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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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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | December 2, 2013
The third and final defendant in the Marriottsville shooting pleaded guilty on Monday in connection with the kidnapping and execution-style shooting of a 15-year-old boy in a Howard County field in 2012. Laura Christian Karr, 26, of the 400 block of High meadow Road in Reisterstown, pleaded guilty to a kidnapping charge before Howard County Circuit Court Judge Richard S. Bernhardt, according to State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan. Karr is the third person convicted in the shooting of the teen, who survived.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
An Anne Arundel County man was sentenced to 14 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to being the driver of a vehicle in a fatal drive-by shooting in Pasadena last fall, and to an unrelated shooting last summer. Paul James Michael, 19, pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to a charge of accessory after the fact in connection with a Oct. 13, 2012 shooting that killed 21-year-old Matthew Morrow and wounded Darren Costa, who was 20 at the time. He also pleaded guilty to three counts of reckless endangerment for shooting toward a Pasadena home in August 2012.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Three men pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to commit a West Baltimore murder that left two brothers dead and inspired what police believe was a revenge killing against the family of one of the suspects, the State's Attorney's Office said. Evric Morgan, 28, Rafael Hardy, 30, and Tyrell Hill, 28, all accepted deals extended by a Baltimore circuit judge to plead guilty on the eve of their trials in exchange for receiving a sentence of life with all but 20 years suspended. A fourth defendant, Marcelle Graham, rejected the deal and is maintaining his innocence.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
An administrator with wide-ranging access to the supposedly secret transactions on the Silk Road online market pleaded guilty to a drug charge Thursday in Baltimore after he was caught in a federal sting in January. Curtis Clark Green, 47, was unmasked as postal inspectors delivered a kilogram of cocaine to his Utah home. He had given his address to an undercover agent. Green's plea agreement reveals more details about how federal agents in Maryland closed in on the operators of the shadowy Internet site over the course of two years and built cases against its users and administrators.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
An Edgewood drug dealer pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to supplying customers around the world through the Silk Road online marketplace. Jacob Theodore George IV, 32, admitted to agents with the Department of Homeland Security in January 2012 that he sold heroin and methylone — a synthetic drug often marketed as "bath salts" — using the hidden site. Silk Road was taken down and its alleged founder arrested at a San Francisco library early last month. George's attorney said he had been in custody since last year, but the charges against him were not filed until after the bust.
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