According to the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention, violent crimes, which are also often referred to as part 1 offenses, were down in six of seven categories in 2012. While the numbers aren't out yet for last year, it is hoped that the previous year's decrease continues. Unfortunately, there are still instances of violent crimes that occur throughout the state.
A 26-year-old man and a 20-year-old man who were arrested and facing multiple murder and assault charges have been sentenced for the death of an Annapolis man that occurred in January 2013.
Prosecutors alleged that two men went to the home of the one of the defendant's ex-girlfriends on Jan. 23, 2013. There, they confronted the 30-year-old victim, who was in the process of leaving the home. The 26-year-old man then allegedly told the 20-year-old man to bring him a gun. After taking the gun, he then handed it back to the 20-year-old man and ordered him to shoot the victim.
The victim, who was shot in the chest, attempted to get away from the two, but was chased by the younger man and then shot in the head. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene around 11:30 p.m..
According to the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office, the 26-year-old was sentenced to two life sentences plus five years for ordering the murder of the victim. He was convicted of first-degree murder, use of a handgun during a violent crime, carrying a handgun and conspiracy to commit murder.
The 20-year-old shooter, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder during the summer, later testified at the trial of the 26-year-old man in November. He received a life sentence with all but 55 years suspended.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Two sentenced in 2013 Annapolis murder" Pamela Wood, Jan. 13, 2014