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Man, 23, admits fatal shooting during robbery, gets 30 years

In a guilty plea Monday, Antoine Oliver admitted killing a hair salon owner's husband during a robbery in Walbrook and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Oliver, 23, wore a mask when he came into the Divine Unity salon in the 2200 block of Garrison Blvd. on May 13, 2006, and demanded money, police said.

Prosecutors said Justice Georgie, 36, the owner's husband, tried to get the gun away from the man and was fatally shot once in the back. Oliver fled with $20.

Oliver was high on the drug Ecstasy at the time and later confessed involvement to his girlfriend, prosecutors said.

Circuit Judge John Addison Howard accepted the guilty plea. He gave Oliver a sentence of life with all but 30 years suspended and a concurrent term of 20 years, the first five to be served without parole.

A 15-year-old who police said was a lookout during the robbery was charged originally as an adult, but now his case is being handled by the juvenile court system.

Julie Bykowicz


: Circuit Court

Man gets probation in state check fraud

A 48-year-old Baltimore man has been sentenced to two years of supervised probation for his role in a scheme to steal more than $44,000 from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, according to the state attorney general's office.

The scheme, according to prosecutors, involved fictitious invoices to the agency, which led to 17 checks being issued for services that were never provided. Five friends and relatives of a former DBED administrative assistant received the checks and split the money with her.

James Ronald Barnes Jr. is the last of six people convicted in the scheme. Four of the others are on probation, and the former state employee -- Denise Rosado of Glen Burnie -- was given a six-month jail sentence, according to prosecutors.

In addition to the two years of probation, Baltimore Circuit Judge John M. Glynn gave Barnes a three-year suspended prison sentence and ordered him into substance abuse evaluation and treatment, prosecutors said.


Dixon, Rawlings-Blake get endorsements

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon and City Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake were endorsed yesterday by two minority contracting groups in their bid for election this fall.

The two groups are the American Minority Contractors and Businesses Association Inc. (AMCBA) and Maryland Minority Contractors Association Inc., according to statements from Dixon's campaign and Rawlings-Blake's campaign.

"Mayor Dixon has been involved in the city's minority-women's business enterprise program for a long time, and she fully understands some of the challenges minority contractors face," Arnold Jolivet, president of the AMCBA, said in the statement. "The city's minority and women's business community has faith in Mayor Dixon."

Dixon also was endorsed by the MD/Washington Minority Contractors Association Inc.

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