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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2011
Jason Savedoff's bail was reduced and his travel restrictions were eased after he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court this week to conspiracy and theft of major art, according to a court order made public Friday. Savedoff, 24, was indicted in July along with Barry Landau, 63, on charges that they stole dozens of historic documents worth more than $1 million from museums along the East Coast, including the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore. Landau is still awaiting trial, but Savedoff pleaded guilty Thursday . He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison at his sentencing, scheduled for Feb. 10. According to a court order signed after his plea, but filed Friday, Savedoff's bond has been reduced from $250,000 to $150,000, with the difference to be paid to his mother, Antonia Schang, who has acted as her son's custodian during the court proceedings.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
A Cherry Hill crack dealer admitted in federal court Wednesday to killing two rivals as part of a long-running feud between two neighborhood drug crews. Davon Martin, 25, was a member of a group known as Little Spelman, which was locked in a bitter war between 2011 and 2012 with another group, called Up Da Hill. His guilty plea to racketeering conspiracy highlights the interwoven nature of violence in some city neighborhoods. "Many of the shootings and murders in Baltimore City result from disputes between rival drug gangs," said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.
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By Stephanie Hanes and Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF | May 21, 2004
Nearly 20 years after a little girl's beaten body was found in a wooded area of Rosedale, and 19 years after an innocent man was sentenced to death for that killing, the Dawn Hamilton murder case ended yesterday when her true killer pleaded guilty in a Baltimore County courtroom. Kimberly Shay Ruffner, a former East Baltimore man with a history of sexual attacks, acknowledged that he alone had sexually assaulted and murdered the 9-year-old girl in 1984. He was sentenced to life in prison; he is already serving time for an unrelated assault.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
The owner of a College Park waste collection business pleaded guilty Monday to transporting stolen property as part of a scheme to steal waste vegetable oil, the U.S. attorney's office announced. Ahmad Qaabid Abdul-Rahim, 37, admitted in a plea agreement entered in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to receiving nearly $99,000 for selling more than 94,000 gallons of stolen waste vegetable oil during a nine-month period last year. Abdul-Rahim, who according to the plea agreement once played football at the University of Maryland, acknowledged that he and a friend first stole waste vegetable oil in 2010 from restaurants in Prince George's County, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
The owner of a College Park waste collection business pleaded guilty Monday to transporting stolen property as part of a scheme to steal waste vegetable oil, the U.S. attorney's office announced. Ahmad Qaabid Abdul-Rahim, 37, admitted in a plea agreement entered in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to receiving nearly $99,000 for selling more than 94,000 gallons of stolen waste vegetable oil during a nine-month period last year. Abdul-Rahim, who according to the plea agreement once played football at the University of Maryland, acknowledged that he and a friend first stole waste vegetable oil in 2010 from restaurants in Prince George's County, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.
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April 26, 2008
A 17-year-old pleaded guilty yesterday to being an accessory after the fact in the stabbing death of a 15-year-old girl whose body was found by her mother last summer in her Southwest Baltimore home. Lloyd Chase of the 2100 block of McHenry St. faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, prosecutors said. The victim, Christine Richardson, was killed July 10 in her home in the 300 block of S. Fulton Ave. She suffered multiple stab wounds and her throat was slashed after an argument, according to the city state's attorney's office.
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By Miranda S. Spivack, The Washington Post | July 6, 2011
Leslie Johnson walked into the Prince George's County Council chambers Tuesday morning, and began her usual routine — joining her colleagues in prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Although most of the council didn't know it, she had just handed in a resignation letter. Minutes later, she left through a back door. It was Johnson's first appearance in public since she pleaded guilty last week to destroying evidence in a federal investigation of county government corruption. At the time, Johnson said she would stay on the council until her sentencing in October, prompting vociferous objections from fellow politicians and the public.
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December 30, 2011
A 21-year-old Parkville man received a 25-year sentence for the July 18, 2010 shooting death of Derrick Maxey Jr. in the parking lot of the American Legion Post on Bond Street in Bel Air. Rakim Raid Muhammad pleaded guilty to second degree murder and use of a handgun in a violent crime in the death of Maxey who was shot in the back of the head. The guilty plea and sentencing were the result of a plea bargain, as Circuit Court Judge Emory Plitt commented Muhammed was "looking to do a life sentence on the installment plan.
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By JORGE VALENCIA and JORGE VALENCIA,SUN REPORTER | July 19, 2006
A Jessup man pleaded guilty yesterday to second-degree sex offense of a mentally disabled woman. Gary Ray Blush, 49, opted out of trial in Howard County Circuit Court by reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors for engaging in sexual activity in January with a woman who prosecutors said has the mental level of a young child. Second-degree sexual offense carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, but as part of the plea deal, Blush will serve no more than 10 years in prison. Sentencing is Nov. 22.
