Critics are rising against Liberal crime-softening policies after a Baltimore man who was originally charged with 18 counts of arson was released from jail after serving just six months.
Luther Trent set his ex-girlfriend’s house on fire while three people were inside. In a video he recorded after his release, Trent was taken aback by his lenient plea deal, admitting, “I shouldn’t be going out now.”
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Marilyn Mosby, state prosecutor in Baltimore, Maryland, is now under fire for only charging Trent with one arson count, pleading him to be dropped from 18 counts initial charges to one.
“This plea was so disturbing on so many levels,” said Roya Hanna, a former prosecutor who is running to overthrow Mosby.
“The fact that for three attempted murders they gave him probation makes the victims lose interest in the system, emboldens criminals, and this type of plea is destroying the city.”
On Friday in “Fox & Friends First,” Hanna questioned Mosby’s credibility as she was recently charged with federal charges of perjury and misrepresentation in a Florida housing application.
“I just don’t know how Ms. Mosby, who has been indicted by the US Attorney’s Office, can really work with the US Attorney’s Office to ensure that armed offenders are held accountable.”
Clyde Boatwright, president of the Maryland State Fraternal Order of Police, called Trent’s plea deal a “political coup.”
“What we are seeing now is a political coup to increase felony conviction rates,” he said on Fox & Friends on Friday.
“It’s a two-for-one thing: he gets out and he’s able to roam the streets to hurt someone else. And the DA’s office can say they’ve been convicted of a felony in this case. This is the problem.”
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Boatwright said his community deserved better and criticized Liberal prosecutors who campaign to be tough on crime.
“They put these people in power, and everyone has to suffer,” he told Fox News’s Steve Doocy. “We cannot let these politicians let the citizens dry out because they want to move an agenda forward.”
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Hanna asked Mosby to resign from her post.
“It’s not about her or this campaign,” Hanna said. “It’s really about making sure offenders are held accountable.”