Murder USA: Tyrone Taylor and James Baskins charged with murder of Larry Ellis Jr.
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POETIC JUSTICE? The murder victim was convicted of accessory to murder and walked
Prince Georges States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks gave Taylor sweet plea deals and dropped serious felony gun charges;
FORT WASHINGTON, MD. — Once again, Maryland prosecutors have cut sweet deals for dangerous criminals and allowed a criminal with felony convictions off easy when charged with possession of a firearm. Now one of those criminals is charged with the murder of a Fort Washington man, who himself was a killer and had skated on a murder rap. The Prince George’s County Police Department arrested two suspects in connection with Sunday’s homicide in Fort Washington. The victim is 33-year-old Larry Ellis Jr. of Osgood Court in Clinton. The suspects are 29-year-old Tyrone Maurice Terrel Taylor of 4501 Payne Drive in Fort Washington and 25-year-old James Baskins of the 200 block of Morgan Street in Northwest Washington.
The Prince George’s County Police Department arrested two suspects in connection with Sunday’s homicide in Fort Washington. The victim is 33-year-old Larry Ellis Jr. of Osgood Court in Clinton. The suspects are 29-year-old Tyron (Tyrone) Maurice aka (Terrel) Taylor of 4501 Payne Drive in Fort Washington and 25-year-old James Baskins of the 200 block of Morgan Street in Northwest Washington.
On January 3, 2016, at about 4:40 am, patrol officers were called to the 3900 block of Kilbourne Drive for a welfare check. When they arrived, they found Ellis outside suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Detectives quickly established Taylor and Baskins as suspects. They were arrested Sunday evening in Fort Washington. The preliminary investigation reveals the motive was robbery. The suspects and victim were acquaintances. Taylor and Baskins are both charged with first and second-degree murder and related charges.
Anyone with information on this homicide is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS, text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.
Taylor faces a preliminary hearing on Feb. 1, 2016.
Taylor is the poster child for the incredible failings of the Prince Georges County States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks and the Maryland Judicial system in general.
Taylor entered a guilty plea in Prince Georges County Circuit Court in a plea deal with Alsobrooks on Nov. 1, 2013, to charges of malicious property destruction over $500 and assault. Charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and burglary were dropped.
How a prosecutor can drop charges of possession of a gun by a convicted felon should be hard for any citizen who faces relentless attacks on the rights of Americans to legally own guns by liberals and left-wing yahoo politicians to understand. Criminals with guns caught in the act of committing a crime having gun charges dropped by a prosecutor should be grounds for removal from office. But this is the Banana Republic of Prince Georges County awash in a sea of idiots in the Maryland General Assembly making laws. Specifically, Alsobrooks dropped the following charges against Taylor: illegal purchase of a regulated firearm; firearm possession with a felony conviction (two counts); two counts of burglary.
Remember, if you have read this far, you are living in the Peoples Republic of Maryland where the White Rabbit is the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and sentencing guidelines really mean that Judges are supposed to do everything possible to avoid sending criminals to prison.
After entering a plea deal with Alsobrooks, one would think that the esteemed prosecutor who touts herself as being tough on criminals might have exacted a prison sentence. Court records show that on Nov. 1, 2013, after entering the guilty pleas, that the future alleged (it is rather hard to libel a Dirtbag like this guy) murderer was sentenced to 3 years in prison; with all but 38 days suspended for one charge and the same sentence for the second guilty plea with both sentences to run for the same time. The gun raps were all dropped, as mentioned above. Taylor was fined $145. During the probation period, new criminal charges were filed and on April 27, 2015, and order was issued to arrest Taylor and jail him. Taylor was released on bail on April 27, 2015, and on June 4, 2015 a motion was filed to request a postponement of the hearing for violating his probation. Big surprise, folks, Taylor never appeared in Court on Aug. 21, 2015, and Circuit Court Judge Nichols issued a warrant “violence prevention initiative” on August 26, 2015.
On June 25, 2010, a Court order in Prince Georges District Court in a domestic violence case was issued ordering Taylor to stay away from the victim’s job, surrender his firearms, not contact or abuse the victim and vacate and stay away from the home.
With court records in Prince George’s County District Court showing Taylor with a different middle name in charges recorded in court records on Feb. 7, 2005, he was charged with armed robbery (two counts) and one count of assault-first degree. A taxpayer provided public defender once again appeared as his lawyer and demanded a jury trial on March 14, 2005.
In a plea deal with the Prince Georges County States Attorney on May 27, 2005 Taylor entered a guilty plea to robbery with the other charges dropped. The robbery charge was amended to attempted robbery on June 27, 2005. The plea deal and pre-sentence investigation produced this outcome on Aug. 5, 2005: Sentenced to prison for four years as of Feb. 7, 2005, with credit for 179 days of time already served. All but six months of the sentence to be suspended and supervised probation for three years with the jail time to be served in the local jail instead of the state prison. Court records show Taylor violated his probation and that Judge Lamasney dismissed that charge on Nov. 30, 2007. On Dec. 3, 2007, Taylor was back in jail without bond pending a hearing on other charges.
James Baskins, of 218 Morgan St. N.E. Washington, D.C. also is charged with first-degree murder and using a firearm in a violent crime.
On Dec. 6, 2014, Baskins was charged with three counts of drug distribution and possession and on Dec. 31, 2014, one of the charges was dropped by Alsobrooks with two drug charges put on the Stet Docket with no time and no fine.
Larry Ellis Jr., the dead guy in this case also enjoyed the miracle touch of Ms. Alsobrooks when she first indicted him with the Grand Jury Feb. 11, 2014, on three counts of gun crimes: possession of a gun by a convicted criminal, carrying a handgun and transporting a handgun on a roadway. On May 9, 2014, Alsobrooks dropped the charges and Ellis went free.
On Nov. 12, 2010, a warrant for second-degree assault was issued and on Nov. 23, 2011 the charge was dropped.
Ellis might still be alive had Maryland’s court system installed him in prison for the rest of his life where he belonged, but his murder might have been a blessing for the taxpayers. On Feb. 20, 2008, Ellis entered a guilty plea to accessory after the fact – murder in the first degree. Charges of robbery and with a deadly weapon were dropped in a plea deal with the Prince Georges County States Attorney. As part of the plea deal, Ellis was given home detention and on Feb. 20, 2008, Judge McKee sent him to prison for five years with credit for one year and 292 days’ credit time served.