DOJ announces recent Kent, Sussex convictions

DOVER — Delaware’s Department of Justice announced Friday several recent Superior Court convictions including, among others:
• Monte Brown, 64, of Felton, received more than six decades in prison for repeatedly raping a child for many years beginning in the late 1990s.

In April, Brown pleaded guilty to two first-degree rape counts and continuous sexual abuse of a child. The victim was a neighbor when the attacks started, DOJ spokesman Carl Kanefsky said.
Brown must register as a Tier 3 sex offender.

Deputy Attorney General Kathleen Dickerson prosecuted the case, assisted by DOJ social worker Lorraine Freese and investigating Delaware State Police Detective Joshua Dear.

• Smyrna resident Gerald Medkeff was sentenced to five years in prison followed by probation after pleading guilty in April to second-degree vehicular homicide and felony third offense DUI connected to a July 2018 drug deal incident in Dover.

According to the DOJ, an intoxicated Medkeff struck and killed a woman while trying to buy crack cocaine in the 400 block of New Castle Avenue. Following an argument from multiple persons, he attempted to drive from the scene and fatally hit a woman with his vehicle.

Gerald Medkeff

Medkeff was ordered to complete the Crest Substance Abuse Program and Crest Aftercare.
DAGs Ms. Dickerson and Kevin Smith prosecuted the case, assisted by Ms. Freese and paralegal Sue Balik. Dover Police Cpl. Derrick Mast was the lead investigator.

• Russell Hurst, 42, of Seaford, was ordered incarcerated for 3 1/2 years after pleading guilty to dealing heroin, the DOJ said.
Deputy Attorney General Georgia Pham secured the plea.
DSP received an August 2018 tip regarding Hurst’s plan to make a heroin deal at the Walmart on Sussex Highway, the DOJ said.

He was seen walking in the parking lot and then entering the store, and was then taken into custody upon exiting.
Hurst appeared to talking on his cell phone while looking for someone, the DOJ said.

Police located 130 bags of heroin during the arrest.
Hurst pleaded guilty to Tier 2 drug dealing with an aggravating factor and was immediately sentenced.

Following his prison time, Hurst will serve six months of work release followed by 18 months of GPS monitored probation.

DAG Georgia Pham secured the plea.

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