Pasadena Man Guilty of Second Degree Murder

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Joseph Patrick Soule, 28, of Pasadena, was found guilty of Second Degree Murder by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury on Friday.

"Without any eye witnesses, this was a difficult case to prove," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I'm thankful to police and prosecutors for their diligent work in pulling together the evidence and holding Soule accountable."

On the morning of May 12, 2014, the body of Christie Pelland was found at the Medical Arts Building in Glen Burnie, where she worked as an overnight cleaner. Ms. Pelland was stabbed 66 times and cut an additional 20 times.

In the week prior to her murder, Ms. Pelland became associated with Joseph Patrick Soule, to whom she supplied drugs in exchange for access to his car.

On May 11 at approximately 10:30 pm, Soule informed an associate that he was going to meet Ms. Pelland. Approximately three hours later, at the time of the murder, cell phone tracking data places Soule in the area of Ms. Pelland.

Police recovered bloody shoeprints near the victim's body. These shoeprints are consistent with a pair of Nike Air Visi Pro IV shoes Soule was observed shoplifting on May 11. The shoes were never recovered. On the morning of May 12, Surveillance video captured Soule at a Glen Burnie mall without any shoes on. He hurried into a store and purchased a new pair of Nike shoes.

DNA testing determined that Christie Pelland's blood was found in Soule's vehicle on the interior of the driver's door.

Joseph Patrick Soule faces up to 30 years in prison as a result of this conviction. Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

Judge Laura S. Kiessling presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorneys Jason Steinhardt and Anastasia Prigge prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.


District Court Drug Court to Graduate 8 More Participants for 2017

Annapolis, MD - Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that the District Court Drug Treatment Court will graduate 8 more participants for 2017 on Thursday, May 11th at 2 Annapolis District Courtroom 5 before Judge Thomas J. Pryal. WBAL News reporter Keith Mills will serve as the keynote speaker.

Drug Treatment Court is a specialized docket for non-violent Anne Arundel County residents whose involvement in the criminal justice system is rooted in serious addiction to drugs and alcohol.

The Anne Arundel County District Court Adult Drug Treatment Court initiative began in 1997, and works to improve our community through enhanced public safety. By providing judicially-supervised treatment to substance abuse offenders, this program reduces the social and economic costs of criminal activity and traditional incarceration.

This initiative is a collaborative effort among the Circuit Court, the State's Attorney's Offices, the Maryland Judiciary Office of Problem Solving Courts, the Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant, the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Office of the Public Defender, the Division of Parole and Probation, and the Department of Health. Relationships with other community agencies such as the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, and the many local treatment providers are considered vital to the success of the program.

Not only do Drug Treatment Courts rehabilitate participants, they also save money. It costs less to put someone through Drug Treatment Court than to incarcerate him or her.

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All media are invited to attend. TV cameras are not allowed in the courtroom.


Woman Sentenced to Sixty Years for Murdering Husband and His Lover

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Ann Marie Anastasi, 44, of Lothian, was sentenced by Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge J. Michael Wachs to life suspend all but sixty years for murdering her husband and a woman with whom they were having an ongoing sexual relationship.

"Ann Anastasi destroyed multiple lives by coldly planning these murders and manipulating children into executing her vicious plan," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "Were it not for Mrs. Anastasi at the helm of this scheme the victims would still be alive today."

On October 5, 2015, police found Anthony Anastasi in the bedroom of the house he shared with Mrs. Anastasi, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound, and a Sig Saur .45 handgun next to his body. When police checked the basement, they found Jacquelyn Riggs deceased from apparent stab wounds.

It was concluded that Anthony Anastasi's death was not a suicide as first reported, but in fact a homicide.

Police learned that both Mrs. Anastasi and her husband, Mr. Anastasi, were previously engaged in a romantic/sexual partnership with Ms. Riggs. However, while Mr. Anastasi and Ms. Riggs continued their relationship, Mrs. Anastasi was no longer involved, thus creating strife within the household.

A forensic analysis found gunshot residue on Mrs. Anastasi's clothing and person. Additionally, an investigation of cellular records found text messages from October 4 and 5, 2015 in which Mrs. Anastasi discusses plans pertaining to the murders.

On December 7, 2016, Ann Marie Anastasi entered Alford pleas to two counts of First Degree Murder, and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence. 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 J. Michael Wachs presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorneys Jason Knight and Amanda Matey prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.


Man Sentenced to Seven Years for Sexually Abusing Family Member

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Panagiostis "Peter" Karambilas, 66, of Odenton, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch to sixteen years in prison with seven active years of incaceration with five years of supervised probation upon release and required to register as a Tier 3 Sex Offender for the remainder of his life.

"Not only did Mr. Karambilas physically violate an innocent child, he violated her trust in humanity," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "She will bear the hurt he has caused her for many years to come."

On September 5, 2016, police responded to an Odenton playground for a report of sexual abuse. Upon arrival, the officer observed Panagiostis Karambilas sexually assaulting a 5 year old family member.

A witness provided video of Karambilas engaging in the molestation of the child prior to the officer's arrival.

Karambilas pleaded guilty to Sex Abuse of a Minor on January 30, 2017.

In fashioning her sentence, Judge Jaklitsch relied on the Maryland sentencing guidelines of five to ten years of active incarceration. "I appreciate the sentence of seven years of active incarceration," continued Adams. "I am grateful Mr. Karambalis will be monitored upon his release by our most stringent sex offender monitoring program."

Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Reva Chopra prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.