Millersville Couple Guilty of Animal Cruelty

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Lynn Upton, 49, and Bryan Upton, 55, of Millersville, MD, were found guilty of failing to provide proper veterinary care and depriving their dog of sustenance by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury.

“It is cruel and inhumane to allow an innocent animal to waste away,” said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. “Pet owners are responsible for the wellbeing of the animals entrusted to their care.”

On June 2, 2014, Animal Control responded to an anonymous complaint of an emaciated German Shepherd. When the officer arrived, she noted that the dog, Max, appeared to be severely underweight, with ribs, hip bones, and spinal bones all visibly protruding from his body. The Uptons initially refused to seek veterinary care. After Animal Control threatened to seize Max, the Uptons brought him to the Millersville Animal Hospital. At that point, Max was approximately 10-15 lbs underweight.

Over the following nine months, the Uptons repeatedly disregarded the instructions of both Animal Control and veterinarians. They did not heed the veterinarian's recommendations, failed to appear at follow-up appointments, and refused the medical tests required to identify the root cause of Max’s continued weight loss.

On March 31, 2015, Animal Control seized Max and brought him to Waugh Chapel Animal Hospital for a medical examination. The doctor stated that he had seen few cases so in need of state intervention. Max was between 15-20 lbs underweight, could not stand, defecated uncontrollably, had a bacterial infection, and a large mass in his chest cavity. The doctor recommended immediate euthanasia.

A necropsy determined Max had very little food in his stomach indicating he had not been adequately fed in the days prior to being euthanized. Additionally, Max had only 10-15% lung function, and a 6 lb tumor in his left lung.

Both Lynn and Bryan Upton face up to ninety days in jail and/or a fine of $500. Sentencing is scheduled for April 4, 2017.

Judge Michael Wachs presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Kathryn Humphrey prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.


Statement of Wes Adams Regarding Alleged Crofton Murder Suspect’s Pretrial Release

This past weekend our community was rocked by another horrifying instance of domestic violence. On Monday evening, Ryan Gregory Hollebon was arrested for a stabbing that resulted in the death of his girlfriend, Jhalandia Butler. More horrible is that it was not the first allegation of domestic violence between this couple.

Hollebon was arrested previously on December 3, 2016 for a different domestic violence incident that involved the choking, shaking, and banging of Jhalandia Butler’s head. On the night of that arrest, a District Court Commissioner heard these allegations and decided to hold Mr. Hollebon without bond

On December 5, 2016, Defendant Ryan Hollebon stood before a district court judge to have his bail status reviewed.

During the bail review hearing, the State’s Attorney’s Office voiced deep concern for the victim, and implored the district court judge to hold Mr. Hollebon without bail. Given the violent nature of these accusations, the prosecutor stated that the victim would not be safe if Hollebon were released. The prosecutor went on to say that should the judge choose to issue a bond to the defendant, he at least order Hollebon to have no contact with the victim.

The district court judge denied these requests.

Instead, the judge ordered that Hollebon be released on his own recognizance.

The judge did not order the defendant to stay away from the victim as a condition of his release. Rather, the only condition was to complete his in-patient program at the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center ending January 10, 2017.

Ninety days after an Anne Arundel County District Court released Hollebon, he allegedly stabbed and killed Jhalandia Butler.

The prosecution against Hollebon in District Court for Second Degree Assault was pending at the time of this murder. A Second Degree Assault in a Domestic Violence case carries a possible penalty of 10 years.

“I am angered at another tragic loss at the hands of alleged domestic abuse. From the outset of this tragedy, one that might have been prevented, my prosecutors were keenly aware of the danger that Mr. Hollebon presented to Jhalandia Butler,” said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams.

“As prosecutors, we know all too well that domestic violence usually leads to more domestic violence. Therefore, as a rule, we do everything we can to keep the accused from the victim.

“Unfortunately, at that time, the judge did not heed our requests.”


Glen Burnie Man Guilty of Fast-Food Robberies

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Kelvin Johnson, 58, of Glen Burnie, was found guilty of robbery, carjacking, armed robbery, and kidnapping by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury late Friday afternoon.

“We are thankful to the jury for recognizing the ongoing threat of career criminals such as Kelvin Johnson,” said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. “With the jury's verdict, we have demonstrated to the community that it is law-abiding citizens, not criminals, who control this county.”

On May 1, 2016 Johnson forced himself through the front door of the Arby’s on Ritchie Highway in Pasadena as the manager was leaving for the night. Under threat of violence, Johnson directed the manager to the safe where she handed him approximately $1700. He then forced her to drive him into Freetown where he fled on foot. The manager recognized Johnson as a former employee of the Arby's.

On May 10, 2016 Johnson came in through back door of the Popeye's on Fort Smallwood Rd in Pasadena as employees were closing for the night. He held a large knife to one employee's throat and demanded money from the safe. He also took all three victims’ cell phones. After the robbery, Johnson walked the victims through the woods at knife point before making them take off all their clothing. He then fled into the woods.

Police were able to track one victim's stolen cell phone to the area of Johnson's house, as well as to an AutoZone. Employees of the AutoZone identified Johnson as a customer who was there during the time the stolen cell phone tracked to the store.

Johnson faces up to 200 years in prison as a result of these convictions. Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

Judge William C. Mulford, II presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Terri Morse prosecuted the case on behalf of the State.


White Plains, MD Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Dealing Drugs in Anne Arundel County

For Immediate Release: January 10, 2017

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Donovan Jamal Robinson, of White Plains, MD - who turns 22 next week - was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Stacy McCormack to 10 years in prison without parole for the distribution of heroin in Annapolis.

"Drug dealers must go to prison. I will not stop prosecuting those who seek to harm our citizens by selling drugs on our streets, until all drug dealers are behind bars and would-be dealers know to avoid setting up shop in Anne Arundel County," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I want to thank the Annapolis Police Department for their outstanding work and Judge McCormack for putting this defendant in jail for 10 years where he belongs."

In May of 2015, Robinson sold two knotted plastic bags full of heroin to undercover officers. This heroin weighed approximately one gram. The interaction between the defendant and the police officers was both audio and video recorded.

Assistant State's Attorney Marot Hoskins prosecuted the case on behalf of the State. Judge Stacy McCormack presided over the case.