FAILING TO INCARCERATE: Lenient Maryland Judges and Prosecutors Repeatedly Drop Gun Charges on Macon Ryland; Charged with Blasting Gun at Mall Shoppers
Joseph Chatman Clay pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of a police officer in 2016 and was sentenced to 18 years in prison with all but ten years suspended, but he only served four years before being released. Now, in 2021, he is charged with DWI and reckless driving. Prosecutor Angela Alsobrooks issued a strong statement against gun violence when announcing Clay’s guilty plea but failed to put the jailhouse door where her mouth was.
SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: GUN LAWS DON’T WORK WHEN PROSECUTORS FAIL TO JAIL GUN FELONS
NEWS & COMMENTARY
By Ken Rossignol
THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY
HANOVER, MD. – A veteran of the Maryland criminal system accused of shooting at a couple in the parking lot of Arundel Mills Mall on April 11, 2021, is further evidence that justice only happens for those accused of crime and not the victims of their intentional criminal acts against others. The perpetrator of this act of deadly violence is a veteran of gun crimes he participated in over twelve years in three counties but has only spent three days in jail.
As a result of these acts of violence, liberal Democrat prosecutors in three Maryland counties have dropped the firearm charges nearly every time. Each of these prosecutors have repeated issued press releases and issued statements at press conferences bemoaning the incidents of violent crimes committed by repeat offenders using handguns. An examination of court records in Prince Georges, Anne Arundel and Charles County reveal that in the case of Macon Leonard Ryland, the problem is two-fold.
First, Ryland is a scumbag who likes to participate in home invasion burglaries while armed, hangs with complete jackasses, and is attempting to perfect a life of crime without ever spending serious time behind bars or being planted six feet under. Second, prosecutors are more interested in keeping criminals out of jail than locking them behind bars.
Anne Arundel County Police report that on April 11, 2021, at just about noon, patrol officers responded for a report of a miscreant allegedly firing a handgun at a couple who were walking to their vehicle from the Arundel Mills Mall. The couple had been approached by a black male operating a white vehicle when he stopped to talk to them, in what may have been an attempted robbery. When the driver pulled away, he stopped and popped off a round from a handgun, missing the man and the woman before he sped away.
Police say that officers were able to locate the suspect, who was positively identified by the victims. The suspect, Macon Leonard Ryland, 31, (DOB 1/22/1990) of 5863 Wolsey Court, in Bryans Road, Md., was arrested by Anne Arundel Officer Pike. A Judge ordered Ryland held on a $50,000 bond on April 12, 2021, which was posted by a bail bondsman and Ryland was returned to the public streets and byways to resume his life of lawlessness and crime.
Mandeep S. Chhabra of Annapolis will represent him in his looming court preliminary hearing on May 12, 2021. The Anne Arundel States Attorney will be pursuing the charges of felony first-degree assault and three misdemeanor assaults, reckless endangerment, and reckless endangerment from a car. The prosecutor may pursue indictments and place illegal possession of a handgun and use of a handgun in a violent crime.
The suspect vehicle, a white Dodge Durango, was located and impounded for further investigation by police.
Motivation for robbery could have been the Charles County Circuit Court designation on March 25, 2019 of Ryland being a daddy and an order for child support to be provided for his progeny.
Ryland’s most recent experience in building his ladder to fame took place when charges of theft were put on the Stet Docket by Charles County States Attorney Tony Covington on April 25, 2017. LaPlata attorney Hammad Matin arranged that deal for Ryland.
Armed Home Invasion Charges Dumped by Covington in Charles County
States Attorney Tony Covington presented evidence to the Charles County Circuit Court Grand Jury against Ryland which resulted in nineteen Indictments for felony crimes of burglary, use of a handgun in a violent crime, robbery with a deadly weapon, and various misdemeanor crimes, on March 11, 2016.
On January 17, 2017, Covington dropped all charges which indicate that Ryland may have flipped on other criminals. The charges emanated from crimes committed on December 20, 2015. The evidence in the case was enough to convince a judge to hold Ryland on $100,000 bond for several months until he was released from the Charles County Jail on May 2, 2016 when bond was posted.
2014 Traffic stop in Waldorf resulted in Ryland and gang arrested for drugs, guns, and warrants
Charles County Sheriff’s Office PFC A. Fenlon conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near Old Washington Road and Action Lane on September 16, 2014, at 12:41 a.m. in Waldorf.
PFC Fenlon observed the occupants throw a plastic bag out of the vehicle which he recovered and found that it contained marijuana. A strong odor of marijuana was also coming from the vehicle. Further investigation led to the discovery of two guns in the car: a revolver – which had been reported stolen in Charles County – and a 9mm handgun which had been reported stolen in Prince George’s County.
The occupants were also in possession of marijuana. A computer check revealed several occupants had outstanding warrants and criminal summonses. Macon Leonard Ryland, 24, of Bryans Road, Jermall Davon Taylor, 22, of Suitland, Wayne Andrew Dorsey, 20, of La Plata, Cameron James Taylor, 21, of Bryans Road, Donte Andrew Dorsey, 23, of Waldorf, Nathaniel Raymond Lytes, 21, of Accokeek and Canei Dontre Williams, 21, of Waldorf were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, possession of a concealed handgun, possession of a stolen firearm, illegal possession of ammo and theft under $1,000.
