Frederick Man Sentenced To Life, Suspend All But 40 Years To Serve In The Department of Corrections For 1st Degree Murder

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JUNE 20, 2024

Frederick Man Sentenced To Life, Suspend All But 40 Years To Serve In The

Department of Corrections For 1st Degree Murder

Frederick, MD –  Today, in Frederick County Circuit Court, Judge Scott Rolle presided over the sentencing hearing of 24 year old Tyree Ronell Deangelo Haynes.  Haynes entered a guilty plea to 1st Degree murder on April 24, 2024 and will serve an agreed upon Life sentence, suspend all but 40 years.   Haynes has been held for the murder charge at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center since June 24, 2021.

On April 16, 2021, the Defendant fatally shot 17 year old victim, Malakai Cooke, in the parking lot of Country Inn and Suites, in Frederick.  The victim previously told family members he feared for his life and began living with friends in order to protect his immediate family.  Frederick County Sheriff’s Office detectives collected multiple video surveillance recordings of the area revealing the timeline of events leading to the murder.

The victim’s parents gave impact statements in court. “Tyree stalked my son for months.  My son told me he feared for his life and I will never see Kai graduate high school,” said Katey Cooke, the victim’s mother.

Upon release from the Department of Corrections, Haynes will be on 5 years of supervised probation with all standard conditions and must have no contact with the victim’s family.   Special conditions of probation include alcohol and drug evaluations and treatment, and mental health evaluation and treatment.

Deputy State’s Attorney, Kirsten Brown and Chief Assistant State’s Attorney, Kristin King represented the State of Maryland.

 

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Jacqueline Rottmann

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Frederick, Maryland  21701

Home Healthcare Worker Found Guilty of 1st Degree Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult, Resulting in Catastrophic Physical Injury

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Home Healthcare Worker Found Guilty of 1st Degree Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult, Resulting in Catastrophic Physical Injury

 

Frederick, MD – Today, in Frederick County Circuit Court, Emmanuel Olaeken Owoyeye, 49, was ordered to serve twelve months in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center with another nine years suspended. That sentence begins today. Owoyeye was found guilty of 1st Degree Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult following a bench trial before the Honorable William R. Nicklas on May 28, 2024.

On August 4, 2023, a resident of an apartment complex in Frederick was walking his dog when he saw a man lying on the ground beneath an open third-story window.  Frederick County Sheriff’s Office deputies and EMS responded. It was determined that the 55-year-old victim was a vulnerable adult as a result of his diagnoses of Down Syndrome and dementia.  A deputy went to the victim’s apartment and notified the Defendant, the victim’s caregiver, that the victim was on the ground.  The Defendant admitted to the deputy that he had not checked on the victim for over three and a half hours. The victim was in his bedroom with the door closed, while the Defendant remained in the living room.  While the victim was unsupervised, he removed the screen from his bedroom window and jumped out, falling three stories.  Because the victim was known to try to get out of the apartment through the balcony or the front door, the Defendant was instructed by his supervisors that he was required to have the victim in line of sight when the victim was awake and to check on him periodically if he was sleeping.  The Defendant, who was paid to care for the victim, failed to supervise the victim as required.   The victim was transported by Trooper 3 to University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore.  As a result of the injuries sustained in the fall from the window, the victim is confined to a wheelchair and will not be able to live outside of a nursing home setting.

Upon release, the Defendant will serve 5 years of probation.   The first three years of probation are to be supervised, and the last two years are unsupervised.  All standard conditions apply. As a condition of his probation, the Defendant may not work with vulnerable adults or children.

The State was represented by Assistant State’s Attorney, Erin Pearl, Special Victims Unit.

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Frederick, Maryland  21701

Frederick Man to Serve 9 Years in Prison for Attempted 2nd Degree Rape and Sex Abuse of a Minor

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Frederick Man to Serve 9 Years in Prison for Attempted 2nd Degree Rape and Sex Abuse of a Minor

 

 Frederick, MD – Today, in Frederick County Circuit Court, Judge Richard Sandy sentenced Jose Nelson Guerra-Sanchez, 26, to 25 years suspend all but 9 years in the Department of Corrections for Sex Abuse of a Minor.

On February 14, 2023, a Frederick Police Department Detective responded to a call for a delayed report of sexual abuse.  Through investigation, and after a forensic interview at the Child Advocacy Center, it was learned that the defendant sexually abused the victim when the victim was 14 years old and the defendant was 23 years old.

The Defendant was previously convicted on April 9, 2024 after a bench trial in front of the Honorable Richard Sandy.

Upon release, the Defendant will serve 5 years of supervised probation through COMET supervision, have no contact with the victim, have no contact with minor children, and must submit to a psychosexual evaluation and follow all recommendations.  In addition, the Defendant will have to register as a sex offender for life and is also subject to lifetime sex offender supervision.

