Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams made the following statement regarding the death of 19-year-old Jesse Brousseau of Crofton, following a burglary on July 10, 2015:
“The Anne Arundel County Police Department has investigated and reviewed the circumstances surrounding the tragic events of the morning of July 10th that ultimately led to the death of 19-year-old Jesse Brousseau, as well as multiple criminal charges against 19-year-old Allen Johnson, also of Crofton, and two other individuals.
My office has been an active participant in cooperation with the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s investigation. In combination with personal observation after visiting the scene, along with others in my office, I have personally reviewed the interviews, re-examined the physical evidence, and applied the law of the State of Maryland to the facts ultimately revealed in this investigation.
I support the charges filed against defendant Allen Johnson and the two other individuals. Moreover, my determination is that criminal charges are not warranted with respect to the actions taken by the 16-year-old who was home at the time of the burglary because I believe he acted in lawful self-defense.
I have met personally with the family of Mr. Brousseau, the decedent, to share with them my decision. Bryant and Cathy Brousseau released this statement regarding the death of their son:
This is not who Jesse was. He was a good kid. Jesse was going to college to study Criminal Justice. Jesse was caught up with the wrong people in a bad situation that night. We love him and we miss him, and would like our privacy respected.
I hope that the tragic consequences of these events serve as a reminder to all young people and their parents of how easy a high school party, without parental control, can quickly turn deadly. Our office encourages ongoing vigilance by parents and neighbors alike, as our children need support and structure more than ever.”