Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

SAO Press Releases

For Immediate Release: 9/21/17

South Baltimore — Andrew Brown was sentenced to 30 years in prison, suspend all but 20 years, after being convicted of two counts of attempted armed robbery and using a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.

Assistant State’s Attorney Alex Rothstein of the Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED) prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release: 9/19/17

Central Baltimore — In 2005, Lamar Johnson was convicted of the first degree murder of Carlos Sawyer and sentenced to Life in prison in 2006. Today, Johnson was released from prison—having served nearly 14 years behind bars—after investigations conducted by the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP) and the Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) within the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City (SAO) concluded that Johnson did not murder Sawyer on March 26, 2004.

For Immediate Release: 9/15/17

South Baltimore — Donald Yearwood  pled guilty to felony animal cruelty charges this week, and is facing six years in prison for his actions.

Assistant State’s Attorney (SAS) Wesley Corning prosecuted the case with the assistance of ASA Megan Gallo.

For Immediate Release: 9/15/17

Northeast Baltimore — Eric Rose was sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison for the possession of a regulated firearm after being convicted of a disqualifying crime and for violating probation on an attempted second-degree murder conviction.

Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Hudak of the Major Investigations Unit (MIU) prosecuted this case.

For Immediate Release: 9/14/17

Southeast Baltimore — John Bowling was convicted of two counts of false imprisonment, taking a motor vehicle, and two counts of reckless endangerment after stealing a car with two children inside.

Assistant State’s Attorney Mimi Zhuravitsky prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 9/13/2017

Southwest Baltimore— Carlton Beachum was convicted of the voluntary manslaughter of Sherman Smith. Additionally, a Baltimore City jury found the defendant guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter, two counts of using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, possessing a firearm as a prohibited person, and second degree assault.

Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Stock of the Homicide Unit prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 9/12/2017

Southeast Baltimore—Angel Fury was sentenced by Judge Julie Rubin to Life in prison, suspend all but 50 years, and 5 years of probation for first degree felony murder and robbery.

Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA) Patrick Seidel prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release: 9/11/17

Northwest Baltimore— Jamison Deberry, a violent repeat offender, was convicted and sentenced to life for the first-degree murder of James Dews.

Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED) Chief Charles Blomquist prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release: 9/11/17

Howard County, Maryland— Edward Witherspoon was sentenced by a Howard County Judge to 40 years in prison. Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA) Katherine Smeltzer and Howard County ASA Colleen McGuinn joined forces to prosecute Witherspoon in two separate sexual assault cases in May and June of 2017.

For Immediate Release: 9/11/17

Northeast Baltimore — Raeshawn Rivers was sentenced to 15 years, suspend all but five years, with five years of supervised probation for the robbery of Arnesha Bowers, who was also raped and murdered in June 2015. Rivers’ co-defendants, John Childs and Adonay Dixon, each pled guilty to first degree murder and other charges in relation to their roles in the case.

Assistant State’s Attorney Sharon R. Holback prosecuted the case.