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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2011
A Laurel supermarket clerk accused, along with her sister, of killing a man who prosecutors say owed her money for drugs entered a plea to second-degree murder Tuesday that will get her between eight and 10 years in prison. Patrice Rashah Dove, 22, cried as she entered an Alford plea before Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge William Mulford II, meaning she did not admit to killing Jamal Medina, 22, of Laurel on Dec. 21, 2009, at the Maryland City Plaza Shopping Center, but acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence against her for a conviction.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2014
A Dundalk woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for her role in a January 2013 shooting and stabbing death in Glen Burnie. Erica Tywanda Banks, 28, entered an Alford plea to first-degree murder in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court on Monday after prosecutors described a 911 tape indicating the victim told an operator before dying: "Erica Banks, she set me up. " An Alford plea means Banks does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors have...
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 6, 2000
A 19-year-old Taneytown man could be sentenced to 10 years in prison for stabbing a man with a pocketknife in December, according to a plea agreement reached yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court. William Paul Diebel of the 3900 block of Sells Mill Road entered an Alford plea, meaning he did not admit guilt, but agreed it was in his best interest to enter a guilty plea because the state had enough evidence to convict him of first-degree assault. In return, prosecutor David P. Daggett agreed to ask for no more than a 10-year prison term.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
A Pasadena man has entered an Alford plead to conspiring with two others to lure a Curtis Bay man into the woods where he was shot and stabbed to death last January. Tremain Celos Calhoun Jr., 25, entered the plea to one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court on Friday. An Alford plea means Calhoun does not admit guilt, but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him. Assistant State's Attorney Kelly Poma allege that Calhoun, Eric Banks and Erica Banks were all involved in the death of Darren Dwayne Bell, 26, in the early morning hours of Jan. 27, 2013.
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April 23, 2008
A former and current Baltimore police officer received suspended jail sentences yesterday in a case in which a Morgan State University office manager and two young women were assaulted outside a Federal Hill pizza shop in 2005, according to city prosecutors. The victim, Akhenaton R. Bonaparte IV, has said the two officers, who are white, harassed him and called him a racist as he and his two young female friends talked about African-American history in Maria D's shop on Light Street. Jack H. Odom, who resigned from the force after the incident, was sentenced to a 10-day suspended jail sentence and a year of probation.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff writer | December 14, 1990
A 24-year-old Pasadena man pleaded guilty to manslaughter yesterday in connection with the December 1989 shooting death of his live-in girlfriend.Raymond Edward Davis, of the 7800 block Water Oak Point Road, had been charged with the second-degree murder of 24-year-old Linda S. Kohlhoff.Kohlhoff died within hours of being shot near the eye with a .22-caliber handgun, said Assistant State's Attorney Kathleen Rogers.Davis entered an Alford plea, in which a defendant concedes the existence of enough evidence to convict him but does not admit guilt.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | April 12, 1995
An Edgewater woman admitted yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court that she fatally shot her boyfriend after a night of drinking and fighting in the motel room that was their home.Vicki Lynn Flanagan, 37, entered an Alford plea to manslaughter in the May 13 shooting death of 37-year-old Joseph Boswell. She did not admit she was guilty, but acknowledged that the state had enough evidence to convict her.Assistant State's Attorney Warren W. Davis III said Flanagan called 911 shortly after 4 a.m. and told a police dispatcher that she had "just shot her boyfriend" in their room at the Mayo Motel in the 800 block of Mayo Road in Edgewater.
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February 7, 1992
An Essex man who pleaded guilty to raping his wife last September has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Baltimore County Circuit Court.The 34-year-old man had been separated from his wife for 10 months when he became angry while visiting her last Sept. 9 because she was soaking her wedding rings in jewelry cleaner and refused to put them on at his command, said prosecutor Stephen Bailey.He came back about 4 a.m. the next day, the prosecutor said. The man pulled his wife from her bed, where she was sleeping with their 5-year-old daughter, put "a very real-looking toy gun to her head and threatened to shoot her if she didn't submit."
