Anthony Branch, 20, of Baltimore also chose the plea deal. He pleaded guilty in December, 2014, so that he could be home with his family for Christmas.
While you chose to go to trial, Anthony Branch, 20, of Baltimore took the plea deal in December of 2014, so he could be home with his family for Christmas.
Branch said he had trouble getting housing and a job after his felony conviction. Then in May 2017, he was picked up on new gun charges, after Baltimore police said they found a gun and drugs in a car in which he was riding. Because this was a violation of his probation, an additional year was included in his sentence for the crime. He was released to a halfway house in February 2018. Two months later, his original conviction was voided and the charges dismissed by the Baltimore state's attorney's office after the arresting police officer pled guilty to racketeering charges for stealing cash and drugs from suspects and falsifying overtime hours.
Recent studies have found a direct correlation between being held in pretrial detention and pleading guilty.