Department of Justice Weekly Highlights

Date Posted: Monday, November 17th, 2014
Categories:  Criminal Department of Justice DOJ Press Releases

WILMINGTON – Deputy Attorneys General in the Department of Justice secure a number of important convictions, sentencings and other court rulings each week. The Department of Justice will send out recaps of key cases.  Here are the highlights from the week ending Friday, Nov. 14:

  • Deputy Attorney General Mark Denney secured a conviction against Raheem Harris, 19 of Wilmington, on one count of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited. Harris, has a record of violent felonies and was on when he was arrested by Wilmington Police Department detectives. When he is sentenced, Harris faces up to 15 years in prison on the firearm conviction and will be sentenced on his violation of probation as well.


  • Deputy Attorney Colleen Norris secured a 69-year sentence against career criminal Max Turner, 26, for a fatal 2012 shooting.  Norris secured convictions against Turner in June on second-degree murder, second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and weapons offenses. Superior Court Judge M. Jane Brady handed down the sentence.


  • In Kent County Superior Court in a case stemming from an April bank robbery, Deputy Attorney General Jason Cohee secured a guilty plea from Mark T. Jones, of 46 S. Queen St. in Dover, on one count of first degree robbery. Because Jones has a lengthy criminal record that includes six prior felonies and 17 adult misdemeanors, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison under Delaware’s habitual offender laws. Jones was arrested in April by Dover Police and charged in connection with his role in the April 4 robbery of the Citizens Bank on Loockerman Street.


  • Deputy Attorney General Matthew Frawley secured a guilty plea from Keenan Wheeler, 21, in New Castle County Superior Court on manslaughter and weapons charges. The charges that Wheeler pled guilty to carry a minimum of five years behind prison and the DOJ will be recommending that he be sentenced to 10 years in prison. The charges against Wheeler stem from a fatal July 13, 2013 shooting in the 600 block of W. Fourth Street.


  • The Family Division’s Child Protection scored an important victory in the Delaware Supreme Court last week  in the case of Claudia Bailey v. DFS.  The parental rights of Claudia Bailey in three of her children were terminated by order of the Family Court.  The children came into DFS custody due to the death of a sibling.  The mother, Claudia Bailey, had been found by DFS to have medically neglected a sibling who had a seizure disorder.


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