Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

SAO Press Releases

For Immediate Release: 9/11/17

Northeast Baltimore — Raeshawn Rivers was sentenced to 15 years, suspend all but five years, with five years of supervised probation for the robbery of Arnesha Bowers, who was also raped and murdered in June 2015. Rivers’ co-defendants, John Childs and Adonay Dixon, each pled guilty to first degree murder and other charges in relation to their roles in the case.

Assistant State’s Attorney Sharon R. Holback prosecuted the case. 

For Immediate Release 9/7/2017

Northwest Baltimore— Damon Stansbury was sentenced to 45 years in prison for the second-degree murder of Nathan Walker, Jr.

Assistant State’s Attorney Kurt Bjorklund prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 9/5/2017

Baltimore—Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby joined 22 other elected prosecutors and law enforcement leaders – including District Attorneys, State Attorneys, Sheriffs and former Police Chiefs from 17 jurisdictions representing more than 13 million people around the nation – by filing a brief with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, urging the Court to stop the Department of Justice from coercing local jurisdictions into enforcing federal immigration duties and responsibilities by imposing new Department of Justice conditions on federal grants that support local law enforcement initiatives.

For Immediate Release 8/31/2017

Southeast Baltimore— Darrell Johns was convicted of more than a dozen counts related to a 2016 armed home invasion of an elderly couple in Patterson Park.

Assistant State’s Attorneys (ASA) Brandis Marsh and Michael Turiello of the Major Investigations Unit (MIU) prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 8/30/2017

Southwest Baltimore— A Baltimore jury convicted Kaneilus Hull of conspiracy to commit the May 2015 murder of Hassan Fields. Assistant State’s Attorney Kurt Bjorklund prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 8/26/2017

South Baltimore—The Office of the State’s Attorney hosted its final #PopUp event of the summer on Friday. The SAO hosted 100 youth at Cherry Hill’s Aquatic Center. The event was sponsored in partnership with Mayor Catherine Pugh, Office of City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Baltimore Police Department, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks, and DTLR.

For Immediate Release 8/23/2017

South Baltimore—Andrew Brown was convicted of two counts of attempted armed robbery and using a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. Assistant State’s Attorney Alex Rothstein of the Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED) prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 8/22/2017

West Baltimore— Frederick Catchings pled guilty to two counts of attempted first degree murder and the use of a handgun during the commission of a crime of violence. The SAO’s Major Investigation Unit (MIU) Chief Gerald Collins and Assistant State’s Attorney Laura Sambataro prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 8/22/2017

Central Baltimore— Vincent Barefoot and Derrick Jackson were convicted of the murder of Tayvon Cokley. Barefoot was found guilty of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, using a firearm to commit a crime of violence, and illegally transporting a handgun. Jackson was convicted of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and being an accessory after the fact to murder.

Assistant State’s Attorney Charles Fitzpatrick prosecuted the case.

For Immediate Release 8/21/2017

Over the past few weeks, major concerns have arisen pertaining to the Baltimore Police Department’s use of body-worn camera (BWC) devices. Just as in the case of the seven (7) federally indicted officers, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City (SAO) has been forced to employ significant resources in order to thoroughly evaluate questionable BWC incidents and all related cases pertaining to the officers involved. To date, all known questionable BWC activity has been referred to the Baltimore Police Internal Affairs Division and is currently under investigation.