When Ryland got to court on October 8, 2014, Charles County States Attorney Covington dropped all the charges against Ryland.
Prince Georges Prosecutor Angela Alsobrooks Dumped Felony Gun Charges Against Macon Ryland
UPPER MARLBORO, MD. – Maryland Court records show that on January 14, 2014, three charges of possession of a regulated firearm by a prohibited person, previously convicted of a disqualifying crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and transporting a gun on a roadway placed against Macon Leonard Ryland in Prince Georges County Circuit Court were all dumped by Angela Alsobrooks, who stages press conferences for the DC TV media where she moans about all the gun violence which leads to the booming murder rate in PG County. In this case, incompetence on the part of the States Attorney may have been the reason for the indictments to have been booted. Court records show that the prosecutor failed to provide discovery for the defense attorney in a timely manner.
Alsobrooks, now the Prince Georges County Executive, showed up at a vigil in April of 2021 for 13-year-old King Douglass who was shot dead by a twelve-year-old who also stabbed another teenager.
WUSA 9 News reported: Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks attended the vigil. She said as a mother she could not imagine the pain the Douglass family is going through.
“This does not reflect on these children,” she said. “It reflects on us. When a child is able to die, in a community like this, it says something. Not about the children, but it says something about society, it says something about the work that we have to do.”
In a case where Joseph Chatman Clay was wanted for attempted murder, on October 22, 2015, he fired a loaded handgun at Prince Georges Police Officer and the gun misfired.
On October 22, 2015, at about 3:00 pm, two officers on patrol spotted a car on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway driving approximately 25 miles per hour and slowing traffic. The officers conducted a traffic stop at the exit for Riverdale Road. When the car pulled over, Clay, who was the front seat passenger, bailed out and began to run. One of the officers ran after him. When Clay was just a few feet from the officer, he turned slightly as he ran, put the gun under his arm, pointed it at the officer, and pulled the trigger. The gun misfired. Clay continued to run and tossed the gun over a fence. An off-duty Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Deputy who overheard the radio traffic and came to assist our officers was able to tackle the fleeing suspect. Clay got back up and tried to run but the deputy and Prince George’s officer were able to take him into custody.
Clay was charged with attempted murder. He had an open warrant for attempted murder in connection with a shooting in two months earlier in Riverdale.
The driver of the car is also facing drug charges. He’s 24-year-old David Edward Hall of Himes Avenue in Frederick. Officers recovered marijuana and MDMA pills in the car.
In Prince Georges County Circuit Court, on June 8, 2016, Joseph Clay got a plea deal from then PG County States Attorney Alsobrooks.
“My office has zero tolerance for anyone who would attempt to shoot someone in our community, especially one of our police officers,” Alsobrooks said in a statement. “We are pleased that this plea will keep Mr. Clay off our streets for many years and hope that it sends a message that we will not tolerate gun violence in our county.”
Prince Georges County Circuit Court Judge Melanie Shaw Geter approved the plea deal that sentenced Clay to eighteen years in prison with all, but ten years suspended. Court records show that on January 21, 2020, Judge Snoddy denied a motion to reconsider the sentence. While Maryland court records do not show any activity on the case after that date, Maryland prison records reflect that Joseph Chatman Clay is no longer a prisoner.
Court records reveal that Clay, now living at 6707 Green Haven Road, Lanham, Md., was arrested by a Maryland State Trooper on February 26, 2021, at 12:46 am and charged with DWI-alcohol, and several counts of running a red light and reckless driving, and wanton and willful disregard for the safety of others. Clay was stopped on Md. Rt. 5 at Allentown Road in Clinton as he operated a 2015 Volkswagen. Thomas C. Mooney of Upper Marlboro represents Clay.
PATROL OFFICERS ARRESTED RYLAND GANG IN ATTEMPTED ROBBERY OF MAN’S JACKET
BRYANS ROAD, MD. – Charles County Sheriff’s officers arrested Rashad Demonn Wilson, 21, and Macon Leonard Ryland, 19, both of Bryans Road, in connection with a robbery that occurred on March 10, 2010, at 9:15 p.m. in the 3100 block of Marshall Hall Road. The suspects approached an 18-year-old male, assaulted him and attempted to steal his jacket. They fled after a brief struggle and the victim called police. Officers canvassed the area and located the suspects behind a nearby business. They were arrested and charged with attempt robbery, first-degree assault and second-degree assault. Officer D. Benthin made the arrest.
PLEA DEAL ALLOWED RYLAND TO SLUMBER AWAY THREE NIGHTS IN JAIL ON ASSAULT CHARGES
Maryland Court records show that following his indictment by the Charles County Grand Jury on February 25, 2008, on charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, felony assault, and second-degree assault, Ryland entered an Alford Plea to second -degree assault and in a plea deal with the Charles County States Attorney the more serious charges were dropped. The deal which was cooked up with the public defender provided for Ryland by the hapless taxpayers of Maryland on July 11, 2008, included 180 days in the Charles County Hoosegow with all but three days suspended and a verdict of Probation Before Judgement.