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RE: State of Maryland vs. Bernard Lamont Staten

On Monday, December 4, 2023, Bernard Lamont Staten, 68, of Edgewood, Maryland, pled guilty to Attempted Second Degree Rape and Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine in two separate cases before the Honorable Judge Diane Adkins-Tobin. Both pleas were binding plea agreements, and Staten will be sentenced to 30 years to serve on December 18, 2023, the maximum of 20 years to serve on the Attempted Second Degree Rape and 10 years to serve consecutive on the Possession with Intent to Distribute, which was above the sentencing guidelines.

Facts presented to the court in support of both guilty pleas revealed that on January 24, 2023, a woman was stranded on the side of the road, awaiting a tow truck. Despite not knowing her, the Defendant offered to give her a ride to her home in Westminster, Maryland. The Defendant instead traveled to the Motel 6 in Edgewood, Maryland. He then grabbed her arm, removing her from the truck and taking her into a room he had rented at that hotel. Once inside the room, he pushed her onto the bed and attempted to engage in sexual intercourse with her. The victim attempted to scream and refuse his advances, and the Defendant placed a pillow over her face to quiet her while he tried to remove her pants continuing to indicate his desire to engage in sexual intercourse. The victim continued to yell and began kicking the wall and elsewhere to fight off the Defendant, and eventually, she believed she kicked him in the groin area, which allowed her to run out of the room. Once out of the room, she got the attention of a guest in another room, who contacted law enforcement on her behalf. The Defendant tried to lure the victim back into his vehicle, a Chevrolet Avalanche, by telling her that he had her wedding rings which he had removed from her finger in the truck, and she should come retrieve them, which the victim refused to do. Harford County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies responded to the scene, and later the Criminal Investigations Division pursued the investigation. Pursuant to that investigation, on January 26, 2023, Harford County Sheriff’s Office detectives conducted a Search and Seizure Warrant on the Chevrolet Avalanche belonging to Staten where they located the victim’s rings. In addition to the rings, the detectives also located over 13 grams of crack cocaine in individually wrapped bags in the vehicle and over $965 in cash on the Defendant’s person when he was arrested. The quantity of the cocaine and other circumstances indicated that the Defendant possessed the cocaine with the intent to distribute that substance resulting in the second case.

At the conclusion of the plea proceedings, State’s Attorney Alison M. Healey, who prosecuted this case, stated “Given the Defendant’s age, a thirty-year sentence in these cases ensures that the community will never again be at risk to be victimized by this Defendant. In addition, it also continues our message to our community that we will not tolerate these acts of violence, distribution of drugs, or any type of crime for that matter in Harford County. I commend the victim in this case for her strength on the night of this incident and hope that she will feel safe knowing that Mr. Staten is no longer a threat to her or this community.”

Additionally, Ms. Healey expresses her gratitude to Detective Reynolds, Detective Smith, Sergeant Maddox, Detective Pachkoski, Detective Majewski, Detective Wilsynski, Sergeant Underhill, and the entire Harford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division for their diligence in investigating this case, as she could not have received this substantial sentence without their hard work.


RE: State of Maryland vs. Tavon Isaiah Harvey
On Monday, October 23, 2023, Tavon Isaiah Harvey, 29, of Aberdeen, Maryland pled guilty in three separate cases before the Honorable Kevin J. Mahoney. Harvey pled guilty in the most serious case to one count of First Degree Rape. In the other two cases, Harvey pled guilty to one count of an Inmate Causing Contact with Bodily Fluid and entered into an admission to violating probation for a prior conviction for Second Degree Assault (the equivalent of a guilty plea for a Violation of Probation proceeding).

