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Worcester County, Maryland

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The Office of the State’s Attorney and law enforcement agencies in Worcester County have joined with the Department of Social Services and the Worcester County Health Department to create a multidisciplinary team dedicated to the swift and thorough investigation of criminal complaints involving vulnerable adult victims. Working collaboratively on the range of legal, medical and mental health issues that commonly present during these investigations will allow for better assessments of the...

On October 18, 2019, Jennifer Zadnick, aka Jennifer Snider, age 45, of Ocean City, Maryland, was convicted of theft from $100 to $1,500 in the Snow Hill District Court. The Honorable Gerald V. Purnell scheduled sentencing for December 20, 2019, to allow Zadnick time to pay $530 in restitution to the Ocean Pines Fire Department. Zadnick faces 6 months in jail at sentencing.

The charges stem from Zadnick’s involvement in a fundraiser for the Ocean Pines Fire Department. The Fire...

On July 10, 2019, Jeremy Flatley, age 18, of Newark, Maryland, was convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon in the Worcester County Circuit Court. On October 4, 2019, he was sentenced by the Honorable Beau H. Oglesby to serve 20 years in the Division of Correction, with all but 8 suspended. Flatley will be on 4 years of supervised probation upon his release.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Basket Switch Road in...

On September 13, 2019, Richard Perry, age 51, of Berlin, Maryland, was sentenced to 7 years’ incarceration with all but 14 months suspended after having been convicted of theft scheme over $100,000 in the Worcester County Circuit Court. In July, 2019, the Honorable Brian D. Shockley postponed sentencing to allow Perry time to gather the substantial amount of restitution owed to the victim. As a part of the plea, Perry forfeited over $30,000 seized by the Ocean City Police Department and...

On September 11, 2019, Keith Mariani, age 61, of Berlin, Maryland, was found guilty of 2 counts of 2nd degree rape by the Honorable Brian D. Shockley, Administrative Judge of the Worcester County Circuit Court. Prior to the trial date, the State filed a notice which increased the maximum penalty to life imprisonment, with a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years’ incarceration without parole on each count. Sentencing was deferred by the Court pending a pre-sentence investigation.

The...

On August 9, 2019, Joseph Baker Sr., age 56, of Berlin, Maryland, was sentenced by the Honorable Beau H. Oglesby to a term of 20 years’ imprisonment in the Division of Correction, with all but 7 years suspended and was placed on 5 years of supervised probation upon release. A Worcester County jury previously found Baker guilty of illegal possession of a rifle by a disqualified person, illegal possession of a rifle by a prohibited person, illegal possession of ammunition, and second-degree...

On July 1, 2019, Richard Perry, age 51, of Berlin, Maryland, was convicted of theft scheme over $100,000 in the Worcester County Circuit Court. The Honorable Brian D. Shockley postponed sentencing in the matter to allow Perry time to gather the substantial amount of restitution owed to the victim. Perry faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine at the sentencing hearing scheduled for September 13, 2019.

The charges stem from a 2018 investigation begun by the...

On June 12, 2019, a Worcester County jury found Joseph Baker Sr., age 56, of Berlin, Maryland, guilty of illegal possession of a rifle by a disqualified person, illegal possession of a rifle by a prohibited person, illegal possession of ammunition, and second degree assault in the Worcester County Circuit Court. Baker faces a total of 26 years in prison at sentencing, which was postponed by the Honorable Beau H. Oglesby for a pre-sentence investigation to be conducted.

The charges...

On June 7, 2019, Rodney Harmon, Jr., age 34 of Stockton, Maryland, was sentenced in the Worcester County Circuit Court to a total of 75 years’ incarceration in the Maryland Division of Correction, with all but 37 years suspended. Harmon will also be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life. Harmon was convicted of 3 counts of sexual abuse of a minor and 1 count of displaying an obscene item to a minor on February 14, 2019.

The charges stem from a complaint...

During the week of May 12, 2019, Kevone Bunting and Adrian Matthews of Delaware, aged 19 and 21, respectively, were each convicted of 2 counts of robbery in the Worcester County Circuit Court. The Honorable Brian D. Shockley sentenced Bunting to serve 10 years in the Division of Correction with 5 years suspended on each count of robbery. Matthews was ordered to serve 12 years in the Division of Correction with 6 years suspended on each count of robbery. The sentences are consecutive, meaning...

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