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Sixth Circuit Reduces Sentence of Detroit Arsonist, Limited by Plea Agreement

Posted in Pleas, Sentencing

In 2010, Sam Wright and an accomplice, Calvin Jones, set fire to a commercial building on the east side of Detroit. The fire paralyzed one firefighter and injured six others who responded to the scene.

Wright was charged in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, entered a plea agreement with the government, and was sentenced in 2011 to 15 years in prison. On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed Wright’s sentence, finding that Wright’s plea agreement included a 7 year maximum which limited the amount of time he could be sentenced to.

“The law is reason, free from passion.” — Aristotle

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