Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

April 25, 2006

Thief gets jewelry from Jessamy's SUV

The crime was rather ordinary - a downtown break-in and theft from a parked motor vehicle - but the victim was not.

Whoever broke into the black 1999 GMC Yukon Denali on Sunday afternoon, about two blocks east of Baltimore's police headquarters, got away with more than $1,000 worth of jewelry and personal papers belonging to the city's top criminal prosecutor, State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, police reported yesterday.

Jessamy had parked her sport utility vehicle in the 800 block of Granby St. about 3 p.m., and was attending an event at the nearby Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture when someone broke a rear window to get into the SUV and stole an overnight bag containing several pieces of jewelry and personal papers, police said.

Joseph Sviatko, a spokesman for Jessamy's office, when asked about the theft, said, "No comment."

Anyone with information about the theft was asked to call city police at 410-396-2284.

Richard Irwin

Time served in witness case

A Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to time he has served awaiting trial after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice for threatening the father of a witness in his brother's coming murder trial.

Clyde Meadows, 26, was one of the first people charged with witness intimidation after tougher penalties went into effect last fall. In a plea deal, Meadows' witness intimidation charge was dropped, and he pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and agreed to testify against a woman who also was charged with intimidating the father of the witness in Meadows' brother's trial.

The woman, Amanda Johnson, 23, pleaded guilty last month to witness intimidation, and - in a deal reached by the prosecutor, her attorney and the judge - was sentenced to 90 days in jail. Johnson's boyfriend, Kenneth George, is a co-defendant in the murder case.

Circuit Judge John P. Miller sentenced Meadows to time served and three years of probation.

Under a law that went into effect Oct. 1, people convicted of witness intimidation in felony cases, such as a murder, can be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

Julie Bykowicz

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