July 10, 1989 |
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.
June 15, 1992 |
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. . .
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.
May 1, 1990 |
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.
March 5, 1991 |
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.