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OFFICE OF THE STATE’S ATTORNEY

FOR
BALTIMORE CITY
208 THE CLARENCE M. MITCHELL, JR. COURTHOUSE

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND 21202

Patricia C. Jessamy Phone


State’s Attorney

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For Information Contact: Margaret T. Burns


Chief, Communications & Governmental Affairs
Office (443) 984-1121 or Cell Phone (443) 474-7479
Or
Joseph Sviatko, Deputy Division Chief
Office (443) 984-1122 or Cell (410) 790-3248

PRESS RELEASE

JEROME WHITAKER SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SECOND-


DEGREE MURDER; HANDGUN CRIME OF VIOLENCE

BRANDON GREEN SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON FOR


ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT TO MURDER

Christopher Clark, Patterson High School Honors Student, Caught in


Shooting Crossfire

Baltimore, MD – November 20, 2008 – At a hearing this afternoon Judge John C.


Themelis sentenced Jerome Whitaker, 24, of the 3300 block of Ramona Ave. to 30 years
suspend all but 25 years in prison for second-degree murder and use of a handgun in the
commission of a crime of violence, the first five years without parole and three years
probation. Judge Themelis sentenced Brandon Green, 23, of the 3300 block of Ramona
Ave. to five years in prison for accessory after the fact to murder.

The defendants pled guilty October 29, 2008. The victim’s family was invited to
make victim impact statements to the court today but chose not to appear in court citing
their preference to not see the men responsible for their family member’s death.

On March 13, 2007 gunfire erupted in the 3100 block of Cliftmont Ave. and
Christopher Clark, 18, was caught in the crossfire and sustained a gunshot wound to the
torso. An unknown male appeared from an alley and fired a handgun at Antonio Santifer,
who was standing on the sidewalk in front of his residence. Santifer returned fire and
Clark, an innocent bystander who was stood nearby, was struck. Santifer was also struck.
Police recovered DNA evidence at the scene that was linked to Whitaker and Green.
Medics transported Whitaker, Green, Santifer and Clark to Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Clark died later that day.

Antonio L. Santifer, 20, of the 3100 block of Cliftmont Ave. pled guilty
November 14 to illegal possession of a handgun and was sentenced to three years in
prison.

Assistant State’s Attorney Richard Gibson, of the Homicide Division, prosecuted


this case.

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