MURDER UPDATE: Bryans Road Man Sentenced to 78 Years in Prison After Shooting Sleeping Friend in Back of the Head

October 30, 2019
Janeal Jerome Thompson, 26, of Bryans Road

Janeal Jerome Thompson, 26, of Bryans Road

Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West sentenced Janeal Jerome Thompson, 27 of Bryans Road, to 65 years for the First-Degree Murder of Ronarj Henderson and related charges.

Thompson received an additional 12 years in prison for violating probation in two unrelated cases and 1 year in prison for a separate Possession of Heroin charge.

On August 5, 2019, after a 6-day trial in front of a Charles County jury, Thompson entered a guilty plea in Charles County Circuit Court to the aforementioned charges before the jury announced their verdict.

On November 2, 2018, detectives with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation of the victim’s murder after receiving a report that he was possibly shot and killed by Thompson a few days prior. It was also reported that Thompson’s girlfriend at the time, co-defendant Sarah Elizabeth Defilippo and co-defendant Steven Tyler Danielson were present during the murder.

The investigation revealed that during the evening hours of October 27, 2018, Thompson aggressively put his hand on Defilippo’s face in the presence of the victim. When the victim and defendants returned to Thompson’s home later that evening, the victim told Defilippo that she deserved to be treated better. Defilippo then went to sleep inside of the residence, while Thompson, Danielson, and the victim slept in a vehicle outside. The following morning, Defilippo entered the vehicle with the three men and drove to a gas station. The victim was asleep in the front passenger seat of the vehicle at the time. Thompson became angry after Defilippo disclosed the comments the victim made the prior night. During the drive, Thompson, who was seated directly behind the victim, produced a handgun and shot the victim in the head while he was still sleeping. Thompson then threw a jacket over the victim’s body while Defilippo continued to drive.

Defilippo was directed by Thompson to pick up co-defendant Eric Nolan Washington, who helped Thompson dispose of the victim’s body in a heavily wooded area of Smith Point Road in Nanjemoy. Before leaving, Thompson took the victim’s shoes, cell phone, and wallet. The victim was missing for several days before his murder was reported by a family member of Defilippo.

Thompson and Defilippo were apprehended together on November 2, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia.

Defilippo confessed to witnessing Thompson kill the victim, which was corroborated by extensive evidence, including DNA evidence found on the gun and in the vehicle.

Defilippo, Danielson, and Washington previously entered guilty pleas in Charles County Circuit Court to Accessory after the Fact.

Prior to Thompson’s sentencing, Defilippo and Danielson received 5 years supervised probation. Washington received 3 years in prison.

During Thompson’s sentencing, Assistant State’s Attorney Donna Pettersen addressed the judge, “The defendant has to be held accountable for his actions. He has a history of violence. He’s a danger to the community. – He killed a man while he was sleeping. He should not be in the community with such violent tendencies; he killed a man who was supposed to be his friend.”

Before sentencing Thompson, Judge H. James West stated, “This is a sad event with four young people doing drugs in a car. – I’ve yet to see, until this case, someone shot while they’re asleep. The victim was shot for really no reason. This was beyond a murder – this was an execution.”

Charges
• First-Degree Murder
• Possession of a Firearm after Disqualifying Conviction
• Wear, Carry, and Transport of Handgun in a Vehicle
• Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime of Violence


UPDATE 11/9/2018 @ 9:15 a.m.: Court documents stated that Janeal Jerome Thompson, 26, of Bryans Road, killed Ronaj Henderson, 22, of Bryans Road, by shooting him in the back of his head while he slept in a vehicle that was traveling on Livingston Road, in Bryans Road.

According to Charging documents, on Saturday, October 27, 2018, Thompson was at a party with his girlfriend and Ronaj Henderson, who goes by the nickname of “Psycho”.

While at the party, Thompson became aggressive with his girlfriend and Henderson told her that if she was with him, he would not treat her that way,

Thompson, his girlfriend and Henderson left the party together and drove to Thompson’s residence located on Boxwood Circle, in Bryans Road. The girlfriend was driving the vehicle, while Thompson sat in the rear right seat, and Henderson was seated in the front passenger seat.

