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Baltimore, Maryland  (January 30, 2020) A judge sentenced Ryan Hazel today on 11 counts of firearm and drug trafficking offenses including: possession with intent to distribute heroin; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime; possession of heroin; possession of cocaine; possession of alprazolam; possession of oxycodone; wear carry transport a handgun in a vehicle; unlawfully receiving a detachable magazine with a capacity of more than 10 rounds; fleeing and eluding police in an automobile; and, possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was sentenced to 22 years to be served consecutively with a February 2019 conviction for the automobile manslaughter of Margaret Hall, for which he received a 10 year sentence.

Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA) Murphy Hartford secured the conviction in this retrial case that was originally tried by ASA Patrick Jennings and was declared a mistrial in January 2019 after the jury could not come to a unanimous verdict.

On August 10, 2017, at approximately 11:15 pm, defendant, Ryan Hazel was driving a Nissan Maxima with the owner as his passenger. Officers attempted to pull over the vehicle near the 1600 block of West Lexington Street for driving without headlights. When the officer exited his police car to approach Hazel, the defendant immediately sped off. Officers pursued the defendant for a short period, but abandoned the effort to avoid a dangerous accident.  The defendant continued to speed down South Mount Street while ignoring all traffic control devices leading to a fatal head-on collision with an innocent woman – Margaret Hall – driving the other vehicle. Although both vehicles were heavily damaged, Hall suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.  At the time of the collision, she was traveling home from work after her work shift ended at the hospital.

Hazel attempted to flee his vehicle, falling approximately 25 feet from the crime scene. Police recovered approximately 21 grams of heroin; 2.5 grams of cocaine; 3 oxycodone pills; 2.5 pills of alprazolam; 12 grams of caffeine (mixing agent); and, a scale from the defendant’s satchel bag inside the vehicle. Also in the satchel bag was a loaded 9mm glock handgun with a total of 35 bullets in an illegal 50 round capacity magazine.

I am deeply sorry for the lives this individual has tragically affected through his reckless and violent actions," said State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby. "I hope this sentence has provided the family with some measure of justice." 

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