Twenty-six years ago, a man forced his way into a Seat Pleasant home and exchanged fire with one of the home's residents. The man was shot and left the home. Prince George County Sheriffs issued a warrant for the man, charging him with attempted murder. This month, that man was finally arrested in another state and extradited to Upper Marlboro to face the charges.
According to reports, the man was detained on a traffic violation. Police in Maryland identified the man by his name and a gunshot scar allegedly sustained in the 1987 incident. He was shipped back to Maryland this past week despite his plea that he was not the man involved in the shooting. His argument, however, will have to wait to be applied as a criminal defense.
Stories like this can be eye opening for those with checkered pasts. Many individuals have connections to crimes that are years in the past. But, it is important to know that statutes of limitations do not run out quickly for serious infractions. As a result, people can be charged and sentenced to strict penalties for crimes that are decades old.
Such cases, however, also present unique criminal defenses. Statutes of limitations may prevent a crime from being prosecuted. In addition, material witnesses or victims may no longer be in a position to recall or testify accurately about what transpired. These issues can be used in plea negotiations with authorities to come to terms on appropriate charges.
Those charged with a crime which occurred years in the past are encouraged to contact a local Upper Marlboro criminal defense lawyer. These specialists know how to utilize the time lapse in the accused's defense. Their experience can be the difference between an unjust jail sentence and a fair resolution.
Source: Bakersfield Now, "Man arrested in California for attempted murder charge from '80's," Oct. 15, 2013