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Guilty Plea in Rape of Teenager in Rockville

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Caden Riley, 19, of Rockville, has pleaded guilty to the charge of second-degree rape for an attack on a 16-year-old girl who was a stranger to him. Riley entered his guilty plea on Friday, March 3, 2023, in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, MD, before the Honorable John Maloney. He faces up to ten years in prison when he is sentenced on July 28th, 2023. 3/7/23

John J. McCarthy
State's Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Assisted Living Employee Sentenced for Theft Scheme

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The Honorable Robert Greenberg sentenced Maritza Ramirez, 57, of Germantown to five years in prison suspend all but 18 months and five years of supervised probation upon release. Ramirez was also ordered to pay $7,700 in restitution to the families of victims she stole from. Ramirez was a 14-year employee of Marian Assisted Living, located in the 19100 block of Georgia Avenue. On November 29, 2022, she pleaded guilty to Financial Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adults in a Scheme.

“Maritza Ramirez was entrusted with the care of vulnerable adults and violated that trust when she stole their possessions and used the items for her personal financial gain. Multiple items had great sentimental value to the families who were victimized, and those items have not been recovered. We thank Judge Greenberg for this appropriate sentence. It should serve as a deterrent for anyone looking to use their position to exploit a vulnerable person in this way,” said Lauren DeMarco, spokesperson for the State’s Attorney’s Office. 3/2/23


John J. McCarthy
State's Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Man Accused of Killing Former Boss at Bethesda Home Pleads Guilty to All Counts

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Before the Honorable Karla Smith, Billy Phillips, 38, of Rockville, pleaded guilty to counts of First-Degree Murder, Home Invasion, Armed Robbery, and Use of a Firearm in Commission of Felony for the death of his former manager, Geoffrey Biddle, 66, of Bethesda, on June 23, 2021.

Phillips faces the potential of life in prison plus an additional 65 years when he is sentenced on March 10th at 10:30 a.m. The State will be seeking the maximum penalty. 2/24/23


John J. McCarthy
State's Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Two Murder Convictions on the Same Day in Montgomery County Circuit Court

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Justice prevails in two unrelated murder cases on the same day as the State’s Attorney’s Office and the court continue to hold defendants accountable for homicides and violent crime in Montgomery County, MD.

A jury found defendant, Tremayne Dorsey, 44, of unknown address, guilty of first-degree murder, felony murder, home invasion, two counts of first-degree assault, and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Dorsey faces the potential of life in prison when he is sentenced on March 23rd, 2023.

As well, a jury found defendant Sergey Danshin, 35, of Rockville, guilty of first-degree murder and related handgun charges for the death of 39-year-old Javier Gonzalez-Mena. Danshin faces the potential of life in prison when he is sentenced on April 6th, 2023. 1/13/2023


John J. McCarthy
State's Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Guilty Verdict For Man Who Planned Meeting for Sex with a Minor near Quince Orchard High School

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Before the Honorable Karla Smith, a jury has found Adin Huezo Grandados, 28, of Leesburg, VA, guilty of Sexual Solicitation of a Minor. The jury returned the verdict this week, on Wednesday, February 15th. Huezo communicated with what he thought was a 15-year-old female through a social media profile created by an undercover officer with the Montgomery County Police Vice & Intelligence Unit and was arrested on June 17, 2022 when he arrived at a planned meeting place in a shopping center across from a Montgomery County public high school. He believed the “female” he would meet was a student at the school. 2/17/2023

John J. McCarthy
State's Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Defendant Who Shot 21-Year-Old Takoma Park Man in Broad Daylight Sentenced to Life in Prison

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The Honorable John Maloney sentenced Abraham Douglas, 21, of Washington D.C. to life in prison plus an additional 25 years for the death of Ahamdou Bamba Gueye, 23, of Takoma Park. A jury had convicted the defendant of First-Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony and Third-Degree Burglary. 

"We express our deepest condolences to the family of Ahmadou Bamba Gueye. This senseless violence has no place in our community and thanks to the work of the responding officers and detectives on this case along with outstanding prosecution by Assistant State’s Attorneys Marybeth Ayres and Lauren Turner, the defendant will be held accountable,” said State’s Attorney John McCarthy. 12/15/2022


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John J. McCarthy
State's Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Potomac Teenager Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Armed Carjacking with Ghost Gun 

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The Honorable Christopher Fogleman sentenced Herbert Randall, 19, of Potomac, to nine years in prison and five years of supervised probation upon release for charges of Armed Carjacking and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence. Randall had pleaded guilty to both counts in November 2022. He used a Privately Manufactured Firearm (PMF) or ‘ghost gun’ in commission of this crime. Judge Fogleman is recommending Randall be admitted to the Patuxent Youthful Offenders Program while incarcerated. 01/04/2023

