For Immediate Release 6/16/15
James Pitts and Tyrell Brogden were sentenced to lengthy prison sentences last week for the murder of Charles Johnson—who was beat to death with what investigators believe to be a utility wrench. Assistant State’s Attorney Sharon Holback prosecuted the case.
Brogden was sentenced to 45 years, suspend all but 25 years, and five years of probation for second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault. Pitts was sentenced to 45 years, suspend all but 17 years, and five years of probation for second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault.
Johson was murdered in July 2012 in the 1800 block of W. North Avenue in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. At trial the jury heard evidence that police officers had stopped both Pitts and Brogden earlier in the evening for field interviews, identified them and then documented the stop. Johnson’s murder, which was partially caught by surveillance footage, took place in the same area that Pitts and Brogden were previously stopped by the police.
The officers that conducted the field interview identified Pitts and Brogden as the suspects in the attack video. When the two were brought in for questioning by Baltimore Police Det. David Moynihan, they both confessed to the murder.
Johnson’s injuries were so severe that two and a half pages of the Medical Examiner’s Report were dedicated solely to the nature and description of the blunt force trauma he sustained.
“Detective Moynihan’s interrogation skills are exceptional. Baltimore is a safer place with these two men off of our streets. I thank Sharon for winning Justice for Mr. Johnson’s family.” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.
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