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 19, 2005
A Pasadena man charged in the death of a pedestrian who was walking home from work a year ago entered an Alford plea yesterday. William Glenn Greene, 60, did not admit guilt but agreed that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him of negligent homicide while under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of the fatality. Roger Gordon Sr., 61, also of Pasadena was killed in the early evening of Jan. 22. At Greene's March 18 sentencing, Deputy State's Attorney William D. Roessler said, he will ask Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis to incarcerate him. The day of the accident, Greene was eastbound in his van on Mountain Road when he failed to yield to an oncoming car, turning left in front of it and into an Exxon station, Roessler said.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2012
A woman who faced more than 140 counts of keeping dozens of cats in poor conditions and not taking care of them entered a plea Tuesday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court acknowledging that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her of 10 charges. Deanna Lusko, who owned the Cool Cats Rescue, in Severna Park, entered an Alford plea to five counts of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to the animals and five counts of not providing veterinary care, according to Kristin Fleckenstein, spokeswoman for the county prosecutors.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2012
Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon has paid off the $45,000 a court ordered her to donate to charities, resolving charges that she violated her probation in the criminal case that led to her leaving office. In early November, Dixon was charged with violating her probation because she had fallen behind on the donations. In court Friday, her probation officer said the $27,000 balance had been paid off, pending the clearance of two cashier's checks. Dixon, who said when the charges were filed that she couldn't keep up with the payments, declined to say where she found the money.
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By Ian Duncan and Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2012
Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon could face the loss of her city pension — and possibly prison time — after being charged with a probation violation connected to a plea deal she struck on perjury and theft allegations. Dixon was $13,640 behind on payments toward a $45,000 charitable donation she agreed to make as part of the deal, according to records maintained by the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. The new legal trouble threatens to derail what some had speculated was a nascent political comeback by the former mayor.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
A veteran Baltimore police detective must resign from the department after being placed on probation for stealing groceries with her daughter, a cashier at the store where the theft occurred. Darlene Early, a Western District detective who joined the department in 1990, entered an Alford plea Wednesday to one count of theft under $1,000. An Alford plea allows a defendant to maintain innocence while admitting that prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction. Her 18-year-old daughter, Ciara Anderson, pleaded guilty to the same charge, prosecutors said.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2011
A 25-year-old man died after he was shot Sunday night in the parking lot of Mo's Seafood in Glen Burnie. The Anne Arundel County police department identified the victim as Andrew Michael Johnson of the 100 block of Sloane Drive in Glen Burnie. According to police, officers responded to a report of a shooting about 10:34 p.m. Sunday outside the seafood restaurant, in the 7100 block of Ritchie Highway. Officers found the victim in the parking lot with a gunshot wound to the upper torso, police said.
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November 1, 2011
A former Fallston psychologist, who sexually abused three girls under his care, will serve 18 months in jail, rather than the six years he agreed to as part of a plea agreement reached with prosecutors in August. Despite calling it a "sad and distressing case," retired Harford County Circuit Judge Maurice Baldwin Monday sharply modified the sentence David Wayne Schrumpf, 56, of the 4400 block of Prospect Road in Whiteford, from what Schrumpf had agreed to when he entered an Alford plea, which is not an admission of guilt, but rather an acknowledgment that the state had enough evidence to get a conviction.
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September 29, 2011
A Crofton man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for beating and carjacking a woman outside a mall. Forty-one-year-old Andre Ennis was sentenced Tuesday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. He had entered an Alford plea. According to The Capital of Annapolis, Ennis beat a 61-year-old woman and stole her car outside Marley Station Mall on March 2. Police found the woman's car the next day in Baltimore, and used fingerprints and DNA found in the vehicle to identify Ennis as a suspect.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2011
A retired Episcopal priest, whose last assignment was as the vicar at a church in northern Harford County, pleaded guilty last week to sexually abusing two young girls in Cecil County. The Rev. Donald W. Belcher, 82, entered an Alford plea on two counts of sexual abuse of minors in Cecil County Circuit Court. An Alford plea allows a defendant to maintain his innocence while acknowledging that the state has enough evidence to convict him. Belcher was released on $100,000 bond and is awaiting a June 28 sentencing, in which he could receive 25 years on each count, to be served consecutively, said Kevin Urick, assistant state's attorney for Cecil County.
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