Edgewater Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Domestic Violence

For Immediate Release: November 15, 2016

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Nick Bennett, 57, of Edgewater, was sentenced to the maximum prison time of 10 years for Second Degree Assault after viciously attacking his girlfriend. Bennett has multiple prior convictions for other assaults on various women and a law enforcement officer. In addition, Bennett was convicted for violating a protective order.

"My office has a zero-tolerance for domestic violence. Given that this case was particularly egregious, I am very happy for the victim and for our community that Judge Kiessling handed down the maximum sentence," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "This defendant has been assaulting women since 1986 and I am proud that our office was able to finally end this defendant's continued violence."

During this particular incident, Bennett threw the victim on the floor, held her down with his hands around her neck, and grabbed her hair as he slammed her head against the floor multiple times. The victim was able to escape the defendant and ran upstairs, where she called 911.

As Judge Kiessling handed down her sentence, she stated, "There is a reason for maximum periods of incarceration and you are it, sir."

Assistant State's Attorney Mary Setzer prosecuted the case on behalf of the State. Circuit Court Judge Laura S. Kiessling presided over the case.

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Former South River High School Teacher Pleads Guilty to 2nd Degree Assault of 17-Year-Old Student

For Immediate Release: November 9, 2016

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Doug Richard Brown, 41, of Annapolis, a former teacher at South River High School, pleaded guilty to 2nd Degree Assault last Friday and was sentenced by District Court Judge Eileen A. Reilly to probation before judgment and one year of supervised probation, citing his lack of a prior criminal record. Brown was accused of cornering a 17-year-old student in a classroom and grabbing him forcefully by his underwear.

"We expect our teachers to care for our children, not put them in compromising and humiliating situations," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams.

Assistant State's Attorney Kathryn Bartz prosecuted the case on behalf of the State. District Court Judge Eileen A. Reilly presided over the case.

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Brooklyn Park Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Felony Theft

For Immediate Release: October 20, 2016

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Adam Gensler, 33, of Brooklyn Park, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for felony theft, with 3 years to run consecutively to any other sentence he is serving.

"This is a classic case of a criminal who manipulates the system by committing crimes in various jurisdictions to evade jail time," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I am thankful that Anne Arundel County stopped this vicious cycle."

In November of 2014, Gensler stole the tires and rims of an Enterprise box truck. The Assistant State's Attorney prosecuting the case used GPS tracking data and officer testimony from several jurisdictions.

Gensler is a career car thief who had previously been charged in multiple jurisdictions in the State of Maryland for a series of other thefts of vehicle tires and rims, but had evaded conviction for his crimes. Accordingly, detectives who investigated the other cases inside Maryland were particularly grateful for Anne Arundel County's efforts in prosecuting the case - especially given that defendant had made death threats against the officers handling his cases and had made baseless allegations of police misconduct.

Assistant State's Attorney Kathryn Bartz prosecuted the case on behalf of the State. Judge H. Richard Duden III presided over the case.

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Media Advisory: State's Attorney Wes Adams to Participate in Tri-County Opioid Addiction Summit; Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, WBAL's Keith Mills to Speak

For Immediate Release: October 3, 2016

Annapolis, MD (October 3, 2016) - State's Attorney Wes Adams will participate as a panelist in a Tri-County Opioid Addiction Summit featuring speakers Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and WBAL radio sports personality Keith Mills. Rutherford will outline statewide efforts to combat opioid and heroin abuse. Mills will share thoughts on his personal battle with addiction.

The event will also feature three panels comprised of health and legal leaders from each County who will tackle topics of public health partnerships, drug court programs, the neurobiology of addiction, and law enforcement collaboration. The Anne Arundel County panel will focus on the topic of Drug Court and will include Drug Court graduates, a Drug Court judge, and the State's Attorney.

County Executives Steve Schuh (Anne Arundel County), Allan H. Kittleman (Howard County), and Barry Glassman (Hartford County) will host the event. Each County Executive will outline County-wide efforts to address the growing opioid addiction crisis.

Date/Time:

Tuesday, October 4th, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location:

Ten Oaks Ballroom

5000 Signal Bell Lane

Clarksville, MD

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