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State money allows Prince George’s County to hire more prosecutors

Prince George’s County got an $850,000 boost to crack down on violent crime.

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown helped the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s office secure the money to grow its Strategic Investigations Unit, which aims to reduce violent crime. The money will help the State’s Attorney’s Office hire 12 more staff members, including four additional prosecutors, a paralegal and an employee to work with victims and witnesses.

Brown said the money is part of the state’s continuing efforts to reduce crime in Maryland and eliminate “senseless tragedy.”

Brown presented a check to Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks on Thursday at the site of where Central High School student Marckel Ross was fatally shot in an armed robbery. The Strategic Investigations Unit worked with the police department to charge Travon Bennett with first degree murder in Ross’s death. Bennett is awaiting trial.

“As long as you continue to partner with us, we will continue to deliver,” Alsobrooks told Brown at the news conference.

Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.

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