"That's really an outlier," he said. "I've heard there were 3-year-old cases and 5-year-old cases. I didn't know we had any 8-year-old cases," he said.
Frosh said the General Assembly has tried to impose deadlines for the courts to complete their work, only to be rebuffed under the separation-of-powers doctrine.
Del. Kathleen Dumais, vice chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said prosecutors have reassured her that the opinion will not be a get-out-of-jail card for other offenders.
"I don't necessarily think there are a lot of cases that are going to be able to use this case to say 'review my case,' the Montgomery County Democrat said. "This was very fact-specific."
Dumais said the House tends to balk at mandatory minimum sentences, but she would not rule out keeping the exception for felons possessing a firearm.
Del. Michael Smigiel, an Eastern Shore Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said he would introduce legislation to negate the court ruling by scrapping the statute that leaves the sentence to a judge's discretion.
"It should be mandatory," he said. "You misuse a firearm in the commission of a crime, it should be a mandatory sentence. It's a God-given right you give up when you break your contract with society and become a predator."
Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater contributed to this article.