UPDATE: Waldorf Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for the Murder of Father-in-Law

September 5, 2019
Deangelo Hemsley, 39, of Waldorf

Deangelo Hemsley, 39, of Waldorf

UPDATE 9/5/2019: Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Thursday, September 5, 2019, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier sentenced Deangelo Hemsley, 42 of Waldorf, to life in prison for the First-Degree Murder of John Yates and related charges.

On June 14, 2019, Hemsley was found criminally responsible by a Charles County jury, after a two-part, bifurcated trial, to the charges of First-Degree Murder, Home Invasion, First-Degree Assault, Second-Degree Assault, Kidnapping, and False Imprisonment. Hemsley was previously found guilty of committing the aforementioned charges during the first part of the trial.
On April 23, 2016, officers responded to the 12800 block of Yates Place in La Plata for the report of a person with a weapon. When officers arrived, they located victim John Yates suffering from several stab wounds to his upper body. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Officers also found Hemsley, Yates’ son-in-law, attempting to escape the area; however, he was apprehended that night.

An investigation revealed that during the evening hours of April 23rd, Hemsley made entry into Yates’ residence yielding a knife and bar. Yates’ family was present at the time and did not expect Hemsley’s arrival. After entrance, Hemsley demanded to know where his daughter, who was inside of the residence, was located. Hemsley then asked for the location of Yates, who was in a lower level. Within seconds of receiving Yates’ location from a family member, Hemsley went to Yates and immediately began attacking him with the knife, stabbing him multiple times and causing deep lacerations in the face and neck area. Hemsley’s then 12 year-old-daughter and a 15-year-old juvenile were present during parts of the attack.

After stabbing Yates, Hemsley grabbed his daughter’s hand and put her in his vehicle. Thankfully, she was able to escape through a window and run to safety back inside of the residence, barricading herself in a room with a dresser.

A DNA analysis conducted on the knife used in the assault revealed that it contained both Hemsley’s and Yates’ DNA. Hemsley also had Yates’ blood on his clothing while being apprehended.

During sentencing, Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Freeman told the Court that Hemsley “decided to take a man’s life in the most heinous, vicious nature that I’ve seen in my 16 years [as a prosecutor].” She furthered, “the defendant acted out of anger and violence that day towards the victim because he believed the victim was the reason he could not see his daughter. – It is the State’s recommendation to sentence the defendant for his actions. In this case, the jury has spoken that [the defendant’s] diagnosis of schizophrenia did not play a factor in the murder of Mr. Yates, and the State is asking the Court to sentence the defendant to life.”


6/17/2019: Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Friday, June 14, 2019, after a two-part, bifurcated trial, a Charles County jury found Deangelo Hemsley, 42 of Waldorf, criminally responsible for the First-Degree Murder of John Yates, Home Invasion, First-Degree Assault, Second-Degree Assault, Kidnapping, and False Imprisonment.

Hemsley was previously convicted of the aforementioned charges on June 12, 2019 by members of the jury. After establishing his guilt, jurors then found that Hemsley was criminally responsible for committing the acts in a separate proceeding, despite his plea of not criminally responsible.

On April 23, 2016, officers responded to the 12800 block of Yates Place in La Plata for the report of a person with a weapon. When officers arrived, they located victim John Yates suffering from several stab wounds to his upper body. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Officers also found Hemsley, Yates’ son-in-law, attempting to escape the area; however, he was apprehended that night.

An investigation revealed that during the evening hours of April 23rd, Hemsley made entry into Yates’ residence yielding a knife and bar. Yates’ family was present at the time and did not expect Hemsley’s arrival. After entrance, Hemsley demanded to know where his daughter, who was inside of the residence, was located. Hemsley then asked for the location of Yates, who was in a lower level. Within seconds of receiving Yates’ location from a family member, Hemsley went to Yates and immediately began attacking him with the knife, stabbing him multiple times and causing deep lacerations in the face and neck area. Hemsley’s then 12 year-old-daughter and a 15-year-old juvenile were present during parts of the attack.

After stabbing Yates, Hemsley grabbed his daughter’s hand and put her in his vehicle. Thankfully, she was able to escape through a window and run to safety back inside of the residence, barricading herself in a room with a dresser.

A DNA analysis conducted on the knife used in the assault revealed that it contained both Hemsley’s and Yates’ DNA. Hemsley also had Yates’ blood still on his clothing while being apprehended.

A sentencing date has been set for September 5, 2019.


4/25/2016: On Saturday, April 23, 2016,  at 8:17 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single family home in the 12800 block of Yates Place in La Plata for the report of a stabbing.

Upon arrival, officers located an adult male inside his house with multiple stab wounds; he was pronounced dead on the scene.

The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect has been separated from his wife for the past six months. She was living with her father, the victim, at Yates Place.

The suspect arrived at the house, unannounced, looking for his 12-year-old daughter. During that time, the suspect confronted the victim, John Edward Yates, 71, and stabbed him several times. The suspect then forced his daughter – at knife point – into his car. The suspect’s daughter was able to get out of the vehicle and escape on foot.

Officers observed the suspect attempting to flee, but they were able to apprehend him.

