Team serves probation violation warrants

March 01, 2009|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com

The Baltimore sheriff's department teamed up with Maryland State Police, parole and probation officers and the city police canine unit Friday to serve Circuit Court bench warrants for probation violations, a new partnership in a continuing effort to target repeat violent offenders.

Officials focused on parts of West and Southwest Baltimore, and 21 people were taken into custody, with 27 warrants cleared.

One of the suspects arrested was Donya Tunstall, 36, who is on probation after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in 2005, officials said. He received a 20-year prison sentence, but 18 years and four months of the sentence were suspended. Records show the warrant was originally issued Feb. 28, 2008.

"These are the perpetrators that have already been convicted in Circuit Court of some of the most serious offenses, are then released on probation and continue to commit crimes against the citizens of Baltimore," Baltimore Sheriff John W. Anderson said.

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