Teen Sentenced in Gaithersburg MS-13 Killing; Paid Sick Leave Law Goes Into Effect

Teen Sentenced in Gaithersburg MS-13 Killing; Paid Sick Leave Law Goes Into Effect

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Teen sentenced to 40 years for MS-13 killing in Gaithersburg

Juan Gutierrez Vasquez, a 17-year-old from Gaithersburg, was sentenced last week to life in prison with all but 40 years suspended for an MS-13 killing in a Gaithersburg park in 2016. Cristian Villagran-Morales had been stabbed more than 150 times in Malcolm King Park after he was mistaken for a rival gang member. Gutierrez Vasquez was also sentenced to 40 years for conspiracy—a sentence that will run concurrently with the other sentence—and five years of probation after release. [WTOP]

Hogan issues executive order on juvenile offenders serving life

Maryland is one of three states that requires the governor’s signature to parole inmates sentenced to life, but no governor has ever signed off on a parole board recommendation to release a juvenile offender serving life for a crime committed as a minor. Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday issued an executive order to formalize his process for deciding whether to grant parole, including considering the offender’s age at the time of the crime and whether they’ve shown signs of maturity and rehabilitation. Critics include the ACLU, who say the executive order is hollow and doesn’t fix the state’s parole system. [Washington Post]

Paid sick leave law goes into effect

A Maryland law requiring businesses with 15 or more employees to provide up to five days of paid sick leave went into effect Sunday. The General Assembly passed the bill last year and then Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed it. The assembly voted to override the veto last month. [AP]

Officials look at possible maglev train routes

Transportation officials have decided on two possible routes for a superconducting maglev train line that could take passengers from Washington to Baltimore in 15 minutes. Both routes parallel the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. The project must clear a number of hurdles before it could become reality, including securing funding and land. [Washington Post]

More rain

There’s a 50 percent chance of precipitation today, with showers possible before 1 p.m. The National Weather Service forecasts a high near 47 and some winds, with gusts up to 23 mph. Winds should continue into tonight, which is expected to be clear with a low of 27.

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