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August 10, 1989 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles man who repeatedly has been set free from prison over the last three decades, only to continually kidnap, torture and sexually assault women and children in Southern California, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with no future chance of parole. The sentence, handed down in a federal courtroom in San Diego, marks the first time in California, and only the fourth in the nation, that the U.S.
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June 9, 2011 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
Fleeing from the police in a vehicle can trigger a mandatory 15-year term in federal prison for a repeat criminal, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In a 6-3 decision, the court said that "vehicular flight" counts as a violent felony under the Armed Career Criminal Act, triggering the mandatory term if it is a third offense. Speeding away from the police "presents a serious potential risk of physical injury to another," said Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. "It is a provocative and dangerous act that dares, and in a typical case requires, the officer to give chase.
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June 9, 2011 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
Fleeing from the police in a vehicle can trigger a mandatory 15-year term in federal prison for a repeat criminal, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In a 6-3 decision, the court said that "vehicular flight" counts as a violent felony under the Armed Career Criminal Act, triggering the mandatory term if it is a third offense. Speeding away from the police "presents a serious potential risk of physical injury to another," said Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. "It is a provocative and dangerous act that dares, and in a typical case requires, the officer to give chase.
NEWS
June 15, 1992 | From The Times' Washington staff
TRIGGERING LOCKUPS: It's been a year since the Bush Administration imposed a tough new program against armed criminals, and here's the score sheet: The program, known as Triggerlock, resulted in charges against more than 6,500 defendants--double the number accused under federal firearms statutes in recent years. . . . Prison sentences are averaging 18 years under the toughest of the laws--the Armed Career Criminal statute--aimed at felons with three prior convictions found to possess a gun. . .
NEWS
July 10, 1989 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
Five times Warren James Bland has been released from prison. Fives times he has been rearrested for terrorizing women and children in a series of sexual assaults in Southern California. He last walked out of prison three years ago, but was soon back behind bars, charged with the torture-murder of a 7-year-old South Pasadena girl and held as a prime suspect in the slayings of a 14-year-old Placentia girl and an 81-year-old San Diego woman.
NEWS
June 15, 1992 | From The Times' Washington staff
TRIGGERING LOCKUPS: It's been a year since the Bush Administration imposed a tough new program against armed criminals, and here's the score sheet: The program, known as Triggerlock, resulted in charges against more than 6,500 defendants--double the number accused under federal firearms statutes in recent years. . . . Prison sentences are averaging 18 years under the toughest of the laws--the Armed Career Criminal statute--aimed at felons with three prior convictions found to possess a gun. . .
NEWS
February 14, 1985
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) called on Los Angeles-area law enforcement officials in a City Hall meeting to join in attempts to deal with career criminals under terms of a new federal law he authored. The Armed Career Criminal Act was signed into law in October but so far, according to Specter, no one has been prosecuted under it. The act defines a career criminal as anyone who has been convicted of three or more robberies or burglaries and is found in possession of a firearm.
NEWS
May 1, 1990 | United Press International
A 60-year-old man was sentenced to 30 years in prison without parole under provisions of a federal law that jails so-called career criminals for possessing a firearm. Anthony Alexander Alvarez, of San Diego, who has 14 prior felony convictions, was arrested after he pulled a loaded handgun on a motel manager, police said.
NEWS
March 5, 1991 | From Associated Press
Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh said Monday that anyone found with a gun after being convicted of a violent crime or drug offense should be jailed for a mandatory five years. He told a gathering of law enforcement officials that the Bush Administration will soon propose a revision of the Armed Career Criminal Act that would also tighten penalties for the use of firearms in the commission of crimes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1991
A 32-year-old San Diego man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Monday for possession of a bullet. Stanley Lee Vance had pleaded guilty to possessing the ammunition used to wound an off-duty San Diego police officer last summer. According to U.S. Atty. William Braniff, Vance argued with the officer, David Mitchell, and then shot him three times in the chest and arms.
NEWS
August 10, 1989 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles man who repeatedly has been set free from prison over the last three decades, only to continually kidnap, torture and sexually assault women and children in Southern California, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with no future chance of parole. The sentence, handed down in a federal courtroom in San Diego, marks the first time in California, and only the fourth in the nation, that the U.S.
NEWS
July 10, 1989 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
Five times Warren James Bland has been released from prison. Fives times he has been rearrested for terrorizing women and children in a series of sexual assaults in Southern California. He last walked out of prison three years ago, but was soon back behind bars, charged with the torture-murder of a 7-year-old South Pasadena girl and held as a prime suspect in the slayings of a 14-year-old Placentia girl and an 81-year-old San Diego woman.
NEWS
November 17, 1990 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Warren James Bland, a Los Angeles man who was labeled a career criminal last year by a San Diego federal judge, was convicted Friday of being a repeat felon in possession of a gun and, for the second time, faces being sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. If he receives that term, as he did in an earlier trial that was overturned, he will be the first person in California sentenced to life without parole under a 4-year-old federal law that targets repeat offenders. It took a U.S.
NEWS
December 21, 1990 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal court judge Thursday made Warren James Bland the first person in California sentenced to life in prison without parole under a new law that targets repeat offenders. U.S. District Judge J. Lawrence Irving imposed the term on Bland, 53, of Los Angeles, who had been convicted last month of being a repeat felon in possession of a gun.
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