Glen Burnie Man Found Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder

For Immediate Release: September 23, 2016

Annapolis, MD – Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams announced today that David Ford was found guilty, by a jury, of 2nd Degree Murder in the stabbing death of Mohamed Eltahir. Circuit Court Judge Cathy Vitale was the presiding judge.

On July 8, 2015 in the area of Whitmore Court and Shelley Road in Glen Burnie, Mr. Eltahir was sitting on a park bench with his friends when they were approached by the defendant, Mr. David Ford. Mr. Ford then made offensive statements about Mr. Eltahir's sister. A verbal argument ensued resulting in the defendant striking the victim. The victim struck back causing the defendant to fall to the ground. The defendant then produced a knife and stabbed the victim in the chest, puncturing the victim's heart, causing the victim's death.

"This was a preventable death. The defendant in the case had a choice to walk away or engage in violent behavior. He chose violent behavior which resulted in the death of the victim," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "However, once a crime was committed by Mr. Ford, the police and the State's Attorney's Office worked well together to convict Mr. Ford of 2nd Degree Murder," Mr. Adams continued.

Mr. Ford will be sentenced for his conviction of 2nd Degree Murder on November 16, 2016.

Assistant State's Attorney Pamela Alban prosecuted the case against Mr. Ford.

Annapolis, MD – Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams announced today that David Ford was found guilty, by a jury, of 2nd Degree Murder in the stabbing death of Mohamed Eltahir. Circuit Court Judge Cathy Vitale was the presiding judge.

On July 8, 2015 in the area of Whitmore Court and Shelley Road in Glen Burnie, Mr. Eltahir was sitting on a park bench with his friends when they were approached by the defendant, Mr. David Ford. Mr. Ford then made offensive statements about Mr. Eltahir's sister. A verbal argument ensued resulting in the defendant striking the victim. The victim struck back causing the defendant to fall to the ground. The defendant then produced a knife and stabbed the victim in the chest, puncturing the victim's heart, causing the victim's death.

"This was a preventable death. The defendant in the case had a choice to walk away or engage in violent behavior. He chose violent behavior which resulted in the death of the victim," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "However, once a crime was committed by Mr. Ford, the police and the State's Attorney's Office worked well together to convict Mr. Ford of 2nd Degree Murder," Mr. Adams continued.

Mr. Ford will be sentenced for his conviction of 2nd Degree Murder on November 16, 2016.

Assistant State's Attorney Pamela Alban prosecuted the case.

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Annapolis Man Sentenced to 4 Years for Sexual Abuse, Filming of Young Boy

For Immediate Release: September 21, 2016

Annapolis, MD - Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Annapolis businessman Shawn Titus, 44, was sentenced to 4 years of active incarceration for second degree sex offense and producing child pornography.

Titus was also sentenced to 5 years supervised probation and other special conditions, including no contact with victim, no unsupervised contact with a minor, no contact with a minor for a sexual purpose, no possession of child pornography, no use of any Internet site that displays or distributes child pornography, and to successfully complete a psychosexual evaluation and treatment.

"This crime violates children in a deeply disturbing way. I want to thank Judge Wachs for sending a message to the community that we will not tolerate sexual offenses or child pornography," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I also want to encourage anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault to feel comfortable to come forward and talk with our trained prosecutors who will work tirelessly to seek justice for your case."

Titus secretly videotaped himself committing sexual offenses on a young boy from ages 11 to 13 from 1990-1993. Titus maintained the pornography tapes over the course of 25 years and through two moves across Anne Arundel County and the Eastern Shore. In 2015, these tapes were found and turned over to Maryland State Police.

"The identification and arrest of those who exploit and abuse children continues to be a priority for our troopers," Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel William Pallozzi said. "The support of members of the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office during this investigation and prosecution is appreciated."

"I want to thank the hard-working troopers of the Maryland State Police for their thorough and professional investigation which helped our prosecutor seek justice for the victims in this case," said Adams. "Partnerships with law enforcement officers in our community can make or break our cases."