Facts presented to the court in support of the guilty plea on the charge of First Degree Rape revealed that on December 30, 2022, the victim reported a rape to the Aberdeen Police Department. Officer Haddix assumed the investigation which revealed Harvey vaginally and anally penetrated the victim over the course of two hours between midnight and 2 A.M. that same date. The victim identified Harvey via an MVA photograph and further reported seeing Harvey watching her walk into the police precinct that morning wearing the same clothes, a distinctive red sweatsuit. The rape occurred inside an abandoned building at 18 N. Law Street in Aberdeen. Harvey held the victim at knifepoint during the rape and also strangled her. The victim was able to escape when another individual entered the abandoned house, distracting Harvey. Harvey was Mirandized and gave several conflicting versions of events, to include that he had not seen the victim and only knew her in passing. A Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (“SAFE”) was conducted, evidencing injuries and bruising consistent with the victim’s recitation of events. DNA evidence was also collected during the SAFE exam, which confirmed Harvey’s identity as the assailant.

In Harvey’s second case, evidence showed that on April 8, 2023, while being held at the Harford County Detention Center awaiting trial, Harvey used empty bottles from his shower items to collect fecal matter, which he then sprayed over the bars and walls of the day room during shift change. Responding deputies and correctional officers were forced to decontaminate the area.
Harvey remains held without bond at the Harford County Detention Center while awaiting sentencing which is currently scheduled for January 25, 2024. Pursuant to the plea agreement in the First Degree Rape case, the State will be arguing for a sentence of Life suspend all but eighty-five (85) years of active incarceration to serve.
At the conclusion of the proceedings, State’s Attorney Alison M. Healey offered the following comment: “Harford County has no place for violent criminal offenders like Tavon Harvey. The egregious acts that were perpetrated upon his victim in the rape case were nothing short of horrific. It is my sincere hope that the First Degree Rape conviction will give the victim some relief that justice was served as she closes this chapter and begins to heal. Mr. Harvey’s blatant disregard for others as demonstrated in all three of these cases
sends a clear message that he should be removed from our community for as much of the remainder of his life as possible, if not all of it, so he cannot continue to harm the citizens of our community. Our office continues to repeatedly send the message that we will not tolerate criminal behavior in Harford County.”

Ms. Healey continued on to express her gratitude to Deputy State’s Attorney Trenna Manners for her hard work in securing this plea agreements in these cases, for her advocacy on behalf of the victims, and for ensuring that another violent criminal is removed from the streets of Harford County. She also thanks Officer Haddix and the Aberdeen Police Department for their diligence in the investigation of the rape case and the correctional staff at the Harford County Detention Center for their efforts in the Bodily Fluids case and in housing Harvey while awaiting trial.


Date: October 23, 2023
Re: State of Maryland vs. Ashley Pearl Zentz

On Thursday, October 19, 2023, Ashley Pearl Zentz, 34, of Edgewood, was found guilty of First Degree Murder and Motor Vehicle Theft, following a six-day jury trial in the Harford County Circuit Court.
During the trial, evidence was presented before the Honorable Diane Adkins-Tobin that on Friday, February 18, 2022, at approximately 7:56 a.m., Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 911 call at 2310 Perry Avenue in Edgewood, Maryland, after 71-year-old Gerald Champ was discovered deceased by his daughter inside his home. Family members had not been able to reach Mr. Champ for days prior to the discovery and further reported his 2003 Ford Explorer to be missing from the residence. An autopsy revealed the homicide occurred as a result of blunt force trauma, with prong-like defects embedded in the skull, including multiple skull fractures, and defensive wounds to his hands and arms.

Detectives Golden and Gividen assumed the case, locating a crowbar in the victim’s home, and it was identified as the murder weapon. Through the course of the investigation, suspects were developed, including Ashley Pearl Zentz, who knew the victim and his family for over twenty years. Family members of the victim located the victim’s missing Ford Explorer abandoned in Baltimore County near a home invasion in which Zentz and the same co-defendant were involved which occurred within 24 hours of when the victim was believed to have been murdered. A silver Infiniti QX80 stolen during the Baltimore County home invasion was later recovered less than one mile from Zentz’s parents’ home. Forensic evidence, including DNA, cell phone downloads, and surveillance video, linked Zentz to the Harford County murder and the Baltimore County home invasion.

