Will Courts Keep Would-Be Cop Killer Behind Bars Following His Guilty Plea?

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Will Courts Keep Would-Be Cop Killer Behind Bars
Following His Guilty Plea?

Colvin White guilty plea to attempted murder of Anne Arundel Police Officer
Colvin White guilty plea to attempted murder of Anne Arundel Police Officer

Annapolis, MD — Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams announced on April 4, 2016, that Colvin White, 31, of Annapolis, pled guilty to Attempted First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence for the April 2015 shooting of Anne Arundel County Police Officer Corporal Larry Adams. White faces life in prison.

White is a convicted armed robber who was available to continue his career as an armed robber and to shoot Cpl. Adams due to the inept former States Attorney of Anne Arundel County Anne Colt Leitess and the lenient sentencing of Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge North.  The voters of Anne Arundel County replaced Leitess in the 2014 election and installed Republican Wes Adams.

White was indicted for armed robbery on July 17, 2009. On Dec. 10, 2012, in Anne Arundel Circuit Court was represented by taxpayer-provided Public Defenders Denis O’Connell and Geraldine K. Sweeney for a plea deal which landed White back on the street in a short period of time.

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The plea agreement reflected in Maryland Court records shows that White entered a guilty plea to the charge of commercial armed robbery that a jail term of 7 years was imposed with all of the jail time suspended except for 54 days and he was given credit for time served for 54 days. Waltzing out of the courtroom on probation for three years with a requirement from Judge North that he successfully complete any drug/alcohol counseling, perhaps even taking a course to remedy “The Devil Made Me Do It” defense, he was sentenced by the Judge to mental health counseling, “as directed by Parole and Probation”.

Only the fools in the Maryland Judicial system believes any of this hocus-pocus has any value.

White was released from jail custody on Dec. 10, 2012, and the court records do not reflect any history of his adventures on probation since that date.

That White would be armed and available for committing crimes in Maryland isn’t news.

In addition to pleading guilty to armed robbery in 2012, he was indicted for having a handgun on his person on March 29, 2006, in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. Court records do not disclose the outcome of that indictment.

Anne Arundel County States Attorney Wes Adams.
Anne Arundel County States Attorney Wes Adams.

On Jan. 9, 2004, White entered a guilty plea to distributing fake narcotics and in a plea deal with the Anne Arundel County States Attorney he was sentenced to six months in jail. With this being the Alice in Wonderland Justice System in Maryland, the plea deal called for all of the jail time to be suspended with six months in work release at the Anne Arundel Detention Center. Court records show that the probation, in that case, was closed unsatisfactorily.

White caught the attention of the Alcohol, Tax and Firearms Office in Baltimore which requested his case history, statement of hearing sheets and indictments on April 4, 2006. The clerk of the court noted that they promptly sent the information to ATF eight days after the request – which for Maryland would equal the speed of light.

On March 23, 2004, White was again given a plea deal by the Anne Arundel States Attorney on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was fined $500 with no jail time and given probation before judgment with probation unsupervised – meaning he simply supervised himself.

State’s Attorney Adams released the following statement regarding the plea:

“We ask police officers to put themselves in harm’s way every day and on April 10th, 2015 in the span of about 5 minutes, Corporal Larry Adams went from simply doing his job serving our citizens, to protecting one of our local businesses, to fighting for his life after being ambushed and shot by Colvin White. I am thankful that Officer Adams continues his path of recovery. Today’s guilty plea to Attempted First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence sends a strong message to those who wish our police officers harm. It is not acceptable and we will hold you accountable for your actions. This plea is the result of an incredible effort by the Anne Arundel County Police Department and the State’s Attorney Office. I wish to thank Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare for his continued professionalism and commitment to the community.”

At approximately 2am on April 10, 2015, Officer Larry Adams was on a routine patrol when he encountered a van on the side of the road. Concerned for their safety, he approached the passenger, Danielle Blake, 30, of Severn, who was the lone occupant at the time. Blake stated that their van had run out of gas and the driver had gone into the East College Parkway 7-Eleven nearby. Intending to give the driver $5.00 for gas, Officer Adams parked at the 7-Eleven where an employee alerted him to a suspicious man outside the store. Investigators believed that White was planning to rob the store.

Officer Adams encountered White lurking in a hoodie and dark clothing in the shadows beside the store. Upon asking for White’s identification, a scuffle ensued. After White pushed Officer Adams away, a chase ensued. Instead of running to the van and driving away, White hid in the tree line and ambushed Officer Adams shooting his gun twice, hitting the officer once in the neck, before fleeing the scene. Officers who arrived on the location, they found Officer Adams in the street with life-threatening injuries; he was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore where doctors were able to save his life. Before Officer Adams approached White, the policeman had run a check on the vehicle which led officers to eventually locate Blake and White. Blake pled guilty in October of serving as accessory-after-the-fact in the shooting and to transporting a handgun in a vehicle as part of a plea agreement.

Sentencing for White is to be determined and will be announced on the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Twitter page once a date is set. Sentencing for Blake is currently scheduled for May 4th.

State’s Attorney Wes Adams and Deputy State’s Attorney Jonathan Church prosecuted the case on behalf of the State. Judge William C. Mulford presided over the case.

Shooting at 7 Eleven of Anne Arundel Officer. Photo courtesy of WBAL
Shooting at 7 Eleven of Anne Arundel Officer. Photo courtesy of WBAL

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