While Henderson was still asleep in the front passenger seat of a vehicle at the Boxwood Circle address, the girlfriend told Thompson what Henderson said at the party. When Thompson heard what Henderson said to his girlfriend, he told her they needed to leave the residence to get gas.

After leaving the residence, Thompson took out a handgun, and shot Henderson in the back of the head, He then threw a cover over Henderson to prevent anyone from seeing him. They then drove to an address on Burns Street in Nanjemoy, where they picked up subject that court documents only refer to as “E”.

They then drove to a side road in Nanjemoy, where Thompson and “E” carried and dragged Henderson’s body into the woods.

On October 29, 2018, officers with the Prince George’s County Police Department, discovered Thompson sleeping in a white Chrysler 300 parked in the parking lot of the Accokeek Gas Station located on Bryan Point Road, in Accokeck. As officers approached the vehicle, they noticed a black handgun sitting in plain view on Thompson’s lap. Police were able to apprehend Thompson without incident, and seize a Glock 43 9mm handgun. Thompson was released from jail in Prince George’s County on November 1, 2018.

On November 2, 2018 information was provided to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office regarding an alleged murder and Thompson was named as the shooter. Later that night, detectives with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office learned Thompson was at an Apartment located at on Lee Highway, in Arlington, Virginia. Detectives from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Arlington Police Department responded to the area and located the white Chrysler 300 parked in the parking lot. Surveillance on the vehicle and apartment complex was conducted, and Thompson and the girlfriend were seen leaving with another male in a white Chevrolet Cruz passenger car. A traffic stop was conducted, and Thompson and his girlfriend were detained and transported to the Arlington Police Department Headquarters.

After Thompson was located in Arlington, he was extradited to the Charles County Detention Center on November 7, 2018, where he was charged with first-degree murder and other related charges.

In an Initial Appearance Questionnaire form filed in District Court, Janeal Thompson listed one of his current occupations as an Uber Driver.

11/8/2018: On November 2, Charles County Sheriff’s Office detectives initiated an investigation into a possible missing person.

Family members of Ronaj Henderson, 22, of Bryans Road, last saw him in the morning hours of October 27, 2018.

During the course of the investigation, it was learned the victim had been shot in the area of Bryans Road by a person known to him and his body was left somewhere in western Charles County.

The investigation led detectives to the area of Riverside Road and Smith Point Road in Nanjemoy.

On November 4, Henderson’s body was found in a wooded area.

Based on additional information, detectives identified the suspect as Janeal Jerome Thompson, 26, of Bryans Road.

Thompson was located in Arlington, VA on November 4 and was subsequently extradited to the Charles County Detention Center on November 7 where he was charged with first-degree murder and other related charges.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Det. J. Feldman at (301) 609-6474. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS.

Janeal Jerome Thompson, 26, of Bryans Road

Janeal Jerome Thompson, 26, of Bryans Road

82 Responses to MURDER UPDATE: Bryans Road Man Sentenced to 78 Years in Prison After Shooting Sleeping Friend in Back of the Head

  1. Anthony Mcclough on November 8, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    He was caught with a handgun on 10/30/2018. I wonder if he was dumb enough to keep the gun that he used in this murder and got caught with it?

    • Shawn on November 8, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      People who own guns are not the brightest.

      • I'm still laughing on November 10, 2018 at 10:00 am

        Your troll game’s WEAK shawn.

        • Izzy on October 30, 2019 at 11:36 am

          “is”

          • Anonymous on October 31, 2019 at 6:04 am

            FAIL

            His contraction use for the word is correct.

      • bwdesmo on November 10, 2018 at 10:50 am

        That may be one of the more ignorant generalizations I’ve read on this site, and that’s saying something

      • Anonymous on November 10, 2018 at 1:09 pm

        Actually a lot of idiots have guns, the two aren’t mutually inclusive

        • Anonymous on November 1, 2019 at 10:33 am

          alot of idiots don’t have guns as well…

          • Anonymous on November 4, 2019 at 10:16 pm

            Most of them own guns. All of them have no idea what to do with them

      • Bradley on November 11, 2018 at 8:50 am

        You must own lots of guns.

