UPDATE: GREENBELT, Md. – Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess announced yesterday that the Honorable Mark Crooks sentenced Tashya Johnson, 34, of Glen Burnie to 14 years in prison for one count of negligent manslaughter for the death of 16-year-old Tyrese Glenn and for driving while intoxicated and endangering the lives of two other teenagers, including her own child who was in the car. Judge Crooks noted that this was one of the most reprehensible cases and sentenced Johnson to the maximum sentences for her crimes.

“The defendant is solely responsible for the death of Mr. Glenn,” said Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess. “The defendant made the deliberate and selfish decision to drive while intoxicated showing a complete disregard for the lives of the minors that were in her vehicle as well as other motorists on the road. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the Glenn family as they heal from this tragic event.”

On June 21, 2018, the Maryland State Police responded to a single vehicle collision on I-97 just before the Generals Highway exit. Troopers located a 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis turned over on its roof in a heavily wooded area. Various motorists described witnessing the vehicle being operated in an erratic fashion, speeding and making improper lane changes. Tashya Johnson lost control of the vehicle, drove off the roadway and flipped multiple times before landing on the roof. While doing an inventory of the vehicle, police located an open container of an alcoholic beverage, Mad Dog 20/20 in the defendant’s leather handbag. Later, a police officer made contact with Johnson in the hospital and observed that her eyes were bloodshot and glassy. While speaking with the police officer, Johnson admitted to having a couple of alcoholic beverages prior to driving. Blood test results later revealed that Johnson had a blood alcohol content of 0.24, three times over the legal limit.

At sentencing, the court was presented with a recording of the defendant stating that the brother of Tyrese Glenn needed to grow up and get over it because it was nobody’s fault that the accident occurred.

Johnson entered a guilty plea to the charges on February 11, 2020 and was sentenced on August 20, 2020.

Assistant State’s Attorney Carolynn Grammas prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

Annapolis, MD – On July 7, 2018 at approximately 7:12 p.m., Trooper First Class Holson was on patrol in the area of Jennifer Road and Medical Parkway when he observed the operator of a red Hyundai fail to drive in a single lane, was unrestrained by a seatbelt and the vehicle’s registration plate was displaying as expired.

Trooper First Class Holson conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the operator who was identified as Tashya Katrina Johnson of Glen Burnie, Maryland. Investigation revealed that Johnsons’ Maryland Driver’s License was suspended. In addition, Trooper First Class Holson detected the odor of alcohol on Johnson’s breath and observed an open beer container in the center console. Due to severe impairment, Johnson was unable to safely perform field sobriety tests. Johnson was transported to the Anne Arundel Medical Center as a precautionary measure and refused to submit to a blood test. Johnson was then transported to the District Court Commissioner where she was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, driving on a suspended driver’s license, reckless driving, negligent driving, and numerous other traffic related charges. Johnson was held on no bail and transported to the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.

On July 8, 2018 at approximately 12:00 p.m., Officer Russell of the Anne Arundel County Detention Center contacted the Maryland State Police Annapolis Barrack to advise that Johnson was found to be in possession of 0.3 grams of suspected marijuana. An application of charges was completed for Johnson charging her with possession of contraband in a place of confinement and possession of CDS while detained in a place of confinement. The Anne Arundel County District Court Commissioner issued a criminal summons and was served on July 8, 2018 at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.

Johnson was the operator of a Mercury Grand Marquis that was involved in a single vehicle collision that resulted in the death of a passenger on June 22, 2018. That collision is still under investigation and charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.