East Coast Sheriff denounces Baltimore’s ‘revolving door’ justice system, says it contributed to deputy’s death – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ)Baltimore prosecutors defended their office against criticism from the Wicomico County Sheriff and the Baltimore City Police Union following the murder of a deputy.

Austin Davidson, the man accused of shooting and killing Wicomico County Deputy Glenn Hilliard, pleaded guilty two years ago to robbing a McDonald’s in northeast Baltimore where he previously worked.

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According to a statement on Tuesday, the Baltimore state’s attorney’s office said it was seeking a prison sentence for Davidson, who was 17 at the time of the incident after pleading guilty to an armed robbery charge.

“After securing a conviction, prosecutors make a sentencing recommendation to a judge, who is responsible for imposing a sentence. In this case, the prosecutor obtained a conviction and recommended a prison sentence. The court imposed a sentence of probation before trial,” wrote Zy Richardson, spokesperson for prosecutor Marilyn Mosby.

In an initial sentencing recommendation provided to WJZ, prosecutors in Mosby’s office wrote, “Defendant demonstrates extreme danger to the community. . . There are no release conditions that will adequately address the threat he poses to the public.

This follows several comments by Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis during a press conference on the case on Monday.

“If he had been incarcerated where he belonged, if we had individuals serving real sentences here in Maryland, our deputy would still be alive,” Lewis said.

He added that the law enforcement community “was torn apart” by the killing.

The Baltimore City Police Union also criticized prosecutors in a tweet.

“We are going to get to the bottom of this case. Someone like that shouldn’t have been on the streets,” Governor Larry Hogan said. “You’ve heard me speak over and over again for eight years about being tough on these repeat offenders, especially the Baltimore City judges who let people out. The fact that this guy was absent for not having served any prison time for armed robbery is unacceptable.

Judge Melissa Phinn sentenced Davidson to probation before trial, according to court records.

The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office released charging documents regarding the armed robbery at a McDonald’s in the 6000 block of Moravia Road.

On June 5, 2019, Davidson drove through the drive-thru lane and, after the woman working at the window walked away for a moment, leaned over, pointed a gun at her former colleague and pulled out the drawer. – register fund.

There was $1,164 in the drawer, according to police, which Davidson stuffed into a black bag.

About two weeks later, Davidson returned to the restaurant, the victim then confronted Davidson in the presence of other employees and asked him why he had pointed a gun at her.

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Although Davidson attempted to conceal his identity by pulling the hood of his hoodie up to his face, the woman easily recognized him, police wrote in the charging documents.

“Because I can,” he replied, according to the charging documents.

The documents state that “Davidson was then surrounded by McDonald’s employees and prevented from fleeing until officers could arrive.”

Investigators then searched Davidson’s bedroom in the basement of his foster mother’s Frankford home and found a “distinctive black hoodie”, black jeans and gloves and receipts from the same McDonald’s he had stolen, indicating he had been there 30 minutes prior, police said.

WJZ investigator Mike Hellgren visited the house on Tuesday.

The person who answered the door said she knew Davidson but was unaware of the murder case against him in Wicomico County. She declined an interview.

Hellgren also contacted the manager of McDonald’s at the time of the armed robbery according to court records. She also declined to comment.

Davidson, now 20, is charged with shooting and killing Hilliard in the east coast town of Pittsville.

The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. Sunday as Hilliard attempted to take into custody a fugitive who was wanted on a felony warrant in multiple jurisdictions, authorities said. A chase ensued after Hilliard saw the suspect leaving an apartment complex and at one point the deputy was shot dead.

“‘Because I can!’ Those were his words when he was apprehended for an armed robbery in Baltimore City!And he still got pretrial probation and was on the street to murder a police officer,but he brought hell all over the coast is,” Lewis said and noted four outstanding warrants against the suspect.

Davidson is being held without bond at the Wicomico County Detention Center awaiting trial for first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment and use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.

Davidson also faces assault, robbery and firearms charges in other East Coast cases.

He waived his initial court appearance in the murder case on Tuesday.

At a vigil for her slain husband, Tashica Hilliard, the MP’s widow, recounted her last conversation with her husband.

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“He said, ‘I’ll call you after I erase that call,’ and he never called me back,” she said. “He never called me back, and I knew it. I knew when I didn’t get that call that he had made the ultimate sacrifice.