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Annapolis man sentenced to 55 years in jail for 2017 murder

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Posted at 1:42 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 13:43:34-04

ANNAPOLIS — A recovered gun, shell casings and cell phone location information led to a 55 year sentence of an Annapolis man.

Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess announced that 23-year-old Calum Thomas was sentenced to 55 years in prison for second degree murder and related firearm charges, with five years of supervised probation upon release.

Deputy State's Attorney Brian Marsh and Assistant State's Attorney Glen Neubauer prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

On Monday, January 2, 2017, Anne Arundel County police officers responded to the 1800 block of Kimberwicke Place in Annapolis for a report of shots heard in the area.

The responding officers arrived at the scene and found the victim, later identified as Terry Crouse, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Lifesaving procedures were administered by Anne Arundel County Fire Department personnel but ultimately Crouse was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives and evidence technicians checked the scene and recovered multiple shell casings located near Crouse.

During the investigation, Thomas was linked to Crouse's son. After speaking with Crouse's son, Anne Arundel County Police detectives learned that Thomas may have been disgruntled over a debt he believed Crouse's son left town to avoid.

On January 13, 2017, the Maryland State Police executed a traffic stop on the vehicle being driven by Thomas who was the only person in vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, troopers found a loaded firearm that was consistent with the type of gun that discharged the aforementioned shell casings.

Additionally, the unspent ammunition recovered from the firearm matched unspent ammunition recovered from the scene of Crouse's murder.

Thomas was arrested and subsequently interviewed by an Anne Arundel County police detective where Thomas admitted to being the only one in possession of the firearm at the time of the murder.

On January 16, 2017, a ballistic examiner viewed the recovered shell casings from the crime scene and confirmed that the shell casings found at the scene matched the firearm found in the vehicle driven by Thomas.

Additionally, Thomas' cell phone was recovered during his arrest and examined by the Digital Forensics Unit of the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

Investigators learned Mr. Thomas had searched the internet in an attempt to purchase the same caliber of firearm recovered, as well as the same brand and caliber of ammunition used to murder Crouse.

Finally, with the assistance of the FBI's Cellular Analysis Survey Team, it was determined that Thomas' cell phone was utilizing a cellular tower in close proximity to, and within approximately one hour of Crouse's murder.