Strickland sentenced to ten years in prison
ARMED ROBBERY & ASSAULT
St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron reported that on December 6, 2015, at approximately 11:23 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the areas of Sugar Maple Court and the nearby Wawa gas station in California, Maryland, for a report of an assault with an injured subject. The injured subject, along with a second victim, also reported to be the victims of an armed robbery. The injured victim was found to be suffering from multiple head wounds that required transport via Maryland State Police Helicopter “Trooper 7” to a local area trauma center. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) responded and assumed the investigation.
The subsequent investigation by CID detectives, crime lab technicians, and the CID Support Team led to the identification of suspects Donald Strickland, age 36, and Joseph Eckloff, age 32, both of Lexington Park. On December 28, 2015, arrest warrants were obtained by CID detectives for both suspects in connection with the armed robbery. Both Strickland and Eckloff were arrested by CID detectives on December 29, 2015, without incident and were incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Both suspects were charged with Armed Robbery, Robbery, Assault 1st and 2nd Degree, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and Theft Less than $1,000.
In a plea deal on Jan. 1, 2019 in St. Mary’s Circuit Court with St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz; Donald Sheldon Strickland entered a guilty plea to first-degree assault. THE DEAL: Strickland was sentenced to twenty years in prison with all but ten years suspended. Four counts of robbery and armed robbery were dropped as part of the deal.
As of April 24, 2020, Strickland is incarcerated at the Maryland Prison in Jessup, Md.
Detectives say they began to make undercover purchases of “Oxycodone” from Strickland
GREAT MILLS — Capt. Daniel Alioto of the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Department, reported that Vice/Narcotics detectives began an investigation into the allegation that Donald Sheldon Strickland, 34, of Great Mill, was allegedly distributing “Oxycodone” throughout St. Mary’s County.
Detectives say they began to make undercover purchases of “Oxycodone” from Strickland. He was indicted and charged. Detectives seized a 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck which was utilized during suspect Strickland’s drug dealing activities.
Strickland charged with reckless driving with drugs, a child in minivan, knife, failed to have interlock, intoxicated on Rt. 235
St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron reported that on December 22, 2013, at approximately 12:35 AM, the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received several 9 1 1 calls from citizens traveling southbound on Three Notch Road in the area of Hollywood reporting a minivan operating in a reckless manner. Deputy Flerlage observed the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.
Police say that the driver, identified as Donald Sheldon Strickland, 34, of 46033 Strickland Road, Great Mills, Md., was operating the vehicle without the required Interlock Device and exhibited signs of intoxication.
Strickland’s 2-year-old child was partially clothed standing in the back of the vehicle surrounded by a knife and other implements.
During a pat-down search of Strickland, a syringe containing clear liquid fell from his waistband. Strickland was placed under arrest and a search of the vehicle was completed at which time 2 suspected Suboxone packets were found inside Strickland’s wallet.
Strickland was transported to the St. Mary’s County Jail and charged with
- Negligent Driving,
- Reckless Driving,
- Failing to Secure a Child Under 8 in a safety seat,
- driving a vehicle in violation of a restricted license,
- Child Neglect,
- Reckless Endangerment,
- Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance – Not Marijuana, and Possession Paraphernalia.
The charges resulted in a plea deal with St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz on June 10, 2014, when Strickland entered a guilty plea possession of oxycodone and all the other charges were dropped. THE DEAL: one year in jail.
Cops Say Swann Came South with Oxy; Caught After A Year on the Lam
LEONARDTOWN — Police report that Hezekiah Eric Swann, 54, of Baltimore, Md., was indicted by detectives as a result of a prescription drug investigation. Police say Swann was indicted for “Possession of Oxycodone with the Intent to Distribute”. The case began in December of 2011 and was completed and charged in April of 2012. Suspect Swann had avoided apprehension until this week when he was taken into custody by Baltimore County Police. He was originally held without bond.