5 years to 10 years in either first or second degree murder convictions.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the former County Sheriff’s deputy named the measure the Sheddy-Bennett Act after two Lower Shore homicide victims

An individual must have knowledge of a completed crime.