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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
A former Baltimore police officer pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to serving as a pimp for his 19-year-old wife and another young woman who lived with him. Between February and May of last year, Lamin Manneh, 32, advertised the two women's services on the Internet and arranged for them to meet more than 300 customers for sex at hotel rooms and homes. Manneh, who was assigned to the police's Eastern District, carried his service weapon as he chaperoned the women to the meetings and agreed to intervene if the clients became aggressive, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
Nathan "Bodie" Barksdale, who helped to inspire drug-dealing characters in the TV series "The Wire," pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to heroin conspiracy charges. The reputed high-ranking Black Guerrilla Family member agreed to a plea deal that calls for 42 months in prison as a result of a wiretap investigation. In a brief hearing, U.S. District Judge George Russell asked him whether he had any questions about pleading guilty. "No, sir," Barksdale replied. "I got busted.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
A Harford County teenager admitted to a judge Wednesday that he shot and killed his father, an act he told police was motivated by years of abuse at the hands of a man who treated him like he "was his slave. " Robert C. Richardson III, now 18, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and a handgun allegation as part of a deal with prosecutors, who dropped more serious charges in the 2012 death of Robert C. Richardson Jr. — a case that both sides said shows people must act when they suspect a child is being mistreated.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | January 14, 2014
An Ohio man pleaded guilty Tuesday to human trafficking charges in connection with the pimping of an Ohio woman in southern Howard County, according to State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan. Howard Draper Jr., 57, of Toledo, Ohio, pleaded guilty to a human trafficking charge and a prostitution charge before opening statements Tuesday in his jury trial in Howard County Circuit Court. Draper was sentenced by Judge Richard Bernhardt to 12 years in prison, 10 for the human trafficking charge and two for the prostitution charge, Kirwan said.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2014
A Pasadena man accused of assaulting Del. Donald Dwyer last summer has pleaded guilty to a drug charge. According to court records, Brian Lucabaugh pleaded guilty to one count of drug possession Friday, when he was scheduled for a status conference in Anne Arundel Circuit Court on charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with...
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2014
A former Army intelligence specialist pleaded guilty Monday to destroying his computer in an attempt to cover his tracks before flying to Africa in a bid to join the Somali militant group al-Shabaab. Craig Benedict Baxam, 26, of Laurel was sentenced in a Baltimore federal courtroom to seven years in prison on the charge of destroying records he thought could be used in a terrorism investigation. The case tested the limits of federal terrorism laws, as prosecution and defense took fundamentally different views of whether Baxam's effort to join the group in 2011 amounted to an attempt to help a terrorist group.
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January 6, 2014
Federal prosecutors are recommending that Mohammad Hassan Khalid - who pleaded guilty to conspiring to aid terrorists while he attended a Howard county high school - be granted leniency at his sentencing because of his considerable cooperation with authorities. The government suggests a term of "less than 10 years" in a court document filed last week in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. We think they can do better. In fact, time served may be appropriate. Mr. Khalid, a Mount Hebron High School graduate who earned a full scholarship to Johns Hopkins University before his arrest in July 2011 at the age of 17, has already spent more than two years in prison.
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By Ian Duncan and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
The driver who hit and killed a man in front of City Hall offered an emotional courtroom apology to his victim's family Thursday, admitting that he was on drugs when he sped off Interstate 83 and into downtown. Johnny Johnson, 44, pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter and possession of heroin in the April death of Matthew Hersl, a longtime finance office worker and Little Italy neighborhood association leader. He was sentenced on the spot to 11 years in prison. Johnson, dressed in a yellow detention center uniform and glasses, stood up and turned toward the family, gesturing awkwardly with cuffed hands as he spoke.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | December 6, 2013
A Carroll County man pleaded guilty to a rape charge earlier this week in Howard County Circuit Court stemming from an attack last August on his former girlfriend at her Marriottsville home. Joseph Dwayne Caudill, 40, formerly of the 3100 block of Cape Hill Court in Hampstead, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape during a motions hearing Wednesday. Last May, a Howard County jury convicted Caudill of kidnapping and second-degree assault, but was deadlocked on the rape charge, according to State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
Using incriminating Facebook postings and a tip from an informant, Anne Arundel County authorities have won convictions against two men for threatening two local judges. Zachary Ryan Mitchell of Brooklyn Park and Justin Ray Ferrell of Curtis Bay pleaded guilty to threatening to injure a state official. The petty criminals, who officials say met at a drug treatment program, traded Facebook complaints about judges presiding over their respective cases. At one point, the conversation hinted at violence.
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