Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

SAO Press Releases

For Immediate Release 5/11/2017

Central Baltimore— Omanuel Johnson was convicted by a Baltimore City jury of several drug and weapons charges including possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of a regulated firearm by a prohibited person.

For Immediate Release 5/10/2017

Southwest Baltimore—Jamal Simms was convicted by a Baltimore City jury of more than a dozen crimes stemming from a 2016 rape. Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer McAllister prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 5/4/2017

“The recent federal immigration policies not only cause fear and potentially destroy families and disrupt communities – but they can also create legal liabilities for local governments. Over the past few months, my office has worked to ensure that we take a fair and equitable approach when factoring in the collateral consequences that minor, non-violent offenses have on the immigrant population. I support the Attorney General’s memorandum and will continue to use my prosecutorial discretion for immigrant defendants and the careful handling of immigrant witnesses and victims. This approach is essential to public safety and the fair pursuit of justice.”

Please click here to find the press release for State’s Attorney Mosby’s instruction to her office to strongly consider prosecutorial discretion for cases involving Immigrant defendants, witnesses, and victims.

For Immediate Release 5/4/2017

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has instructed her prosecutors to strongly consider their prosecutorial discretion when handling minor, non-violent criminal cases involving immigrant victims, witness and defendants. 

“As the current administration in Washington continues to increase its efforts to enforce immigration laws, we as prosecutors are the torch-bearers of justice in this city, thereby we must utilize our prosecutorial discretion as we do in every case by considering the unintended collateral consequences that our decisions have on our immigrant population,” said Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

For Immediate Release 5/3/2017

Northwest Baltimore— Damon Stansbury was convicted by a Baltimore City jury of the second degree murder of Nathan Walker, Jr., using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, and being a prohibited person in the possession of a firearm. 

Assistant State’s Attorney Kurt Bjorklund prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 5/3/2017

West Baltimore— Former Lockerman-Bundy Elementary School teacher, Mathew Book, was sentenced to 20 years— suspend all but 12 years— in prison for sexually assaulting a student in 2011.

Assistant State’s Attorney Natalie Amato prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 5/1/2017

Sergeant Chance Hellum, a correctional officer employed by the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) was indicted by a Baltimore City Grand Jury on April 25, 2017. Sergeant Hellum is charged with one count of Assault in the Second Degree and one count of Misconduct in Office.

This case will be prosecuted by Michael Hudak and Laura Sambataro the Major Investigations Unit (MIU) within the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City.

For Immediate Release 5/1/2017

Lonnie Nixon was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted by a Baltimore City jury of carrying a firearm as a prohibited person on April 20, 2017.

In January 2016, Nixon was attacked by a group of unknown assailants. When police intervened to help Nixon, a gun fell out of his pocket. Nixon was placed under arrest at the scene of the attack.

Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Brady, who is assigned to the Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED), tried the case.

For Immediate Release 4/27/2017

South Baltimore— Kenneth Bryant was convicted by a Baltimore City jury of three counts of sexually abusing a minor and one count of second degree sex offense. Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA) Mark Jaskulski prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 4/26/2017

“We are pleased that the highest court of Maryland confirmed our legal right to retry Michael Johnson for the murder of Phylicia Barnes. This unanimous decision further validates our unwavering pursuit of justice on behalf of Phylicia Barnes and her ones." State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.

***Note —The Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City acknowledges that Michael M. Johnson is innocent unless and until proven guilty.***