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Glen Burnie man to serve 40 years in prison for 2018 stabbing death of 29-year-old woman

A Glen Burnie man convicted of first-degree murder for stabbing Jasmine Sherel Adams, 29, to death in August 2018 will serve 40 years in prison, an Anne Arundel County judge ruled Friday.

Judge William Mulford sentenced Dominic Richard Sanchez to life in prison, suspending all but 40 years with five years supervised probation. The two years Sanchez, 41, spent in jail awaiting trial will count toward his sentence.

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On Aug. 15, 2018, police responded to the 1800 block of Hawk Court after Adams’ father discovered her dead in the basement. Police found Adams’ dead body with apparent stab wounds and in an autopsy, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled her death a homicide caused by “numerous sharp force injuries.”

Adams, who had twin children, “had her life stolen,” former Police Chief Timothy Altomare said when announcing Sanchez’s homicide arrest in 2019.

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After extensive investigation — search warrants for cell phones and more — detectives identified Sanchez as the perpetrator, according to charging documents. Police didn’t arrest Sanchez until February.

Sanchez pleaded guilty of first-degree murder on May 7.

Police wrote in court records related to Sanchez’s murder charges in 2019 that Adams’ arranged a drug deal between Sanchez and another man he was accused of shooting on Aug. 13 and leaving in critical condition. Sanchez was charged with attempted murder for the shooting but the records no longer appear on the state’s online record database, which could mean he was found not guilty or state prosecutors dropped the case.

Adams and one other person were the only two that knew Sanchez allegedly shot the man in Glen Burnie, according to the charging documents.

Police also located a person — who they did not identify — that exchanged messages with Adams the morning she was found dead. The messages, police wrote, indicated Adams “was afraid” Sanchez would kill her because of her role and knowledge of the Aug. 13 shooting.

Reporter Alex Mann contributed to this report.

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