Man Sentenced to 28 Years for Attempted Murder of Brother

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that James William Tayman, 49, of Glen Burnie was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge William C. Mulford, II to 28 years in prison with 5 years of supervised probation upon release for Attempted Second Degree Murder.

"I would like to thank the responding officers for their swift and heroic action to save the victim's life,"said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I am also grateful to Judge Mulford for recognizing the seriousness of this brutal attack, and sentencing the defendant accordingly."

On September 1, 2016, police responded to Juneberry Way in Glen Burnie for a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers found the victim with an apparent knife wound on the left side of his neck. He had lost a significant amount of blood and required immediate medical attention.

An investigation revealed that the victim was visiting family when he and his brother, James Tayman, had a verbal argument. James Tayman obtained a knife from the kitchen, held it to the victim's throat, and cut him.

James William Tayman was found guilty of Attempted Second Degree Murder and Dangerous Weapon: Wear And Carry With Intent To Injure by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury on May 10, 2017.

Judge William C. Mulford, II presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney James Tuomey prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

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Odenton Man Sentenced to 20 years for Child Abuse Resulting in Death

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Da Son Darius Hogan, 23, of Odenton, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge William C. Mulford, II to 20 years in prison with 5 years of supervised probation upon release for First Degree Child Abuse Resulting in Death.

"This man's use of brute force against a two-year-old child reveals a shocking lack of humanity," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I'm thankful to Judge Mulford for ensuring this devastating loss of life is met with harsh punishment."

On March 7, 2016, at approximately 7:30 am, Da Son Hogan was left to care for his girlfriend's three children. After taking the older two children to the school bus stop, Hogan and the youngest child, a two-year-old boy, returned to the hotel room where the group resided.

Cell phone records show that at approximately 11:20 am, Hogan began contacting his girlfriend to request help for a medical emergency. Upon arrival, she observed Hogan attempting CPR on her unresponsive son. She instructed Hogan to contact 9-1-1 immediately.

Anne Arundel County Police responded to the Odenton area hotel and located the unresponsive two-year-old boy. Paramedics transported him to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead as a result of blunt force trauma to his abdomen caused by a forceful strike, such as a punch or kick.

Video surveillance footage collected from the hotel and surrounding businesses shows the boy is in good health when he returns from the bus stop with Hogan. The footage also shows that Hogan and the boy are the only people to enter the hotel room during the time of the incident.

Da Son Darius Hogan pleaded guilty to First Degree Child Abuse Resulting in Death on April 27, 2017.

Judge William C. Mulford presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Pamela Alban prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

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North Beach Woman Sentenced to 8 Years for Fatal Car Crash

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Lauren Renee Scott, 28, of North Beach, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Donna M. Schaeffer to 8 years in prison with 5 years of supervised probation upon release for two counts of Negligent Manslaughter for the deaths of Daniel and Kayla Amos from a violent crash caused by Ms. Scott.

"Let this be an example of the tragedies brought on by heroin use," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "Lauren Scott has been brought to justice for her exceptionally reckless behavior, but the terrible loss of these two young lives will be felt by family, friends, and our community forever."

On February 14, 2016, Lauren Scott was operating a 2002 Toyota Camry in the northbound lane of Solomons Island Road when her vehicle crossed over the center lane lines into the southbound lane. Scott's vehicle, of which she was the only occupant, drove head-on into a 2011 Honda Civic, occupied by the driver, Daniel Brian Amos, age 21, and his wife, Kayla Nicole Amos, age 20. Mr. and Mrs. Amos where out that afternoon celebrating their six month wedding anniversary.

Daniel Amos was pronounced dead at the scene. Kayla Amos was flown in grave condition to the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Kayla Amos was pronounced dead the following morning.

"I believe Dan and Kayla are in Heaven celebrating all the good that God has accomplished through this tragedy," said Kevin Amos, father of Dan Amos. "We really believe, and so did Dan and Kayla, that God doesn't cause these tragedies but, according to scripture, brings about changed hearts and changed lives, for the better, through these painful times."

Defendant, Lauren Scott was also transported to the Shock Trauma Center with non-life threatening injuries immediately after the collision. A toxicology screen revealed the presence of cannabinoids and opiates in Ms. Scott's urine. Scott told nurses that she had injected heroin the morning of the accident, and had not slept prior to the collision because she had "used."

Jacki Cosner, mother of Kayla Amos, stated: "over the past year I have learned so much about the world of drugs, specifically opiates and the horrible world those people drawn to it endure. I may not have been living with it for years, but I certainly have since February 14, 2016 - I consider myself a mom that lost her children to heroin. If you are considering drugs, please understand that saying 'NO' will not only save your life but could be saving the lives of someone else."

Lauren Scott pleaded guilty to two counts of Negligent Manslaughter on April 25, 2017.

Judge Donna M. Schaeffer presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Michael McGraw and Deputy State's Attorney Jonathon Church prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.


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Jessup Man Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for First Degree Rape

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that John Walter Lewis Ramsey, IV, 28, of Jessup, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Stacy W. McCormack to 75 years in prison suspend all but 35 years for First Degree Rape of his family member.

"My sympathies are with the victim of this brutal sexual assault," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I would like to thank Judge McCormack for holding Mr. Ramsay accountable for the irreparable damage he caused when he chose to force himself on a member of his own family."

On July 20, 2016, Anne Arundel County Police department responded to a report of rape. Detectives met with the victim at Howard County General Hospital, where she had been taken for treatment. The victim indicated that at approximately 11 PM on July 19, Ramsey entered her room and sexually assaulted her. He then fled the residence.

John Walter Lewis Ramsey, IV entered an Alford plea to First Degree Rape on March 8, 2017. An Alford plea allows the defendant to admit there is sufficient evidence to find guilt in the eyes of the law while still claiming innocence.

Judge Stacy W. McCormack presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Pamela Alban prosecuted the case on behalf of the State.

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