The suspect, Deangelo Hemsley, 39, of Waldorf, was arrested and transported to the Charles County Detention Center where he was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and kidnapping.

Detective John Elliott is investigating.

Deangelo Hemsley, 39, of Waldorf

Deangelo Hemsley, 39, of Waldorf

57 Responses to UPDATE: Waldorf Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for the Murder of Father-in-Law

  1. yeah right on April 24, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Dam that’s crazy.

  2. Steve on April 24, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I can just imagine what his family went thru because of this ignorant POS.

  3. Anonymous on April 24, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Sick bastard need deaf penalty

    • Anonymous on April 24, 2016 at 11:49 pm

      Nope. Thanks to your democratic leaders the death penalty is no more in MD. Keep voting democrat people so you can sleep better at night knowing turds like this won’t have to face the death penalty any longer.

      • MaryHadALittleLamb on April 25, 2016 at 8:18 am

        Smh!!!

      • Anonymous on September 10, 2019 at 10:21 pm

        With corfupt evil judges like Bragunir an Robert Nalley

    • Anonymous on April 25, 2016 at 7:02 am

      And you need to go back to school ” deaf penalty” what is that? Smdh…

      • Keepin It Real on April 25, 2016 at 10:01 am

        You have the right to remain silent.

      • Wally Moose on April 25, 2016 at 10:08 am

        Deaf Penalty? That’s when they blast an air horn in each ear. YW

        • Bigrad on April 27, 2016 at 8:41 am

          Right be he/she can’t hear

    • Brian on April 25, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      I’m pretty sure he can hear.

    • Delonte on April 26, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      Deaf penalty??? As Little John would say: “Whaaat!!!”

      • Jacob Roginsky on September 11, 2019 at 9:31 pm

        With corrupt evil judges like Bragunier and Nalley,and their prosecutor cronies, no man can receive a due process trial, which, by The Bill of Rights is guaranteed in all criminal cases, where life, liberty and property are at stake. Constitutional law presumes that it is better to let a guilty man go free, than an innocent deprived of liberty. something for whivch the Charles County courthouse known throughout Maryland and beyond.
        Deaf penalty is administered by puncturing ear drums with tooth picks :) It violates the8th amendment to the Constitution, but is inconsequential at The Circuit Court for Charls County

  4. Bill on April 24, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Another murder in Charles County. Charles County -murder capital of Southern MD.

    • Anonymous on April 25, 2016 at 12:02 am

      nothing on pg county

      • Godiamgladiamnotlivinginwaldorfanymore on September 7, 2019 at 11:07 pm

        You say, “Nothing on P.G. County.” Well guess what, Prince George’s county has come to Waldorf. Along with that, they brought the crime with them. I moved to Waldorf in June 1976. I moved from Bolling AFB where my 2 boys had to go to school in the Ghetto of South East DC. NOT. We moved down here to get away from the hustle and bustle of D.C. plus for the Schools where my boys would get a good education and at the time was a safe place to live. Well, Back in 2005, The mortgage companies decided to make these junk mortgages where you would pay interset only loans for 5 years before the principle would kick in. When these junk losns came out, so did the migration from Prince Georges County to Charles. Bu this time both of my sons were grown and married with families of there own and they too had left the state. Well at that time we lived in a beautiful home in Sentry Woods. What a nice subdivision it was. Noticing the change in demograghics, it was time for us to move. I was already retired from the Military and working a new career, we sold our home and made the move to St. Mary’s county. It is wonderful down this way. People of all races have social skills. What a difference it has made. You can go to a fast food resturant and instead of Can I help you you get Hello how are you today? What can I get you? Then when you get your food you get, Thank you and come sgain where up in Waldorf and North yoy don’t get no response. It’s beautiful down here well at least maybe for the next 20bplus years until. They start building subdivisions and malls. Build it and they shell come.

        • Just the facts... on September 10, 2019 at 12:17 pm

          No one reads any post that long.

  5. Gov. Hulk Hogan on April 24, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Yes, yes I would.

  6. Christina on April 24, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Barbarian savage.

    • Jacob Roginsky on September 11, 2019 at 9:39 pm

      “Barbarian savage ” isredundant. It is, like The Russians say, “buttery butter./”

  7. KeepinItReal on April 25, 2016 at 9:35 am

    I guess his life went downhill since that whole Miss Universe debacle….

  8. Anonymous on April 25, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Steve Harvey?

  9. WaldorfIsAGhetto on April 25, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Fat Steve Harvey.

    • Delonte on April 26, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Maybe Steve “Steroid” Harvey?

    • Oh Wow on April 26, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      hahahahahahaaha

  10. Anonymous on April 25, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Didn’t know, but have friends who were friends of the deceased. Said he was a kind man. Rest in peace John Yates. Prayers for your family.

    • Just another Catholic? on June 17, 2019 at 7:46 am

      Just to be clear, Are YOU saying any of those “prayers for the family”?

      Or is that just something you throw in to make everyone think you are genuine?

      Just askin – there are so many phonies on here.

