Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

SAO Press Releases

For Immediate Release 2/13/2017

Today, Gregg Thomas was convicted of the attempted first degree murder of Baltimore Police Sergeant Keith McNeill. He was also found guilty of use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, as well as prohibited possession of a gun.

For Immediate Release 2/13/2017

On February 10, 2017, Wilbert Carter received an 8-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter and 30-days for confining a child unattended in a motor vehicle. Carter’s sentences will run concurrently. Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the abandonment of his 2-year old daughter in a locked car for more than 16 hours on June 22, 2015. Temperatures reached a high of 89 degrees Fahrenheit while his daughter, Leasia, remained in the vehicle.

For Immediate Release 2/9/2017

James Shaw Jr. was sentenced to 40 years in prison suspend all but 25 years for the second degree murder of Steven Krug. In addition to second degree murder, Shaw was also convicted of using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence.

For Immediate Release 1/31/2017

West Baltimore— A jury convicted Glenn Banks in October of 2016 for the murder of Darryl Whitehead, II. Late last week, Banks was sentenced to 60 years in prison for Second Degree Murder, use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, and prohibited possession of a firearm.

For Immediate Release 1/31/2017

West Baltimore— Trannie Hayes was sentenced to the maximum penalty of 50 years in prison for the Second Degree Murder of Eddie Blick and for using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence.

For Immediate Release 1/27/2017

Northwest Baltimore—Today, a jury found Delvonta Morten guilty of the 1st Degree murder of Kevin Cannady, as well as 3-handgun violations including the use of a handgun during the commission of a crime of violence and  use of a handgun by a prohibited person. Morten is now facing life imprisonment. Assistant State’s Attorney Angela Diehl prosecuted the case.

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.