For Immediate Release 7/18/17
East Baltimore - Sergeant Brett Thomas was sentenced by Judge David Young for his conduct involving a vicious attack on an inmate at the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center (BCBIC) in 2014. Thomas, a correctional officer at the facility, was found guilty of assault in the second degree and misconduct on May 18, 2017 after three days of trial. Following Thomas’ guilty verdict, Judge Young sentenced him on each count to 5 years of incarceration, suspending all but six months and imposing three years of supervised probation. The sentences on both counts were ordered to run concurrently. According to Thomas’ probationary conditions, after release, he must also stay away from the victim.
Assistant State’s Attorneys Michael R. Hudak and Laura Sambataro with the Major Investigations Unit (MIU) prosecuted this City Correctional Investigative Unit (CCIU) case.
Evidence presented during trial revealed that on December 2, 2014, facility surveillance cameras captured Thomas as he approached an inmate standing in the doorway of his cell. After a brief conversation with the inmate, video showed Thomas strike the inmate with an unprovoked uppercut to the face causing him to fall backward into his cell. Danny Trottman, another correctional officer on duty, joined Thomas in the assault. Cameras recorded both men further beating the inmate multiple times over the head and face as he tried to crawl to safety.
After the assault, the victim was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries. A medical examination determined that he sustained multiple contusions as well as a fractured jaw — requiring it to be wired shut. Because of the severity of the attack, the victim has now developed long-term injuries stemming from the reconstruction of his jaw.
“My administration has been, and will continue to be, committed to creating a fair and equitable justice system for all— regardless of age, race, color, creed or occupation,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “The vicious attack by this correctional officer clearly rose to the level of criminality; and with this conviction and sentence, he will be held accountable for his egregious acts."
Thomas turned himself into the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office last Friday to begin serving his six-month sentence. In the event that Thomas violates any of the terms of his court ordered probation, he will have to serve the suspended four and a half years of his sentence.
“Our department is committed to holding our employees to the highest standard of conduct," said Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services Stephen T. Moyer. “We are grateful to our investigative unit and law enforcement partners for working collaboratively to ensure that any actions which endanger the safety of the public, staff and those in our custody are not tolerated.”
Last November, Trottman’s case went to trial and he was found guilty of assault in the second degree and misconduct in office. On December 8, 2016, Trottman was sentenced by Judge Brooke Murdock to three months of incarceration, suspending all but time served with 18 months of supervised probation.