A judicial panel asked by a Baltimore man to shorten his life sentence for two attempted murders instead increased it Tuesday.
Norman Lindsey Mayes, 35, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty in 1999 to kidnapping and nearly killing a woman as she was leaving work at Northrop Grumman — she had 11 gunshot wounds — and to shooting an Anne Arundel County police officer in 1997.
Sentenced to two terms of life in prison plus 30 years — which were to be served concurrently — he won a hearing to ask three Anne Arundel judges to reduce the sentence. Mayes argued in July that prisoners sentenced to life are not released under current practices, and he wanted an opportunity to leave prison. County prosecutors opposed shortening Mayes' prison term.
After hearing that Mayes bragged before his arrest that one of his guns "has a body on it," sent a death threat to a correctional officer in the county jail while awaiting trial and was sentenced to an additional 10 years for trying to choke a prison guard in 2008, the judges decided that "if released Mayes, would present a serious threat to public safety."
While they cut one of the life terms to 20 years, they decided it should be served after the life sentence. Should Mayes be paroled on the life sentence, he would still have the remaining 20 years to serve.