Man sentenced to 22 years for murder
Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess today announced that Israel Thompson, 19, of Glen Burnie, was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
The defendant pleaded guilty to second degree murder and use of a firearm in a crime of violence on April 28, 2022 and was sentenced on June 10, 2022.
“After a brief physical altercation between them, the defendant decided to shoot the victim in retaliation and then carjacked a nearby vehicle in an effort to flee the scene,” State Attorney Anne Colt Leitess said. “I am relieved that the defendant is no longer on the streets and is responsible for his actions. I express my deepest condolences to Mr. Hill’s loved ones.”
Assistant State’s Attorney April Skrenczuk prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.
On April 3, 2021, Annapolis Police Officers responded to the Woodside Gardens community located in the 700 block of Newtowne Drive for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, police officers discovered a black man, later identified as Marc Hill, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds at the bottom of an apartment building stairwell. The victim was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Hospital, where he finally succumbed to his injuries the next day. The cause of death was ruled homicide due to gunshot wounds.
During the investigation, detectives obtained video footage from the Woodside Gardens community that recorded the victim arriving at the apartment building. Mr. Hill entered the stairwell and began to play dice with other people for several minutes. Video footage showed the victim involved in a physical altercation with an unknown African-American man who was wearing a dark jacket with a small light-colored logo on his upper left arm. The man was later identified as the defendant, Israel Thompson.
At the crime scene, multiple shell casings were recovered from the area where the defendant was seen on video footage firing the gun. Additionally, police located several areas of what appeared to be blood on a road. Blood swabs were taken from the scene which were later confirmed to be from the accused. Police later located the stolen vehicle at the scene.
On April 11, 2021, a search warrant was executed at the residence of a relative of the accused and a sweatshirt that the accused was wearing at the time of the murder was recovered. The sweatshirt was sent to the lab for analysis and was shown to contain gunshot residue particles on the sleeve. Police also located the stolen vehicle’s purse, wallet and owner’s ID.
On May 18, 2021, the defendant was arrested and admitted to being in the Newtowne area at the time of the incident. He further admitted that he was involved in an altercation, possessed the fired weapon, fled the scene in the stolen car, but denied shooting the victim.