Press Releases

Defendant's blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit at the time of the fatal accident

Northwest Baltimore (January 28, 2020) – Barry Samuels, 46, was sentenced to four years, two of which were suspended, and three years’ probation to be supervised by the Drinking Driver Monitor Program, for criminally negligent vehicular manslaughter and driving while under the influence. A Baltimore City jury found Samuels guilty of the death of 21-year-old Darrin Waters during a motor vehicle accident that occurred on June 21, 2019.

Southeast Baltimore (January 21, 2020) – Today, Michael Williams, age 27, was sentenced to 45 years in prison for Armed Robbery, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Violent Crime, and Possession of a Regulated Firearm.  Jurors found Williams guilty after a three day trial starting on October 21, 2019.  Williams was prohibited from possessing a handgun at the time of his arrest and has a history of assault, weapons offenses, intent to distribute, probation and parole violations, and robbery.

Pregnant woman loses unborn child after violent assault by her boyfriend

 Southeast Baltimore (January 14, 2019) – Today, Rodney Harris, age 27, was sentenced to 10 years for manslaughter of his unborn son and 25 years for first degree assault of his girlfriend. After a three day trial, jurors found Harris guilty of manslaughter and assault in the first degree on October 10, 2019. 

24-year-old woman escapes after being raped and held captive

 Northwest Baltimore (December 18, 2019)  Today, Keith Hayes was sentenced to life suspend all but 35 years plus five years supervised probation for Sexual Offense in the First Degree, 35 years for conspiracy to commit sexual offense in the first degree, time served for assault in the second degree, and 5 years for false imprisonment, all to run consecutively to each other for a total  sentence of 75 years to run consecutively to his prior conviction of 40 years. In August of this year, Hayes, was convicted of a first-degree sex offense, conspiracy to commit a first-degree sex offense, and false imprisonment for this same incident.

Baltimore (December 17, 2019) - Today, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) announced the indictment of 16 suspected drug trafficking organization members, charged with a range of crimes from murder to conspiracy to kidnapping, as well as drug trafficking.  

Jury finds man guilty for his involvement in fatal parking lot dispute

Northeast Baltimore (December 13, 2019) - Today, Judge Yolanda Tanner sentenced Karl Peck to the maximum penalty of 10 years for voluntary manslaughter and 20 years suspending all but 7 years with 5 years of probation for use of a handgun in commission of a crime of violence to run consecutive. 

Baltimore (December 12, 2019) – Today, a Baltimore City Grand Jury returned a 32-count indictment against Baltimore Police Department (BPD) Sgt. Ethan Newberg for offenses that occurred between July 1, 2018 and May 30, 2019, in the City of Baltimore which includes 11 counts of 2nd degree assault, 11 counts of false imprisonment, 10 counts of misconduct in office, and 1 count of committing misconduct in office by way of a common scheme or plan to commit unlawful acts.  Newburg faces up to 110 years in prison for his alleged behavior.

Maryland's broken juvenile justice system too often fails to address the needs of our most vulnerable youth and I am encouraged by  Governor Hogan's willingness to address this important issue. But unfortunately, I also have major concerns regarding his decision to replicate status quo failed policies from the past that pour money into law enforcement-only approaches. Similar approaches such as, the Crime Bill of 1994, have led to mass incarceration without a sustainable reduction in crime. We cannot solely police our way out of crime without addressing the root causes as to why crimes take place.

South Baltimore (December 9, 2019) - Defendant, Davon “Big Baby” Crowner, 34, was sentenced to life plus 35 years for the first-degree murder of Xavier Starke, using a handgun in a crime of violence, wearing carrying and transporting a handgun and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. This sentence will run consecutive to his current sentence in Baltimore County for accessory to murder.

Witnesses in the community identify men who killed man in the Douglass Homes Apartments

South East Baltimore (December 4, 2019) - Antwon Johnson has received a maximum sentence of 55 years in prison for the 2013 murder of Anthony Levar Joyner. In October, Johnson was convicted of second-degree murder, using a firearm in a crime of violence, and for possessing a regulated firearm as a prohibited person due to a prior attempted distribution conviction. In addition to being a violent repeat offender and a known public safety threat to the Douglass Homes Community, the defendant was also tried and acquitted of another murder two years ago.