Annapolis Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Second Degree Murder

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Leobardo Jolalpa-Ramirez, 23, of Annapolis, was sentenced by Judge Glenn L. Klavans to 15 years in prison for the second degree murder of the defendant's father.

"The unfortunate combination of mental health issues and the voluntary use of recreational drugs lead the defendant to murder his own father," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I offer my deepest sympathies to the family, who are facing the loss of two loved ones as a result of this tragedy."

On February 20, 2016, while under the influence of hallucinogenic mushrooms, Leobardo Jolalpa-Ramirez woke his sleeping mother and asked her to follow him downstairs. The defendant then walked over to his father, Martin Jolalpa-Vasquez, who was sitting on a chair in the kitchen. Jolalpa-Ramirez grabbed the victim by the top of his hair, and stabbed him in the neck.

Jolalpa-Ramirez fled the house while his family members attended to the victim's wound. Paramedics arrived at the scene and transported the victim to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

According to statements given by the defendant and family, Martin Jolalpa-Vasquez was physically abusive toward Jolalpa-Ramirez and other members of the family. This recurring abuse was violent enough that Jolalpa-Ramirez was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Jolalpa-Ramirez pleaded guilty on July 10, 2017. He was sentenced to 30 years suspend all but 15 years of active incarceration and 5 years of supervised probation upon release.

Judge Glenn L. Klavans presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorneys Jason Knight and Terri Morse prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

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State's Attorney Wes Adams Announces STING Unit

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced the introduction of a new unit within the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office: Strategic Targeted Investigations of Narcotics and Gangs (STING). This unit is composed of four prosecutors dedicated to Intelligence Driven Prosecution that identifies the top criminal offenders plaguing individual communities.

"The creation of this unit is the culmination of months of strategic intel gathering and sharing between federal, state, and local partners" said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "My office will continue to foster these relationships as we work to bring gang violence to an end in our county."

In conjunction with the introduction of the RICO statute on October 1, 2017, the STING unit will work hand in hand with other law enforcement agencies to vigorously identify, investigate, and prosecute organized crime and gangs throughout the county.

STING is lead by Assistant State's Attorney Jason Knight, formerly the Chief of Homicide and Violent Crimes.

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Hanover Man Sentenced to 18 Months for Possession of Child Pornography

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Korey Vaughn Hamilton Payne, 21, of Hanover, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Ronald A. Silkworth to 18 months in jail for five counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

"Possession of child pornography is by no means a victimless crime," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "Korey Payne's consumption of such disturbing content has a direct impact on the children who are made to suffer in the process of its creation. My office will continue to fight for these victims by ensuring predators such as Payne are brought to justice."

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.

Payne was found guilty by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury on May 4, 2017. He was sentenced to 25 years suspend all but 18 months of active incarceration, 5 years of supervised probation upon release, and is required to register as a sex offender for 15 years.

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.

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Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 18 Years for Domestic Violence

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Thurman Leroy Boston, 50, of Brooklyn, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Mark W. Crooks to 18 years in prison for Second Degree Assault, Dangerous Weapon with Intent to Injure, and Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle.

"Domestic violence cases are not the result of an isolated outburst, but rather an ongoing cycle of abuse and manipulation," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I'm thankful Judge Crooks recognized this continual threat and sentenced Mr. Boston to the maximum penalty."

On February 14, 2017 at approximately 7 PM, Anne Arundel County Police responded to a Dollar Tree on Ritchie Highway for a report of domestic violence. Upon arrival, the victim informed police that she was in her home when her ex-boyfriend, Thurman Boston, knocked on the door and requested he be let in to retrieve his belongings.

The victim had a valid protective order against Boston, but allowed him inside merely to gather his belongings. Boston then asked if he could remain in her home until 8 PM. The victim denied this request, at which point Boston became enraged and yelled that he wanted all of his money back.

The victim informed police that she had previously allowed Boston to deposit his tax returns into her bank account.

Before the victim could peacefully comply with his demand, Boston grabbed a kitchen knife, held it to her throat, and forced her into the passenger seat of her own car. He then drove to an ATM and continued to threaten the victim with the knife until she gave him the PIN number to her account.

As Boston exited the vehicle and approached the ATM, the victim ran to a Dollar Tree and contacted 911. Prior to police arrival, Boston fled the scene in the victim's vehicle.

While pending trial, Boston attempted to obstruct justice by writing letters in which he encouraged the victim to fail to appear in court and thus avoid testifying against him.

Boston pleaded guilty to Second Degree Assault, Dangerous Weapon with Intent to Injure, and Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle on July 25, 2017. These charges carry a combined maximum penalty of 18 years.

Judge Mark W. Crooks 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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