High School Band Volunteer Sentenced to 18 Months for Sex Offense

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Wilbur Jesse Hildebrand, Jr., 57, was sentenced by Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch to 18 months in jail for three counts of Fourth Degree Sex Offense.

"Wilbur Hildebrand leveraged his position of authority to take advantage of a minor," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "His ongoing pattern of predatory behavior was a threat to our community. I'm grateful to Judge Jaklitsch for showing that such actions will not be taken lightly."

In October 2016, it was revealed that a former Severna Park High School student and Wilbur Hildebrand were engaged in an ongoing sexual relationship. At the time, Hildebrand was the volunteer director of Severna Park High School's jazz band, and frequently provided transportation to the victim. He began requesting sexual favors from her while in his car, his home, and her home. This exploitation began when the victim was 16 years old.

Hildebrand pleaded guilty to three counts of Fourth Degree Sex Offense on July 6, 2017. He was sentenced to 6 months per count, for a total of 18 months in jail.

Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Jason Miller prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

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Crofton Man Guilty of Fleeing Crash Resulting in Death of United States Marine

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Martin Martinez-Ballinas, 29, of Crofton, pleaded guilty to Failure to Remain at the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death.

"Lance Corporal James Walden was prepared to sacrifice his life in service to our country," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "Instead, because he could not follow the simple rules of traffic, Mr. Martinez-Ballinas robbed LCpl Walden of the opportunity to continue defending our rights and freedoms. Although no sentence could quell the loss of such a honorable young man and Marine, I am grateful to Judge Kiessling for ensuring Mr. Martinez-Ballinas is forced to reckon with the consequences of his reckless decision."

On February 24, 2017 at approximately 3:36 pm, Anne Arundel Police Department responded to the area of Patuxent Road and Conway Road for a report of a motor vehicle collision.

Upon investigation, police learned that Martin Martinez-Ballinas was traveling southbound on Patuxent Road at approximately 30 mph above the posted speed limit of 35 mph. Due to excessive speed, Martinez-Ballinas lost control of his vehicle in a curved section of the roadway, crossed the centerline, and struck an oncoming motorcyclist.

The victim, identified by his military ID as Lance Corporal James Ray Walden III, 21, was ejected from his motorcycle and landed in the woods approximately 36 ft from the shoulder of the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Anne Arundel County Paramedics. LCpl Walden was stationed at Fort George G. Meade at the time.
Immediately following the collision, Martinez-Ballinas fled the scene of the crash on foot without attempting to render any aid to the victim. At approximately 4:34 pm, he was located by police helicopter and police canine about a half a mile away, hiding outside between large stacks of concrete pallets.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Laura S. Kiesslingsentenced Martinez-Ballinas to 6 years in prison and 5 years of supervised probation upon release.

Judge Laura S. Kiessling presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Michael McGraw prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

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Annapolis Man Guilty of Brooke Court Murder

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Brandon Demon Johnson, 22, of Annapolis, pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder, and Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Crime of Violence.

"Although he did not pull the trigger, the fact remains that the victim would be alive today were it not for the callous actions of Brandon Johnson," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams."Anyone who displays such a blatant disregard for the value of human life will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

On September 3, 2016, police responded to Brooke Court in Annapolis for a report of gunshots in the area. Upon arrival, officers located a parked vehicle with a single occupant found to be suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Surveillance video from the area of the homicide shows the shooter, identified as Demari Crowdy, standing with a group of people near the 800 block of Brooke Court prior to the incident. Upon seeing the victim driving on Brooke Court, Crowdy approaches another member of the group, identified as Brandon Johnson.

Johnson is seen handing Crowdy a gun. Crowdy then runs to the passenger side of the victim's vehicle and fires multiple shots. Crowdy and Johnson flee in the same direction. The entire incident is under video surveillance.

Crowdy pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder and related gun charges on July 26, 2017.

Johnson faces up to 50 years in prison as a result of these convictions. Sentencing is scheduled for October 10, 2017.

Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch presided over the case. Deputy State's Attorney Jonathon Church and Assistant State's Attorney Brian Palmer prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

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