Friday, October 21, 2016
County Judge of Murder 1st Degree. The charges stemmed from a shooting that occurred on May
16, 2016. An investigation conducted by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit and the
Salisbury Police Department revealed that on May 16, officers discovered the body of Keonte
Gaskins in the stairwell of the Waterside apartment complex.
Also on October 20, 2016, Perry plead guilty to a firearms offense from a second incident
that occurred on May 28, 2016. Perry was identified as one of multiple individuals who was
involved in a robbery with a firearm. Sentencing has been postponed in both matters.
Wicomico County State’s Attorney, Ella M. Disharoon, commended the Maryland State
Police Homicide Unit, Det/Sgt. Sabrina Metzger, as well as the Salisbury City Police
Department, Det. A.J. Foy, for their work in the investigation and prosecution of this case. Ms.
Disharoon also thanked Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Kristen Schultz and Senior Assistant
State’s Attorney Karen Dean who prosecuted the case.
For more information or for an interview please call the Office of the State’s Attorney at
DELMAR MAN GUILTY OF 2nd DEGREE MURDER AND HANDGUN OFFENSES
On August 4, 2016, after a three day jury trial, Ky’shir Connally, age 19, of Delmar, was convicted by a Wicomico County Jury of Murder 2nd Degree, Conspiracy, Handgun Use in a Violent Crime, Accessory After the Fact and other related offenses. An investigation conducted by the Salisbury Police Department revealed that just after midnight on Aug 2, 2015, Connally, along with two other codefendants, Larry Ennis, and MarquelPinder, were at an under 21 party at America’s Best Value Inn. At the party, Ennis, Connally, and Pinder got into a verbal altercation with another group and were asked to leave. Upon leaving the party, a phone call was made to Jarrett Stokes, and the group met Stokes at IHOP to acquire a handgun. The group, including Ennis, Connally, Pinder, and Stokes then headed back to America’s Best Value Inn to confront the individuals they had fought with earlier. They parked across from the hotel and Ennis, Connally, and Stokes searched the crowd for the individuals. After surveying the crowd for approximately ten minutes, Stokes shot four rounds into the crowd of approximately 100-200 individuals. One of those rounds struck and killed a 17 year old boy who was standing in the crowd.
On October 20, 2016, Ky’shir Connally was sentenced to 30 years, the maximum sentence on Murder 2nd Degree. He was sentenced to an additional 15 years on a firearm charge, which will be served consecutive to the Murder. He was given a total of 45 years active incarceration, to be served in the Division of Corrections.
The Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office commended the Salisbury City Police Department, Det. J. Miller and Det. Ryan Brittingham, for their work in the investigation and prosecution of this case. The Office also thanked Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Kristen Schultz and Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Karen Dean who prosecuted the case.
With all the national attention regarding persons dressed as clowns, be prepared to see more this Halloween. It is not unlawful to wear a clown costume, nor any mask or disguise unless over the age of twelve. However, it is highly suggested that you don’t. Since the clown phenomenon, there has become greater heightened awareness and less tolerability of clowns. Someone dressed as a clown for an “innocent” night out could become harmed by a frightened or overzealous passerby not wanting to take chances.
Basic Safety Tips
- Avoid allowing children to try on other children’s mask; this will help prevent the spread of flu and/or other illnesses.
- Avoid walking with groups that are being rowdy or mischievous.
- Inspect all treats and avoid eating those that appear to have been tampered with.
- Only cross streets where it is well lit and avoid walking in the roadway.
- Participate in activities appropriate to the children's age only.
Crime Prevention (Adults)
- While escorting children, wear light-colored clothing.
- While walking along the street, stay close to your child to help prevent them from unexpectedly running into the street upon the approach of a sudden and scary house display.
- Carry a flashlight and your cell phone with fresh batteries.
- Report all illegal or mischievous activity to the police immediately. This may help prevent further incidents from occurring.
- Do not allow children to carry all the candy. The child may become a target to older children, and have it snatched from them. With the adult carrying some of the candy, the child will still have some treats to enjoy later.
- If your home is vacant, keep it well lit. A dark yard (and residence) may be inviting to mischief activity.
- Remain cautious of adults who appear to be concealing their identity for no particular reason. Halloween enables a person the opportunity to perform illegal acts, while in disguise.
- If you take your camera (or cell phone) to photograph your children, remember that it could be used as a tool to document suspicious persons, activity, damage, etc.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Monday, October 24, 2016 – Monday, November 21, 2016