PLEA DEALS: Drug Dealers, Gangsters with Guns, and Hellions of Prince George’s County Given Sweet Plea Deals by States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks
News and Commentary
UPPER MARLBORO, MD. – Prosecutors in Maryland counties have the sole discretion under Maryland law to pursue charges or to drop them against accused defendants. There are many reasons for why person charged with a crime may have their charges dropped, put on Stet Docket or Probation Without Judgement. Here are a few:
- Official corruption. Political favors and payoffs to friends and supporters, as all Maryland prosecutors are elected officials who solicit campaign funds from defense attorneys and the public at large. Important persons can contact the prosecutor and ask them to drop charges due to factors having nothing to do with guilt or innocence.
- Evidence is lost, and witnesses either decide not to testify or disappear. Also, when the credibility of a witness has become compromised due to proven instances of perjury.
- A prosecutor examines charges against a defendant and determines that there was a lack of evidence, criminal intent or probable cause leading to an unsuccessful outcome.
- A plea deal for a defendant to take a guilty plea in exchange for light or no treatment but perhaps with probation.
- The defendant is providing tips or information on other criminals which may lead the prosecutor to have a bigger fish to fry or solve a more important crime. An example is when a DUI charge was dropped against a woman who turned in her married boyfriend who was dealing kilos of cocaine from his seafood business.
Raquan John Robert Zimmerman, (3/4/1996), of 1404 Early Oaks Lane, Capitol Heights, Md. Zimmerman was charged on May 17, 2016, with possession of marijuana. In District Court of Prince Georges County, the charge was dropped on July 21, 2016, by Prince Georges States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks.
Drug dealers in Prince Georges County might want to consider whether Zimmerman has been dealing away his traffic and criminal charges by flipping his competitors to the States Attorney.
On Aug. 3, 2016, Zimmerman was charged with possession of drugs with the intent to distribute in connection with activities that took place on July 1, 2016. Prosecutors often drop charges in exchange for information on crimes of others, but sometimes prosecutors are simply incompetent. Prince Georges County States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, according to court records, dropped the drug dealing charge, as well as two other drug charges, on Feb. 9, 2017. Since Zimmerman was able to post a $50,000 bond but can’t pay for his lawyer, competing drug dealers might be able to discuss with him how it was he was able to walk free. Ironically, former Senator Tommie Broadwater, who was convicted of food stamp fraud, posted his bond. A private attorney, David M. Simpson, of Greenbelt entered his appearance in this case.
On May 16, 2016, Zimmerman was charged with operating a 2014 Chevy that was unregistered on Md. Rt. 214 near Jon Quil Ave.; speeding; displaying expired tags; operating on a learner permit with an unauthorized person in the front seat; Zimmerman entered a not guilty plea and was found not guilty on July 7, 2016.
On charges placed against Zimmerman by Prince Georges Police Officer Nicholle Savoy on Feb. 20, 2015, on Central Ave. and Addison Road, Seat Pleasant, Md., of reckless driving, driving in excess of prudent speed, driving an uninsured 2012 Lincoln, driving without current tags, displaying tags, not for the vehicle; Zimmerman entered into a plea deal, and Alsobrooks dropped the charges on May 21, 2015.
On June 24, 2016, Zimmerman was charged with operating a 2000 Jaguar with plates issued to another vehicle on Karen Blvd., in Capital Heights, Md.
Zimmerman was charged by Prince George’s Police Officer Hardester via a warrant issued on Sept. 1, 2016, for incidents that court records show took place on June 24, 2016, with eight criminal counts of using a gun during the commission of dealing drugs. On Feb. 10, 2017, all of the charges were dropped in Prince Georges Circuit Court by States Attorney Alsobrooks, possibly due to newer criminal charges being processed in the same court.
As Zimmerman works at building his criminal career, on Dec. 20, 2016, he was charged by Prince Georges Police Officer Hannon with armed robbery, first and second-degree assault, theft, and use of a gun in the commission of a violent crime that took place on Dec. 14, 2016. Evidently, Zimmerman doesn’t make enough money from various activities or alleged armed robberies, so the taxpayers provided Cristina Najarro as his attorney. Najarro has requested a jury trial in Circuit Court in Upper Marlboro. Zimmerman was holed up in the PG County Jail over Christmas until Dec. 27, 2016, when Diego A. Albornoz arranged his bail to get him out of the slammer. Kalev Kaseoru, another taxpayer provided attorney has taken over representation for Zimmerman on Feb. 10, 2017, after the Prince George’s County Grand Jury indicted him on Jan. 31, 2017, on four counts of armed robbery, theft, and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Being out of jail on bond, quite an incredible act for someone charged with serious violent crimes, but, heck, this is the policy of the neo-liberals running the Alice in Wonderland Maryland Judiciary – left Zimmerman available to allegedly commit another armed robbery on Jan. 22, 2017. On Jan. 23, 2017, Zimmerman was charged with eight new counts of armed robbery, use of a gun in a violent crime, theft, and assault. This time he was sent to the slammer, and from court records, he appears to have been given an extended stay, at least until States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks dumps his newest charges or successfully prosecutes him at trial and sends him away for a long stay in prison. Court records show he was committed to the jail on Jan. 25, 2017.
Prince George’s States Attorney Alsobrooks recently promoted and participated in an ‘Expungement Fair’ touted as a way for those convicted of crimes to be able to cleanse their criminal record leaving prospective employers unaware of the criminal background of job applicants. When she conducted the event, there was no notice to employers about how to avoid hiring criminals.