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 p.m.in 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.

For more information, please visit: http://www.circuitcourt.org/learn-about/drug-treatment-court.

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

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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.

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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.

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Media Advisory: Man Guilty of Sex Abuse of a Minor to be Sentenced Monday, May 8

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Panagiostis Karambilas, 66, of Odenton, will be sentenced on Monday, May 8 for a guilty plea of Sex Abuse of a Minor.

On September 5, 2016, police responded to an Odenton playground for a report of sexual abuse. Upon arrival, the officer observed Panagiostis Karambilas placing his hand inside the underwear of his 5 year old family member and rubbing her genitals.

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

On January 30, 2017, Karambilas pleaded guilty to Sex Abuse of a Minor. He faces up to 25 years in prison.

Sentencing will take place on Monday, May 8, at 1:30 pm in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court courtroom 4B before Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch.

All media are invited to attend. Cameras will not be permitted in the courtroom.

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