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Former D.C. Mayor Barry Resentenced to 6 Months for Cocaine Possession

<i> Associated Press</i>

Former Mayor Marion Barry was sentenced Friday to six months in prison on his cocaine possession conviction. It was the same sentence that had been thrown out two months ago by a federal appeals court.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson imposed both sentences.

Jackson said he believed Barry was sorrier that he had been caught than for his actual drug use. “His expressions of remorse have been belated and perfunctory,” Jackson said.

Barry’s original sentence was thrown out because Jackson did not specify how he arrived at the six-month term. On Friday, the judge explained in detail why he imposed six months--the longest term allowed for such an offense.

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“The defendant is not a first offender,” Jackson said. “He has simply been caught and convicted for the first time.”


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