Crime, Police/Fire

Baltimore gang member who brandished stolen firearm during robbery sentenced to over 15 years in prison

BALTIMORE, MD—Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Ridgley Shipley, a/k/a “Crazy”, 32, of Baltimore, to 184 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for a racketeering conspiracy and for using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during a robbery. Shipley was a member of the Eight Tray Gangster (“ETG”) Crips gang in Baltimore. …


Crime, Police/Fire

Former BPD Gun Trace Task Force member from Nottingham sentenced to 14 months in prison

NOTTINGHAM, MD—A former Baltimore Police Department officer who was part of the Gun Trace Task Force was sentenced to prison on Tuesday. A U.S. District Judge sentenced Victor Rivera, 48, of Nottingham, to 14 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for making false statements to a federal law enforcement officer in connection with a scheme …


Parkville woman sentenced to federal prison for role in corruption scheme at Jessup Correctional Institution

PARKVILLE, MD—A Parkville woman has been sentenced to federal prison for her role in a prison corruption scheme. U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang on Monday sentenced Trinesse Butts, 37, of Parkville, to a year and a day in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for a racketeering conspiracy at the Jessup Correctional Institution (JCI). The conspiracy …

Parkville woman indicted on federal racketeering charges at Maryland Correctional Institute Jessup

Baltimore, MD – A federal grand jury has indicted 20 defendants on federal racketeering and related charges at the Maryland Correctional Institute Jessup (MCIJ), including correctional officers, employees, contractors, inmates, and outside “facilitators,” for allegedly paying bribes to correctional officers and other staff members to smuggle contraband, including narcotics, unauthorized flash drives, tobacco, and cell phones into the prison. The …

Middle River bail bondsman who assisted former BPD sergeant with robberies, selling drugs sentenced to prison

A Middle River man will be spending half a decade in prison. A judge on Friday sentenced Donald Stepp, 51, of Middle River, to five years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, heroin, and other controlled dangerous substances. Stepp obtained the drugs from former Baltimore Police Department Sergeant Wayne …

Former BPD detective from Joppa sentenced to 18 years in prison

BALTIMORE, MD – A U.S. District Judge on Friday sentenced former Detective Daniel Thomas Hersl, 48, of Joppa, to 18 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for racketeering conspiracy and racketeering offenses, including overtime fraud, and robbery. A federal jury had previously convicted Hersl on February 12, 2018. According to evidence presented at the three-week trial, during 2015 …

Former BPD detective from Middle River sentenced to 7 years in prison

Baltimore, MD – A U.S. District Judge on Friday sentenced former Detective Evodio Calles Hendrix, 32, of Randallstown, and former Detective Maurice Kilpatrick Ward, 36, of Middle River, for racketeering conspiracy. Hendrix was sentenced to seven years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Ward was also sentenced to seven years in prison, followed by three years of …

Former police sergeant from Middle River sentenced to 25 years for racketeering, robberies, overtime fraud, planting evidence

Baltimore, MD – On Thursday, U.S. District Judge sentenced Sergeant Wayne Earl Jenkins, 37, of Middle River, to 25 years in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for one count of racketeering conspiracy, one count of racketeering, two counts of robbery, one count of destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in a federal investigation, and four counts …