Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

SAO Press Releases

For Immediate Release 4/5/2017

Southeastern District  - Terrance Jenkins pled guilty Monday morning to the first degree murder of Gina Kirchner. Jenkins pled guilty late last week to murdering his girlfriend, Shelly Fillion, in Baltimore County just days before strangling Kirchner to death. Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Stock prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 3/30/2017

Northwestern Baltimore - On Wednesday, Anne Kirsch was convicted of manslaughter and child abuse resulting in death after a week-long bench trial before Judge Cynthia Jones of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Special Victims Unit Chief, Anne Colt Leitess, prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 3/29/2017

Southwest Baltimore – Carl Cooper was convicted of one count of attempted first degree murder, two counts of using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, three counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of first degree assault, one count of illegally transporting a firearm, and one count of being a felon in possession of a regulated firearm.

For Immediate Release 3/29/2017

North Baltimore—Dennis Padgett was sentenced to Life without parole plus 71 years for killing Troy Preston and Robert Thomas over a parallel parking space in front of his house. Padgett was convicted in December 2016 by a Baltimore City jury of manslaughter for killing Preston, first degree murder for killing Thomas, and five weapons charges related to the shooting.

For Immediate Release 3/29/2017

Southwest Baltimore – Robert Harris was sentenced to Life plus 20 years for his first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and two handgun convictions from January 2017.

In 1997, Robert D. Harris was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for hiring someone to murder his fiancé in Violetville Park. He was granted a new trial in 2012, and yet another new trial in January of this year.

For Immediate Release 3/23/2017

***NOTE: The Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City acknowledges that all officers implicated in the recent federal investigation and indictments are innocent unless and until proven guilty.*** 

Today, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City (SAO) announced that it has devoted substantial resources to not only determine the impact of these federal indictments on active and pending proceedings, but also certain closed and adjudicated cases.

For Immediate Release 3/24/2017

Northeast Baltimore—Jamie Purnell was sentenced to 30 years suspend all but six years after a Baltimore City jury found him guilty of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin. Assistant State’s Attorney Corey Kropp prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 3/21/2017

Northwest Baltimore—Delvonta Morten received a sentence of Life plus 35 years after being found guilty of the 1st Degree murder of Kevin Cannady and three handgun violations in January 2017. Assistant State’s Attorney Angela Diehl prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 3/21/17

Southeast Baltimore— Kurt Fletcher, who made headlines for violently assaulting a woman in Fells Point last year, was convicted on all counts by a Baltimore City jury in February. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. 

Fletcher was charged with first degree assault, robbery, second degree assault, reckless endangerment, and theft. Assistant State’s Attorney Natalie Hynum of the Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED) prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 3/17/2017

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is one of 50 representatives of district and state’s attorneys’ offices from around the country adopting recommendations set forth by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys’ “Use of Force Project.”

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA), a national organization of elected and appointed prosecutors, established the Use of Force Project last year in an effort to address the rising national concern pertaining to police-involved shootings, as well as in custody deaths and serious injuries. State’s Attorney Mosby traveled to San Francisco, CA in January 2017 to the APA’s Major County Prosecutors’ Council to help finalize the 27-page project.