Baltimore, Md. (October 13, 2021) - Yesterday, a Baltimore City Jury convicted Douglas Cantrell of Murder in the First Degree, Open Deadly Weapon, and two counts of Assault in the Second Degree. Cantrell is facing a maximum of Life plus 23 years in prison and sentencing is scheduled for January 25, 2022.
Baltimore, Md. (October 8, 2021) - Yesterday, a Baltimore City Jury convicted Donte Patterson of Murder in the Second Degree, Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Use of a Firearm in a Crime of Violence, and Conspiracy to Commit Murder. Patterson is facing a maximum of 200 years in prison and sentencing is scheduled for January 12, 2022.
BALTIMORE, Md. (October 7, 2021) – This week, Kennard Smith, 29, was found guilty by a Baltimore City Jury of Prohibited Possession of a Regulated Firearm, Wear/Carry/Transport of a Handgun, and Prohibited Possession of Ammunition. If given the maximum penalty for all charges at sentencing, Smith faces 29 years in prison, which is scheduled for January 5, 2022.
Baltimore, Md. (October 5, 2021) — Today, Davon Roberts was sentenced to 80 years in prison for two counts of Attempted Second Degree murder, two counts of Use of a Handgun in a Crime of Violence, Reckless Endangerment and False Imprisonment. Roberts was convicted in July of 2021.
Today’s homicide conviction is the 13th out of 14 trials, representing a 93% conviction rate for the unit
BALTIMORE, Md. (October 4, 2021) – Today, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced two major convictions for the Homicide Unit and Special Victims Unit. This morning, Lawrence Banks was found guilty of Second Degree Murder and Unauthorized Disposal of a Body by a Baltimore City Jury. Banks faces 41 years if given the maximum penalty for both charges. Sentencing is scheduled for December 6, 2021. Banks also has a pending Handgun charge which will be heard in reception court tomorrow morning. This case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Stock.
Shooting occurred just a few blocks from numerous municipal buildings
Baltimore, Md (September 29, 2021) — Yesterday, Traevon George, 35, plead guilty to the murder of Andre Giles, 31, and was sentenced to Life, for First Degree Murder, suspending all but 40 years, plus a concurrent sentence of five years without parole for Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence.
DeShields was handed down a Life sentence for the death of his wife, Wanda Diggins
Baltimore, Md (September 22, 2021) — Today, Cleveland DeShields, 59, was found guilty by a Baltimore City jury for the murder of his wife, Wanda Diggins, on November 2, 2018. DeShields opted to proceed directly to sentencing for the First Degree Murder conviction and was subsequently sentenced to Life with the first 25 years to be served without the possibility of parole.
Officer started a fight with a citizen, then lied about it in sworn statements
Baltimore, Md. (September 14, 2021) - Yesterday, Baltimore Police Department (BPD) Officer Welton Simpson Jr., was convicted of all charges for offenses that occurred while he was a BPD Officer on January 17, 2020 including, False Statement to Law Enforcement and one count of Misconduct in Office. Simpson faces up to six months in prison for the False Statement conviction. There is no maximum sentence for Misconduct in Office. It is a common-law crime which carries no sentencing limit except that it cannot be cruel and unusual. Simpson’s sentencing is scheduled for October 21, 2021. Officer Simpson is currently suspended from BPD.
Case is ninth conviction out of ten homicide cases despite in-person limitations; SAO has secured 555 convictions out of 568 cases in 2021
Baltimore, Md (September 15, 2021) — Yesterday, Ronald Brown, 54, was found guilty by a Baltimore City jury for the murder of William Scott, 51, on December 8, 2019. Brown was convicted of Murder in the Second Degree and Wear/Carry Dangerous Weapon with Intent to Kill or Injure. He faces a possible sentence of 43 years in prison which is scheduled for October 19, 2021.
SAO’s Conviction Integrity Unit forms partnership with Healing Justice to bring restorative justice to exonerees and families of crime victims denied justice
Campaign Includes Live Town Hall on October 2 and new mini-docuseries to spotlight wrongfully convicted men who served more than 260 years in Baltimore prisons