Following the jury’s verdict, Zentz was returned to the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup, Maryland where she is currently serving a sentence for her conviction in the Baltimore County home invasion case. She will be sentenced for the conviction for First Degree Murder of Mr. Champ and Motor Vehicle Theft of his vehicle by Judge Adkins-Tobin on Monday, December 18, 2023.

State’s Attorney Alison M. Healey said after the conviction: “I send my sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Champ for their loss. While I know nothing can ever bring him back to them, it is my sincere hope that, despite a long and challenging court process, these convictions will bring them some closure. Our office will continue to fight for justice for all victims of crime in Harford County, and today we are happy that we have brought justice to Mr. Champ’s family for this senseless act of violence that took the life of their loved one.”
Ms. Healey commends Deputy State’s Attorney Trenna Manners for her preparation, advocacy, and most importantly, her vigorous pursuit of justice in this case. She also thanks Detectives Golden and Gividen and the other members of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Patrol and Criminal Investigations Division involved in this case for their hard work and investigation. Finally, she thanks all the State’s Attorney’s Office Staff that worked together with Deputy State’s Attorney Manners to assist in diligently preparing this case for trial.


BEL AIR, MARYLAND (October 12, 2023) – State’s Attorney Alison M. Healey announced that
Sean Leigh Sconion, 33, of Aberdeen, Maryland pled guilty and was sentenced to 25 years of incarceration for Attempted Second Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence, and Illegal Possession of a Regulated Firearm by a Felon on October 10, 2023.

The charges originated from a shooting that occurred at TB3 Bar & Grill located at 705 S. Philadelphia Boulevard in Aberdeen on March 4, 2022. Officers from the Aberdeen Police Department responded to TB3 and located the victim with two gunshot wounds to the abdomen. He was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview for emergency treatment. The suspect was described as a black male wearing an orange coat. Video from TB3 showed the victim opening the front door of the bar allowing Sconion to exit. The two had a verbal exchange related to the victim holding the door open for Sconion, and both individuals entered the bar. Sconion exited the door a short time later followed closely by the victim, and Sconion was observed retrieving a handgun from his waistband, turning toward the victim, and firing two rounds at the victim at close distance. Sconion fled the scene on foot and was picked up by a vehicle operated by Otis Lavelle Huff, also of Aberdeen.

The Honorable Paul W. Ishak accepted the plea agreement imposing 30 years suspending all but 20 years to serve for Attempted Second Degree Murder, 15 years suspending all but 5 years consecutive for Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence to be served without the possibility of parole, and 10 years all suspended and consecutive to the other sentences for the Illegal Possession of a Regulated Firearm for a total of 55 years with all but 25 years suspended, 5 of which are without the possibility of parole. Sconion will be on five years of supervised probation upon any release from incarceration. This sentence exceeds the Maryland sentencing guidelines recommended in this case.

State’s Attorney Alison M. Healey commented on the plea: “Once again, the State’s Attorney’s Office for Harford County under my administration was able to remove a violent offender from the city of Aberdeen and Harford County. Despite the horrific actions of the Defendant in this case, I am sincerely grateful that the victim recovered from his injuries. The substantial and meaningful sentence in this case, in large part, is credited to the cooperation of the victim, who thankfully recovered from his injuries, and the hard work of the members of the Aberdeen Police Department during the investigation. This sentence structure ensures that the Defendant serves as much time as possible with consecutive sentences and a portion of it being without the possibility of parole.”

Ms. Healey thanks Deputy State’s Attorney David W. Ryden for his advocacy in obtaining a sentence above the recommended guidelines. She also thanks Lieutenant Persuhn, Corporal Shoffstall, and the Aberdeen
Police Department for their investigation leading to Sconion’s identification and arrest. Sconion’s coDefendant Huff pled guilty in 2022 to being an Accessory After the Fact and was sentenced to 5 years of incarceration for his role.


