The answer really depends on your family member's performance while incarcerated. Maryland awards prisoners what are called "dimunition credits" for things such as good behavior, work performed, and education received while incarcerated. If he or she was a model inmate, their sentence could be drastically reduced.
If granted parole as soon as he or she is eligible, then after serving three years.
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As a general rule of thumb, violent offenders are first eligible for parole after serving half their sentence. Their sentence "maximum release date" is the date where they are entitled to mandatory release free of parole restrictions, and the maximum release date is often much sooner than the actual sentence, because the original sentence is reduced for good time credits, programs completed, etc., as much as a quarter or a third of the sentence can be reduced in this way. A little less than one-third of all prisoners are actually granted parole at their parole hearing. However, then can be eligible again and be released the next time. Therefore, your family member should be eligible by next year, and if everything is in his favor, he may be one of the one-third of prisoners released on their first parole hearing.
After 3 years he will be eligible for parole. If he is denied parole, he will be released on mandatory release after about 70% or so of his sentence.
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