A St. Leonard man awaits sentencing for two separate home invasion charges, as well as drug distribution charges that occurred during incarceration at the Calvert County Detention Center.
Ijaaz Butler, 26, pleaded guilty Feb. 4 to felony charges of home invasion for a March 16 incident in which the defendant, along with two other men, broke into a Lusby woman’s home reportedly carrying shotguns, according to a press release from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. The state’s attorney’s office requests 15 years of active incarceration, with a maximum of 25 years related to this offense. The sentencing for this charge is scheduled for April 22.
Butler also pleaded guilty in October to a second home invasion that occurred within days of the first incident. Butler, along with William Gary Edwards, 19, of St. Leonard, reportedly broke into a woman’s home, demanded over $5,000 worth of lottery winnings, assaulted the victim and doused her in a flammable liquid while threatening to take her life. He awaits sentencing before a Charles County felony circuit court judge on Feb. 21 for his involvement in that case.
Related to the Lusby break-in on March 16, Det. Michael Mudd of the sheriff’s office conducted an on-scene investigation and learned that the victim was awoken from her sleep around 3 a.m. when two men wearing black face masks reportedly kicked in her front door wielding shotguns.
The intruders went directly to her bedroom and asked where Timothy or T-Bo was, according to police.
Initially, the victim believed the men were looking for her ex-husband; however, after further investigation, it is believed the intruders were looking to collect money from an individual who lived on the same street as the victim and owned a similar vehicle, a white Dodge Charger, according to a statement of facts presented by Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Lisa Ridge.
The intruders subsequently left the residence without taking anything after the victim confirmed the person they were looking for doesn’t live with her.
Numerous search warrants were issued and interviews conducted while officers gathered evidence, reviewed video surveillance and performed crime scene investigations, to include analysis of a muddy boot print left on the victim’s front door, according to the statement of facts presented to the court Feb. 4.
After reviewing evidence related to the case, arrest warrants were issued for Butler and Edwards. A third suspect, identified as Demar Rynell Mason, 35, of Lusby, was also charged for his role in the March 16 incident.
Edwards and Butler were again arrested in Waldorf three days later, after committing a separate reported home invasion when their getaway vehicle, a white Kia Optima driven by Brandy Lynn Deluca, 44, of Waldorf, was observed by Deputy Caywood from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, backing into a mailbox at 1:25 a.m. and knocking it over.
Butler was also indicted in Calvert County for February 2017 incidents where he reportedly assisted in smuggling and distributing drugs throughout the Calvert County Detention Center, while serving work release at the facility.
The drug-related charges were moved to the stet docket, which is an inactive docket maintained by the state’s attorney’s office, pending the outcome of Butler’s other legal issues.