Posted On: October 25, 2011

Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Harbor East Bank Robbery

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that a 37-year-old man has a received a 20-year prison sentence for his role in a Harbor East bank robbery. Reportedly, the convicted robber jumped over the bank counter and forced the tellers to open the bank vault by threatening them with a gun. The man and his accomplice also used a fake bomb to delay police response to the robbery. The robbery netted the men $157,000, far more than the average amount of money taken in a Maryland bank robbery.

The man will spend 20 years in prison for his conviction on charges of armed bank robbery, conspiracy to commit bank robbery, and possessing, using, and brandishing a firearm during a violent crime. The man received an enhanced sentence based on his two prior robbery convictions. His accomplice was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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Posted On: October 19, 2011

First Case to be Tried Under Revised Maryland Death Penalty Law

A 29 year-old Essex resident has been accused of shooting and killing a Towson gas station owner in a murder-for-hire scheme. He is one of six people implicated in this killing, including the gas station owner’s wife as well as her brother, sister, and nephew, according to the Baltimore Sun. Court documents state that the wife promised the Essex resident more than $9,000 for the killing of her husband. The case is due in court this week, and as prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in this murder case, it will likely be the first death penalty trial under Maryland’s revamped death penalty law.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the new state statute, which went into effect 2 years ago, says that the death penalty may only be sought in cases where there is “DNA or other biological evidence, a video-taped confession, or a video recording that conclusively links the defendant to the murder”. In the case of the Essex resident, prosecutors have a videotaped recording of the defendant, taken at the Baltimore County police Headquarters on March 6, 2010, ultimately confessing to the crime of killing the gas station owner at a Maryland Hess Station five days earlier on the morning of March 1. However, in an attempt to not get the death penalty in this murder case, the defendant’s attorneys state that he was never told he was being videotaped and what consequences he may face because the confession was on tape. Essentially, the man’s video confession makes him eligible for the death penalty under the revised statute.

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Posted On: October 14, 2011

Federal Investigation Leads to the Arrest of 35 Alleged Gang Members

The Baltimore Sun reports that a recent investigation led to the arrest of 35 alleged gang members for crimes committed in Baltimore and other Maryland locations. The suspects stand accused of a Baltimore murder and other crimes, including witness intimidation, home invasion, kidnapping, and attempted murder. These alleged crimes took place in Frederick, Howard County, Wicomico County, and Allegany County. Kim C. Dine, Frederick police chief, says the arrests represent a significant move for law enforcement. Sixteen of those accused are from Frederick, which means the arrests will have a strong impact on that city.

Anyone accused of a gang-related crime should seek legal representation immediately, as the penalties for a conviction can be much greater if the crime is determined to be gang-related. In some cases, prosecutors charge people with gang offenses even if the accused are not members of criminal gangs. Overzealous law enforcement officials may assume you are a gang member simply because you are in the vicinity of a known gang. If you don’t have an attorney to help you fight the charges, you may be labeled a gang member and may be scrutinized by law enforcement officials for the rest of your life.

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Posted On: October 7, 2011

Baltimore County Police Officer Charged with Assault

The Baltimore Sun reports that a Baltimore County police officer was arrested Tuesday night after he assaulted his girlfriend and pointed a handgun at her. The suspect, a 5-year-veteran working the Pikesville Precinct, faces charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, destruction of property, and false imprisonment. The attack allegedly occurred on September 23 in Towson.

Police records indicate that the pair argued after the victim tried to discuss her involvement in a new relationship. The suspect got into the victim’s car and grabbed her arm forcefully enough to leave a bruise. The argument continued after the pair entered the suspect’s house and, when the victim attempted to leave with her 13-month old child, the man pointed a gun at her and told her to get away from him. Law enforcement officers believe the man had been drinking. He has been suspended and his service weapon has been taken from his possession. He is currently free on $50,000 bail.

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