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August 12, 1992
WESTMINSTER -- A 20-year-old Baltimore man who has made at least six cocaine-selling trips to Carroll County pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of drug distribution in exchange for a the chance of a lighter sentence and the dropping of three other charges.Christopher Grant Braxton, of the 5300 block of Denmore Avenue, made the guilty plea before Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. after his public defender and an assistant state's attorney agreed to recommend a suspended seven-year prison sentence and five years of probation.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2013
A former treasurer of the University of Baltimore School of Law's Student Bar Association has pleaded guilty to stealing $33,000 from the organization. Margaret Oyler, 29, never graduated from the law school and found herself instead sitting as a defendant Thursday before a Baltimore judge. Oyler was given a five-year suspended prison sentence and three years' probation. She must also pay back the money. In an interview, Oyler said the thefts happened during "an extremely dark period in my life.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 25, 2013
A 35-year-old Street man, who had once served as a youth pastor at a Bel Air church, pleaded guilty earlier this week to a single third degree sex offense in connection with an incident involving a teenage girl. Walter Harrison Yocum entered the guilty plea on Wednesday before Circuit Court Judge M. Elizabeth Bowen, according to court records. Yocum is scheduled to be sentenced by Bowen on May 30 at 9 a.m., according to court records. Yocum was charged last August with five counts of sex abuse of a minor, one count of third degree sex offense and two counts of fourth degree sex offense.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2013
When Brenda Brown stood before a judge, she figured she had only one real option: plead guilty. She had been caught with three bags of marijuana in her pocket in Northwest Baltimore. She didn't know that Kendell Richburg, the arresting officer, had lied about having seen her buy the drugs, potentially violating her constitutional right against unreasonable search and seizure. Now, her case is among hundreds under review by prosecutors in light of Richburg's conduct. Brown, 52, is serving a sentence that includes a year of probation, court costs, counseling, drug testing and another possession count on a lengthy rap sheet.
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February 24, 2013
Regarding your report on the guilty plea of alleged school shooter Robert Gladden Jr., I am a firm believer that before judges and prosecutors send a defendant to jail, they should spend some time incarcerated themselves to experience the conditions a prisoner faces ("Gladden pleads guilty in shooting," Feb. 20). Mr. Gladden, a minor, made his plea in adult court. This is a travesty of justice for a 15-year-old who was never given a break in life. After following his case, it appears to me that he is a troubled teen who desperately needs help.
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January 9, 2013
I read with interest your article about Catonsville developer Steve Whalen Jr., who pleaded guilty to five counts of election-law violations for illegally funneling money to a Baltimore County councilman's reelection campaign ("Builder admits illegal gifts," Jan. 4). Prosecutors said Mr. Whalen exceeded the $10,000 limit on total contributions over a four-year election cycle, all in an apparent attempt to help certain politicians get elected. Yet Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson reportedly gave over $100 million to Super PACs working to defeat President Obama and get the Republican candidate elected.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2012
Thomas Lee Meighan Jr., convicted last year of hitting and killing a Johns Hopkins University student with his car, asked a Baltimore circuit judge Thursday to let him take back his guilty plea and go to trial, arguing that he did not know about some evidence in the case. He said a forensic reconstruction of the 2009 accident shows that 20-year-old Miriam Frankl of Wilmette, Ill., was responsible for her own death, and that Julie Shapiro, his public defender, did not fully discuss with him the conclusions of the report.
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September 27, 2001
A former Manchester volunteer firefighter pleaded guilty to second-degree arson yesterday in an April fire at a vacant house in the town. Joshua Spicer, 19, will be held at Carroll County Detention Center in Westminster until his sentencing Dec. 19. He also was ordered yesterday to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Spicer originally was charged with eight counts in the fire in the 3200 block of York St.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | November 27, 2012
A Churchville man will spend up to 14 months in jail after pleading guilty Monday to a drinking and driving offense and one count of possession of marijuana in connection with a December 2011 traffic accident in northern Harford County that killed a Pennsylvania man. Charles Robert Creaney, 23, of the 2900 block of Northern Dancer Drive, pleaded guilty in Harford County Circuit Court in Bel Air to one count of negligent homicide by motor vehicle while...
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Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2012
The owner of a Laurel dry-cleaning business has pleaded guilty to improperly disposing of cleaning solvents near Millersville, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced Friday. Mehret Sium, owner of Discount Dry Cleaners LLLC, entered guilty pleas Aug. 31 in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to charges of illegal disposal of hazardous wastes and failure to follow hazardous-waste transportation requirements, according to court records. The case stems from a tip received in March, when the Maryland Department of the Environment's hazardous response team found 18 drums of dry cleaning solvent waste on the side of Dicus Mill Road in Anne Arundel County.
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