Press Releases

Joint Motion with University of Maryland Law School Lawyers Results in Release for Eraina Pretty

Baltimore (December 14, 2020) - Today, Judge Bryant ruled in favor of a joint motion brought by Lawyers from the University of Maryland and the Baltimore City SAO’s Sentencing Review Unit (SRU), resulting in the release of Eraina Pretty. Ms. Pretty pled guilty to 1st Degree Murder, Use of a Handgun in a Crime of Violence and Accessory After the Fact (in a different case) on September 19, 1978. Ms. Pretty was 18 at the age of the crime and has served 42 years. The SRU was approached by Lila Meadows and Leigh Goodmark of University of Maryland Law School, who represent Ms. Pretty. After a thorough review led by Deputy State’s Attorney Jan Bledsoe, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby agreed to support Ms. Pretty’s release. 

New Division Responds to Twin Crises of Mass Incarceration and Racial Inequity, and COVID-19. Unit Led by Former Deputy Public Defender

BALTIMORE (December 7, 2020) – Today, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced the creation of a Sentencing Review Unit (SRU) at the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO). The SRU will review cases of certain incarcerated people to determine whether the office supports their release.

Baltimore (December 4, 2020) - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Marijuana Opportunity and Reinvestment Act (M.O.R.E.), the first time marijuana legalization has been addressed on a Federal level. The bill includes provisions to reinvest marijuana tax money into communities impacted by the “War on Drugs,” promotes diversity in the marijuana distribution industry, and gives second chances to those with marijuana convictions.

(November 25, 2020) Today, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young along with the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, Baltimore Police Department, and the Office of the State’s Attorney announced several coordinated initiatives aimed at reducing violence in Baltimore City. These initiatives, developed in close coordination with our state and federal partners, are guided by a collective Group Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS), also known as focused deterrence.

Baltimore (November 20, 2020) - Yesterday, Guy Bell was sentenced to five years, supend all but six months, and five months probation, as well as $51,834 in restitution after being found guilty of theft scheme and embezzlement. 

Baltimore (November 20, 2020) - Yesterday, Anita Nicole Jones was handed down the maximum sentence of 13 years to the Maryland Division of Correction for the October 2017 fatal stabbing of her husband. A Baltimore City jury returned guilty verdicts after  the  trial on January 9, 2020 convicting Jones of  Manslaughter and Carrying a Dangerous Weapon Openly with Intent to Injure.

Campaign continues to promote and support available services for victim and witnesses of crime to come forward; 

Baltimore (October 28, 2020) - Yesterday, Eric Dollson was sentenced to Life plus 15 years for the murder of Josue Gonzales-Jiminez in 2017. Dollson's accomplice, Eric Brown, was previously sentenced to Life serve all but 25 years with 5 years probation.

State's Attorney's Office Works with Georgetown University's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection to Formulate Election Prosecution Policy

Baltimore (October 19, 2020) - Today State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby reminded prosecutors of their role in ensuring that they apply the law in the context of next month’s election.

Baltimore (October 13, 2020) - Today, Wayne Scott was sentenced to the maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for Grossly Negligent Vehicular Manslaughter and an additional year, to be served concurrently, for Driving While Impaired by a controlled dangerous substance. On March 2, 2020, a Baltimore City jury found Scott guilty of the above offenses.