Wes Adams Appointed to Police Training and Standards Commission

For Immediate Release: June 30, 2016

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams was appointed to the new Police Training and Standards Commission by Maryland State's Attorney Association President Scott Shellenberger. Effective October 1, 2016, this Commission was created as a result of the Maryland House Bill 1016 which passed in the most recent session of the Maryland legislature.

"I am happy to serve as a member of this important Commission," said Wes Adams, Anne Arundel County State's Attorney. "The establishment, facilitation, and enforcement of standards for law enforcement training, education and prevention programs is a crucial piece for sound law enforcement."

According to the Maryland State Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions "are vested with the authority to set standards of initial selection and training for all governmental law enforcement, correctional and parole and probation and juvenile justice officers in the State of Maryland, and to otherwise upgrade the professionalism of these officers ... Maryland was the 1st state to require (police) correctional standards on a statewide basis."

"We look forward to the participation of Mr. Adams on the new Police Training and Standards Commission," said William J. McMahon, Acting Executive Director for the Police and Correctional Training Commissions of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. "Having the perspective of the Maryland State's Attorneys will be important as the Commission works to enhance police services and community trust across the State."

The new legislation specifically identifies the need for a representative from the Maryland State's Attorney's Association.

"The Maryland State's Attorney's Association felt that Wes Adams' depth of experience in several different roles as a prosecutor made him uniquely qualified to serve on this commission, and we were happy to appoint him," said Scott Shellenberger, President of the Maryland State's Attorney's Association.

Adams also serves on the Anne Arundel County Heroin Task Force, the State Board of Victim Services, the Court Appointed Special Advocates Board of Directors, and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of Anne Arundel County.

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Man Who Assaulted His Eight Month Pregnant Girlfriend Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

For Immediate Release: June 21, 2016

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Darryl Moore, 35, of Annapolis, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for first degree assault and handgun on person late last week in the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court before Judge Glenn L. Klavans. Moore was found guilty on March 29, 2016.

“This violent offender has been a menace to Annapolis with a history of threatening others with weapons,” said Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams. “My office will continue to prosecute those who seek to harm others and I appreciate Judge Klavans for sending a clear message through a strong sentence that there is no place for violence in Anne Arundel County.”

On September 8, 2015, officers responded to a report for a first degree assault on Madison Street in Annapolis by Moore. The victim, 8 months pregnant with his child, reported that she and another woman were sitting in a vehicle with two children, both aged 3, when Moore, approached their car. As he approached the vehicle, Moore picked up a rock and began beating it on the car window. Moore briefly left the area and returned with a handgun, pointing it at the women and threatening to kill them if they called the police. The other woman in the vehicle reported that Moore then said to his girlfriend, “I’ll smack you; I’ll kill you. Call whoever you want; if you call the police, I’ll kill you.”

“This case is another example of thorough and professional police work, and our outstanding partnership with the States Attorney’s Office,” said Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop. “We worked together to hold this repeat offender accountable for his violence. This defendant has given us a lot of work over the years.”

Judge Glenn V. Klavans presided over the case. ASA Mary Setzer prosecuted the case on behalf of the State.

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Girlfriend of Man Who Shot an Anne Arundel County Police Officer Sentenced Today

For Immediate Release: June 13, 2016

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Danielle Blake, 30, of Severn, was sentenced eight years with all suspended and five years of probation for serving as accessory-after-the-fact and transporting a handgun in a vehicle for the April 2015 shooting of Anne Arundel County Police Officer Corporal Larry Adams. Blake pled guilty in October 2015.

“Ms. Blake’s sentence signals a closure for these tragic events,” said Wes Adams, Anne Arundel County State's Attorney. “We are satisfied that Judge Mulford recognized Ms. Blake’s full and complete cooperation with the State in the apprehension and capture of Colvin White, as well as her assistance in obtaining the necessary evidence. We agree with the judge that 8 years of incarceration, hanging over Ms. Blake’s head if violated, is appropriate given her cooperation. While this doesn’t reverse the fact that an officer who was protecting and serving the citizens of Anne Arundel County was shot and severely injured, this does give a measure of justice to the officer and our community.”

Officer Larry Adams stated in court that he forgave the defendant for her bad decisions that night. She did not shoot him, nor was she part of any plan to shoot him. He stated to Judge Mulford that he did not wish for her to serve additional jail time, nor lose her four children simply because she was associated with Colvin White.

In fashioning his sentence, Judge Mulford noted that given a world filled with violence and hatred, he was “struck by” Officer Adams’ compassion for Ms. Blake and focused on Blake's extensive cooperation which played a key role in completing the story of what took place that night, locating additional evidence, and securing such a strong conviction against Colvin White.

Officer Adams continues to recover from his injuries.

State's Attorney Wes Adams and Deputy State's Attorney Jonathon Church prosecuted the case on behalf of the State. Judge William C. Mulford presided over the case.

Background:

At approximately 2am on April 10th 2015, Officer Larry Adams was on a routine patrol when he encountered a van on the side of the road. Concerned for their safety, he approached the passenger, Danielle Blake, 30, of Severn, who was the lone occupant at the time. Ms. Blake stated that their van had run out of gas and the driver had gone into the East College Parkway 7-Eleven nearby. Intending to give the driver $5.00 for gas, Officer Adams parked at the 7-Eleven where an employee alerted him to a suspicious man outside the store.

Officer Adams encountered Mr. White lurking in a hoodie and dark clothing around the side of the store. Upon asking for Mr. White's identification, a scuffle ensued. Mr. White fled and Officer Adams gave chase. Mr. White ran into the wooded area between the 7-11 and a BGE substation and proceeded to hide behind a tree. As Officer Adams moved into the wooded area, Mr. White stepped from behind a tree and ambushed Officer Adams, shooting at him twice, striking him once in the neck. Mr. White fled with his girlfriend, Ms. Blake, who was waiting in her van on the side of College Parkway. Employees of the 7-11 found Officer Adams suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to shock trauma where life saving measures saved his life.

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Man Who Assaulted, Tortured Ex-Girlfriend Sentenced to 53 Years in Prison

For Immediate Release: June 7, 2016

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Foster Richard Brown Jr., 47, of Annapolis, was sentenced this morning to 53 years in prison by Circuit Court Judge William C. Mulford on charges of first degree assault, home invasion, and carrying a weapon openly with the intent to injure another. Brown, the victim’s ex-boyfriend, was found guilty these charges in March of 2016.

“Domestic assault is a terrorizing crime that occurs all too often in our community,” said Anne Arundel County Wes Adams. “I am grateful that Judge Mulford sentenced this offender to the maximum amount of jail time allowed under the law to hold this criminal accountable for his egregious actions, and that the police arrived to the scene before it was too late.”

Brown was sentenced to 25 years for first degree assault, 25 years for home invasion, and 3 years for carrying a weapon openly with the intent to injure another.

On July 27, 2015 at approximately 8:30pm, Anne Arundel County police responded to a 911 call regarding a domestic assault in Annapolis. Originally dispatched as a noise complaint, police arrived to the scene and heard the victim’s scream. She was found with stab wounds to the head and mouth, multiple bruises, two black eyes, broken ribs, and other injuries, stemming from Brown’s attack. She was quickly transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where she was treated for her injuries.

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

The State Attorney’s Office would like to reach out to all domestic violence victims and advise them to reach out for help. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911. To explore options regarding counseling, legal services, and safe housing, please visit the website, YWCA and/or call the YWCA at 410-222-6800.

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

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