The State of Maryland was represented by Chief Assistant State’s Attorney, Lindsey Carpenter.

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Frederick, Maryland  21701

Frederick Woman Convicted of 2nd-Degree Child Abuse and 2nd-Degree Assault, Bond Revoked

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May 19, 2024

Frederick Woman Convicted of 2nd-Degree Child Abuse and 2nd-Degree Assault, Bond Revoked

 

 

FREDERICK, Md. – Friday night, in Frederick County Circuit Court, Ana Cecilia Gonzalez, 50, was found guilty of 2nd-Degree Child Abuse and 2nd Degree Assault following a two-day bench trial presided over by Judge Julia Martz-Fisher.

In July 2023, at an elementary school in Frederick County, the minor victim told a teacher, a school counselor, and a school resource officer that she did not feel safe, and that Gonzalez hit her and verbally abused her on a regular basis. Following the disclosure by the child, an investigation was conducted by Child Protective Services and the Frederick Police Department.

Bond was revoked after the guilty finding, and Gonzalez will remain incarcerated at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center until sentencing.

The State was represented by Assistant State’s Attorney, Erin Pearl, Special Victims Unit.

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Jacqueline Rottmann

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Man To Serve 19 Years in the Department of Corrections for 2 Counts of 2nd Degree Rape

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May 13, 2024

Man To Serve 19 Years in the Department of Corrections for

 2 Counts of 2nd Degree Rape

 

Frederick, MD – Today, in the Frederick County Circuit Court, Nicholas Wayne Summers was sentenced to 40 years in the Department of Corrections, suspending all but a 19-year active sentence to be served in the Division of Corrections, for 2 counts of 2nd degree rape.  The State’s Attorney’s Office worked closely with the victim and her family in the resolution of this case.  The sentence imposed was based on a binding plea agreement entered into by the State and the defense.

In May 2023, a Frederick County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call for a sexual assault of a minor that occurred previously.  The concerned mother of the minor victim told the deputy her child made a social media post about a traumatic incident the child experienced in the past.  The mother talked with the child and learned the defendant committed multiple sexual assaults on the child in Montgomery and Frederick counties over a three-year period.

State’s Attorney, Charlie Smith stated, “The year-long collaboration between Frederick County Sheriff’s Office detectives and the State’s Attorney’s Office brought justice to the victim and the victim’s family today.  We will continue to hold predators accountable in Frederick.”

Upon release from the Department of Corrections, Summers will serve 5 years of specialized sex offender supervision. Additionally, he will be subject to lifetime sex offender supervision and lifetime sex offender registration.  His conditions include no contact with the victim, no unsupervised contact with minors, internet and GPS monitoring, and a prohibition from possessing any/all firearms.

The State was represented by Assistant State’s Attorney, Erin Pearl, Special Victims Unit.

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Jacqueline Rottmann

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Baltimore Man Held Without Bond Today for 1st-Degree Murder, Conspiracy 1st-Degree Murder, Kidnapping, and Carjacking.

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Baltimore Man Held Without Bond Today for 1st-Degree Murder, Conspiracy 1st-Degree Murder, Kidnapping, and Carjacking.

 

 

Today in Frederick County Circuit Court, Alonzo Michael Epps Jr., charged with First Degree Murder, Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder, Kidnapping and Carjacking, appeared for a bond hearing and was ordered held without bond in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center pending trial.

The grand jury for Frederick County returned an original indictment on May 2, 2024 for the above charges against Alonzo Michael Epps Jr. for his role in the murder of Brice Wendell Boots.

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Chamber of Commerce Awards 2024

April 18, 2024

Frederick, MD – The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 9th Annual Public Safety Awards at the Brunswick Fire Hall this morning. The Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office is proud to partner with Frederick Police Department, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, MD – Integrity Driven • Community Built, Brunswick, MD Police Department, Maryland State Police Frederick Barrack and Homeland Security Investigations in receipt of the Unit Achievement Award for the Washington/Baltimore High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

 

Howard County Man to Serve 2 Years in the Department of Corrections After Pleading Guilty to 1 Count of Sexual Solicitation of a Minor

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April 12, 2024

Howard County Man to Serve 2 Years in the Department of Corrections After Pleading Guilty to

 1 Count of Sexual Solicitation of a Minor

 

 

Frederick, Maryland – Today in Frederick County Circuit Court, Judge Scott Rolle accepted the guilty plea of Scott Paul Locastro, 51 years old, for one count of sexual solicitation of a minor.  Locastro currently resides in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

On January 3, 2024, a Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputy, with the INTERCEPT Task Force, performing an online investigation and posing as a 13-year-old female, received text messages from Scott Locastro containing sexualized conversation, including soliciting the “minor” for sexual acts multiple times.  The defendant also asked the “minor” if he could go to her house and hide in her closet.  Furthermore, the defendant, asked the “minor” to meet at various locations including the park, a hotel room and his truck.

