Crime Briefs

CRIME BRIEFS

July 17, 2009

Reisterstown man pleads guilty to sex trafficking

A Reisterstown man pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to being a pimp and selling sex with teenage girls, whose services he and a partner advertised on the Internet, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. His plea agreement says Byron "B" Thompson, 25, and a co-conspirator ran a sex-trafficking business from October through April, recruiting the teens, ages 15 and 17, earlier this year. Thompson faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 1.

- Tricia Bishop

Man's body found in car near Lake Montebello

A man's decomposing body was found Thursday morning inside a parked car near Lake Montebello in Northeast Baltimore, police said. Passers-by saw the man's body in the car about 8:45 a.m. in the 3400 block of Lake Montebello Drive, near Lake Avenue, and notified authorities, according to police. The body was taken to the medical examiner's office to determine the cause of death. Detective Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman, said the body showed signs of decomposition, indicating that the man might have been dead for days. Part of the path around the lake was closed while detectives investigated. Police also were investigating the shooting early Thursday of a 25-year-old man in West Baltimore. About 1:40 a.m., officers found a man with a gunshot wound to the head lying in an alley in the 200 block of N. Gilmor St., in the Franklin Square neighborhood. He was taken to an area hospital in critical condition, police said.

- Liz F. Kay

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