Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

SAO Press Releases

For Immediate Release 11/6/17

Baltimore—The Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City (SAO) won a two-year grant in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP) and the University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic (UBIPC) from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to further the efforts of the SAO’s Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU).

For Immediate Release: 11/2/17

North Baltimore — A jury found Devin Lee, 25, guilty of the first degree murder of Christopher Giles in 2015. Lee was also convicted of the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence; as well as wearing, carrying, and transporting a handgun. Lee is prohibited from possessing a handgun due to a 2011 felony conviction.

Assistant State’s Attorney Bethany Durand prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release: 11/2/17

Northwest Baltimore — Elias Alvarado was sentenced to consecutive Life sentences without the possibility of parole for murdering two women within a week’s time. The victims were Annquinette Dates and Ranarda Williams.

Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA) Traci Robinson prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 10/31/2017

Northeast Baltimore — Rodney Baxter pled guilty to assault in the first degree and using a handgun in a crime of violence. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison— suspend all but 20 years, the first five years to be served without parole. Assistant State’s Attorney Natalie Hynum of the Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED) prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release: 10/30/2017

Northwest Baltimore—George Johnson, 26, was convicted on four counts of False Imprisonment, four counts of reckless endangerment and fleeing/eluding an accident—for holding four hostages captive, at gunpoint for several hours. Assistant State’s Attorney Stacie Sawyer prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release: 10/26/17

South Baltimore—Steven Stawara and Derrick Carter both pled guilty this week for their participation in the murder and burglary in 2016 of 83 year old James Herget, who community members hailed the “Mayor of Brooklyn”. Derrick Carter, 47 was convicted of First Degree Felony Murder. His co-defendant, Steven Stawara, 25, pled guilty to Accessory after the fact of murder and First Degree Burglary. Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA) Elizabeth Stock prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release: 10/26/17

Northwest Baltimore — Robert Malone pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin. He received 15 years in prison for his crime. Assistant State’s Attorney Danielle Cardin prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release: 10/20/17

West Baltimore— Anthony Burris was convicted of second degree murder and using a handgun in a crime of violence for the killing of Earl Keith Burton nearly two years ago. Assistant State’s Attorneys (ASA) Tonya LaPolla and Jennifer Brady prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release: 10/20/17

East Baltimore— Kevin Goode was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm; wearing, carrying, or transporting a handgun in a motor vehicle; possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute cocaine; and possession of heroin with intent to distribute. This is Goode’s third handgun conviction.

Assistant State’s Attorney Jeremy Whitlock prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release: 10/19/17

Southwest Baltimore — Ronald Timmons was convicted of two counts of first degree assault and reckless endangerment. Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Jennings prosecuted the case.