Recent Convictions

Leonardtown, Maryland – State’s Attorney Richard Fritz announces that on May 9, 2022, Deyonta Gross (DOB August 23, 1993) pled guilty to multiple counts of Reckless Endangerment and Illegal Possession of a Regulated Firearm in connection with a shooting from March 9, 2021 in the Valley Estate’s neighborhood of Lexington Park. Thankfully, no one was hit by the gunfire despite the fact that multiple homes were struck. Mr. Gross is awaiting sentencing and could get up to ten years in the Division of Corrections.

Mr. Fritz would like to thank Senior Assistant State’s Attorney John Stackhouse for successfully securing the convictions. Mr. Fritz would also like to thank Detective Austin Schultz and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office for the hard work on the case.
May 12, 2022 02:46 PM
Leonardtown, Maryland - State’s Attorney Richard Fritz announces that on May 4, 2022, Ezekiel Jedidiah Thomas (DOB August 29, 1997) pled guilty to false imprisonment and felony assault on a staff member of Medstar Saint Mary’s Hospital that occurred on September 30, 2019.

In his plea, Thomas admitted that he attacked a hospital staff member while attempting to commit a sexual offense, but was thwarted when other hospital employees came to her aid. Thomas remains in custody and is awaiting the completion of a pre-sentence investigation.

Mr. Fritz would like to thank Deputy State’s Attorney Daniel White for the successful prosecution of this case. Mr. Fritz would also like to thank the Saint Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and Detective Corporal Trevor Teague for their investigative efforts leading to these convictions.
May 04, 2022 01:17 PM
Leonardtown, Maryland - State's Attorney Richard Fritz is pleased to announce that on April 29, 2022, Jennifer Katherine Hurry (DOB: November 16, 1967) was convicted of 20 counts of Animal Cruelty. She was indicted on these counts for acts of cruelty and neglect of 19 horses, 3 cows, 2 goats and 12 assorted fowl that were seized from her property on January 21, 2021. Sentencing will be concluded after a pre-sentencing investigation, however, the State was able to obtain an order for the immediate forfeiture of all animals that were seized so adoption proceedings may begin.

Given the number of large agricultural animals to be transported and housed, Days End Farm Horse Rescue was contacted and agreed to facilitate the rescue, which is the largest in St. Mary's County history.
April 29, 2022 01:13 PM
Leonardtown, Maryland - State’s Attorney Richard Fritz announces that on April 26, 2022, following a two-day trial, a Saint Mary’s County jury found Andre Raynard Hilliard-Johnson (DOB September 19, 1994) guilty of Possession of a Regulated Firearm with a Prior Felony Conviction, Fleeing and Eluding an Official Police Vehicle, as well as other firearm charges. Mr. Hilliard-Johnson was on probation in Charles County for Armed Robbery and Assault when these offenses were committed.

Mr. Fritz would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Boyd for the successful prosecution of this case and the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack, and St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department for their exemplary police work generally; more specifically, Mr. Fritz would like to thank Trooper Rachel Kaszubski and Trooper Collin Willhite for their participation in this trial to secure Mr. Hilliard-Johnson’s conviction. Mr. Hilliard-Johnson’s exposure is 19 years, and he is being held at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center pending the preparation of a pre-sentence investigation.
April 26, 2022 08:52 AM
Leonardtown, Maryland - State’s Attorney Richard Fritz announces that on April 25, 2022, Dequan Sabien Gantt (DOB April 17, 2001) pled guilty to felony assault on a law enforcement officer and illegal possession of a regulated firearm that occurred on May 21, 2021.

Mr. Gantt also pled guilty to reckless endangerment and illegal possession of a regulated firearm that occurred on May 16, 2021.

Mr. Gantt also pled guilty to second-degree assault that occurred on December 27, 2020.

Mr. Gantt remains in custody and is awaiting sentencing pending completion of a pre-sentence investigation.

Mr. Fritz would like to thank Deputy State’s Attorney Daniel White for successfully prosecuting both cases. Mr. Fritz would also like to thank the Saint Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Youth Gun Task Force, the Maryland State Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives for their investigative efforts leading to these convictions.
April 25, 2022 10:23 AM