Baltimore, Md. (May 12, 2023) - Today, the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office is providing an update on several cases handled by the office this week in court.
“The results you see this week are a direct product of my administration’s work to rebuild the office and restore confidence in the prosecutors fighting in court daily on behalf of city residents,” said State’s Attorney Ivan J. Bates. “The number of convictions and sentences our Assistant State’s Attorneys secured this week is staggering. Their hard work and commitment to achieving justice for victims and their families is a testament to their passion for public safety. I know that these outcomes cannot repair the damage done by these offenders, but I hope it brings a measure of closure and healing to those involved.”
First Degree Murder - Aaron Clubb was found guilty for the fatal shooting of Jaquan Johnson in July of 2019 at the 200 block of N. Linwood Avenue. Clubb was convicted of First Degree Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, and Possession of an Illegal Firearm. He faces Life plus 25 years at sentencing. ASA Megan Gallo prosecuted this case.
First Degree Murder - Jalonte Davis pled guilty to the First Degree Murder of his brother Jerron Davis. He will be sentenced on October 18th where he faces Life, suspending all but 40 years, with five years of probation. Homicide Division Chief ASA Michael J. Dunty prosecuted this case.
First Degree Murder - Nelson McNorton pled guilty to First Degree Murder and Use of a Handgun in the Commission of a Crime of Violence for the murder of Antonio Modica in October of 2019 at the 1900 block of W. Pratt Street. McNorton was sentenced to Life, suspending all but 25 years in prison. ASA Victoria Yeager prosecuted this case.
Second Degree Murder - Major Kinchen was convicted of Second Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence, and Felon in Possession of a Regulated Firearm. Kinchen killed Breonna Rogers in January of 2021 in Druid Hill Park. He faces 75 years at sentencing on June 30th. ASA Tonya LaPolla prosecuted this case.
Child Abuse Resulting in Death - Shateka Lawson pled guilty to Child Abuse Resulting in Death for the death of four year-old Malachi Camron Bethea-Lawson. She will be sentenced on December 6th where she faces Life, suspending all but 33.5 years. ASAs Rita Wisthoff-Ito and Callie Smith prosecuted this case.
Gross Negligent Vehicular Manslaughter - Gardnel Carter pled guilty to Gross Negligent Vehicular Manslaughter which resulted in the death of Mr. Charles Buster Banks who was riding his bike on the 1100 block of E. North Avenue when he was struck by Carter's Volvo XC90. The defendant faces eight years of incarceration at sentencing on September 21st. ASA Justin Greer prosecuted this case.
Second Degree Assault - Julius Sullivan was found guilty on two counts of Second Degree Assault and one count of Sex Abuse of a Minor. He was sentenced to 32 years in prison and will be a lifetime registered sex offender. He will also be under lifetime supervision due to the age of the victim. ASA Robert Render prosecuted this case.
Possession of an Assault Rifle and Minor in Possession of a Firearm - James Dunbar was sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison for Possession of an Assault Rifle; Illegal Possession of a Firearm; and Conspiracy to Use a Firearm in a Crime of Violence. His co-defendant, Shemar Jerry, was sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison, with the first five years ineligible for parole, for Minor in Possession of a Firearm; and Conspiracy to Use a Firearm in a Crime of Violence. Dunbar and Jerry were involved with two other individuals, who are currently awaiting sentencing, in the 2019 murder of Donnell Brockington. ASA Elizabeth Stock handled this sentencing hearing.
Misconduct in Office - Ethan Newberg pled guilty to Misconduct in Office for nine different incidents while on-duty as a Baltimore Police Officer. Sentencing will be held on August 14, 2023 where he faces 36 months of incarceration. PTPIU Division Chief ASA Steve Trostle prosecuted this case.
Armed Carjacking - Gordon Booze pled guilty to Armed Carjacking, Armed Robbery, Use of a Handgun in the Commission of a Crime of Violence, and Hit and Run. Booze was sentenced to 50 years, suspending all but 20 years, with the first five years ineligible for parole. He must also serve five years of probation upon release and register with the Gun Offender Registry Act (GORA). ASA Brent Weinberg prosecuted this case.