Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

SAO Press Releases

For Immediate Release 1/27/2017

Davon Temple was sentenced this week to 50 years in prison for the second degree murder of James McKoy. Temple was also convicted and sentenced for using a handgun in a crime of violence and illegally transporting a handgun. Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED) Chief Charles Blomquist and GVED Team Captain Christine Celeste successfully tried and convicted Temple.

For Immediate Release 1/24/2017

Tshibangu Kazadi was convicted of the second degree murder of Brandon Smith and the use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. He faces 50 years in prison for his crimes. This conviction was due in large part to the diligence of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) and the cooperation of witnesses through the support of the Victim-Witness Services Unit within the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City (SAO). 

For Immediate Release 1/18/2017

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 2017. Last week, he was found guilty of first degree murder, two handgun violations including the use of a handgun during the commission of a crime of violence, solicitation to commit murder, and conspiracy to commit murder.

For Immediate Release 1/18/2017

Nehemias Batista was found guilty of Murder in the First Degree and Conspiracy to Commit Murder of Edwin Rivera; Attempted Murder in the First Degree and Conspiracy to Commit Murder of a second victim; Assault in the First Degree and Conspiracy to Commit Assault of a third victim; and Assault in the Second Degree of a fourth victim. Assistant State’s Attorney Angela Diehl prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 1/17/2017

Last week, Martinez Thomas pled guilty to two handgun charges in connection to a drug raid conducted by Baltimore Police in May 2016. Assistant State’s Attorney Danielle Cardin prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 1/12/2017

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby joined Governor Larry Hogan, Senator James Brochin, and representatives of the Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association (MSAA) to announce critical legislation that will give prosecutors and courts the tools they need to ensure just outcomes in serial sexual assault and serial child molestation cases.

For Immediate Release 1/12/2017

Earlier this week, Stacy Plater, a member of the Baltimore Police Department, was convicted of misconduct in office. Prosecutors assigned to the Public Trust and Police Integrity Unit within the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City successfully prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 1/11/2017

Raymond Drumgoole was convicted of nine counts relating to the illegal possession of a firearm on Tuesday. He will serve 10 years—the first five without parole— in prison for his crimes. Drumgoole, who was on probation at the time of his arrest, is backing up 12 years of prison time for a 2008 drug conviction. Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Malcolm prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 1/11/2017

Marlo Lomax and Gary Ward face life sentences for ambushing a couple at a bus stop. Lomax was convicted of attempted first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of use of a handgun during the commission of a crime of violence, and first degree assault. Ward was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, two handgun violations including use of a handgun during the commission of a crime of violence and use of a handgun by a prohibited person, as well as first degree assault. Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA) Traci Robinson prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 1/10/2017

Trace Hanse will spend life in prison for the first degree murder of Sierra Burley in 2016. In addition to Hanse’s first degree murder conviction, he was also found guilty of first degree assault, two counts of use of a handgun in a crime of violence, prohibited possession and home invasion. Hanse was sentenced to Life plus 25 years for his crimes.

Assistant State’s Attorney Traci Robinson successfully prosecuted this case.