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Suspect's Previous Gun Conviction Causes Frustration

Rondree Campbell Photo: Mike Chesney Rondree Campbell Photo: Mike Chesney

DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Rondree Campbell was convicted of a gun charge in June but was back on the streets of Dover in November to allegedly commit another gun crime: first degree murder.

Dover Police arrested Campbell Wednesday for a weekend murder. Investigators say he shot and killed a Middletown man late Sunday on New Street in the city's downtown.

He's facing 14 charges.

Back in June, just five months ago, police records show he was arrested for having a loaded handgun. According to the attorney general's office, a number of charges against him were dropped, but he did plead guilty to carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

Court records show the judge sentenced him to one year on probation and forfeiting the gun. The AG's office says that is within guidelines, but the fact Campbell was on the street Sunday night is frustrating says Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen. He says he's not one to point fingers.

"But it bothers me to no end that my police officers and the citizens of my community have to face on a daily basis people who are brought through the revolving of our judicial system," the mayor said.

"Are there fingers to be pointed? Yeah, but it would be pointing a finger at so many things," said Rep. Sean Lynn, D-Dover. "I don't think it's simply, hey, the justice system and the attorney general's office made an error by giving this individual a light sentence or instituting or recommending a light sentence, and then he was able to get out a hurt someone. I don't think that's the finger to be pointed. That's too simplistic an answer."

Rep. Lynn says from the legislative perspective it's hard to pass gun control laws though one toughening penalties for persons prohibited did pass in 2013. He says lawmakers need to look at the issue as a whole.

"How are these individuals obtaining the firearms? How is it so easy for them to obtain firearms?"

Campbell is being held without bond.

This homicide is Dover's seventh of 2015. It's the city's deadliest year in at least a quarter century.

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