Prosecutor hires 2
WESTMINSTER -- The daughter of former Baltimore Colts coach Ted Marchibroda and a veteran state police investigator are the two newest members of the State's Attorney's Office.
State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman on Thursday announced that Lonni Marchibroda, 33, is the newest assistant state's attorney and James M. Leete, 50, will serve as the office's second criminal investigator. Both people started their jobs Wednesday.
Ms. Marchibroda most recently was an attorney in an Annapolis firm before joining the Carroll office. She is a graduate of the University of Florida and Georgetown University Law Center. She has worked as an intern in the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office, and has been a law clerk for two circuit court judges.
"I've wanted to be a prosecutor for a long time," Ms. Marchibroda said. "It's what I want to do."
Ms. Marchibroda was chosen from a field of 100 applicants. A panel of four attorneys from Mr. Hickman's office interviewed the top 20 of those applicants. Among the 20 were six assistant state's attorney's from across the state, as well as four public defenders.
Ms. Marchibroda will prosecute cases in the District Court after a several-week period in which she will observe how judges and defense attorneys work in Carroll.
"I'm really excited to have her on board," Mr. Hickman said. "When we questioned her references, all of them remarked upon her having more desire to be a prosecutor than anyone they knew."
Ms. Marchibroda fills the spot vacated by Jill Trivas in November. Ms. Trivas left the office to join the Baltimore Public Defender's Office.
Mr. Leete retired Tuesday after a 26-year career with the DTC Maryland State Police. Most recently, he was a sergeant in the Criminal Investigation Division. His career began with a stint in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division. After that, he became a police officer in Alexandria, Va. He began his state police career in 1969.
He was a chief investigator in several high-profile cases during his career, among them the 1979 contract killing of Mary Ruth Myers of Silver Run, a misuse of equipment and construction materials in the Carroll County school system, and the solving of a string of brutal rapes in the Westminster area several years ago.
Mr. Leete was hired to aid in investigating the "more difficult crimes" such as homicide and rape cases. He will assist attorneys in pretrial preparation and also will help with ongoing surveillances with the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force.