For Immediate Release: 9/11/17
Northeast Baltimore — Raeshawn Rivers was sentenced to 15 years, suspend all but five years, with five years of supervised probation for the robbery of Arnesha Bowers, who was also raped and murdered in June 2015. Rivers’ co-defendants, John Childs and Adonay Dixon, each pled guilty to first degree murder and other charges in relation to their roles in the case.
Assistant State’s Attorney Sharon R. Holback prosecuted the case.
At trial, the jury heard the facts as follows: On June 6, 2015, Bowers, Rivers, Childs, Dixon and a close girlfriend and classmate of Bowers attended a party in an apartment in the building where Rivers and Childs lived. Bowers and her girlfriend were picked up from the party at approximately 11:00 p.m. and taken home by Bowers’ grandmother, who then left for work.
On June 7, 2015, shortly after midnight, then 14-year-old Raeshawn Rivers entered 16-year-old Arnesha Bowers' home in the 6100 block of Eastern Parkway with Childs and Rivers. He and his codefendants had planned at the party to enter the house while Rivers’ distracted the victim in her bedroom to enable the others to ransack the home. The victim, however, realized something was amiss, left her room, and encountered Childs and Dixon in her home. All four went into the living room. Dixon retrieved a meat tenderizer from the kitchen and gave it to Childs with instructions to do something. While Rivers watched, Dixon grabbed the victim and Childs then struck her head with the weapon repeatedly as the victim begged him to stop. The victim collapsed onto the living room floor, and Childs then choked her.
Rivers and Dixon ransacked the house, taking cell phones, money and other items while Childs took the victim to the basement, where he raped her and strangled her with a ligature. The three co-defendants then set multiple fires throughout the house. Neighbors, awakened by their barking dog, discovered the fire in the early morning and called 911. Fire fighters responded and found the victim in the basement on fire.
John Childs pled guilty to First Degree Premeditated Murder, Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder, First Degree Rape, First Degree Arson, Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Arson, First Degree Burglary—Home Invasion, Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Burglary, False Imprisonment, and Robbery with a Deadly Weapon. Childs received three concurrent life sentences and additional concurrent sentences.
Adonay Dixon pled guilty to First Degree Premeditated Murder, Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder, First Degree Arson, Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Arson, First Degree Burglary—Home Invasion, Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Burglary, Robbery with a Deadly Weapon and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Deadly Weapon. Dixon was sentenced to Life, suspend all but 50 years, with five years of probation. As a condition of his guilty plea, Dixon testified at Rivers' trial.
“Rivers’ sentencing marks closure to an utterly brutal sexual assault and murder of an innocent, bright, and beautiful young woman,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “The unconscionable and cruel disregard for human life is extremely disturbing and all three perpetrators have now been held accountable for their actions. This arduous process to obtain convictions will not bring Arnesha Bowers back but I hope that it provides some level of justice for her loved ones."