On September 12, 2023, Matthew Dwight Tingler, 39, of Joppa, Maryland was sentenced to Life in prison. This sentence, imposed by the Honorable Diane Adkins-Tobin, followed a guilty plea on June 22, 2023 to Attempted First Degree Murder. A previous press release indicated that this charge was a result of a vicious attack occurring in November 2022 on Corporal Michael Vesek, a Correctional Deputy at the Harford County Detention Center while Tingler was an inmate there.

Victim impact statements were provided to the court by both Corporal Vesek and Colonel William Davis of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. Both statements outlined the “profound and lasting” impact this egregious act has had on Corporal Vesek, his family, the law enforcement community, and the community as a whole. Sentencing Guidelines from the Maryland Automated Guidelines Systems (MAGS) for Tingler calculated a range of 25 to 40 years of incarceration. However, State’s Attorney Alison M. Healey argued that this was an appropriate case for an upward deviation from those guidelines, requesting life in prison, citing Tingler’s violent criminal history and the heinous nature of the conduct in this case. Ms. Healey also noted the numerous opportunities for rehabilitation and treatment that have been afforded to Tingler throughout the course of his involvement in the criminal justice system, all of which have been unsuccessful.

During the sentencing, Judge Adkins-Tobin said that a “clear message must be sent to the inmate population that the court will not tolerate” these kinds of “incredibly vicious” acts. She also noted that “there are people who are just plain evil, and that is Mr. Tingler.” She further ordered that Tingler be immediately transferred to the Division of Correction and not held locally while pending additional matters. She thanked Corporal Vesek for his service to Harford County and recognized the vital and sometimes unrecognized role correctional officers play in maintaining the safety of our community.

Following the sentencing hearing, State’s Attorney Healey stated the following: “I commend Corporal Vesek for his bravery today in addressing the court and reliving the attack that he had to endure at the hands of Matthew Tingler. It is my hope that today’s life sentence will bring Corporal Vesek and his family some closure and am relieved that justice was served. Today we sent a strong message that violence in our community and against our law enforcement will not be tolerated. Today was a strong step forward towards a safer Harford County.”


On Thursday, July 27, 2023 Philip Paul Manna III, 43, was found guilty of Driving While Impaired by Alcohol, Driving While Revoked, Driving on a Suspended License, Driving without the Required License, and Driving without an Ignition Interlock as Required.

During the course of a two-day jury trial before the Honorable Judge Alex Allman, evidence was presented that on May 19, 2023, a 911 call was placed by a concerned citizen who observed a vehicle driving erratically in the wrong direction of traffic at extreme rates of speed. The caller advised that the vehicle and its occupant stopped in the “Festival” parking lot in Bel Air, Maryland and that the driver, later identified as Philip Manna III, entered the Spirts & Wine Liquor store before losing sight of the vehicle. Harford County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tabler and Maryland State Police Trooper Dill responded to the registered address of the vehicle approximately ten minutes later and observed Manna seated in the driver’s seat of the vehicle with the running lights on and the driver’s side door open. When Deputy Tabler approached, Manna turned off the vehicle, threw the keys in the back seat and ran toward the residence, leaving an unopened bottle of vodka toward the back driver’s side wheel of the vehicle. Trooper Dill assumed the investigation and questioned Manna on his whereabouts prior to arriving at the residence. Manna indicated that he was coming from the Crazy Tuna restaurant and responded “I don’t know” when asked how much alcohol he had consumed that evening. Manna denied driving the vehicle and refused all standard field sobriety tests. However, Deputy Tabler and Trooper Dill detected the strong smell of alcohol, bloodshot, glassy eyes, and nervous behavior. Manna was placed under arrest for suspected Driving Under the Influence and transported back to the Maryland State Poice Barracks where Manna refused the DR-15 intoximeter test. Sentencing was scheduled for August 2, 2023 and Manna was remanded into custody.

