Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

SAO Press Releases

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.

For Immediate Release 3/10/2017

East Baltimore — Dontae Breeden was sentenced to Life plus 23 years after being convicted by a Baltimore City jury in February. Breeden was found guilty of the first degree murder of 18-year-old Rykeise Shaw, as well as handgun violations, including Use of a Handgun in the Commission of a Crime of Violence. Breeden was designated as “Public Enemy Number One” by the Baltimore Police Department in January 2016.

For Immediate Release 3/10/2017

Central Baltimore—Andres Argeta pled guilty to Life in prison for the murder of Edwin Rivera. In accordance with the plea agreement, Argeta will serve a concurrent 10-year sentence for Use of Handgun in the Commission of a Crime of Violence; a concurrent 25-year sentence for the attempted murder of Mario Vasquez; a concurrent nine-year sentence for assault in the first degree of Oscar Torres; and a concurrent three-year sentence for the assault in the second degree of Irma Maravilla.

For Immediate Release 3/10/2017

North Baltimore—Jerome Willis was convicted of using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence and the second degree murder of Antoine Pettiford. Assistant State’s Attorney Tonya LaPolla prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 3/8/2017

West Baltimore—Terrence Edwards was recently convicted and sentenced to 12 years for robbery, second degree assault, and theft. Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Turiello prosecuted the case.

Edwards was previously acquitted at trial of armed robbery in a case with strikingly similar facts. In that case, it was alleged that Edwards robbed a cab driver after using a pre-paid cell phone to order a cab from the 600 block of North Pulaski Street. He then stood trial for a second taxi cab robbery where he allegedly used the same pre-paid phone to rob another taxi driver. That case ended in a hung jury.