- Published: Monday, 06 June 2016 16:38
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.