For Immediate Release 1/30/2015
Patrecio Brown was found guilty on Tuesday January 27th, 2015 of attempted distribution of cocaine and possession of cocaine. Brown’s sentencing hearing is set for April 27th, 2015. Assistant State’s Attorney Cara Lewis tried the case.
Baltimore Police Officer Ernest McMillon, a 10 year veteran of the Southwestern District— and seven year veteran of his current post— was the lone witness in the case.
The jury heard evidence that McMillon parked his marked patrol car two blocks away from the open air drug market in the 100 block of S. Calverton Rd. from which Brown was operating. McMillon stood nearby and heard Brown announce “I got that girl” (street parlance for cocaine) and then witnessed Brown conduct a hand to hand drug sale with an unknown man.
According to Lewis, McMillon testified that the community regularly complained about the drug dealing taking place in the 100 block of S. Calverton Rd. This particular block used to be filled with vacants, and was recently razed— leaving a large empty lot behind.
“In this particular block, Officer McMillion has made hundreds of arrests for drugs,” Lewis said.
“My top priority is violent crime. But I also recognize that in order to strengthen the public’s trust in law enforcement, we have to show the community that we’re listening,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said. “Cara’s outstanding work shows that no matter how many postponements or misdemeanor jury prayers are granted, we’re going to prosecute crimes that directly impact daily life in Baltimore.”
Trying these cases can be difficult. Defense attorneys typically ask for several postponements or request jury trials. The longer the case is delayed the more likely a witness may be unavailable for the actual court date, which can severely damage the State’s case. Lewis says that there is typically more than one witness in these cases; for example a fellow officer to corroborate another officer’s testimony.
“Officer McMillon was the lone witness in this case. The jury believed his testimony. He’s been working the same patrol for the past seven years.” Lewis said.
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