In preparation for sentencing, it came to the attention of Assistant State’s Attorney Vincenzo Culotta, that on the evening of the first day of trial, July 26, 2023, Manna, still without a license, drove to a liquor store in Bel Air. State’s Attorney’s Office Investigator Christopher Gibbons was able to obtain surveillance footage from the liquor store confirming that Manna did, in fact, drive to the location and go into the store while actively being tried for the May 19th incident. Assistant State’s Attorney Culotta presented this information at the sentencing hearing on August 2, 2023, as well as information that Manna had three prior convictions for Driving Under the Influence or Impaired, as well as a previous conviction for Driving without an Ignition Interlock and Malicious Destruction of Property.

Judge Allman sentenced Manna under subsequent offender penalties to 7 years suspend all but 3.5 years of incarceration with the sentencing breakdown as follows:
Driving while Impaired by Alcohol – 5 years, suspend all but 3 years.
Driving while Revoked – 1 year, suspend all but 6 months.
Driving on a Suspended License merged into Driving while Revoked
Driving without Required License merged into Driving while Revoked
Driving without an Ignition Interlock as Required – 1 year suspended
The sentences in all counts were ordered to run consecutively to one another.

State’s Attorney Alison M. Healey thanks Assistant State’s Attorney Vincenzo Culotta for his diligence in pursuing justice and ensuring community safety in this case through his litigation of this trial. Further thanks are extended to Assistant State’s Attorney Rebecca Malkowski for her litigation of the suppression hearing in this matter. She also thanks Deputy Tabler and Trooper Dill for their efforts. “Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol is a senseless and completely preventable crime, while also being a crime that puts the lives of our entire community at risk. As a fourth time offender and given the egregious nature of the defendant’s behavior both during the incident question and while this trial was ongoing, it was imperative that he be removed from the community to ensure the safety of Harford County’s citizens. Our office will continue to pursue significant periods of incarceration for subsequent offenders of any crime that continuously put the citizens of our county at risk.”


Percell Holland, 42, of Edgewood, Maryland was sentenced to 12 years of incarceration on July 11, 2023, for Possession of a Firearm in a Drug Trafficking Crime, Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, and Illegal Possession of a Regulated Firearm following a guilty plea in the Circuit Court for Harford County.

On May 7, 2019, Senior Deputy Dean and members of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office’s Crime Suppression Unit were conducting surveillance of Holland and his residence in the 3100 block of Sweetbay Drive in Edgewood. Deputies observed what appeared to be drug transactions taking place at Edgewood Plaza and in the 2100 block of Pulaski Highway. Deputy First Class Ross conducted a traffic stop on Holland’s vehicle detecting the odor of marijuana. A search warrant was executed at Holland’s residence, and Deputy First Class Battee located a bookbag in a shed on the property with a loaded Keltec 9mm handgun, a loaded Taurus .40 caliber handgun, a loaded Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun, a digital scale, approximately five grams of cocaine, less than one gram of a heroin/fentanyl mixture, six suboxone strips, and two prescription bottles with Holland’s name. An unmarked pill bottle with 33 Xanax pills was found in the shed, and $4,205 in currency was located inside the residence where Holland stayed in the basement. Holland is prohibited from possessing regulated firearms due to a prior conviction for Fourth degree Burglary.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Holland was sentenced by the Honorable Yolanda L. Curtin to a total of 40 years suspending all but 12 years to serve. The sentence structure gave Holland 20 years suspending all but 5 years for the Possession of a Firearm in a Drug Trafficking crime to be served without the possibility of parole, and a consecutive 20 years suspending all but 7 years for Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine. Holland was also sentenced to a 5-year concurrent sentence for illegal possession of a regulated firearm. The firearms and $4,205 were forfeited as part of the plea. Upon release, Holland will be on supervised probation.

Ms. Healey thanks Deputy State’s Attorney David Ryden and Assistant State’s Attorney Jason Allen for prosecuting the case. “Our office remains consistent in our message to drug dealers that we will not tolerate drug distribution in Harford County, and if you are caught spreading this poison in our communities, you will receive substantial incarceration. I especially thank Senior Deputy Dean, Deputies Ross and Battee, and the Crime Suppression Unit for their investigation to rid our community of these illegal guns and for their interruption of this drug activity as a result of their strong police work. Their seizure of these guns and dangerous drugs very well may have saved a life.”

