Press Releases

Incarcerated Man’s Handgun Case Dismissed After Officer’s Body Worn Camera Footage Disproved Testimony

 

Baltimore, Maryland (December 4, 2019) - After a lengthy sentencing hearing, Baltimore City Police (BPD) Officer Michael O’Sullivan has received a 15 month sentence to the Department of Corrections for each count of perjury and misconduct in office. In June of 2018, Yusuf Smith, was wrongfully convicted and served 38 days in jail because the material witness, Officer O’Sullivan, provided false testimony during a Baltimore City district court handgun case. Over the State’s objection, the court has allowed the defendant to surrender on January 6, 2020 to begin his sentence.

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.

Tactical Unit Officers face 236 counts, including first and second-degree assault,

conspiracy, and misconduct in office

 

Towson, MD (December 3, 2019) –The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) and the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office today announced the indictments of 25 correctional officers, who are charged with using excessive force on detainees at state-operated Baltimore pretrial correctional facilities. The accused officers have all been out of the facilities on administrative leave prior to these charges being filed.  They will be suspended without pay pending the outcome of their trials. In all, the officers face 236 counts, including first and second-degree assault, conspiracy, and misconduct in office.

Mosby Launches 'Resurrection After Exoneration' Exoneree Program and Fight for Compensation

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Sentences Overturned After BCSAO's Conviction Integrity Unit Uncovered Police and Prosecutorial Misconduct

Baltimore, MD (November 25, 2019)-- In a stunning announcement, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby today announced the exoneration of three men jailed for 36 years for a crime they didn’t commit and announced a new initiative for those whose lives were stolen from them after wrongful convictions to be given the tools they need to transition back to society.

Central Baltimore (November 22, 2019) – Inside of a packed courtroom, a judge sentenced Karaca Hyman to 55 years in prison with five years suspended for the murder of Abdoulie Jallow, 24, outside of Baltimore’s Club Oxygen in September 2018. In September, Hyman was found guilty of murder in the second degree and for the use of a firearm in a crime of violence.

Baltimore (November 21, 2019) - Correctional Officer, Darryl Floyd, age 29, of Baltimore, Maryland was sentenced to three years in prison with 18 months of his sentence being suspended. He will have two years of supervised probation upon his release. Floyd previously pled guilty to bribery by a public official and possession with the intent to distribute Buprenorphine (Suboxone) for agreeing to smuggle in contraband (including drugs) to an inmate housed within the Metropolitan Transition Center (MTC), a pre-trial prison facility within The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) in exchange for $1,200.   

Assistant State's Attorney Michael Hudak of the Major Investigations Unit (MIU) prosecuted this case.  Detective Sgt. George Cannida of DPSCS initiated and conducted the investigation as part of the City Corrections Investigative Unit (CCIU).

Woman abducted in broad daylight is found dead inside a burning vacant home the next day

Police Find the Victim’s Body Behind the Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Central Baltimore (November 20, 2019)- James House, 19, was sentenced to serve two concurrent life sentences for the rape and murder of Jessica Gibson in September 2017.  In September 2018,  James House pled guilty to first-degree rape and first- degree murder.  Before the judge delivered the sentence, impact statements from the victim’s family and friends were read and entered into the  record.

Division Chief of Major Investigations, Patrick R. Seidel, prosecuted this case.

Northeast Baltimore (November 19, 2019) - Today Eric Bowman, 28, was sentenced to life plus 30 years, and Steven Bowman, 26, was sentenced to life plus 25 years for first-degree murder in the death of Randall Finney, Jr., in September 2018.  In September 2019, the brothers were also convicted of using a handgun in a crime of violence; wear, carry and transport of a handgun; and, possessing a handgun after a disqualifying offense.

Assistant State's Attorney, Rita Wisthoff-Ito prosecuted both defendants in this case.

Police Search Shooter’s Home and Find Journals That Foreshadow the Victim’s Death 

Central Baltimore (November 15, 2019)-Today, Tyrone White, 35, received a total sentence of life plus 35 years for the murder of Daniel Brinkley, 24, in October of 2017. In July of 2019, a Baltimore City jury convicted White of first-degree murder, firearm use in a felony crime of violence, and firearm possession after a disqualifying crime. During the sentencing, five victim impact statement letters were entered in the record and the judge specifically noted them as part of his reasoning in determining the appropriate sentence. At sentencing, members of the victim’s family spoke about the caring and happy young man Daniel “Danny” Brinkley was, how he was a vital part of their family and how his death has left them all “with a hole in their hearts”.

Assistant State’s Attorney Brandis Marsh prosecuted this case.