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veteran Benjamin Haas – Fotolia

Ten years ago, a 22-year old marine combat veteran of Fallujah (Iraq 2005-06) appeared before me on charges in six indictments. First-degree armed robbery was the most serious, carrying a sentence within the range of 10 to 20 years’ imprisonment. His other charges included terroristic threats, drug possession and credit card fraud. After his military service, the veteran had spent a few weeks in a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) residential treatment program for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); before this crime spree, he had picked-up three municipal court convictions for drug related offenses.

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