GUNS AND DRUGS IN THE GHETTO: Rondell Thompson charged with possession of stolen gun and drugs
LEXINGT0N PARK, MD. – St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron reports that on September 20, 2022, DFC. Travis Wimberly conducted a vehicle stop in the 21900 block of Spring Valley Drive in Lexington Park.
The operator of the vehicle was identified as Rondell James Thompson, 23, of Lexington Park. During the vehicle stop, Thompson proceeded to drive away and ultimately stopped the vehicle and beat feet from the flatfoot. Thompson was quickly apprehended by the fleetfooted Deputy Wimberly, and located in the vehicle, says Sheriff Cameron, was a loaded handgun with a 50-round drum magazine (high-capacity magazine).
The investigation by the deputy allegedly determined the handgun recovered was reported stolen in August of 2021. In the trunk of the vehicle was a bookbag that contained a sufficient quantity of suspected marijuana to be charged with being a no-account drug dealer.
Thompson was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown and charged with the following:
- Regulated Firearm: Stolen
- Assault Weapon/Magazine Use
- Loaded Handgun on Person
- Handgun in Vehicle
- CDS: Possession of Firearms
- Possession of Firearm by Prohibited Person
Thompson remains incarcerated at the detention center on a no-bond status by a District Court Commissioner pending a bail review on Sept. 21, 2022, by a District Court Judge in St. Mary’s County District Court.
District Court Judge James Tanavage ordered Thompson to be held without bond in a hearing on September 21, 2022. A preliminary hearing will be held on October 18, 2022.
Thompson was indicted for possession of drugs with the intent to distribute by the St. Mary’s County Grand Jury, and he entered a guilty plea to the charge on October 18, 2021, in a plea deal with St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz, resulting in a jail term of 18 months reduced to a mere sixty days in the slammer.
Thompson employed LaPlata attorney Hammad S. Matin to be his mouthpiece in court to get him an easy deal. Matin made a political donation to the reelection campaign of Richard Fritz on December 15, 2021, in the amount of $4,000.00 as it is important for criminal defense attorneys to maintain good relations with the incumbent state’s attorney in order to wheel and deal for their clients.
Getting a deal this time might be a real challenge as the current case will likely come to trial when the new States Attorney Jaymi Sterling takes over in January of 2023.
During an election forum, Fritz bragged that all of the local criminal defense attorneys turned their back on Sterling and many donated to his campaign. Sterling announced when she opened her race for the election that she would not accept donations from attorneys who practice before the bench in St. Mary’s County.
Great results for trial attorney who donated to Fritz
Matin made good on his donation to Fritz with other cases that took place in St. Mary’s County about the same time that he ponied up his big bucks for Fritz’s final campaign ride.
Aiden Paul Suckow, of Hollywood, Md., was facing charges of malicious property destruction on Dec. 17, 2021, and a plea deal worked by Matin with Fritz on January 10, 2022, resulting in 30 days in jail with all of the jail time suspended. Suckow is currently facing rape and child porn charges.
Isaiah Thomas Shields, of 1320 Woodside Drive, Greensboro, N.C., was indicted by the St. Mary’s Circuit Court Grand Jury on December 6, 2021, for illegal possession of a firearm.
Shields was wanted in three states at the time of his arrest by Maryland State Trooper First Class Posch on November 28, 2021, when the trooper conducted a traffic stop on Three Notch Road at Airport View Dr, Hollywood, MD. A check of the driver revealed that he was wanted through Washington County, MD, as well as Adams County, PA. Shields was placed under arrest, and a search incident to arrest revealed a loaded handgun and CDS Marijuana of less than 10 Grams. Shields was transported to the St. Mary’s County Jail and charged with numerous gun and weapons violations.
Matin entered his appearance in the case for Shields on January 4, 2022. In a plea deal with Fritz on February 8, 2022, Shields entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to one year in jail.
Court records show that on May 3, 2022, before District Court Judge James Tanavage, Shields voluntarily waived his right to a hearing for extradition to Pennsylvania on a fugitive warrant. Shields is no longer an inmate in the St. Mary’s County Jail..