Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

SAO Press Releases

 For Immediate Release 12/12/16

Antonio Woods pled guilty to the possession of a regulated firearm after being convicted of a crime of violence. Woods was on active parole for a 2007 armed robbery conviction, when he was discovered driving his personal vehicle without a license while “escorting” dirt bike riders through the City. Assistant State’s Attorney Laura Sambataro prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 12/7/16

In September, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City (SAO) and the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) announced the creation of a joint unit dedicated to the elimination of gun violence in the City.

For Immediate Release 12/6/2016 

Brandon Payton has been sentenced to life plus 20 years for the murder of Steven Bass. In September Payton was convicted  of first and second degree murder, as well as the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.

Assistant State's Attorney Adam Lane Chaudry prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 11/28/2016

Antwan Eldridge and Daquan Middleton both face a maximum of 55 years in prison after Baltimore City Circuit Judge Stephen Sfekas found them guilty of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, assault in the first degree and theft.


For Immediate Release 11/22/2016

The Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City (SAO) recently received a $2.4 M grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) through the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Crime Victims Fund tosignificantly expand and improve services to victims and witnesses of crime. 

For Immediate Release 11/21/2016

Jerrod Battle has been sentenced to 65 years in prison for second degree murder, use of a firearm in the crime of violence, and being a prohibited possession of a regulated firearm. Battle was found guilty after a jury trial on September 9, 2016.

For Immediate Release 11/18/2016

Former Baltimore Police Officer Wesley Cagle has been sentenced to 12 years after an August 2015 conviction of first degree assault and use of handgun in the commission of a crime of violence.

For Immediate Release 11/18/2016

Devon Temple faces a maximum of 53 years in prison, after a jury found him guilty of second degree murder, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and two counts of wear, carry or transport of a dangerous weapon.

For Immediate Release 11/17/2016

Michael Griffin has been sentenced to 125 years in prison after he was convicted on five counts of sexual abuse of a minor in September. For five years Griffin sexually abused his girlfriend’s adopted daughter.