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On July 10, 2020, Bryan Lee Wersten, age 32, of Berlin, Maryland, was sentenced by the Honorable Brian D. Shockley to a term of 10 years’ imprisonment, with all but 4 years suspended, in the Division of Correction.  Following his release, Wersten will be on supervised probation for a period of 5 years.  Wersten was previously convicted of homicide by motor vehicle while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance on February 28, 2020.  Prior to sentencing, the State filed a notice with the...

On June 29, 2020, James “Troy” Durham., age 52, of Pocomoke City, Maryland, was sentenced by the Honorable W. Newton Jackson to a term of 7 years’ imprisonment in the Division of Correction.  A Worcester County jury previously found Durham guilty of second-degree assault after a trial was held on January 7, 2020. Durham, formerly a sheriff’s deputy in Somerset County, will also be prohibited from possessing a firearm as a result of the conviction. 

The charges stem from an altercation...

The Office of the State’s Attorney for Worcester County has been awarded grant funding in the amount of $136,600 by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. The grant will fund the purchase of a comprehensive case management software system capable of interfacing with the Maryland courts and law enforcement agencies throughout Worcester County. This upgrade in technology will boost productivity for staff and will give prosecutors more tools to address the underlying causes of...

On February 14, 2020, Nacqueese Humphrey, age 27, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to serve 25 years in the Division of Correction, with all but 20 years suspended, for his conviction of a domestically-related first-degree assault. The Honorable Beau H. Oglesby of the Worcester County Circuit Court imposed the sentence and placed Humphrey on supervised probation for 5 years upon his release.

The charges stem from an incident which occurred outside of a Baltimore Avenue...

On November 22, 2019, Todd Pivec, age 41, of Cockeysville, Maryland, was convicted of negligent manslaughter by motor vehicle and driving a vehicle not equipped with ignition interlock in the Worcester County Circuit Court. The Honorable Beau H. Oglesby postponed sentencing until February 14, 2020 so that a pre-sentence investigation can be conducted. Pivec faces a total of 17 years in prison at sentencing.

On June 21, 2019, just after 1:00 am, Ocean City Police Department was alerted...

On January 21, 2020, Fedia Dorlus, age 25, of Salisbury, Maryland, was found guilty of theft scheme – from $100 to $1,500 by the Honorable L. Bruce Wade, retired Wicomico County judge sitting in the Snow Hill District Court. The Court imposed a sentence of 120 days’ incarceration with 90 days suspended and placed Dorlus on 2 years of supervised probation upon release.

The charges stem from a report of theft and credit card offenses made to the Ocean Pines Police Department in March of...

On January 21, 2020, Vershawn Hudson-Crawford, age 16, of Berlin, Maryland, was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Dehaven Nichols, also of Berlin. The Honorable Brian D. Shockley, Administrative Judge of the Worcester County Circuit Court, postponed sentencing for a pre-sentence investigation to be conducted. Hudson-Crawford faces 40 years in prison at sentencing, which has not yet been scheduled.

On May 22, 2019, Hudson-Crawford and his mother drove to the...

Dear Citizens of Worcester County:

Happy New Year! One year ago, I was sworn in as your State’s Attorney and since that time, I have relished the opportunity to advance the cause of justice in our county. As our dedicated team at the Office of the State’s Attorney begins tackling the challenges of this new year with determination and spirit, I am pleased to provide you with this brief review of our progress, and to outline for you our continued priorities moving forward.

During...

On December 12, 2019, Keith Mariani, age 61, of Berlin, Maryland, was sentenced to life imprisonment with all but 15 years suspended for his conviction on 1 count of 2nd degree rape, and sentenced to serve another 15 years in prison for his conviction on a 2nd count of 2nd degree rape. The Honorable Brian D. Shockley, Administrative Judge of the Worcester County Circuit Court, imposed both sentences to be served consecutively and without the possibility of parole, meaning that Mariani will...

On December 11, 2019, Darrell Richardson, age 60, of Pocomoke City, Maryland, was sentenced to a total of 30 years’ incarceration with all but 20 years suspended for convictions on 3 counts of distribution of child pornography by the Honorable Beau H. Oglesby in the Worcester County Circuit Court. Upon his release, Richardson will be on 5 years of supervised probation and is required to register as a Tier II sex offender for 25 years.

The charges stem from a cyber tip received by the...

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