      • Peanut on November 12, 2018 at 1:14 pm

        Wow… Liberal much? Pretty bold blanketed statement there “Shawn”.

      • SID on November 12, 2018 at 7:23 pm

        For real.

      • Jimmy V. on October 30, 2019 at 11:41 am

        Yeah? Come try and rob me, Thuggins’ Dare ya.

      • Anonymous on October 30, 2019 at 12:16 pm

        And yet those will be the ones you crawl to when you need protection from the boogy man.

        Now enough of your trolling, back under the bed shivering little bunny.

      • Synonymous on October 30, 2019 at 5:51 pm

        People who think the police will arrive in time to save them are almost as stupid as Shawn, in an I might lose my life kinda way.

        • Shawn on November 4, 2019 at 10:18 pm

          people who think that their stashed guns are gonna protect them are a special kind of stupid

  2. Anonymous on November 8, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    He was caught back in October with a gun and guess what? The judge released him.The Judges are the REAL problem for not putting these criminals in jail.

    • Ryan Cashman on November 9, 2018 at 8:08 pm

      The Judges are a joke , I bet he had a local lawyer..
      Pay the BAR association member and off you go SMH

      • Nikko on October 30, 2019 at 8:16 am

        Exactly. This dude should have got life with no parole or the death sentence. Oh that’s right the liberal state of MD does not do executions.

        • Anonymous on October 30, 2019 at 12:20 pm

          Worse than that…

          THIS animal will be OUT again!

          They wait until they think you forgot about the murder then let him go again

          He will have racked up brownie points and good behavior in a few years….

          Then he will be perfectly suited to be released as a typical democrat voter.

    • Ted Nugent on November 13, 2018 at 8:23 am

      Maybe a new law would have prevented this or kept this guy in jail? (Enter sarcasm here)

      Maybe if the government enforced the laws already on the books this dude “Psycho” would still be alive. But, keep voting Democrat people but please don’t complain when a family member is murdered by a turd who should have been in jail.

      • Shamus Macsweeney, Playwright, Performer, Big Game Hunter, Hard Drinker, and son of the Isle of Eire on November 13, 2018 at 3:17 pm

        Yes, but this way, there’s one fewer psychos on the street.

        • Anonymous on October 30, 2019 at 12:22 pm

          Perhaps you are not listening?

          They let them go in short order.

          Then they do worse than before unless someone kills THEM first.

    • jimmy V. on October 30, 2019 at 11:42 am

      Typical Liberal Maryland Judges. They should all be run out on a rail. Vote Republican if you want change, Marylanders.

  3. Bebop on November 8, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!!!

  4. Anonymous on November 8, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    It just mind boggling how someone can take a life and move on like nothing happened,without any remorse.

    • Hillary Rodham Clinton on November 9, 2018 at 8:26 am

      It’s called sociopathy and it’s a prerequisite for a career in politics.

      • Jimmy V. on October 30, 2019 at 11:44 am

        You would know, Hills Thank you for playing.

    • ? on November 9, 2018 at 9:36 am

      Its cuz you aint know his struggle, if you did, you would understand, you feel me

      • Anonymous on November 10, 2018 at 1:07 pm

        Please tell me you are joking….

        • Anonymous on November 14, 2018 at 8:46 am

          You seriously had to ask?

        • You don't even know that you don't know on October 31, 2019 at 6:09 am

          Scary, the lack of intellect here.

          Please say that this is not an average cross section of society.

  5. Alex on November 9, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Did they charge the girl?

    • Anonymous on November 9, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      I was thinking the same thing?? She had to know full well that if she opened her mouth that something was going to happen, maybe not this but something just by the way she is treated by him. SMH crazy

      • Alex on November 11, 2018 at 9:35 am

        Right

    • Mb on November 9, 2018 at 6:23 pm

      That’s my question too. Seems she’s guilty by association.
      Wondering if she’s having 2nd thoughts for running her mouth to the POS that robbed this young man of his life?
      Perhaps if she kept her mouth shut he’d still be alive.