Harford County State’s Attorney Establishes Body Worn Camera Unit

In 2021, legislation was passed through the Maryland Police Accountability Act, requiring all law enforcement officers in the State to wear and use Body Worn Camera devices to record their interactions while on duty. This legislation was designed to ensure accurate depictions of police encounters. The law was an unfunded mandate and placed an immense burden on the State’s Attorney’s Offices throughout Maryland. In just 2022 alone, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Harford County received nearly 12,000 hours of body worn camera footage. The footage from these body worn camera devices is evidence in all criminal and traffic cases, with the law requiring that the State’s Attorney’s Office watch and shield the footage to protect the privacy of the citizens being recorded. Failure to shield the footage prior to sending it to defense counsel through a requirement known as discovery, is a violation of the law and puts citizens and law enforcement officers at risk.

Prior to January 3, 2023, when Alison M. Healey was sworn in as Harford County State’s Attorney, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Harford County was not in compliance with the laws pertaining to Body Worn Camera footage, as unviewed, unshielded footage was regularly being disseminated. Over the last several months, Ms. Healey and her team have worked diligently to make immediate policy changes to ensure compliance with the law and the protection of our citizens’ privacy rights. Her team has worked countless hours viewing and shielding Body Worn Camera footage, often on nights and weekends, in addition to their already full-time assigned duties. Nearly every other county across the State had developed Body Worn Camera Units in their State’s Attorney’s Offices prior to 2023. It was clear that continuing to shoulder this immense burden without additional staff was unsustainable.

Ms. Healey made it an immediate priority to form Harford County’s first Body Worn Camera Unit and on July 5, 2023, the unit, consisting of six body worn camera technicians and one unit supervisor, reported for duty. Each of the six technicians will view, shield and send all of the body worn camera footage in criminal and traffic cases, viewing a minimum of 2000 minutes per week. The unit will ensure that everyone’s privacy rights are protected and that Harford County remains in compliance with the law. With additional law enforcement officers joining law enforcement agencies each year, it is expected that the amount of footage will only continue to grow.

Ms. Healey thanks her entire staff for their commitment and diligence over the last six months and stated that “it could not be more apparent how committed each and every one of our employees is to our mission, and the last six months has truly shown me how fortunate Harford County is to have such a dedicated team pursuing justice for all our citizens.” Ms. Healey also welcomes the new members of the Body Worn Camera Unit and looks forward to continuing to grow and shape the unit for the benefit of everyone that calls Harford County home.


Jabreel Avion Samuels, 31, of Middle River, Maryland was sentenced to 12 years’ incarceration on June 26, 2023, for Illegal Possession of a Firearm and Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine following a guilty plea in the Circuit Court for Harford County.

On June 16, 2022, at 8:31 p.m., Deputy Dahler of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office observed a vehicle being operated by Samuels without a front license plate on Route 24 prior to Hanson Road in Edgewood. Deputy Dahler followed Samuels and requested additional Deputies believing Samuels was attempting to elude him. Samuels drove around another vehicle and side-swiped it while turning onto Rosewood Drive. Samuels then fled on foot throwing an object over the roof of a house in the 600 Block of Hornbeam Road. After a foot pursuit through woods and over a fence, Samuels initially complied by lying down on the ground and placing his hands behind his back before fleeing on foot again. Deputy Dahler grabbed Samuels’ shirt, and Samuels attempted to push him. Deputy Dahler tased Samuels and successfully placed him under arrest.

A loaded Polymer 80 “Ghost Gun” was located from a resident’s porch where Samuels threw the unknown object. In addition, Senior Deputy Sampson recovered approximately 9 grams of crack cocaine and packaging material from the vehicle Samuels abandoned.

