Former Baltimore attorney avoids prison sentence in fraud and perjury case

The former prosecutor, who gained national attention after she charged police officers in the 2015 death of a black man, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release, and 100 hours of community service.

Published: May 23, 2024 5:46pm

Former Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby was sentenced on Thursday to one year of home confinement after she was convicted of mortgage fraud and perjury.

Mosby was found guilty of two perjury counts and of lying about the finances of a business in November, in order to improperly access retirement funds during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mosby used the funds to purchase two Florida homes.

The former prosecutor was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service, according to the Associated Press.

“I’m just so incredibly grateful,” Mosby told supporters outside the courthouse. “This is not over, but God was here today.”

Lawyers for Mosby said they plan to appeal her conviction and are seeking a presidential pardon. 

The sentence is notably less than the five years Mosby could have received for her crimes, or the 20-month prison sentence prosecutors were seeking. U.S. District Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby questioned whether there were any victims in the crime, but admitted that Mosby showed a "pattern of dishonesty" when serving in a public office.

Prosecutors claimed that the public were the victims in the case, because “all citizens are victims when their public officials lie." But lawyers for Mosby said locking her up would be a disservice to Baltimore.

“Jail is not justice for Marilyn Mosby,” her lawyers wrote.

Misty Severi is an evening news reporter for Just the News. You can follow her on X for more coverage.

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