Hanover Man Guilty of Possessing Child Pornography

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Korey Vaughn Hamilton Payne, 21, of Hanover, was found guilty of five counts of Possession of Child Pornography by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury Thursday afternoon.

"This is not a victimless crime," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "It's impossible to imagine the trauma children are put through to create such disturbing content, and the consumption of these images will only drive the market. I want to thank the police and their I.T. experts who assisted my office in prosecuting this case."

On July 19, 2016, an Anne Arundel County Police detective conducted an online investigation for offenders sharing child pornography over the internet. The detective directed his attention to a specific IP address after establishing it was associated with at least one file known to be of interest to child pornography investigations.

After identifying the IP address as being assigned to the home of Korey Payne's mother, where Payne resided at the time, police obtained a search warrant for the address. A search by police found external storage devices which contained child pornography next to Korey Payne's ID card and other possessions. Payne himself identified this area as his studio workspace.

Korey Payne faces up to 25 years in prison as a result of these convictions. Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

Judge Ronald A. Silkworth presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Reva Chopra prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.


Pennsylvania Man Guilty of First Degree Assault in Glen Burnie Bar Fight

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Michael Ceresa, 28, of Glassport, Pennsylvania was found guilty of two counts of First Degree Assault, Use of a Firearm in a Crime of Violence, Transporting a Handgun Within a Vehicle, and Carrying a Handgun on Person by Circuit Court Judge Stacy W. McCormack.

“While I respect people’s right to own a gun, under no circumstances is it ok to point a loaded weapon at innocent people,” said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "His behavior was reckless and endangered our community.”

On April 25, 2016, at approximately 12:18 am, Anne Arundel County Police were alerted to an armed subject with a gun in the parking lot of Sideline Sports Bar & Grille in Glen Burnie. After a man accidentally fell on Michael Ceresa’s vehicle, Ceresa exited the car and engaged in a verbal altercation with the man and his companion. Two bystanders intervened in an attempt to de-escalate the argument, and Ceresa then retreated to his vehicle.

Rather than leave the parking lot however, Ceresa took a black 9mm handgun out of his car, pointed the weapon at all four individuals, and verbally threatened their lives.

Upon arrival, police located the handgun under Ceresa’s seat within the vehicle. Surveillance cameras located in the parking lot of the bar captured the incident on video.

Michael Ceresa was sentenced to five years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Assistant State's Attorney April Skrenczuk prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.


State’s Attorney Wes Adams Hosts Training on Domestic Violence

Annapolis, MD - Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams welcomed the WYCA to Annapolis District Court on Friday for a training session with Assistant State’s Attorneys and Victim-Witness Advocates regarding the prosecution of domestic violence cases.

“We are proud to partner with an organization that has gone above and beyond to provide safe passage for victims,” said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. “It is the responsibility of everyone within this office, as well as the community at large, to recognize the signs of domestic violence and break the cycle of abuse.”

Founded in 1918, The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County is dedicated to promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. This organization has established a stellar reputation for aiding all victims of domestic violence, including women, men, and children.

This training session discussed the role of the Advocate in relation to victims of domestic violence, the protocols when prosecuting a domestic violence case, and the importance of the Abuser Intervention Program for rehabilitating perpetrators of domestic violence.

“It is important that we empower victims so that we can help break the cycle of abuse,”said Adams “and our relationship with the YWCA helps us do that.”

The Office of the State’s Attorney invites members of the community to join the conversation surrounding domestic violence. For information on how to schedule an educational session with your own community organization, please contact the YWCA Human Resources Department at 410-626-7800 or the Office of the State’s Attorney at 410-222-1740.


Crofton Man Indicted for Alleged Automobile Manslaughter; Ordered Held Without Bond

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Martin Martinez-Ballinas, 29, of Crofton, was indicted on two felony counts including Automobile Manslaughter and other related charges by an Anne Arundel County Grand Jury related to the death of United States Marine Lance Corporal James Ray Walden III, 21.

Mr. Martinez-Ballinas was ordered to remain in custody at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center after a court denied his related habeas corpus motion.

The Office of the State's Attorney asserted that Mr. Martinez-Ballinas should remain in custody due to the fact that he did not provide credentials establishing his lawful presence in the United States, his close ties with a foreign country (including a foreign passport) and his failure-to-appear for an earlier unrelated charge. After a hearing, Circuit Court Judge Stacy McCormack held in favor of the State's Attorney's Office and ordered Mr. Martinez-Ballinas to be held without bail.

"My office takes vehicle deaths very seriously and, when the evidence provides, we will pursue these types of cases to the fullest extent allowed by law", said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. “In addition, given the fact that Mr. Martinez-Ballinas is a flight risk, I am grateful for Judge McCormack's ruling to keep Mr. Martinez-Ballinas in jail, pending the resolution of these charges.”

On February 24, 2017 at approximately 3:36 pm, Anne Arundel Police Department was dispatched to the area of Patuxent Road and Conway Road for a report of a motor vehicle collision.

The indictment in this case alleges that the collision was caused by the driver of a 2007 BMW 335i operating the vehicle in a grossly negligent manner. While driving southbound on Patuxent Road, the driver exceeded the posted speed limit by approximately 30 mph. The posted speed limit was 35 mph. It is alleged that the driver lost control of the car in a curved section of the roadway, crossed the centerline of the roadway, and struck an oncoming motorcyclist.

The motorcyclist became separated from the vehicle and landed in the woods on the northbound side of the road.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Mr. Martinez-Ballinas, immediately fled the scene on foot.

Lance Corporal James Ray Walden III was pronounced dead by Anne Arundel County Paramedics at the scene at approximately 3:45 pm, and Mr. Martinez-Ballinas was located by police helicopter and police canine about a half a mile away hiding outside between large stacks of concrete pallets.

Lance Corporal James Ray Walden III was stationed at Fort Meade at the time.

A status conference for this case are set for June 23, 2017.