Lothian Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Assaulting Girlfriend

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Martin Luther King Jr., 27, of Lothian, was sentenced by Circuit court Judge Laura S. Kiessling to 20 years in prison with the first 5 years without the possibility of parole for first degree assault of his grilfriend.

"I would like to thank Judge Kiessling for showing that domestic violence will not be tolerated in our county," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "Mr. King is a repeat offender whose violent behavior leaves those around him in constant danger."

On October 22, 2016, Martin Luther King Jr. engaged in a verbal dispute with his girlfriend. King became violent and knocked the victim to the floor. He then grabbed her by the sweatshirt, picked her up over his head, and threw her.

Fearing further violence, the victim fled the residence in her vehicle. King entered his own vehicle to pursue the victim. While moving southbound on Southern Maryland Boulevard, King drove into the oncoming traffic lane, pulled up next to the victim, and fired a series of gunshots at her vehicle.

Martin Luther King Jr. pleaded guilty to First Degree Assault and Use of a Firearm in a Crime of Violence on May 12, 2017.

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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Severn Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Assaulting Girlfriend

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Rondell Dorsey, 36, of Severn, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch to 12 years in prison for First Degree Assault of his girlfriend.

"Domestic Violence is a very serious problem that often goes unreported," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I'm grateful Judge Jaklitsch recognized the grave threat this man posed. My office will continue to do everything in our power to provide justice for the victims of domestic violence."

On November 26, 2016, Rondell Dorsey became enraged at his girlfriend after she returned home from work at a late hour. When the victim recognized the threat of violence and attempted to leave the house, Dorsey grabbed her by the arm and threw her to the ground.

Over the course of approximately one hour, Dorsey continued to throw the victim to the ground and strangled her twice, once to the extent that she lost consciousness.

At approximately 5:30 AM, a third party heard the couple fighting and contacted Anne Arundel County Police. Upon arrival, police observed dried blood on the victim's face, abrasions on her neck, and swelling across her face. Police transported her to Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

Rondell Dorsey pleaded guilty to First Degree Assault on May 2, 2017.

Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch 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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Man Sentenced to 28 Years for Attempted Murder of Brother

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that James William Tayman, 49, of Glen Burnie was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge William C. Mulford, II to 28 years in prison with 5 years of supervised probation upon release for Attempted Second Degree Murder.

"I would like to thank the responding officers for their swift and heroic action to save the victim's life,"said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I am also grateful to Judge Mulford for recognizing the seriousness of this brutal attack, and sentencing the defendant accordingly."

On September 1, 2016, police responded to Juneberry Way in Glen Burnie for a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers found the victim with an apparent knife wound on the left side of his neck. He had lost a significant amount of blood and required immediate medical attention.

An investigation revealed that the victim was visiting family when he and his brother, James Tayman, had a verbal argument. James Tayman obtained a knife from the kitchen, held it to the victim's throat, and cut him.

James William Tayman was found guilty of Attempted Second Degree Murder and Dangerous Weapon: Wear And Carry With Intent To Injure by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury on May 10, 2017.

Judge William C. Mulford, II presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney James Tuomey prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

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Odenton Man Sentenced to 20 years for Child Abuse Resulting in Death

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Da Son Darius Hogan, 23, of Odenton, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge William C. Mulford, II to 20 years in prison with 5 years of supervised probation upon release for First Degree Child Abuse Resulting in Death.

"This man's use of brute force against a two-year-old child reveals a shocking lack of humanity," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I'm thankful to Judge Mulford for ensuring this devastating loss of life is met with harsh punishment."

On March 7, 2016, at approximately 7:30 am, Da Son Hogan was left to care for his girlfriend's three children. After taking the older two children to the school bus stop, Hogan and the youngest child, a two-year-old boy, returned to the hotel room where the group resided.

Cell phone records show that at approximately 11:20 am, Hogan began contacting his girlfriend to request help for a medical emergency. Upon arrival, she observed Hogan attempting CPR on her unresponsive son. She instructed Hogan to contact 9-1-1 immediately.

Anne Arundel County Police responded to the Odenton area hotel and located the unresponsive two-year-old boy. Paramedics transported him to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead as a result of blunt force trauma to his abdomen caused by a forceful strike, such as a punch or kick.

Video surveillance footage collected from the hotel and surrounding businesses shows the boy is in good health when he returns from the bus stop with Hogan. The footage also shows that Hogan and the boy are the only people to enter the hotel room during the time of the incident.

Da Son Darius Hogan pleaded guilty to First Degree Child Abuse Resulting in Death on April 27, 2017.

Judge William C. Mulford presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Pamela Alban prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

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