Tuesday, January 30, 2007

January 30 Evening

17 Years in Cold-Case Murder
Judge Martin P. Welch sentenced Dennis James Wallace, 54, of the 3400 block of Leverton Avenue, to 17 years in prison for second- degree murder. Court documents allege that on July 31, 1983, police discovered William Gibson's decomposed body in a trash can which was placed in a wooden clothes locker outside a rear basement apartment located at 2221 Pratt Street. The landlord had complained of a strong foul odor coming from the apartment. Police identified Wallace as a potential suspect but 10 days after the incident he was no longer seen and his whereabouts were unknown until he was located on July 28, 2005.
Assistant State's Attorney Sam Yee prosecuted this case and Cold Case Homicide Detective Tyrone Francis investigated the case.

No more than 20 Years for Murder Gunman, No More Than 10 for Conspirators
Says the SA's office, today, Joshua Mills, age 21, of the 2500 block of Winchester Street, pled guilty to second-degree murder for shooting Antwon Torain, age 35, and co-defendants, Farrakhan Jenkins, age 22, of the 700 block of Payson Street, and Tavon Coleman, age 20, of the 500 block of North Brice Street, pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit First-Degree Murder for assisting Mills in this murder. They will be sentenced on March 23, 2007. The plea agreement calls for Mills to receive no more than 20 years in prison. Jenkins and Coleman will each receive no more than 10 years in prison. The murder occurred November 27, 2005 in the area of the 700 block of N. Payson Street. The victim had locked himself out of his car and asked the defendants for help in getting into his car. The defendants instead tried to sell the victim drugs. As a result of this conversation, the defendants got into an argument with the victim. Jenkins grabbed the victim and Coleman said something to the effect of "shoot the victim." Mills responded to this request by shooting the victim in the head and the neck. The victim died of these gunshot wounds.


HoCoJoe said...

Maybe Detective Francis should be assigned to the Mayor's protection squad...

It's a cheap shot I admit. But I just couldn't pass it up...

John Galt said...

I think we should just have Dixon drive around town all day and see what kind of fugitives she bumps into. It would keep her out of City Hall, where she can do the most damage.

John Galt said...

Have you all seen Mayor Dixon's 12-step.... well,... 245 step Process ??

It's all bureaucratic bullshit. Does it say HIRE MORE COPS ??? No, it says expand the use of (empirically useless) Benefit Districts.

Meanwhile, the stupid bastards keep pushing to vastly expand the tree canopy without providing ANY funding for the increased maintenance expense. FYI, the Department of Forestry is about 3 YEARS behind on service requests, so that a tree leaning into your building will continue doing so for another 3 years (and worsening) while they 'get a Round To-it'.

We should have a Pay Go budget requirement. No more unfunded mandates which simply pass on unresolved headaches from one administration to the next.

Ask Commr. Hamm about the crime and he'll tell you 'it's not his fault because he inherited high crime from his predecessors.

Yeah, but it's stiil the second-worst large city in the nation. Hint: that's pretty bad.

Maurice Bradbury said...

Oh man, that is so depressing on so many levels.
Police and public safety are the very last thing on the list?!
She doesn't even feel the need to pretend to give it lip service!
She wants to reduce overtime but not hire more cops ... genius... expand the benefits district because those are so effective <-sarcasm
and yet it notes, states, admits, "growth in revenue can arise only from an expansion of the tax base."
Well how in Sam Hill are they going to attract people here? Hint: starring on the transition team, J. Kirby Fowler, who as president of the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association brought us the "Get in on it" slogan.
Could it get any worse?

John Galt said...

Oh, it will. It will.

HoCoJoe said...

Looking at the "transition" plan. It looks like a list of things that didn't get finished by NoMalley and Dixon wants to try to finish in the next 6-9 months... How far out is the election? Doesn't she have any plans past November, or is the Mayor conceding the race already and is planning for someone new to come in and pick up the pieces?