Annapolis Man Guilty of Second Degree Murder

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Lawrence Ervin Montague, 28, of Annapolis, was found guilty of second degree murder and related charges by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury.

"Facing no threat to his own personal safety, Lawrence Montague committed an act of unjustifiable retribution," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "My office will work tirelessly to hold such violent offenders accountable for their actions."

On January 16, 2017 at approximately 3:00 AM, Annapolis Police responded to a report of a man suffering from a gunshot wound. Upon investigation, police learned that Montague and the victim met in the area of 712 Newtowne Drive to conduct a drug transaction.

After the victim attempted to pay Montague with a counterfeit one hundred dollar bill, Montague engaged the victim in conversation and followed him to his car. Montague then removed a handgun from his waist area and fired multiple shots.

A single bullet entered the victim's back, struck his heart, lungs, and stomach, and exited the center of his chest. The victim was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he subsequently died from his injuries.

A witness was present in the passenger seat of the victim's car at the time of the incident, and identified Montague as the person responsible for the murder.

Montague faces up to 73 years in prison as a result of these convictions. Sentencing is scheduled for December 15, 2017.

Judge Paul F. Harris, Jr. presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorneys David Ash and James Tuomey prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

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Baltimore Man Guilty of First Degree Murder

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Antonio Eugene Diggs, 30, of Baltimore, was found guilty of first degree murder, armed robbery, and related charges by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury.

"Antonio Diggs stole the life of one man, and immediately set out to put another life in danger," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "While I know the tragic loss of Mr. Ford weighs heavy on the hearts of his loved ones, I hope his family, as well as our community in general, find some solace in the knowledge that his assailant has been brought to justice."

On January 13, 2017 at approximately 10:15 PM, Nathan Ford, 24, walked from the New Starr Inn in Odenton toward his home on the 2200 block of Conquest Way. As he walked through a wooded area and onto Canteen Circle, Ford was approached by Antonio Diggs.

Diggs was armed with a large caliber revolver and demanded that Ford surrender his property. After taking the victim's cell phone, Diggs fired four shots, striking the victim once in the side of the head and once in the left thigh.

The victim ran from Diggs and made it to the side yard of his home before collapsing on the ground, where he subsequently died from his wounds.

During their investigation, Anne Arundel County Police learned that approximately forty minutes after killing Ford, Diggs used the same revolver to rob a female victim in the parking lot of a supermarket. Diggs pleaded guilty to this armed robbery on September 19, 2017.

The murder of Nathan Ford was presented to an Anne Arundel County jury over the course of a five day trial. On the sixth day, the jury deliberated for approximately ninety minutes before finding Antonio Diggs guilty on all counts. Sentencing is scheduled for January 17, 2017.

Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch presided over the case. Deputy State's Attorney Jonathon Church and Assistant State's Attorney April Skrenczuk prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

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Millersville Man Sentenced to 19 Years for Domestic Violence

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Isaac J. Perrodin, 38, of Millersville, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Laura S. Kiessling to 19 years in prison for first degree assault, reckless endangerment, and use of a firearm in commission of a crime of violence.

"Isaac Perrodin's reckless behavior put three innocent victims in serious danger and created a war zone in their own home," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "This form of violence is particularly insidious, and will not be tolerated in our county."

On March 4, 2017, Isaac Perrodin became increasingly irate as he searched his home for the keys to his vehicle. While searching, Perrodin went upstairs, retrieved a shotgun, and yelled for his wife.When she arrived upstairs, Perrodin pointed the gun at her before firing a shot into the ground.

Fearing for their safety, the victim locked herself and her two children in a bedroom. As Perrodin continued to roam the house, possibly still in possession of the shotgun, the victim contacted 911.

Upon arrival, police set up a perimeter and began attempting to make contact with Perrodin. After approximately one hour, Perrodin surrendered himself to police.

Perrodin pleaded guilty to first degree assault, reckless endangerment, and use of a firearm in commission of a crime of violence on August 4, 2017. He was sentenced to 50 years suspend all but 19 years of active incarceration, and 5 years of supervised probation upon release.

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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Calvert Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Anne Arundel County Murder

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Christopher Scheibe, 29, of Calvert County, was sentenced by Judge Paul Harris to life in prison for the 2016 first degree murder of a young woman whose body was found in a wooded area behind 2006 Industrial Drive in Annapolis, and 30 years in prison for the 2012 second degree murder of a young woman whose body was found in the wooded area behind BJ's Wholesale club in Pasadena.

"Deceitful and manipulative to his core, Christopher Scheibe cannot be trusted to function within civilized society," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "Our community is safer now that he will spend the remainder of his life paying the price for these unfathomably brutal murders. While I know the victims' families continue to be haunted by the loss of their loved ones, I hope this sentence offers them some semblance of comfort and closure."

On May 31, 2016 police responded to the area of 2006 Industrial Drive in Annapolis for a report of a body found in the wooded area behind the business complex. The Chief Medical Examiner determined the victim had suffered 27 stabbing and cutting injuries. Utilizing a forensic entomologist, it was determined that the body had been decomposing for several days before May 31.

Police located a vehicle that had blood/DNA inside of it parked in the lot of the complex. That vehicle had been reported stolen from a Calvert County body shop on the 26th of May. The blood/DNA located inside of the vehicle was later determined to be that of the victim, Ms. Holly Smith, and the defendant, Christopher Scheibe.

Video surveillance footage from May 27 also put Scheibe in the area where Ms. Smith's body was found. This footage showed Scheibe both in the vehicle and on foot as he walked from the complex leaving the vehicle and the victim behind.

Scheibe was arrested and admitted to the murder of Ms. Smith, as well as the 2012 murder of Ms. Jessica Lee.

On August 26, 2012 police responded to the area behind 8145 Ritchie Hwy. in Pasadena, where they located the mostly skeletal remains of a female victim. Those remains were sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and examined by an Assistant Medical Examiner and forensic anthropologist. It was determined that the victim had suffered from multiple stabbing and cutting injuries and died as a result of those injuries. DNA was collected and helped police to identify the victim, Ms. Jessica Lee.

Police conducted a thorough investigation and learned that the victim had last been seen in the company of Schiebe on May 8, 2012 and had not been seen since then.

Scheibe also had an angel tattooed on his side that included the name of the victim and the date 5-9-12.

Scheibe was interviewed in 2016 and admitted to his involvement in both murders. He pleaded guilty on August 2, 2017.
"I am exceptionally proud of the work that my prosecutors did on this case. In addition to successfully prosecuting Ms. Smith's brutal murder, with little additional evidence from 2012, they were able to close Ms. Lee's murder and bring justice to her family," continued Adams. "I want to thank the Anne Arundel County Police Department's homicide detectives for their dogged pursuit of justice in this case. Their relentless efforts allowed us to remove a very dangerous man from our community."

Judge Paul Harris presided over both of these cases. Deputy State's Attorney Jonathon Church and Assistant State's Attorney Amanda Matey prosecuted these cases on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

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