Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

SAO Press Releases

For Immediate Release: 1/30/18 

East Baltimore — Ignatius Lawrence Jr. was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years after being convicted of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, using a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence, and two additional gun charges.

Assistant State’s Attorney Michael J. Dunty prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 1/26/2018

Southeast Baltimore —The Office of the State’s Attorney hosted its first Winter  #PopUp event yesterday evening. The SAO welcomed 190 youth at the Mimi Dipiero Family Skating Center, a Baltimore Recreation and Parks facility.  The event was sponsored in partnership with Mayor Catherine Pugh, Office of City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Baltimore Police Department, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks, and DTLR.

For Immediate Release 1/25/18

Southern District — Steven Perkins pled guilty to attempted first degree murder, four counts of first degree assault, one count of second degree assault, and being a felon illegally in possession of a regulated firearm. Perkins was sentenced to 50 years, suspend all but 20 years in prison. Assistant State’s Attorneys Christine Celeste and Matt Pillion of the Gun Violence Enforcement Division prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release: 1/24/18

Central Baltimore—Corey Clark and Marquis Alston were convicted by a Baltimore City jury for attempting to rob two men at gunpoint, an attack that resulted in one man sustaining a single gunshot wound to the back of the neck.

Clark was convicted of two counts of first degree assault, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts of conspiracy to commit first degree assault, and using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. Alston was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to commit first degree assault, two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon, and conspiracy to commit a crime of violence while using a handgun.

Assistant State’s Attorney Alex Rothstein, assigned to the Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED), prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 1/24/2017

Baltimore—Officer Richard A. Pinheiro, Jr. was indicted by a Baltimore City Grand Jury yesterday, January, 23, 2017. The case will be prosecuted by the Public Trust and Police Integrity Unit under the leadership of Assistant State's Attorney StacyAnn Llewellyn, who serves as the chief of this unit which handles criminal complaints against Baltimore Police officers and Baltimore City employees.

For Immediate Release:1/23/18

East Baltimore — David Thornton was found guilty by a Baltimore City jury of voluntary manslaughter and use of a deadly weapon with the intent to injure in the homicide of 17-year-old Jawan Henry. At the time, Thornton was on parole from a second degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder conviction.

Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA) Bethany Durand prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 1/23/2018

Northeast Baltimore— Curtis Robinson was sentenced to 33 years, suspend all but 20 years, for second-degree murder. Assistant State’s Attorney Rita Wisthoff-Ito prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 1/23/2018

Baltimore—Dr. Gregory Burbelo pleaded guilty in District Court to aggravated animal cruelty and inhibiting the testimony of a witness. Burbelo, a veterinarian, received a sentence of five years, suspending all but time served; three years of probation; and a $5,000.00 fine payable to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care (BARCS).

For Immediate Release 1/23/2018

Northeast Baltimore—Teddy Shannon was sentenced to 17 years in prison for making a threat of arson and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is known to law enforcement as Violent Repeat Offender (VRO) and Black Guerilla Family (BGF) member.

For Immediate Release: 1/22/18

Southeast Baltimore — Shawn Batten was convicted of attempted second degree murder, first degree assault, attempted armed robbery, home invasion, and using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence.  Assistant State’s Attorney Natalie Hynum of the Gun Violence Enforcement Division, along with Assistant State’s Attorney Robert M. Perkins, III prosecuted the case.