Statement by Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams Regarding Annapolis City Police Department Investigation of Missing $1,500

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams makes the following statement:

"My office was contacted by the City of Annapolis Police Department on June 9 to discuss an ongoing internal investigation by the Annapolis Police Department as well as to review evidence of alleged wrongdoing related to an Annapolis City Police Officer as it related to a missing sum of money.

My office reviewed the evidence and determined that there was not sufficient evidence that was admissible in a criminal proceeding to support charges against the police officer.

We do not take lightly our responsibility to investigate and to evaluate evidence of wrongdoing. When there is sufficient evidence to support criminal charges, even if against a police officer, we will not hesitate to prosecute the person charged with wrongdoing.

In this instance, there is insufficient legal evidence to support criminal charges of wrongdoing."

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Annapolis Man Sentenced to 40 years for Domestic Violence

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Everett Van Carr, Jr., 45, of Annapolis, was sentenced by Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Laura S. Kiessling to 40 years of active incarceration for Second Degree Assault, Intimidation of a Witness, and Subordination of Perjury.

"Oftentimes, due to the nature of these close relationships, it is difficult for the victim of domestic violence to speak strongly on his or her own behalf," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I am proud of the work my prosecutors and victim advocates put into this case, standing up for this victim, giving her a voice in the justice system, and uncovering the defendant's web of lies and intimidation towards her. They painted a true picture of Mr. Carr as an abuser, intimidator and manipulator. I am grateful to Judge Kiessling for sentencing Mr. Carr to the maximum penalty and showing that our county will not stand for this sort of vicious abuse and manipulation."

On October 23, 2016, Everett Carr engaged in a verbal argument with his girlfriend, the victim. When Carr became violent, the victim ran inside her home and attempted to lock the door behind her. Carr then broke through the door, and pushed the victim into a closet door hard enough to knock it off its hinges.

While the victim lay on the ground, Carr climbed on top of her and placed her in a headlock. He then flipped the victim onto her back and tried to suffocate her with a blanket for several minutes. Fearing for her life, the victim screamed for help.

A neighbor heard the victim's cries and banged on the front door. Carr was distracted by the sound and the victim escaped to the neighbor's house, where she contacted police.

Although Carr was ordered to have no contact with the victim prior to trial, an investigation revealed Carr was in contact with the victim via letters, phone calls and prison visits. During these interactions, Carr intimidated the witness, induced her to provide false testimony and obstructed justice.

On May 18, 2017, Carr pleaded guilty to Second Degree Assault, Intimidation of a Witness, and Subordination of Perjury.

Judge Laura S. Kiessling presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Mary Setzer prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

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Annapolis Man Pleads Guilty to Second Degree Murder

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Leobardo Jolalpa-Ramirez, 23, of Annapolis, pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder of his father.

"Cases involving intra-family violence are always particularly challenging," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I would like to thank the Annapolis Police Department and Assistant State's Attorneys Jason Knight and Terri Morse for their hard work on this case."

On February 20, 2016, at approximately 2:50 AM, Leobardo Jolalpa-Ramirez woke his sleeping mother and asked her to follow him downstairs. The defendant then walked over to his father, who was sitting on a chair in the kitchen, grabbed the victim by the top of his hair, and stabbed him in the neck.

Jolalpa-Ramirez fled the house while his family members attended to the victim's wound. Paramedics arrived at the scene and transported the victim to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Jolalpa-Ramirez faces up to 20 years in prison as a result of this conviction. Sentencing is scheduled for September 29, 2017.

Judge Glenn L. Klavans presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorneys Jason Knight and Terri Morse prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

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Severna Park High School Band Director Pleads Guilty to Sex Offense

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Wilbur Jesse Hildebrand, Jr., 57, of Millersville pleaded guilty to three counts of Fourth Degree Sex Offense.

"I am grateful this case was brought to light," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "Teachers are among the most trusted individuals in our communities, and Wilbur Hildebrand abused this position of authority to sexually exploit one of his students."

In October 2016, it was revealed that a former Severna Park High School student and Wilbur Hildebrand engaged in an ongoing sexual relationship. At the time, Hildebrand was the director of Severna Park High School's jazz band, and frequently provided transportation to the victim. He began requesting sexual favors from her while in his car, his home, and her home. This exploitation began when the victim was 16 years old.

Hildebrand faces up to 3 years in prison as a result of these convictions. Sentencing is scheduled for September 6, 2017.

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

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