  11. Hillary on April 25, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    BLM

  12. Anonymous on April 25, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Great decision this guy made, now he gets to enjoy a life long vacation on the tax payers dime. Too bad he didn’t do this crime in Texas, they know the proper way to handle a murderer.

    • Keepin It Real on April 25, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Prison isn’t a vacation and you know it. Stop playing dumb. Or maybe your aren’t playing.

      • anonymous on April 26, 2016 at 12:04 am

        If you stop BEING dumb. It’s “you” not your.

        • Anonymous on April 27, 2016 at 4:33 pm

          Boom!

          • Oh YES - shake a poo-pooh baby! on June 17, 2019 at 7:47 am

            And you are correct – but you needed a BIGGER BOOM!

    • Robispiere on September 11, 2019 at 9:47 pm

      I don’t trust Amy Bragunier andCharlrs County prosecutors to administer justice under any circumstances. The courthouse is too corrupt

  13. Anonymous on April 25, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    This is sad. I went to school with him and Hus wife. We all graduated together and were very good friends. This hurts and is really sad. I pray for the family.

  14. Anonymous on April 25, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Sad very sad. I went to school with him n his wife. We were all very hood friends n close in his. This is sad. I pray for the family

    • Delonte on April 26, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      Nothing like close “hood friends”, I feel ya!

      • Hood Homies on June 17, 2019 at 7:50 am

        WHHOOO HOOOO!

        Oh yes indeedy, Mr. Greedy!

        Say it Delonte!

  15. Anonymous on April 26, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Strike a pose with that Charles County issued runway attire!
    Miss Jay Alexander would be proud!!!

  16. KeepinItReal on April 27, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Top five answers on the board!!!

    We surveyed 10 men and asked them “Who is gonna spend the rest of their life in prison?”

    • Ronald Crump on September 6, 2019 at 10:49 am

      Number one answer, “Hillery”

  17. Anonymous on April 28, 2016 at 5:32 am

    It’s called “Mental Illness” and something has to be done about it. Let’s continue to pray for both families as it’s

    gonna affect us all. God Bless and may Mr. Yates rest in perfect peace!

    • Anonymous on June 17, 2019 at 8:27 am

      I agree, we need to exterminate this man before his “Mental Illness” kills another innocent victim.

  18. joep222 on June 17, 2019 at 9:21 am

    And I suspect the court will sentence him to 6 months probation, given their track record of revolving door justice in Southern Maryland.

  19. Not Shawn, smarter and more sarcastic on June 17, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Good thing this dude decided to use a knife and not a gun. Or we’d have 300 comments from the snowflakes about how banning guns would eliminate all murders and crime…

    • Anonymous on June 17, 2019 at 4:01 pm

      You are glad he got stabbed and not shot? What are you some kind of gun junkie. Don’t worry. for every stabbing crimes their are at least 20 gun shot crimes that make the news.

      • Jimmy V. on September 9, 2019 at 11:01 am

        Yeah, Fake BS, Soy Boy. Come try and take them, Pal.

  20. Anonymous on June 17, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Maggot.

  21. Anonymous on June 17, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Why do the responsible tax payers have to pay for scum like this? Put them to work and make them pay for their crimes,if they fail,then give them the death penalty.Im TIRED OF PAYING FOR THESE PEOPLE.

  22. Anonymous on June 18, 2019 at 9:17 am

    What, exactly, are you on about?

  23. La Plata High on June 18, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    He was a turd in school! He has alway been a turd! He had a big mouth and was always in trouble. He always bullied the kids that he knew he could get way with. Or he start trouble when he had his boys around. Typical scumbag attack someone with a knife and pipe. Just like in school he was tough as long as he had the advantage. Typical scumbag!

    • Anonymous on September 5, 2019 at 4:22 pm

      Must’ve been a victim of his. Sounds like you may need to see a professional about how this still affects you as and adult.

    • Mamma on September 7, 2019 at 3:59 pm

      What school did you go to? And who are you confusing him with because he was never in trouble. Mental illness is not a joke or something to make fun of. I pray for him and I pray for Mr. Yates family and friends. He did not deserve to die. Sad sad sad.

  24. Anonymous on September 5, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    prayers for the victim

  25. Ted Nugent on September 6, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Too bad a family member on the scene didn’t have a nice Mossburg 500 and put this turd where he belongs. Now we are on the hook for this maggot until he dies of old age or gets shanked in prison. Keep voting Democrat people but please don’t complain when you are the victim of a crime. Remember this A-hole’s face when you go into the voting booth.

  26. Anonymous on September 7, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    What goes on behind the closed doors of a judge’s office (chambers)? Did you finish your cases? No, I got tied up with the kids & relatives, I didn’t get a chance to read my cases. Well, how are you gonna know what kind of sentence to give? I won’t give an excessive one, I’ll give a light one. You really should read your cases. I know. What kind of reassurance do we have, besides none, that judges “do their homework”, like highschoolers have to do & read their cases and attempt to give responsible sentences? Its not nothing to give someone 12 years instead of the 10 they should have had. Hmmm where are the judges job descriptions? Are suspects more accountable than judges? Are attorneys more accountable than judges?

  27. Anonymous on September 10, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    How do we look up sentences by judge? How do we keep tabs on judges?