Waldorf Man Sentenced to Life Plus 105 Years in Prison for Murder of Thomas Tibbs

August 2, 2018
Miguel Angel Santana, 28 of Waldorf

Miguel Angel Santana, 28 of Waldorf

Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County announced that on Thursday, August 2, 2018, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier sentenced Miguel Angel Santana, 28 of Waldorf, to Life plus 105 years for the First-Degree Murder of Thomas Tibbs, 4 counts of Attempted Murder, 5 counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Violent Crime, 9 counts of Reckless Endangerment, and three weapons charges.

On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, a Charles County jury, after a 6-day trial, convicted Santana of the above listed charges.

On March 23, 2016, officers responded to the 2500 block of Gittings Court in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered two victims, Thomas Tibbs and Kemo Key, suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to a nearby hospital to receive treatment for their injuries; however, Tibbs succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

An investigation into the shooting revealed that earlier in the day, Santana’s co-defendant, Rashaad Jovonni Brawner, was involved in a verbal altercation with Key at a gas station.After leaving, Brawner picked up Santana and drove to a neighborhood looking for Key. When they found Key, Brawner confronted him and a physical confrontation ensued. Brawner attempted to retreat to the driver’s seat of his vehicle; however, several men who were at the residence attempted to pull Brawner out. Santana, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, began shooting at the men while still inside of the vehicle. The men fled. Thomas Tibbs, who was standing nearby but not involved in the fight, was struck with bullets from Santana’s gun in the chest and arm.Key was also shot, suffering a non-life threatening wound to the buttocks. Brawner and Santana then fled the area in the vehicle.

Witnesses identified Brawneras the driver of the vehicle. Brawner later identified Santana as the shooter.

At sentencing, Assistant State’s Attorney Francis J. Granados addressed the Court, “This was such a senseless murder. [The defendant] inflicted this grievous loss on [Tibbs’] family. – No parent should have to suffer the loss of a child. Particularly, no parent should have to suffer the loss of a child essentially out there on his doorstep. – The evidence shows a cold-blooded murder. [The defendant] told Rashaad to get out of the way and let out a hailstorm of gunfire. He made the decision he was going to shoot and he was going to kill. He killed [Tibbs]; he tried to kill 4 other people and endangered the good family across the street. – [Tibbs] was a good man. He was an upstanding citizen and working to better himself. The defendant killed him for absolutely no reason.”

Miguel Angel Santana, 28 of Waldorf

Miguel Angel Santana, 28 of Waldorf

12 Responses to Waldorf Man Sentenced to Life Plus 105 Years in Prison for Murder of Thomas Tibbs

  1. Anonymous on August 2, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Amy J. Bragunier usually goes light on the criminals.

    No slap on the wrist this time? No 20 years with all but 6 months suspended?

    About damned time she gets one right!

  2. I will say it for you on August 3, 2018 at 8:23 am

    “Miguel Angel Santana” Immigration status?

    Maybe you will get tacos on Tuesday in the pen, you murderin ba$tard POS.

  3. Anonymous on August 3, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Life plus 105 years? That’s not even possible unless they’re talking about keeping him in prison until he’s dead and then leaving his corpse in the prison for an additional 105 years.

  4. Anonymous on August 3, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    What a waste of tax money. House this criminal for life….just great.
    The death penalty needs to be re-instated in MD
    so human trash can get what it deserves and saves
    our state funds that we work for and can use elsewhere.

    • Ted Nugent on August 7, 2018 at 11:03 am

      Remember this the next time you find it necessary to vote for a democrat.

  5. Anonymous on August 4, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    How does one serve anything beyond life? Forget about what the judges intentions are, how is anyone supposed to serve this sentence, or, is that the point, they’re not. This is a sentence that can’t be served?

    • The System Sucks on August 7, 2018 at 10:52 am

      If you think that is crazy, (and it surely is)
      wait until they parole him on “good behavior”.

      • Anonymous on August 8, 2018 at 8:59 pm

        LOL he won’t be paroled for good behavior, you don’t know what you’re talking about. This is federal.

        • Reality on August 9, 2018 at 7:10 am

          Pleased to meet you,”federal”. Here is some info for you to take notes on.

          It is always the “Anonymous” bed-wetter telling others “what they don’t know”, when the whole time “it” posting their own naive whimpering.

          Oh BTW – This is “Reality”. Welcome to it.

    • Anonymous on August 7, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      This is Maryland. Life never means life. Even people who aren’t eligible for parole sometimes get paroled when they are old and decrepit. This is just the judges way of ensuring he never gets out. I wish this state and country would wake up and put trash like him to death. 2 to 4 years is plenty of time to appeal then death. Death is the only sentence, once carried out, that ensures trash like him never get out of prison and never kills again. Anything short of death and there are never any guarantees.

  6. Reality Check on August 6, 2018 at 5:59 am

    What a joke.

    “Life plus 105 years”.

    He will be paroled after being “rehabilitated” – 15 years max.

    It’s only his first murder, right? well then, let’s all give him a break.

  7. Anonymous on August 7, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Finally the judges give real jail time,you must keep doing this and not go light on these criminals.Charles county is getting out of control with crime and if the judges dont start locking these criminals up,the crime will get worse.