Third-Time Felon Sentenced to 25 Years Without Parole for First-Degree Assault of Ex-Girlfriend

Annapolis, Maryland – A Glen Burnie man who held his ex-girlfriend and their two children against their will over a two-week period was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole, State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess announced. The State sought the sentence because the defendant was a three-time felon.

An Anne Arundel County jury had found Juan Michael Pack, 40, guilty of two counts of First-Degree Assault and lesser included offenses following a three-day trial in November 2023. Pack was acquitted of two counts of sexual assault.

"The victim had sought protective orders against the defendant because of this threatening behavior," Leitess said. "Despite those orders, he held the victim and their children captive for what must have been a very frightening and horrifying two-week period. I commend the victim for her bravery in not only finding a way to seek help, but for testifying at trial.

"Her reliving these terrifying events lead the jury to guilty convictions and keeps the defendant in prison for many years without parole."

On March 2, 2023, Anne Arundel County police were alerted by a principal and guidance counselor that the mother of a disabled 10-year-old boy looked extremely distraught when picking her child up from school. They said the mother reported she and her children were being held captive by her ex-boyfriend, later identified as Pack, and that she had to leave the school with her son or Pack would be suspicious. The counselor walked the woman and her son to the car and assisted with securing the boy into a car seat. The principal and counselor noted the boy was dehydrated.

Police issued a lookout for Pack's Dodge Charger and the next morning, located Pack, the victim, and their two children at a Glen Burnie apartment. Pack, who had a protective order against him by the victim, was arrested.

The victim told police Pack forced her and their children, ages 10 and 7, to live with him in his vehicle over a two-week period. During that time, she said Pack strangled her and threatened her on multiple occasions. Police noted visible bruising to the victim's face and neck. Her son, who is disabled, suffered bed sores from long periods of time in his car seat.

Assistant State's Attorney Brian Pritchard prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County, with the Honorable Stacy McCormack presiding.