Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

SAO Press Releases

Security Footage Records Afternoon Execution Outside of a 7-Eleven

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North East Baltimore (December 18, 2018)- Raekwon Thornton and Lamont Kyler were both found guilty of all counts including first degree murder, conspiracy to murder, and other handgun offenses stemming from the murder of Tyrone Ray, Jr in September of 2017. 

Assistant State’s Attorney Traci Robinson prosecuted this case.

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (December 13, 2018) -- The holiday season is undoubtedly a season dedicated to generosity and celebration. In this spirit, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City (SAO) will host the Fourth Annual Winter Solstice benefiting victims and witnesses of crime, tomorrow, Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM. The event, located at the Columbus Center, will feature dinner, a comedy show, live music, dancing and awards for exceptional SAO staff and community leaders.

East Baltimore (December 13, 2018)--Artez Williams was sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison for six gun and drug-related offenses. A July 2016 felony conviction for the sale or transportation of marijuana prohibited Williams from possessing firearms and ammunition. Williams will serve the first ten years of his sentence without the possibility of parole.

Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA) Matt Pillion of the Gun Violence Enforcement Division prosecuted the case.

Police Find Murder Weapon Inside a Car After a Crash

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South Baltimore (December 12, 2018) - Devin Barbour—responsible for the death of Ricardo Lyles on August 30, 2018--was sentenced to life plus thirty-five years for first-degree murder, using a handgun in a crime of violence and being a felon in possession of a handgun.

Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA) David Owens prosecuted this case.

Murder Suspect Positively ID’s himself as the Shooter in Two Separate Homicide Cases

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Southwest Baltimore (November 30, 2018) - Michael Thompson, 28, was sentenced for two unrelated murders in 2017 after pleading guilty to both homicides. In the murder of Michael Scott, Thompson was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder suspending all but 60 years and five years of probation upon release. He also received a 20-year concurrent sentence for using a handgun in a crime of violence. Likewise, in the murder of Deric Ford, Thompson was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder suspending all but 60 years and five years of probation upon release. He also received 20-year concurrent sentences on robbery and gun-related convictions.

Gunshot Victim Transported to Hospital by Unknown Vehicle

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Baltimore (November 28, 2019) - Brandon Booth was sentenced to life plus ten years without the possibility of parole for the first five years for the murder of Antoine Fritz in July of 2017. Booth was found guilty of first-degree murder and using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence.

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U.S. Marshalls Arrest Violent Repeat Offender Hiding Out-of-State Months After Shooting

East Baltimore (November 28, 2018)- Chaunisty Wallace was sentenced to serve 75 years in prison for second-degree murder and associated charges in the October 2017 shooting death of Demetrius Mitchell. The jury also found Wallace guilty of using a handgun in a crime of violence; wearing, carrying and transporting of a weapon; and being a prohibited person in possession of a gun. The defendant is a repeat offender with multiple narcotics and firearm convictions.

Search and Seizure Warrant Yields Convictions for Violent Repeat Gun Offenders

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North Baltimore (November 28, 2018) - Codefendants Martinez Mack and Arthur Cheeks-were each given 20-year-sentences for a search and seizure turned police chase in March of 2018. Mack was convicted of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. He was disqualified from possessing a firearm following his 2011 convictions for first-degree assault and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence. Co-defendant Arthur Cheeks was also convicted for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. He became disqualified from firearm possession after his 2012 convictions for attempted murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.

Shooter Found Guilty After Cellular Tower Data Places Him at the Crime Scene

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South Baltimore (November 29, 2018) - A jury found Kareem Siscoe guilty of two counts of 1st-degree assault and handgun use in a crime of violence for two non-fatal shootings. Siscoe was sentenced to 15 years in prison with the first five years of that sentence to be served without the possibility of parole.

Assistant State's Attorney (ASA) Mark Jaskulski from the Special Victims Unit prosecuted this case.

Daycare Provider Pleads Guilty to First-degree Murder and is sentenced to 70 Years

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East Baltimore (November 27, 2018) - Today, 24-year-old Leah Walden plead guilty to first-degree murder in the death of eight-month-old infant, Reese Bowman, at the Rocket Tiers Learning Center in East Baltimore. She was sentenced to life with all but 70 years of the sentence suspended and five years of probation upon release.

Special Victims Unit (SVU) Chief Anne Colt Leitess prosecuted the case.