Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

SAO Press Releases

For Immediate Release 8/12/15

William Stokes was sentenced Tuesday to 45 years in prison— the first 25 years without parole— for second-degree attempted murder, robbery with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery. Stokes has a violent past and was on parole at the time of the crime for a 2005 robbery charge. Assistant State’s Attorney Sheryl Atkins prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 8/11/15

Tiesha Williams has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after being convicted in June 2015 of first-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon.

For Immediate Release 8/11/15

 Christopher Cox pled guilty Monday to a 2014 carjacking charge. Cox was sentenced to 10 years of incarceration for his crime.

For Immediate Release 8/10/15

Quinton Bass, who made headlines after being accused of murdering two prominent Mt. Vernon community members, was convicted Monday afternoon of two first-degree murder charges and several handgun and robbery charges. Assistant State’s Attorney Tonya Lapolla prosecuted the case.  The case concluded on the third anniversary of the murder.

For Immediate Release 8/7/15

Michael Wesley was sentenced Thursday to life in prison, suspend all but 40 years, for the first-degree murder of Rachel Curtis, and a concurrent sentence of 10 years for second-degree arson. Assistant State’s Attorney Michelle Wilson prosecuted the case. Assistant State’s Attorney Dana Middleton second chaired the case.

For Immediate Release 8/6/2015

Tremayne Lewis faces life in prison after being convicted of first degree murder, first degree assault, two handgun violations and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. He will be sentenced on October 16, 2015.

The foundation of the criminal justice system is built around trust. And in today’s harsh reality, citizens in Baltimore City typically do not trust prosecutors or police. They do not trust that their safety and well-being will be protected when they are called to testify in open court.

They are afraid of being ostracized by their communities after being labeled a snitch. They are afraid to tell my staff and my partners at the Baltimore Police Department what happened to their father, their cousin, their best friend or even their own children. They are afraid to tell law enforcement who fired the bullets that left their loved one slumped over and lifeless in a pool of blood.

Unfortunately for my constituents, there is a real possibility that pursuing justice on behalf of a slain victim inside the courtroom may produce a second victim outside of it.

For Immediate Release 8/3/15

Marquel Gaffney was convicted of first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, two counts of using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, and possession of a regulated firearm after having been convicted of a Disqualifying Crime. Gaffney is facing a maximum penalty of double life plus 55 years. Assistant State’s Attorney Kurt Bjorklund prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 7/31/2015

Devon Fergerson was convicted Thursday evening of a brazen double murder of two brothers in Upper Fells Point.

For Immediate Release 7/31/2015

Lisa Hubbard has been sentenced to 3 years, suspend all but 30 days, for threatening a witness with a knife and threatening to harm her if she did not drop theft charges against her.