Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 6/25/2015

 Von Hammond was sentenced Wednesday to Life Plus 10 years for first-degree rape and kidnapping. Assistant State’s Attorney Stacie Sawyer prosecuted the case.

 Hammond’s victim was found in an alley behind the unit block of North Payson Street. Police found her hands and feet tied with wire and rope. Her eyes were swollen shut.

The woman told investigators that a male, later identified as Hammond, got into her car when she stopped to grab some cigarettes from the trunk of her car. Hammond made her drive to a house in the 1900 block of Hollins Street, forced her inside, and raped her at knifepoint. The woman stated that she was beaten by the Defendant with a speaker, a hammer, a 2x4 and struck by the Hammond with a closed fist. The woman went on to state that once the Defendant was done beating and raping her, he tied her up and threw her out of a window into the backyard.

“We must protect our most vulnerable populations. I am a staunch advocate of rape, molestation, and domestic abuse survivors—and I am glad that Hammond will never walk our streets again. I’m especially proud of this brave woman for coming forward and seeing this case through to the end. I hope that her story encourages others to come forward and bring their attackers to justice.” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.

Marilyn Mosby has spent the past two legislative sessions battling for a change in the Maryland Rules of Evidence. Currently, prosecutors are typically barred from telling juries about the prior rape convictions and sex offenses of defendants at trial. This is especially harmful to public safety, because serial rapists can claim that their attacks were consensual sex acts. Mosby believes that juries deserve to know whether or not a defendant who is claiming “consensual sex” as his or her defense is doing so as a registered sex offender.