Entries by William Cockey

Jefferson Woman Enters Guilty Plea to 1st Degree Murder

FREDERICK – This morning in Frederick County Circuit Court, Hestina Lakeisha Harris, 24, of Jefferson, MD entered a guilty plea to 1st degree murder. Judge Scott Rolle sentenced Harris to life, suspending all but 60 years to serve. As part of the plea agreement, the State maintains the right to veto any modification of the […]

UPDATE: FREDERICK FAIR WAIVER HEARING #2 JUDGE ISSUES WRITTEN OPINION IN 15-YEAR-OLD’S CASE

FREDERICK, MD – In a written legal opinion released today, Frederick Circuit Court Judge William R. Nicklas Jr. ruled that the 15-year-old respondent charged in connection with the Great Frederick Fair attack on John Weed September 20, 2019, will remain in the juvenile system. The respondent is charged with manslaughter, 1st degree assault, and 2nd […]

MIDDLETOWN MAN ENTERS ALFORD PLEA IN ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 24, 2020 FREDERICK –Thomas Mackey, age 34, of Middletown, entered an Alford Plea to Aggravated Animal Cruelty before the Honorable Judge Dwyer of the Frederick County Circuit Court.  The State argued for a suspended sentence but Judge Dwyer sentenced the Defendant to Probation before Judgement and ordered three years supervised probation […]

UPDATE: FREDERICK FAIR CASE WAIVER HEARING #2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 21, 2020 Frederick, MD – Today in Frederick County Circuit Court, Judge William R. Nicklas Jr. presided over the waiver hearing of the 15-year-old respondent charged in the September 20, 2019 attack on John Marvin Weed at the Great Frederick Fair.  Closing arguments concluded at 6:35 p.m. and Judge Nicklas will […]

JUDGE DENIES STATE WAIVER MOTION

Frederick, MD – Frederick County Circuit Court Judge Julie Stevenson Solt issued a written opinion today, following a day-long waiver hearing on Wednesday February 12th for the 16-year-old respondent in the attack on John Marvin Weed September 20th at the Great Frederick Fair. The 16-year-old is charged with two counts of 2nd degree assault. During […]

FREDERICK MAN INDICTED FOR MURDER, DRUG, AND WEAPONS CHARGES AFTER SIX-MONTH INVESTIGATION

FREDERICK, MD –  On January 24, 2020, the Frederick Grand Jury returned a fifty-count indictment against Lavonte Darnell Nash, age 27, of Frederick. Mr. Nash is accused of committing First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder, Retaliation Against a Witness, Use of a Firearm in a Crime of Violence, Illegal Possession of a Regulated Firearm, […]

SILVER SPRING MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT 1st DEGREE ASSAULT FOR SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT

FREDERICK, MD –  This morning in Frederick County Circuit Court, Robert Antoine Shirley Jr., 21, of Silver Spring, MD pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Assault, Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle, and Violation of Probation. The Honorable Judge Julie Stevenson Solt sentenced Shirley to 10 years, suspending all but 12 months in […]

Former Frederick Pediatrician Indicted on 98 Counts

Frederick – On December 20th, the Frederick Grand Jury indicted Ernesto Cesar Torres, age 69, of Frederick on 98 counts of sex crimes charges. In a Circuit Court bond review this afternoon, Judge Theresa Adams ordered Torres held without bond. The 98 counts relate to allegations from an additional 19 victims. All of the victims […]

FREDERICK PEDIATRICIAN ERNESTO TORRES SENTENCED

Frederick – This morning, Frederick Circuit Court Judge William R. Nicklas Jr. sentenced Ernesto Cesar Torres, age 69, of Frederick to 1 year in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center. Torres waived his right to a jury trial in late October. Judge Nicklas presided over a three-day bench trial and ultimately on November 1st, found […]