Pursuant to a plea agreement, Samuels was sentenced by the Honorable Maurice W. Baldwin, Jr., to 15 years suspending all but 5 years on the Firearms count. The first 5 years of the sentence is mandatory and without the possibility of parole. Samuels was also sentenced to an additional consecutive 20 years suspending all but 7 years to serve on the drug count. The sentence is nearly double Samuels’ Maryland Sentencing Guidelines for those offenses.

State’s Attorney Alison M. Healey said following the plea: “Illegal possession of guns by those who are prohibited due to prior criminal convictions will always be a priority in my office, and we will always recommend significant sentences for those offenders. Deputy Dahler exemplified the value of pro-active policing in this case and is commended for pursuing a fleeing, armed subject. Mr. Samuels has previously been identified as a gang member and removing him from our community sends a strong message that these
criminals have no place in Harford County.”

Ms. Healey thanks Deputy State’s Attorney David W. Ryden for structuring a strong plea agreement in this case and Deputy Dahler for his work leading to Samuels’ arrest and the removal of an illegal firearm from a dangerous offender and the streets of our community.


On June 22, 2023, Matthew Dwight Tingler, 37, of Elkton, Maryland pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted First Degree Murder in the Circuit Court for Harford County for his brutal attack of Corporal Michael Vesek in the Harford County Detention Center on November 20, 2022.

Evidence presented to the Honorable Judge Diane Adkins-Tobin revealed to following facts: On November 20, 2022, Corporal Michael Vesek, a Correctional Deputy at the Harford County Detention Center, was supervising Tingler while he placed a phone call in the counseling office at the facility. During the call, Tingler became enraged and used the telephone receiver to strike Corporal Vesek in the face. Tingler fought Corporal Vesek to the floor, and once on the ground, Tingler manually strangled Corporal Vesek and wrapped the phone cord around Corporal Vesek’s neck multiple times, using that cord to further strangle him. Tingler then continuously struck him in the face with the phone receiver, a tape dispenser, and a portable radio that Tingler removed from the desk during the attack. Corporal Vesek lost consciousness as a result of Tingler’s vicious conduct. Other Correctional Deputies heard Corporal Vesek yelling for help and responded, finding Tingler continuing to attack Corporal Vesek, who was motionless, semi-conscious, and bleeding profusely. Deputies immediately rendered assistance to the victim, unwrapping the cord that remained tightly wound around his neck. Corporal Vesek was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview for treatment. In an interview following the incident, Tingler stated that he became upset while on the phone because he believed his fiancé was with another man.

State’s Attorney Alison Healey and Assistant State’s Attorney Megan Lintott negotiated this guilty plea, which includes the agreement that the State will recommend the maximum sentence of life in prison, and the Defense may not argue for anything less than thirty years of incarceration. Pursuant to this plea agreement, the Court may not impose a sentence of less than thirty years of incarceration and may impose up to the maximum sentence of life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for August 10, 2023 following the completion of a Pre-Sentencing Investigation report and a Psychological Evaluation.

Following the plea, State’s Attorney Healey stated, “I commend Corporal Vesek for his bravery in both enduring this brutal attack and for his willingness to testify in this trial, which he was fully prepared to do in the coming days, as we were scheduled to select the jury for trial today. I also thank him for his nearly 25 years of service to Harford County as a Correctional Deputy. Justice was served today as this conviction guarantees that this incredibly violent criminal will not walk free in the streets of our community for a long time to come. My office will not tolerate violent crime of any kind, but the attempt to take the life of one of our Correctional Deputies, is particularly egregious and deserves the maximum penalties allowed by law. We will argue for not a day less than a life sentence on August 10th.”

Ms. Healey thanks Assistant State’s Attorney Megan Lintott for her assistance in preparing this case for trial. She also thanks the many Correctional Deputies who responded to this crime scene for their rapid response to render lifesaving aid to Corporal Vesek and preserve the evidence in this case. Finally, she commends the Harford County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies who responded and Detectives Pilachowski and Wilsynski of the Criminal Investigations Division for securing the evidence required to ensure a conviction.