Ex-Baltimore police commissioner released from prison

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former Baltimore police commissioner who pleaded guilty to failing to file federal tax returns has been released from prison.

Prison officials told The Sun on Friday that Darryl De Sousa was being transferred from federal prison to “community custody,” a supervised facility, such as a halfway house, for inmates preparing to reenter society.

De Sousa was sentenced last March to 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of failing to file individual returns, for the years 2013 to 2015. He told the judge who sentenced him that he was “humbled and ashamed.”

De Sousa resigned in 2018 after less than four months in charge of the city’s police department. He was appointed to the job by then-Mayor Catherine Pugh, who resigned under pressure last year amid a scandal over the sales of her self-published children’s books. Pugh pleaded guilty last November to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges and is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 27.

Gerard Martin, an attorney who represented De Sousa, told The Sun that he hasn’t spoken to the former police commissioner since his release.