Repeat burglar gets 25 years in Montgomery County

A 43-year-old Maryland man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday for breaking into a home in the Burtonsville area in 2012. Montgomery County Circuit Judge Terrence McGann went beyond state sentencing guidelines that called for approximately 7 to 14 years, saying that Raoul Hughes’ lengthy record of previous residential burglaries compelled him to do so.

“How many homes must a man break into before the guidelines stretch their limits to the statutory maximum?” McGann asked aloud in court.

Hughes faces another trial in June for another burglary he is alleged to have committed, according to the Montgomery County State’s Attorneys Office.

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Dan Morse covers courts and crime in Montgomery County. He arrived at the paper in 2005, after reporting stops at the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun and Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is the author of The Yoga Store Murder.
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