Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

January 17, 2009

Man, 20, pleads guilty to car theft, other counts

A 20-year-old Baltimore man admitted yesterday stealing a car and fleeing the scene of an accident when police attempted to pull him over. The Oct. 8 incident touched off a foot chase and led to Donte A. Bennett being shot by a Baltimore police officer near an elementary school after he threw a jacket at the officer and ran at him. After crashing into a vehicle occupied by a mother and son, Bennett fled on foot through Hilton Parkway and ran into a wooded area. According to charging documents, Officer Victor Reillo fired at Bennett after he emerged from a stairwell in the 3300 block of Presstman St. He was shot in both thighs, but he continued to flee and was caught a short distance away. Bennett, of the 500 block of S. Smallwood St., pleaded guilty to eight charges, including car theft, reckless endangerment and traffic offenses and was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Roger W. Brown to 2 1/2 years in prison.

Justin Fenton

20-year term imposed in drug-related murder

U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced a 40-year-old Baltimore man yesterday to 20 years in federal prison for his involvement in a drug-related murder, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office announced. According to a statement of facts, Roosevelt Spann - also known as Russell Rice Jr. and "Peachy" - was supposed to be the getaway driver in a drug dealer's $10,000 contract murder, but he couldn't get the stolen motorcycle he was using started.

Tricia Bishop

Conviction in 45 minutes in 2 shootings, one fatal

A Baltimore jury took 45 minutes Thursday to convict a man of murdering one person and trying to kill another on an East Baltimore street - crimes that fed a spike in violence in May 2007. Shawn Dickey, 22, of the 400 block of N. Collington Ave. was convicted of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, handgun charges and first-degree assault. On May 22, 2007, Dickey and an unknown male shot Alexander Rose, 23, and a second man who managed to run away. Rose fell in the 2300 block of E. Fayette St., where Dickey stood over him and shot him multiple times, prosecutors said. The second victim survived. The shootings occurred in a week in which 17 city residents were shot, four fatally, prompting Mayor Sheila Dixon to hold a news conference on the spike in violence. Dickey, whose sentencing is set for March 17, faces a possible maximum sentence of double life plus 65 years in prison.

From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Ocean City man, 22, gets 10 years in fatal beating

SNOW HILL: An Ocean City man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in the fatal beating of a 19-year-old Berlin man. A judge sentenced 22-year-old Dominic Canale yesterday. Canale had been convicted in November of manslaughter and second-degree assault. Canale's lawyer had sought a sentence of two to six years. Michael Mitchell died May 29 after he was struck with a baseball bat. Canale and two other men were charged, but charges against one of the men were later dropped. Police said soon after the death that Mitchell was struck during a fight between two groups that began after a graduation party in the Decatur Farms subdivision.

Associated Press

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