Man who attempted to poison roommate sentenced


Leonardtown, MD - On Thursday, Aug. 9, Judge Karen Abrams sentenced Alvernon Brown Jr., 25, in the case regarding an attempted poisoning of a roommate at the Pathways group home located on North Patuxent Beach Road. 

Brown pleaded guilty of the attempted poisoning and the state dropped two other charges, malicious destruction of property and contaminating/poisoning food/drink against Brown. The defense requested a hearing to determine if Brown was competent enough to stand trial. The state's attorney mentioned that Brown displayed signs of being competent enough to stand trial with regards to his responsiveness to questions from the judge and attorneys. 

Abrams sentenced Brown to five years in jail, with all but 213 days suspended. Brown received credit for 213 days. Brown will be on five years supervised probation and he must enroll into a program to continue to received medications and treatments. At the  time of the poisoning, Brown was not receiving medications for his mental health diagnosis. Although he was not sent to the detention center, he was placed into the care and custody of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He will be residing at a facility in Catonsville until a program in either St. Mary's or Prince Georges is able to accept him for treatment and medication monitoring. Brown's father resides in Prince George's County. 

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