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Marquis Dixon Arrested In Albany

 A rallygoer holds a sign supporting Marquis Dixon.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas
A rallygoer holds a sign supporting Marquis Dixon. (September 2015)

Marquis Dixon, the Albany youth who was sentenced to nine years in an adult maximum security prison for stealing a pair of sneakers when he was 16, is back in trouble with the law.

Dixon was the poster child for the local "Raise the age" movement to update the age of criminal responsibility in New York. His case became a rallying cry for activists, and eventually Dixon’s sentence was reversed.

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas
(September, 2015) Aisha Dixon, outside Albany City Hall, speaks via cell phone with her incarcerated son, Marquis.

The Albany Times Union reports that Dixon, now 19, was arrested by city police early Saturday for allegedly threatening to kill his mother with a steak knife inside their South End home.

Dixon is charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon and misdemeanor menacing.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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