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John J. McCarthy
State's Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

40 Year Sentence for Co-Defendant in Bethesda Target Store Stairwell Murder​

The Honorable Karla Smith sentenced Joshua Wright, 18, of Bethesda, to life in prison suspend all but 40 years for the death of a 33-year-old man on December 19, 2021. Co-defendant Antonio Lawrence is scheduled for trial beginning February 6, 2023. 12/14/2022 

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John J. McCarthy
State's Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Guilty Verdict in Rape of Woman with Autism and other Mental Health Disorders

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A jury has convicted James McClain, 39, of Rockville, on charges of second-degree rape, attempted second-degree rape and two counts of third-degree sex offense for his assault on a victim who was previously unknown to him. McClain faces up to 60-years in prison and a sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 1, 2023.

"The bravery of the victim in coming forward initially and then participating in the trial, testifying before the jury, cannot be overstated. We are grateful for her help and the prosecutorial work of Assistant State's Attorneys Gabriel Carrera and Lauren Fetsch. A predator in our community will now be held to account," said State's Attorney John McCarthy. 12/01/2022


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John J. McCarthy
State's Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Guilty Verdict in Near-Decapitation Murder Case

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A jury has convicted defendant, Jose Lara-Chacon, 26, of Wheaton, of first-degree murder. Lara-Chacon faces a potential sentence of up to life in prison.

“Our thoughts are with the family of Dimer Diaz Martinez today. This sort of sudden, vicious violence has no place in our community and the defendant will now be held accountable. We thank the men and women of the jury for rejecting the defendant’s claim of self-defense and helping to ensure Jose Lara-Chacon will not be able to harm another person in this way. I also commend Assistant State’s Attorney James Dietrich for his outstanding work in this matter,” said State’s Attorney John McCarthy. 11/17/2022


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John J. McCarthy
State's Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Silver Spring Bank Robber Convicted, Faces up to 15 Years

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A jury convicted defendant, Jhasir Devaux, 25, of Baltimore, MD, on one count of robbery. This stems from the robbery of the Sandy Spring Bank located at 14241 Layhill Road in Silver Spring on Aug. 7th, 2019. 10/26/2022

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John J. McCarthy
State's Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

15 Years for Armed Carjacking Caught on Video in Wheaton

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The honorable Judge David Lease sentenced defendant, Anthony Millhouse, 40, of Washington D.C., to 15 years in prison and five years of supervised probation upon release. Millhouse was convicted by a jury on April 13, 2022, of armed carjacking and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.

“This is an appropriate sentence for the defendant who terrified an innocent member of our community as she went about her day. We thank our partners in the greater metropolitan area for working with us to recover the victim’s vehicle and for their help in tracking down Millhouse, so that he is not able to target anyone else and can be held responsible for his actions,” said State’s Attorney John McCarthy. 10/11/2022


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John J. McCarthy
State's Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Life Without Parole in Stabbing Murder and Attack inside Silver Spring Home

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The Honorable Sharon Burrell sentenced Biet Van Tran, 65, to life without the possibility of parole on the charge of first-degree murder and to an additional 55 years for two counts of attempted first-degree murder for stabbing attacks on two victims.

"This was about as vicious an attack as you can possible imagine. As Judge Burrell stated in court, Biet Van Tran committed the ultimate crime against these three innocent victims and will pay the ultimate punishment. We thank the survivors for their bravery in participating in the trial and working with Assistant State's Attorneys Ashley Inderfurth and Kyle O'Grady to make sure this defendant will never harm anyone again," said State's Attorney John McCarthy. 09/20/2022


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John J. McCarthy
State's Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Guilty Verdict in Aspen Hill Murder

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A jury convicted Vaughn Darvel Bellamy, 32, of Hagerstown, and Bryan Byrd, 31, of Washington D.C., on charges of first degree murder for the death of Alexander Buie in 2013, and multiple related charges. Bellamy and Byrd face a potential sentence of life in prison.

State's Attorney John McCarthy offers the following statement: "This was a case of mistaken identity. Alexander Buie was a truly innocent victim, and lost his life at a time when he was trying to maintain his sobriety and get his life back on a positive path. Justice will now be served for the family of Mr. Buie, as the men responsible for his death are being held accountable. I thank Assistant State's Attorneys Mary Herdman and John Lalos for their work in this matter." 09/09/2022


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John J. McCarthy
State's Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Maryland's Highest Court Reinstates Murder Conviction for Man Who Helped Kill Two Northwest High School Students

The Maryland Court of Appeals handed down its opinion yesterday in the case of Rony Galicia, 30, of Boyds. This reverses an opinion from the Court of Special Appeals and reinstates Galicia's convictions on two counts of first-degree premeditated murder, two counts of first-degree felony murder, conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and armed robbery.

