U.S. Attorney’s Office Establishes Annual Award Honoring Carl S. Lackl, Jr.

Award Honors Witnesses Whose "Fortitude and Perseverence Ensures that Justice Prevails"

July 17, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland – The U.S. Attorney’s Office today announced that the office has established an annual award in honor of Carl Stanley Lackl, Jr. In 2006, Mr. Lackl witnessed a murder and agreed to testify against the suspect. After the suspect was arrested by police and charged with murder in state court, he used a contraband cellular telephone from jail to arrange the murder of Mr. Lackl, who was shot to death outside his house in front of his daughter on July 2, 2007.

Within two years, eight conspirators were convicted on federal charges for the murder of Mr. Lackl. Two of the conspirators were sentenced to spend the rest of their lives in federal prison without parole and four others have been sentenced to between 20 and 35 years in a federal prison.

Once each year, at the annual award ceremony held by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Lackl Award will be given to a victim or witness who has demonstrated extraordinary fortitude and perseverance in the pursuit of justice. Each recipient will receive a plaque, and the names of all recipients will be engraved on a permanent plaque installed on the wall of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Conference Room.

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said, “Carl Lackl was murdered to prevent the government from bringing one criminal to justice, but in the end, all eight criminals who helped to plan and carry out his murder were brought to justice. Each year, when we announce the recipient of the Lackl Award, we will honor the heroism of Carl Lackl and celebrate the many victims and witnesses whose extraordinary fortitude and perseverance ensures that justice prevails.”

The first annual Lackl Award was given to Margaret Shipley, mother of Carl Lackl.

Mr. Rosenstein said, “Margaret Shipley endured not only the murder of her son, but also deplorable assaults and threats against her family. Throughout the investigation and trial, Ms. Shipley demonstrated the fortitude and perseverance that the Lackl Award is intended to honor. Moreover, she has helped to make Carl Lackl’s death a turning point that will promote public safety and save lives in the future.”



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