OFFICE OF THE STATE’S ATTORNEY FOR PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY AISHA N. BRAVEBOY
For Immediate Release: August 8, 2022
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UPPER MARLBORO MAN SENTENCED TO 50 YEARS IN PRISON FOR DOMESTIC RELATED HOMICIDE
UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Today, a Prince George’s County judge sentenced 39-year-old Dionte Sims to 50 years of imprisonment for the murder of his fiancé during an incident that occurred in September 2021.
On July 23, 2022, Sims pled guilty to first degree murder, two counts of first degree assault, and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime.
Per the plea agreement, Sims will be required to be on five years of probation upon release. He will also be required to enroll in a batterer’s intervention program, undergo drug and alcohol abuse and mental health evaluations, and receive any recommended treatments. Sims will also have to submit a DNA sample for entry into Maryland’s database. If Sims violates his probation, he will face a suspended life sentence.
During the early morning of September 16, 2021, officers responded to an Upper Marlboro residence for a shooting. The victim, Dina Taylor (age 39), was found unresponsive in the roadway of the 1900 block of Robert Bowie Drive and was later pronounced dead. During the course of the investigation, police developed Sims as a suspect.
After shooting the victim, Sims returned to the home and barricaded himself inside the residence for several hours. While inside, he fired a rifle from within the residence at responding officers as they were securing the perimeter.
“Though Mr. Sims has taken responsibility for his deplorable actions, he will face severe consequences. What happened to this beautiful young woman was a tragedy and her entire family remains devastated. Domestic violence is a major problem in our country, and I want everyone to know that we take these cases seriously and we will do everything within our power to hold abusers accountable,” said State’s Attorney Braveboy.
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