Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 7/18/17

West Baltimore- Judge Schiffer sentenced Jamal Simms, to four concurrent life sentences, plus the one year for theft (also concurrent) for the rape and assault of a southwest Baltimore woman in the summer of 2016.

Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer McAllister prosecuted the case.

In a the early hours of a July morning in 2016, a woman, asleep inside her apartment was awakened when a masked man holding a knife jumped on top of her and began to choke and sexually assault her in multiple ways including rape her. Afterwards, the suspect hand gestured for the victim to give him money but when she expressed she didn’t have any he handcuffed her and tried to sexually assault her again. The woman escaped when Simms allowed her to go to her kitchen unattended. She ran to a neighbor’s house and called the police.

DNA tests later corroborated that Simms had sexual contact with the woman. The victim’s car was also taken and later located in the block where Simms’s sister lived.

According to her testimony, the victim knew Simms to be her assailant. Facts came out during the trial that the defendant , who was a friend of her boyfriend’s—had spent a week at her house a few weeks prior to the assault. During the course of the crime the victim recognized the defendant’s shorts as the ones she had seen him wearing earlier in the day when he stopped by to tell her that her ex-boyfriend had gotten arrested.

“I am relieved that this perpetuator of such a horrible crime will spend his remaining years incarcerated and can never harm another innocent human being in our city again,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “I hope this sentence will help this brave survivor as she continues her arduous road to recovery. I would also like to applaud Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer McAllister for her hard work securing this conviction.

During the 2017 legislative session, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City successfully championed legislation to better protect victims of sexual assault, including the passage of a bill that will remove evidence of physical resistance as a requirement to prove a sex crime and another bill that will require the retention of rape kits for at least 20 years and the notification of victims regarding rape kit disposal.