      • Alex on November 11, 2018 at 9:34 am

        They always seem to give the women a slap on the wrist, If she didn’t turn him in she better be charged also.

    • Anonymous on November 13, 2018 at 8:27 am

      She witnessed a homicide. I am fairly confident if I was in that car I would have done exactly what the guy with the gun told me to do……….until I got away from him. Then I would have called the police. But, I have a conscious. The street code says you don’t snitch, even if you know the victim or if you are the victim.

      • Alex on November 13, 2018 at 10:07 am

        Street code: Only applies if you’re in the streets. Going out to have fun and getting mixed up in a murder, brother you are on your own.This fool didn’t know the game because he wasn’t taught it. You have to pay to play and he couldn’t afford it. Murder and Witnesses= Public Defender

    • duh on November 15, 2018 at 10:03 am

      she’s probably the one who told the cops

      • Ooh on October 31, 2019 at 8:16 pm

        She did tell, so did steven Tyler danielson.

  6. Jrock on November 9, 2018 at 9:51 am

    You killed a man because you wasn’t treating your girl right and he told her that.now you will be someone’s girlfriend in the pen and she still going to be with someone else.stupid

  7. Anonymous on November 9, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Absolute animal. Can you guess what kind?

    • Shawn on November 11, 2018 at 8:51 am

      Mammal?

    • Wait let me guess...... on November 13, 2018 at 6:39 am

      Well how about giving us a clue…..

      What color would this animal be?

      • Anonymous on October 31, 2019 at 6:12 am

        Precisely.

  8. Chinab on November 9, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    To me this story still dont add up..why is the girlfriend driving and her boyfriend sitting in the back? My boyfriend always sits up front with me..and his friends in the back. how is it he sit in the back to shoot him in the head,perfectly coming from a party passed out drunk..if I were the cops I would definitely be looking at this case as some type of set up..and oh girl would be going right to jail with her trigger happy boyfriend

    • Seriously??? on November 13, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      not sure about why he was sitting in the back to begin with but he wasn’t in the back when he shot him – he was driving and she wasn’t in the car. Read the WHOLE article

      • N on November 13, 2018 at 10:51 pm

        And obviously you didn’t READ the WHOLE article. It clearly states the suspect shot the victim in the back of the head and “THEY” then drove off. Please tell me how he shot the victim in the BACK of the head while driving?

  9. Anonymous on November 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Did they charge the girlfriend?

    SMNEWSNET: Not at this time

  10. Ted Nugent on November 9, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    If ever there was a death penalty case. Thank you Martin Owe Malley and the rest of the liberal loons that run this state. I guess this criminal’s life matters more than the victim. Pathetic.

    • WillieG on November 11, 2018 at 8:54 am

      Bring back the death penalty, or have a yearly purge in the high crime areas. Let’s rock!

      • We can stop it if you want on November 13, 2018 at 6:43 am

        Can’t we do both?

        Old Sparky + a purge!

        • Anonymous on October 31, 2019 at 6:15 am

          Count us in!

  11. Thug Master on November 9, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Maryland is truly a dumpster fire!!!!!

    • Anonymous on October 31, 2019 at 6:15 am

      But then what is CA?

      Hell’s basement.

  12. Praying on November 10, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    I believe this is the case that the girlfriend was killed as well. She was shot in the back of the head as well. Her body was actually found first.

    SMNEWSNET.COM: This was not that case, the girlfriend in this case is still alive and was not shot.

  13. Anonymous on November 13, 2018 at 6:46 am

    How could u take my lil cousin over nothing tho wtf you wack sick bastard

    • Try English? on November 13, 2018 at 10:12 am

      Interpreters needed!

      • Anonymous on November 14, 2018 at 2:52 pm

        You couldn’t understand that? =|

      • an interpreter on November 15, 2018 at 10:08 am

        “How dare you murder my little cousin for no good reason.”
        “what the F***! You uncool sick bastard”

  14. Anonymous on November 13, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Honestly they shouldve just left him in. He got out a year ago for doing a bid for armed robbery, assault and a gun charge. I hope they charge them both

  15. Anonymous on November 13, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    I hope they charge them both. Sarah is manipulative and coercive and janeal is very controlling. They shouldve kept him locked up.