"The opinion from Maryland's highest court reaffirms what the State believed from the beginning. Roby Galicia is, indeed, responsible for the violent deaths of these two teenagers along with his co-defendants. We are pleased to learn the jury's decision will be upheld and Galicia will continue to serve out his sentence of life without the possibility of parole. Our hearts are with the families of the victims today," said State's Attorney John McCarthy. 06/27/2022


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John J. McCarthy
State's Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Co-defendant gets 19 years for White Oak Double Murder

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The Honorable Harry Storm sentenced Dontaye Hunt, 21, of Silver Spring, to 19 years in prison and three years of supervised probation upon release. Hunt pleaded guilty in 2019 to charges of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, armed robbery, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery for the deaths of 23-year-old Jordan Radway and 24-year-old Christian Roberts. He cooperated in the case, testifying against co-defendant Andy Panton. Hunt is one of three co-defendants in this case. 05/13/2022

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John J. McCarthy
State's Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

80 Year Sentence for Man Who Killed His Mother Outside Rockville Church

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The Honorable Harry Storm sentenced Kevin McGuigan, 24, of Potomac, of Rockville, to life in prison suspend all but 80 years.

"Sometimes cases take time and require a mixture of law and medicine. I commend Assistant State's attorneys Donna Fenton and Lauren Turner for their work in the competency hearings leading up to today. Kevin McGuigan has continued to exhibit violent behavior, pleading guilty to first degree assault for attacking a fellow detainee while he was in custody receiving medical treatment. We thank Judge Storm for imposing an absolutely appropriate sentence today," said State's Attorney John McCarthy. 4/6/2022


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John J. McCarthy
State's Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

40 Years for Defendant in Silver Spring Murder that Resulted in Christmas Day Death

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A jury has found defendant Joshua Toure, 26, of Boyds, guilty of first-degree felony murder, second-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, for the death of 28-year-old Joseph Davis. Toure faces life in prison plus an additional 20 years.

"This sort of senseless violence within our neighborhoods is unacceptable. It is a reminder about how dangerous and potentially life threatening the buying and selling of drugs can be. Thanks to the work of Assistant State's Attorneys James Dietrich and Kelly McGann, the defendant now faces life in prison plus additional time. Our hearts go out to the family of Joseph Davis as they continue to grieve, and we look forward to a significant sentence in this matter," said State's Attorney John McCarthy. 4/6/2022


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John J. McCarthy
State's Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

40 Years for Man Arrested in Mexico for Montgomery County Murder

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The Honorable Jeannie Cho sentenced Ruel Francis Dempster II, 34, of Silver Spring, to life in prison suspend all but 40 years and five years of supervised probation upon release.

"I thank Judge Cho for imposing 40 years of incarceration time in this case. This defendant fled the country after committing murder in our community, but will now be held accountable for his actions and prevented from endangering the life of anyone else," said State's Attorney John McCarthy. 04/01/2022


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John J. McCarthy
State's Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

In the matter of the February 26, 2022 police-involved fatal incident in Rockville, Maryland.

In the matter of the February 26, 2022 police-involved fatal incident in Rockville, Maryland.

Pursuant to Md. Code, State Gov’t § 6-106.2(c), (d), the Office of the Attorney General Independent Investigations Division conducted an investigation relating to the February 26, 2022 police-involved fatal incident.  The attached report was written by the Office of the Attorney General Independent Investigations Division and any redactions were made by the Office of the Attorney General in preparation for public release.  Pursuant to an agreement between the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, based upon a thorough review of the report it is the opinion of the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office that the actions of the officer involved in the February 26, 2022 incident were reasonable under the circumstances.  Accordingly, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Howard County declines to file charges against the involved officer.

On February 26, 2022, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Montgomery County Police Department (“MCPD”) Officer Antonio Copeland observed a silver Honda Accord commit multiple traffic violations including speeding in the area of Rockville Pike and Nicholson Lane in North Bethesda. Officer Copeland conducted a traffic stop on the car, and while he was standing next to the Honda, the driver drove away. Officer Copeland returned to his car and pursued the Honda. During the pursuit, the driver of the Honda crashed in the 3600 block of Randolph Road in Wheaton. The driver, Noraly Paz Chavez, was pronounced dead on the scene. The passenger was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries and was treated and released. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

February 26, 2022 Event (pdf file)

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

In the matter of the December 29, 2021 police-involved shooting in Silver Spring, Maryland.

In the matter of the December 29, 2021 police-involved shooting in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding between Howard and Montgomery Counties, which stipulates that when a fatal officer-involved use of force occurs in one county, the other county’s State’s Attorney’s Office will prosecute the matter, Howard County has notified Montgomery County that it reached a conclusion in the shooting of Osman Sesay, 27, of Silver Spring, MD, following an investigation conducted by the Maryland Office of the Attorney General.

