Roderick Dwayne Johnson, 19, pled guilty to second-degree murder and handgun use in a crime of violence in connection with the death of Sheronda Butcher, 30. Court documents allege that on October 9, 2004 Johnson shot and killed Butcher in a dispute over money. Johnson allegedly shot Butcher as she attempted to close a window in her apartment. Roderick Johnson received from The Honorable Judge Althea Handy a total sentence of 40 years, suspend all but 20 years, the first five years without the possibility of parole. So he could possibly be out on parole for five years?!
Third trial's a Charm: The murder trial of Mohammad Biglari, 62, is scheduled for 9:30 Monday morning before Judge Glynn. In 1994 a Baltimore City jury convicted Biglari of the 1991 murder of Barbara Halsey and he was sentenced to life in prison. Then the CSA granted a new trial in 1995 based on "evidentiary issues." He was not tried again until 2002 on account of "competency issues" (whose is unclear) and was convicted again that year. The CSA granted a new trial in 2004 due to a court procedural issue; Biglari had been removed from the courtroom for misbehavior.
Three people were shot and two killed in unrelated incidents yesterday. A man was killed on N. Longwood St. near Walbrook Avenue in West Baltimore, and two men were shot, one fatally, on the 500 block of Sheriden Avenue near York Road.
More than 100 charges relating to a two-state shooting rampage were dropped against a man named Allison Lamont Norman. Ironically, dropping the charges made it more likely for Norman to face a harsher penalty in Delaware.
The Sun reports that 21-year old Daron Harerll was arrested for shooting a man and a woman on Wednesday. It was the paper's first mention of the double shooting.
Double shootings may not be ink-worthy, but the arrest of two pot-smoking high school students got four paragraphs.
More news of the ironic: Charles Boutin, a Harford County delegate who was a chief sponsor of the Defense of Marriage Act admitted to using his state-owned office computer to solicit a prostitute. Is there anything worse than a gay-bashing hypocrite trolling for hookers with your tax dollar? Why yes! His office responded to the allegations by issuing a press release attributing his actions to his chronically limp weiner. On WBAL radio this morning, the governor called the incident "private and personal" and "a lot of things that don't belong on the air." Word.