A subpoena was served to Verizon Wireless for the phone number used to communicate with the Sheriff’s Office deputy.  Scott Locastro was determined to be the account subscriber of the phone number.  In addition, GPS and physical surveillance revealed the defendant to be traveling in a black Chevy Cruz from the area of Livestock Road, West Friendship, MD to Frederick County, MD.  When the defendant arrived at the prearranged meeting point, he was arrested.  The defendant admitted to communicating with multiple minors and exchanging explicit, nude images with them.

The Frederick County Circuit Court sentenced Locastro to 10 years, suspend all but 2 years, in the Department of Corrections.  The Maryland sentencing guidelines for this case was probation to 2 years.  Probation will include five years of COMET-supervised probation, a psycho-sexual evaluation and sex-offender treatment.  The defendant must comply with specialized sexual offender supervision – offense specific treatment, medication, polygraph testing, computer monitoring, electronic tracking and curfew/geographic restriction.

The defendant will register as a Tier-2 Sex Offender Registrant and cannot have under unsupervised contact with any minor children. All other standard conditions of supervised probation apply.

Chief Counsel Joyce King represented the State of Maryland.

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Thurmont Man to Serve 18 Months in Jail for 10 Counts, Including 3 Hate Crimes, 2 Counts of Harassment, 3 Counts of Trespassing and 2 Counts of Disorderly Conduct

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April 4, 2024

 

Thurmont Man to Serve 18 Months in Jail for 10 Counts, Including 3 Hate Crimes, 2 Counts of Harassment, 3 Counts of Trespassing and 2 Counts of Disorderly Conduct

 

Frederick, Maryland – Today, Judge Julie Solt sentenced Michael David Burns to 9 years, suspend all but 18 months to be served in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center for 10 counts, including three hate crimes, two counts of harassment, three counts of trespassing and two counts of disorderly conduct on his neighbors’ property.  In January, a jury found the defendant guilty of those 10 counts.  The FCADC will arrange for the defendant to be on work release during the 18-month sentence.  The defendant has been on home detention, monitored by A1 Trusted Monitoring, since January 26, 2024, pending his sentencing date.

The victims, a same-sex couple who are neighbors of the defendant, reported the trespassing and harassment last year directly to the State’s Attorney’s Office.  Assistant State’s Attorney, Carly Gibson filed charges against the defendant based in part on the defendant’s continually trespassing onto the victims’ property while in possession of a rifle, verbally harassing the victims with hate-based threats, throwing large rocks on the victims’ driveway to prevent them from accessing their property, and physically blocking the entrance to the property.

In addition to the 18-month jail sentence, which begins today, the defendant will serve 5 years of supervised probation upon his release to include: alcohol and drug treatment, mental health treatment and no contact with the victims or their property.

Assistant State’s Attorney, Carly Gibson led the investigation leading to the charging, prosecution and conviction of Michael David Burns.  Several civil actions against the defendant are pending.

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Walkersville Man to Serve 30 Days in Jail for Two Felony Counts of Aggravated Animal Cruelty

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April 3, 2024

 

Walkersville Man to Serve 30 Days in Jail for Two Felony Counts of Aggravated Animal Cruelty

 

 

Frederick, Maryland – Anthony Houston Smith, II was sentenced to six years, suspending all but 30 days in jail (to be served by spending ten consecutive weekends in jail), this morning in the Frederick County Circuit Court by Judge Julie Solt for two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty.

On February 11, 2023, a Sheriff’s Office Deputy responded to a call at 8313 Water Street Road in Walkersville,  describing “dogs being starved and possibly dead on the property.”  Animal Control was then called to the scene and subsequently searched the property after receiving permission from the owner, Anthony Houston Smith, II.  Upon searching the property, authorities found five dogs which appeared to be starved and struggling for water.  An additional three dogs were found deceased on the property. Two of the three deceased dogs were found discarded in trash bags.  Of the five surviving dogs, four dogs were taken to a shelter and one dog was immediately taken to a veterinarian for treatment.

In May, 2023, the defendant was charged with 23 counts of animal cruelty.  In August, 2023, the case was moved up to the Circuit Court by way of a Criminal Information filed by the State.  The defendant entered an Alford plea to two counts of Felony Aggravated Animal Cruelty on January 29, 2024 and was subsequently found guilty on both counts. The defendant also received three years of supervised probation, with the following special conditions:  1) do not acquire any additional pets, 2) compliance checks to be done by animal control, and 3) enroll into any other programs recommended by supervising agent.

Assistant State’s Attorney, Robert McCall represented the State.

 

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