Brooklyn Man Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Family Member

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Demetrius Troy Wallace, 43, of Brooklyn, was found guilty of three counts of Second Degree Rape, two counts of Second Degree Sex Offense, and one count of Sex Offense of a Minor by Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Michael Wachs following a four day trial.

"The victims of sexual assault often find it difficult to escape such abuse when the perpetrator is a trusted member of their own family," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I am grateful to the victim's friend, who displayed courage when deciding to report this incident in the pursuit of justice."

On November 17, 2015, the Annapolis Criminal Investigations Section received a case from the Child Advocacy Center in reference to a 15 year old female who had been sexually assaulted by an adult male family member during the month of November 2014.

Wallace faces up to 125 years in prison as a result of these convictions. Sentencing is scheduled for August 28.

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

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Arnold Man Guilty of Annapolis Murder, Faces 55 Years in Prison

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Demari Kareem Crowdy, 19, of Arnold, pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder and related gun charges.

"Mr. Crowdy's ability to steal the life of another reveals a mentality that puts our entire community at risk," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I am grateful to the Annapolis Police Department for ensuring Mr. Crowdy is brought to justice for his grave actions."

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 a man, identified by a witness 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 secures a gun from another man, runs to the passenger side of the victim's vehicle, and fires multiple shots. The path Crowdy took throughout the incident is under video surveillance.

Crowdy faces up to 55 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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Statement by Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams Regarding Annapolis City Police Department Investigation of Missing $1,500

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams makes the following statement:

"My office was contacted by the City of Annapolis Police Department on June 9 to discuss an ongoing internal investigation by the Annapolis Police Department as well as to review evidence of alleged wrongdoing related to an Annapolis City Police Officer as it related to a missing sum of money.

My office reviewed the evidence and determined that there was not sufficient evidence that was admissible in a criminal proceeding to support charges against the police officer.

We do not take lightly our responsibility to investigate and to evaluate evidence of wrongdoing. When there is sufficient evidence to support criminal charges, even if against a police officer, we will not hesitate to prosecute the person charged with wrongdoing.

In this instance, there is insufficient legal evidence to support criminal charges of wrongdoing."

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Annapolis Man Sentenced to 40 years for Domestic Violence

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Everett Van Carr, Jr., 45, of Annapolis, was sentenced by Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Laura S. Kiessling to 40 years of active incarceration for Second Degree Assault, Intimidation of a Witness, and Subordination of Perjury.

"Oftentimes, due to the nature of these close relationships, it is difficult for the victim of domestic violence to speak strongly on his or her own behalf," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I am proud of the work my prosecutors and victim advocates put into this case, standing up for this victim, giving her a voice in the justice system, and uncovering the defendant's web of lies and intimidation towards her. They painted a true picture of Mr. Carr as an abuser, intimidator and manipulator. I am grateful to Judge Kiessling for sentencing Mr. Carr to the maximum penalty and showing that our county will not stand for this sort of vicious abuse and manipulation."

On October 23, 2016, Everett Carr engaged in a verbal argument with his girlfriend, the victim. When Carr became violent, the victim ran inside her home and attempted to lock the door behind her. Carr then broke through the door, and pushed the victim into a closet door hard enough to knock it off its hinges.

While the victim lay on the ground, Carr climbed on top of her and placed her in a headlock. He then flipped the victim onto her back and tried to suffocate her with a blanket for several minutes. Fearing for her life, the victim screamed for help.

A neighbor heard the victim's cries and banged on the front door. Carr was distracted by the sound and the victim escaped to the neighbor's house, where she contacted police.

Although Carr was ordered to have no contact with the victim prior to trial, an investigation revealed Carr was in contact with the victim via letters, phone calls and prison visits. During these interactions, Carr intimidated the witness, induced her to provide false testimony and obstructed justice.

On May 18, 2017, Carr pleaded guilty to Second Degree Assault, Intimidation of a Witness, and Subordination of Perjury.

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

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