For Immediate Release:
Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Kendrick Tooles, 27, of Annapolis, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Stacey McCormack to life in prison, with 60 years of active incarceration, for Attempted First Degree and Attempted Second Degree Murder, Heroin Distribution, and Firearm Possession by a Person Prohibited as a result of a prior violent crime conviction. He was also given 5 years of supervised probation upon release. This sentence is the culmination of four separate cases against him.
"This case is an example of how the community came together to get a truly bad person off the streets and into jail," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "My office worked closely with the Annapolis Police Department, the Anne Arundel County Police Department, and many brave victims to put forth an excellent case before Judge McCormack. I am grateful that Judge McCormack recognized the seriousness of these crimes and for her strong sentence. This criminal will not see the outside of a prison for at least 60 years, and possibly never."
Tooles was found guilty in October of 2016 of Attempted First and Attempted Second Degree Murder for the shooting of two different men in the Annapolis area within 25 minutes of one another on November 27, 2015. This verdict was reached after a multiple day trial in which 27 witnesses testified and nearly 80 exhibits were introduced. Tooles was sentenced to a total of 60 years for these two cases.
As a result of an undercover Annapolis City police operation, Tooles was also found guilty of two separate hand-to-hand heroin distribution charges in July of 2016 and received 10 years in prison to run concurrent to the other attempted murder sentences. He also pled guilty on July 6, 2016 to the firearms possession, which carries a mandatory 5 years without parole.
Assistant State's Attorneys Kimberly DiPietro and Marot Hoskins prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County. Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch took the guilty plea in the firearms case. Judge Stacey W. McCormack was the presiding judge over all four sentencings.