From the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office:
On June 14, 2011, Joshua Prince Freeman, 22, of Edgewood, was sentenced by Judge Stephen M. Waldron, to serve a total of 55 years for the kidnapping and carjacking of Kara Smithson, 21, of Pylesville.
Freeman had been convicted by a jury of numerous crimes in the October 2009 carjacking. Freeman and three accomplices had lured Ms. Smithson to a predetermined location where she was carjacked, kidnapped and repeatedly struck and assaulted while being driven around Joppa. Her parents were called and a ransom was demanded. Ms Smithson fought back, which ultimately led to her being thrown out of the car while it was moving. Her car was later torched by Freeman’s accomplice in a effort to destroy trace evidence left behind. Ms. Smithson was present in court and she and her mother presented emotional victim impact statements to Judge Waldron.
A co-defendant Joey Lamar Bullard received a sentence of 30 years to serve from Judge Thomas Marshall at a prior hearing.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy State’s Attorney Diana Brooks, and investigated by Sgt James Decourcey and Cpl Justin Gross of the Maryland State Policte Police.