The Maryland Office of the Attorney General now investigates all deadly uses of force by officers across the state. The change took effect Oct. 1, 2021, as part of legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly.

Montgomery and Howard Counties entered into the agreement about the prosecution of police-involved use of force deaths in 2015 following a nationwide recommendation from the Obama Administration. It was formalized with a written Memorandum of Understanding in 2019. The agreement was and remains the first of its kind in Maryland and aims to ensure transparency and unbiased prosecution.

REPORT - December 2021 Event (pdf file)

Link to body worn camera video released by the Maryland Office of the Attorney General on January 12, 2022:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXk_CAETqOA

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

In the matter of the July 16, 2021 police-involved shooting in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

In the matter of the July 16, 2021 police-involved shooting in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Pursuant to an agreement between the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office is providing this written memorandum detailing its investigation and conclusion regarding a Police- Involved Shooting that occurred on July 16, 2021 in Gaithersburg, Maryland

REPORT - July 2021 Event (pdf file)

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

The Magnolia Companies has proudly chosen to partner with the State's Attorney's Office for Montgomery County in support of their program, "Speak Up, Save a Life."

Magnolia Plumbing is partnering with our Speak Up, Save A Life Campaign. We will be visiting new schools next month to talk about it and the Good Samaritan Law. Thanks to Phil Andrews and former A.S.A. Steve Chaikin for their work on this!

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John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

In the matter of the January 8, 2021 police-involved shooting in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

In the matter of the January 8, 2021 police-involved shooting in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Pursuant to an agreement between our two offices, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Howard County is hereby providing this written memorandum detailing our investigation and the conclusions we reached regarding a police-involved shooting that occurred on January 8, 2021 at 14 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland.

REPORT - January 2021 Event (pdf file)

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

In the matter of the February 6, 2021 police-involved shooting in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

In the matter of the February 6, 2021 police-involved shooting in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Pursuant to an agreement between our two offices, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Howard County is hereby providing this written memorandum detailing our investigation and the conclusions we reached regarding a police-involved shooting that occurred on February 6, 2021 in the 6000 block of Olney Laytonsville Road in Gaithersburg

REPORT - February 2021 Event (pdf file)

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

State’s Attorney John McCarthy's Report on Howard County State's Attorney's Determination Regarding the Police-Involved Shooting in Potomac, Maryland.

In the matter of the March 12, 2020 police-involved shooting in Potomac, Maryland.

Pursuant to an agreement between the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office is providing this summary detailing the investigation and conclusions regarding a police-involved shooting that occurred on March 12, 2020 in Potomac, Maryland.

REPORT - March 2020 Event (pdf file)

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland
In the matter of the May 7, 2020 police-involved shooting in Silver Spring, Maryland.

In the matter of the May 7, 2020 police-involved shooting in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The State’s Attorney’s Office is providing this summary detailing the investigation and conclusions regarding a police-involved shooting that occurred on May 7, 2020 in Silver Spring, Maryland.

REPORT - May 2020 Event
Police Body Worn Camera Video - Warning Graphic in Nature - Viewer Discretion is Advised

John J. McCarthy
State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

 

In the matter of the June 13, 2019 police-involved shooting in Rockville, Maryland.

In the matter of the June 13, 2019 police-involved shooting in Rockville, Maryland.

Pursuant to an agreement between the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office is providing this written memorandum detailing its investigation and conclusion regarding a Police- Involved Shooting that occurred on June 13, 2019 in Rockville, Maryland

REPORT - June 2019 Event

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Moving forward, prosecutors and police must pave the way to public trust

Moving forward, prosecutors and police must pave the way to public trust

As state's attorneys, our primary goal is to maintain public safety for all members of our communities. We must ensure that we hold to a philosophy of service and protection to the community rather than a militaristic warrior mentality. Integrity matters, and true public safety can be acheived only if we work together. Paving a pathway to public trust is that first step.

Article  - June 2020 Event

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

In the matter of the January 16, 2019 death of Mikyas Tegegne.

In the matter of the January 16, 2019 police-involved shooting in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Pursuant to an agreement between the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office is providing this summary detailing the investigation and conclusions regarding a police-involved shooting that occurred on January 16, 2019 in Silver Spring, Maryland, resulting in the death of Mikyas Tegegne.

REPORT - January 2019 Event

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Memorandum of Understanding concerning in-custody/police involved death investigations

Between the Howard County State's Attorney's Office and the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office

Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy joins State's Attorney for Howard County Rich Gibson at signing ceremony for their Memorandum of Understanding concerning in-custody/police involved death investigations.

MEMORANDUM

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland