Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Thurman Leroy Boston, 50, of Brooklyn, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Mark W. Crooks to 18 years in prison for Second Degree Assault, Dangerous Weapon with Intent to Injure, and Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle.
"Domestic violence cases are not the result of an isolated outburst, but rather an ongoing cycle of abuse and manipulation," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I'm thankful Judge Crooks recognized this continual threat and sentenced Mr. Boston to the maximum penalty."
On February 14, 2017 at approximately 7 PM, Anne Arundel County Police responded to a Dollar Tree on Ritchie Highway for a report of domestic violence. Upon arrival, the victim informed police that she was in her home when her ex-boyfriend, Thurman Boston, knocked on the door and requested he be let in to retrieve his belongings.
The victim had a valid protective order against Boston, but allowed him inside merely to gather his belongings. Boston then asked if he could remain in her home until 8 PM. The victim denied this request, at which point Boston became enraged and yelled that he wanted all of his money back.
The victim informed police that she had previously allowed Boston to deposit his tax returns into her bank account.
Before the victim could peacefully comply with his demand, Boston grabbed a kitchen knife, held it to her throat, and forced her into the passenger seat of her own car. He then drove to an ATM and continued to threaten the victim with the knife until she gave him the PIN number to her account.
As Boston exited the vehicle and approached the ATM, the victim ran to a Dollar Tree and contacted 911. Prior to police arrival, Boston fled the scene in the victim's vehicle.
While pending trial, Boston attempted to obstruct justice by writing letters in which he encouraged the victim to fail to appear in court and thus avoid testifying against him.
Boston pleaded guilty to Second Degree Assault, Dangerous Weapon with Intent to Injure, and Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle on July 25, 2017. These charges carry a combined maximum penalty of 18 years.
Judge Mark W. Crooks presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Mary Setzer prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.