  16. Anonymous on November 13, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    They set him up. The way janeal is he wouldve never let a dude sit upfront with sarah.

  17. Anonymous on November 13, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Rome wouldve never let Sarah sit up front with a guy. They set it up

    • son of sam on November 16, 2018 at 9:58 am

      who is they

  18. Set up! on November 14, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Def was set up… IF they went back to the house… it wasn’t “to get gas” it was to shoot dude.. Jerome wouldn’t of had dude riding up front and him behind him… the gf spinning a story to work in her favor..come on now…

  19. Anonymous on November 15, 2018 at 10:15 am

    They said he was passed out drunk? maybe that’s why they put him in the front seat.

  20. Anonymous on November 16, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Dosent make sense even if he was drunk, back seat would’ve been the option. I used to date rome I know how he is.

  21. Anonymous on November 16, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Yea he knows someone named E but E dont live in that area.

  22. Malcolm X on October 30, 2019 at 8:10 am

    The good news is now we are without this animal’s services for 78 years.

    • Let's do a reality check on October 31, 2019 at 6:46 am

      Thing is – no sentence handed down that is actually served in full. Ever!

      The “Max” to begin with is “half”, (39 yrs) – and that is before the long list of discounts are applied:

      1. Overall good behavior (don’t kill any other inmates)
      2. Prison coupon points (kneel when told, secretly rat on others being investigated on the outside)
      3. Statistics pressure (constant liberal pressure on the parole system saying minority jail population is too high)
      4. Overcrowding claims (too many incarcerations, crowding the gyms, libraries, TV rooms – this is due to not employing the desperately NEEDED death penalty)
      5. Gradual democrat degradation of justice (murderers and criminals are needed – as faithful democrat voters required to keep the democrats in power and in control of funding the minority welfare, tolerating crimes to kill any remaining morality, allowing the criminals to feed on the innocent population.

      This generates more and more crime as it voids any true punishment.

      Lying terms to be aware of: How about “rehab”. Others include “insanity” as an excuse to murder, “hate crimes” as if murder includes love, the registering of sex offenders planted in your communities, and using ankle bracelets at home on criminals and calling it “house arrest”.

      The politicians, attorneys, and judicial systems stay rich, and the working class citizens who are prey will pay for the entire package.

      • Anonymous on October 31, 2019 at 11:52 am

        OMG I CANT BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ANOTHER PERSON WHO KNOWS REALITY,HAS COMMON SENSE AND INTELLIGENCE.ITS BAFFLING THAT MORE PEOPLE DONT UNDERSTAND THIS.Vote REPUBLICAN.

  23. Anonymous on October 30, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Enjoy your life in prison,you should have been in jail a longtime ago.I dont know why the judges wait so long and give too many chances to these violent criminals and endanger the law abiding people.Must be because the judges are democrats.

  24. Shawn on October 30, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    gun culture

    • Anonymous on November 2, 2019 at 11:58 pm

      No dumbass, thug culture. Gun culture would be: military, police, hunters, target shooters.

      • Shawn on November 4, 2019 at 6:36 pm

        and thugs….

  25. Vegas on October 30, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    the “L” Park Lords will no longer have one of their Captains

  26. Fedup wit it on November 1, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Another senseless killing that has ended two lives. Street cred isn’t worth throwing your life away.

    • Malcolm X on November 4, 2019 at 10:26 am

      It apparently was to this turd.

  27. Joe on November 5, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    So, a “man” with the nickname “psycho” was murdered by his a-hole buddy while sleeping? I’m going to try and act shocked now. Oh well, I can’t even come close to pulling that off.

    Parents, raise your kids right. If you make a baby stick around to raise the child to be a good adult. We don’t need any more “Janeals” running around. Kids, if you’re friends have colorful names like psycho or are dealing drugs and illegally in possession of a handgun it’s time to get new and better friends.

    • Joe on November 5, 2019 at 1:20 pm

      Oops, “your” not you’re