Jeremy Ryan Brooke-Thodos

Brooke-Thodos

ELKTON — A Cecil County man has received a five-year prison term for offenses he committed during a resisting arrest incident that occurred near North East in March, when Maryland State Police troopers tried to take him into custody on an active warrant, according to court records.

Retired Carroll County Circuit Court Visiting Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. imposed a 10-year sentence on the defendant, Jeremy Ryan Brooke-Thodos, 33, of the 100 block of West Huron Court near North East, on Friday for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and then suspended half of the penalty. That firearm offense carries a mandatory five-year sentence.

The judge also imposed a concurrent three-year sentence on Brooke-Thodos for resisting arrest.

Beck ordered Brooke-Thodos to serve three years of supervised probation after completing his five-year term in a Maryland Department of Corrections prison.

Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Sentman, who prosecuted Brooke-Thodos at trial three months ago, had recommended a 15-year sentence with all but 10 years suspended. His recommendation was at the top of state sentencing guidelines, which set a penalty range of five to 10 years of active incarceration for Brooke-Thodos. State sentencing guidelines are based on a defendant’s criminal record and other factors.

Six other related, lesser convictions merged into possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and resisting arrest at Friday’s sentencing. Those convictions include illegal possession of a regulated firearm, loaded handgun on person and possession of fentanyl.

A Cecil County Circuit Court jury convicted Brooke-Thodos of those charges in September at the conclusion of a two-day trial. Jurors deliberated approximately 90 minutes before finding Brooke-Thodos guilty of eight of the charges that had been filed against him.

The jury, however, acquitted Brooke-Thodos of second-degree assault — concluding that the state hadn’t presented enough evidence to support the charge that Brooke-Thodos punched one of the MSP troopers in the face during the incident, which occurred on March 9 in the area of Jethro Street and Mauldin Avenue.

Brooke-Thodos, who was represented by Assistant Public Defender Michael Fiol, elected not to testify in his own defense at trial.

The defense, which did not call any witnesses, maintained that video gleaned from an MSP dashboard camera inside a patrol vehicle on scene did not show Brooke-Thodos assaulting a trooper — despite a charge that he had punched a law enforcement officer in the face.

In addition, the defense unsuccessfully contended that investigators and prosecutors failed to convincingly link Brooke-Thodos to evidence confiscated at the scene, including a loaded handgun inside a rolled-up hoodie that was found on the ground.

The incident leading to the guilty verdicts returned against Brooke-Thodos started at approximately 3:20 p.m. on March 9, when a patrolling MSP trooper noticed Brooke-Thodos walking in the area of Jethro Street and Mauldin Avenue, according to court records.

Aware that Brooke-Thodos was wanted on an active arrest warrant, the trooper ordered him to place his hands on the back of the trooper’s patrol vehicle — and Brooke-Thodos complied, prosecutors said. But when the trooper informed Brooke-Thodos that he was under arrest on that warrant, prosecutors added, Brooke-Thodos dropped a rolled-up hoodie onto the ground and ran away.

The trooper took Brooke-Thodos into custody, after a brief foot chase and after giving the suspect several orders to stop resisting arrest, according to court records.

While searching the rolled-up hoodie that Brooke-Thodos had discarded before spurring the foot chase, the investigator found a Ruger .22 caliber handgun that had one live round in the chamber and nine more bullets in the magazine, according to prosecutors.

The confiscated handgun had been registered as stolen through MSP’s North East Barrack, prosecutors reported.

A check conducted through the Maryland Gun Center revealed that Brooke-Thodos, at the time of the incident, was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition and was “deemed an extreme flight risk,” according to court records.

The trooper also confiscated 12 baggies holding fentanyl, after finding them in Brooke-Thodos’ pocket and wallet, court records show.

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