Judge J. Michael Wachs sentenced Titus to 20 years, suspend all but 4 years, for second degree sex offense, and 4 years, to run concurrent, for producing child pornography. If Titus violates his probation, he could face serving the remaining 16 years of his sentence.

Assistant State's Attorney Reva Chopra prosecuted the case.

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Maryland Man Sentenced 6 Years for Burglary of Two Homes, Sex Offense of 7-Year-Old Girl

For Immediate Release: August 24, 2016

Annapolis, MD – Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Kevin Hamilton Manning, 25, of Tilghman Island, pled guilty to First Degree Burglary and Fourth Degree Sex Offense and was sentenced to 6 years of active incarceration, with 5 years of supervised probation. Manning must also register as a Tier I sex offender.

“This defendant thought he could get away with burglarizing two homes, and in the process sexually abuse a young child as she slept,” said Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams. “This man needs to be behind bars.”

In the early morning hours of February 5, 2016, the Glen Burnie mother of a 7-year-old girl advised police that she was awoken by her daughter who stated that a man had opened her bedroom window and touched her sexually while she slept in her bed. Later that morning, another homeowner told officers that her home was burglarized.

Manning was caught on video running along the same path of the second home. He confessed to burglarizing both homes and to touching the young girl.

For both burglaries, Manning was sentenced to 20 years, 5 of those years in active incarceration, with a referral to the Patuxent Youthful Offenders Program and the Eligible Persons Program. For the sex offense, Manning will serve a consecutive 1 year. Additionally, the following conditions must be met: mental health evaluation and treatment, sex offender evaluation and treatment, alcohol/drug evaluation and treatment, abstinence from alcohol and drugs, random urinalysis, no contact with either victim (or the Mother of the 7-year-old girl), and to register as a Tier I sex offender.

ASA Pamela Alban prosecuted the case on behalf of the State. Judge Michael Wachs presided over the case.

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County Executive Steve Schuh Speaks to Circuit Drug Court Graduation; State's Attorney's Office Graduates 7

For Immediate Release: August 22, 2016

Annapolis, MD - Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams welcomed County Executive Steve Schuh as the key note speaker as the State's Attorney's Office graduated 7 participants of Circuit Court Drug Court today.

"County Executive Schuh's comments were poignant today," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I am grateful to him for his commitment to fighting our drug epidemic."

On January 27, 2015, County Executive Steve Schuh declared heroin addiction a public health emergency in Anne Arundel County. Mirroring a nationwide increase in use and deaths from heroin, the county is currently experiencing more than one overdose a day and a fatality a week.

"Here today is a demonstration of the good that can occur when determined individuals find the will to make a better life for themselves and for their families," said Schuh. "In world too often focused on the bad, you each provide a story of inspiration that can be passed onto those who come after you."

Anne Arundel County has taken several measures to step up its focus on preventing addiction, treating addicts and punishing drug dealers. The current budget approved by the County Council invests $800,000 for a new substance abuse treatment center in Annapolis. The budget also increases community grant funding to treatment providers, funds an intra-county law enforcement task force, additional police detectives, sheriff's deputies and state's attorneys and canines.

"I am a proud partner of our Drug Court initiative and happy for each of our graduates today," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "Good news comes in various forms in our line of work, but when we can focus on solving the causes of criminal behavior in our non-violent drug offenders, we not only return a productive citizen to the community, we also reduce the many crimes associated with drug addiction."

Anne Arundel County's Circuit Court Adult Drug Treatment Court program began in 2005. The first graduation was in 2007. The Circuit Court program has served more than 500 participants.

The Anne Arundel County District Court Adult Drug Treatment Court initiative began in 1997. The District Court program has served more than 2,000 participants.

In addition to saving lives and deterring victimization and recidivism, the Adult Drug Court Treatment program saves money. In FY16, the Anne Arundel County program funded 90 clients, costing $727,759.70, saving the county approximately $25,000 per year per participant.

This initiative works to improve our community through enhanced public safety by providing judicially-supervised treatment to substance abuse offenders, thereby reducing the social and economic costs of criminal activity and traditional incarceration. It 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.

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

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