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Why do we continue to let violent offenders walk?

Public Enemy No. 1, Darryl M. Anderson, was caught in Birmingham, Ala., packing two guns after a year-long search during which he was also accused of committing more violent crimes while on the run ("'Public enemy No. 1' caught," July 17).

His criminal record is worth recounting. At 15 he was charged with attempted first-degree murder. The case was dismissed.

At 16 he broke into a car and with handgun. For that he was sentenced to three years with all but five days suspended.

Two years later he was found with a handgun and sentenced to four years but was released in February 2007.

In June 2007 he was charged with robbery and sentenced to 12 years with all but three years suspended. He was released in December 2009 but then charged with a stabbing and his parole was revoked.

In 2011 he was charged with attempted murder and pleaded guilty to first-degree assault. He was sentenced to 13 years but the judge suspended all but the time he served prior to trial. More shootings and killings continued in 2012 and 2013.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has said her priority is to get illegal guns off the streets and lock up those who terrorize our community. It seems we also need to focus on why we can't seem to be able to keep them there.

Jack McAllister, Salisbury

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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