The Wire

Dennis Wise, notorious Baltimore crime figure referenced in 'The Wire,' released after decades in prison

Dennis Wise, notorious Baltimore crime figure referenced in 'The Wire,' released after decades in prison

Dennis D. Wise, an alleged hit man from Baltimore who was locked up for murder in 1979 and then accused of running a large-scale criminal enterprise out of the former Maryland House of Correction, has been released from prison after striking a deal with prosecutors.

Wise — a notorious figure in Baltimore's criminal underworld, for whom the "Cutty" character on HBO's The Wire was named — was shipped to an Arizona prison nearly two decades ago. But he was released June 19 after an Unger hearing, in which city prosecutors agreed to a new sentence of time served plus five years probation.

Under the agreement, the conviction stands, and Wise waives his right to...

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