Glen Burnie Man Sentenced 20 Years for 2nd Degree Murder

For Immediate Release: December 21, 2016

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that David Leander Ford, 59, of Glen Burnie, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Cathy M. Vitale to 25 years in prison, with 20 years of active incarceration and 5 years of probation for Second Degree Murder in the stabbing death of Mohamed Eltahir. Ford was found guilty by jury in September 2016.

"This defendant chose to engage in a criminal act, when he could have easily prevented the escalation. Now, the victim's family has to live with the loss of their only son for the rest of their lives," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I want to thank the Anne Arundel County Police for their diligence in providing the evidence needed in this case to convict this assailant."

On July 8, 2015 in the area of Whitmore Court and Shelley Road in Glen Burnie, Eltahir was sitting on a park bench with his friends when they were approached by Ford. Ford made offensive statements about Eltahir's sister and a verbal argument ensued, resulting in Ford striking Eltahir, and ultimately stabbing him in the chest. Eltahir was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Assistant State's Attorney Pamela Alban prosecuted the case on behalf of the State. Judge Cathy M. Vitale presided over the case.


Annapolis City Man Sentenced to 60 Years in Prison for Dealing Heroin and Attempted Murder

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Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Kendrick Tooles, 27, of Annapolis, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Stacey McCormack to life in prison, with 60 years of active incarceration, for Attempted First Degree and Attempted Second Degree Murder, Heroin Distribution, and Firearm Possession by a Person Prohibited as a result of a prior violent crime conviction. He was also given 5 years of supervised probation upon release. This sentence is the culmination of four separate cases against him.

"This case is an example of how the community came together to get a truly bad person off the streets and into jail," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "My office worked closely with the Annapolis Police Department, the Anne Arundel County Police Department, and many brave victims to put forth an excellent case before Judge McCormack. I am grateful that Judge McCormack recognized the seriousness of these crimes and for her strong sentence. This criminal will not see the outside of a prison for at least 60 years, and possibly never."

Tooles was found guilty in October of 2016 of Attempted First and Attempted Second Degree Murder for the shooting of two different men in the Annapolis area within 25 minutes of one another on November 27, 2015. This verdict was reached after a multiple day trial in which 27 witnesses testified and nearly 80 exhibits were introduced. Tooles was sentenced to a total of 60 years for these two cases.

As a result of an undercover Annapolis City police operation, Tooles was also found guilty of two separate hand-to-hand heroin distribution charges in July of 2016 and received 10 years in prison to run concurrent to the other attempted murder sentences. He also pled guilty on July 6, 2016 to the firearms possession, which carries a mandatory 5 years without parole.

Assistant State's Attorneys Kimberly DiPietro and Marot Hoskins prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County. Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch took the guilty plea in the firearms case. Judge Stacey W. McCormack was the presiding judge over all four sentencings.


Drug Court Alumni Give Back to Community; Annapolis Daycare to Receive Coats, Gifts

For Immediate Release: December 14, 2016

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that nearly a dozen Anne Arundel County Drug Court graduates have raised over $700 for the 4th Annual Holiday Give Back to the Community Celebration, as members of the first Anne Arundel Circuit Drug Court Alumni Association. The Alumni Association was formed in 2016 to help support each other and to organize events that will give back to the community. This community celebration will take place on Thursday, December 15th at the Annapolis Family Support Center, located on 80 West Street in Annapolis, which is part of the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services.


The new Anne Arundel Circuit Drug Court Alumni Association conducted bake sales that raised enough funds to purchase warm winter gear and holiday gifts for local children in need. Drug court graduates will leave with the gifts from the Anne Arundel County Circuit Courthouse located at 8 Church Circle dressed in Santa and elf outfits. They will walk down the street to the Family Support Center located at 80 West Street to deliver gifts to children inside the daycare.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Leaving courthouse @10am; Delivering gifts @10:15am


Walking from Circuit Courthouse at 8 Church Circle to Annapolis Family Support Center at 80 West Street, Annapolis

*Cameras are allowed inside daycare; waivers signed by all families.

* Media availability with Drug Court Alumni and State's Attorney Wes Adams at 10am in the Circuit Courthouse courtyard.

*Drug Court graduates walking down street with gifts from 10:10-10:15am.

*On camera interviews available with drug court graduates, drug court staff, children and Family Support Center Director Stacey King from 10:15-10:45am at the Family Support Center.

Learn More:

Annapolis Family Support Center of Anne Arundel County here:

Circuit Court Drug Court here:


District Court Drug Court to Graduate 9 More Participants for 2016

For Immediate Release: December 7, 2016

Annapolis, MD - Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that the District Court Drug Treatment Court will graduate nine more participants for 2016 on Thursday, December 8th at 1:30 in Annapolis District Courtroom 5.

"I am a proud partner of our Drug Court initiative and encouraged by the hard work of each of our graduates," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "This program allows us to help non-violent drug offenders become productive citizens as they return to the community, as well as reducing the many crimes associated with drug addiction."

Speakers for this graduation will include a panel of three former Drug Treatment Court graduates who have successfully continued the path of sobriety.

"It is a testimony to the success of the program to have past graduates volunteer their time to support and inspire future classes," said Adams.

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 2016, the Anne Arundel County District Court program graduated 62 clients and the Circuit Court program graduated 26 clients.

In addition to saving lives and deterring victimization and recidivism, the Adult Drug Court Treatment program saves money. It is estimated that the cost of Drug Court is approximately 10% of what it would cost to have that same person incarcerated.

Drug Treatment Court 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 and District Courts, the State's Attorney's Office, 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.

This graduation is also supported by donations from Main Ingredient, Applebee's, Chick-fil-A, Grauls, and Bow Tie Cinema.

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