Man Who Shot an Anne Arundel County Police Officer Sentenced to 55 Years in Prison

For Immediate Release: June 6, 2016

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Colvin White, 31, of Annapolis, was sentenced to Life plus 20 years, with all but 55 years suspended, for Attempted First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence for the April 2015 shooting of Anne Arundel County Police Officer Corporal Larry Adams.

“Today’s sentence by Judge Mulford sends a strong message to those who wish our police officers harm; we will hold you accountable for your actions,” said Wes Adams, Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney. “Our police officers put their lives on the line to serve and protect our community and they deserve our utmost respect and support. Cpl. Adams was simply doing his job that night, protecting our citizens, when he was shot twice by Mr. White. I am thankful that Cpl. Adams continues his recovery."

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 emplyoee alerted him to a suspicious man outside the store.

Offcier 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. Officer Adams was transported to shock trauma where life saving measures saved his life.

Ms. Blake pled guilty in October of serving as accessory-after-the-fact in the shooting and to transporting a handgun in a vehicle as part of a plea agreement. Sentencing is currently scheduled for June 13th.

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.

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“Fire Selfie” Arsonist Sentenced to 55 Years in Prison

For Immediate Release: May 31, 2016

Annapolis, MD – Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Justin Michael Clum, 26, of Pasadena, was sentenced Friday to 65 years, suspend all but 55 years, in jail by Circuit Court Judge Ronald A. Silkworth for attempted first degree murder, first degree arson, first degree assault, and 22 other related counts, after intentionally setting fire to a house on Wendover Road in Glen Burnie. Clum pled guilty to all 25 charges on February 9, 2016.

“I am pleased that Judge Silkworth recognized this repeat offender as a threat to the citizens of Anne Arundel County,” said Wes Adams, Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney. “Mr. Clum’s intentional and reckless actions in his attempt to kill one intended victim, almost killed another man, woman and child as they slept. His actions also put 23 of our first responders in harm’s way as they battled this blaze in the middle of the night.”

In the early morning hours of July 17, 2015, Clum and his girlfriend were drinking vodka on a community pier when Clum learned of a past sexual relationship between his girlfriend and another man. Clum obtained gasoline and drove to the man’s home with his girlfriend. He poured gasoline on the front porch and set the home on fire, intending to kill the man.

The intended victim was not home when the fire was set; however, three other people inside the single-family home escaped after working smoke alarms gave warning. It took 23 firefighters about an hour to control the fire. The house was destroyed.

Clum fled the scene and returned the same day to take pictures of the destruction. These photos have been referred to in the media as "fire selfies.”

"Through his willful actions, the defendant put the lives of the occupants of the home, responding firefighters and the public at risk,” said Fire Chief Allan Graves. “This sentence reflects the seriousness of his actions and reflects the continued high level of cooperation between the fire department arson investigators and the State's Attorney's Office."

“I am grateful for Anne Arundel County Fire Chief Graves and his courageous team of firefighters who work hard to keep our citizens safe every single day,” said Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams.

Assistant State’s Attorney Jason Miller prosecuted the case on behalf of the State. Judge Ronald A. Silkworth presided over the case.

Related Information and Photos:

Clum pled guilty in February to all 25 counts in his indictment including:

4 counts of attempted first degree murder

4 counts of attempted second degree murder

2 counts of first degree arson

1 count of second degree arson

4 counts of first degree assault

4 counts of second degree assault

4 counts of reckless endangerment

1 count of malicious burning

1 count of malicious destruction of property

*Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for booking photo and photos recovered from Justin Clum's phone.

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State's Attorney's Office to Graduate 20 During National Drug Court Month; Lt. Governor to Speak

MEDIA ADVISORY: May 9, 2016 

What:

Adult Drug Treatment Court Graduation Celebration for 20 Graduates in both

Circuit Court (May 9; Nine Graduates) and District Court (May 12; Eleven Graduates)

Where/When:

Monday, May 9 @ 2pm (Circuit Court, COURTROOM 4C)

Thursday, May 12 @ 1:30pm (District Court, Courtroom 4)

Speakers:

Monday, May 9: Angel Traynor, a former addict, with a harrowing story, who turned her life around. In just 4 short years, Angel has established five recovery homes, serving mothers who struggle with addiction, through her own 501(c)(3) organization, Serenity Sista's.

Thursday, May 12: Lt. Governor of Maryland, Boyd Rutherford, an accomplished attorney now serving in Governor Larry Hogan's administration.

Background:

May is National Drug Court Month. Drug Courts are criminal justice reform. According to www.allrise.org, 75% of drug court graduates do not re-offend. Learn more about drug courts here.

Anne Arundel County's Adult Drug Treatment Court program began in 2005. The first graduation was in 2007. The program has served more than 435 participants and has had 164 graduates. In addition to saving lives and deterring victimization and recidivism, the Adult Drug Court Treatment program saves money.

Presently, there are 89 people in the Anne Arundel County drug court system. To house an inmate, it costs about $100 per day or $36,000 per year. Ultimately, to house these 89 participants for one year, the cost would exceed $3 million. By contrast, the Adult Drug Court program costs approximately $330,000 for one year, including treatment.

This initiative 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. It is a collaborative effort among the Circuit Court, the State's Attorney's Offices, 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. For more information, please visit: http://www.circuitcourt.org/learn-about/drug-treatment-court.

*Visuals: On camera interviews available with several graduates, State's Attorney Wes Adams, speakers.

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Increased Level of Prosecution Leads to Historic Day in Anne Arundel County Circuit Courthouse

For Immediate Release: April 18, 2016

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced that one plea and three significant sentences were handed down in Circuit Court today.

“Today was a good day for justice in the County courthouse,” said Wes Adams, State’s Attorney for Anne Arundel County. “I have asked my prosecutors to be steadfast in seeking appropriate sentences for these violent offenders and I am grateful to these judges for recognizing the threat these defendants are to our community.”

Milton Colbert, 31, of Annapolis, received 20 years, suspend all but 10 years, for the charge of conspiracy to commit first degree assault and a concurrent 5 years without parole on the charge of the use of a handgun in a crime of violence. These charges stemmed from his involvement in the shooting of William Saunders, 26, of Annapolis, last Summer. ASA Kim Dipietro was the prosecutor on the case. Colbert was sentenced by Judge Ronald A. Silkworth.

Christina Rather, 28, from Baltimore, received 15 years in prison for attempted 2nd degree murder for aiming her vehicle at Brittany Wilkins and then accelerating forward in an attempt to kill her. Rather is now facing additional time on a previous case where she was convicted of 7 counts of attempted murder for shooting at and attempting to kill 7 other people in Baltimore. ASA Mary Sezter was the prosecutor on the case. Rather was sentenced by Judge Eugene M. Lerner.

Carroll Johnson, 31, of Glen Burnie, received a Life sentence for the charge of murder; 20 years, suspend all but 5 years without parole, concurrent to the Life sentence for use of a firearm in a crime of violence; 15 years, suspend all but 5 years without parole, concurrent to the Life sentence for possession of a firearm after a disqualifying crime. ASA Jason Knight was the prosecutor on the case. Johnson was charged in the shooting death of Sir Keith English Queen Jones, 31, outside Dietrich’s Tavern off Furnace Branch Road in December 2012. Judge Alison L. Asti presided over the case.

Andrew Thomas Morgan, 29, of Lothian, pled to 2nd degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence, and possession of a regulated firearm after being convicted of a crime of violence. These charges stem from the shooting death of Joseph Gibbons in July of 2015 in the Rio Vista mobile home community in Lothian. Sentencing will be held October 12 at 9am. ASAs Aaron Meyers and Reva Chopra are prosecuting the case on behalf of the State. Judge Silkworth is presiding over the case.

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