Allendale Street Assault Defendant Rejects Plea

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Defendant Nathaniel Henry Jr. appeared in front of Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa M. Phinn on Sept. 6 and denied a plea for assault.

The prosecution offered Henry a sentence of 20 years, suspending all but eight years with three years of supervised probation for first-degree assault. This sentence would be set to run concurrently to five years without the possibility of parole for firearm use with a felony violent crime. 

The 57-year-old defendant also would have been required to register as a gun offender and stay away from the victim.

On behalf of his client, attorney Andrew Alperstein rejected the offer. 

According to documents from the District Court of Maryland, patrol for the Southwestern District of Baltimore responded to a claim of discharging on the 700 block of Allendale Street on Jan. 22. Officers were approached by a man who expressed he had been shot in the right leg. After investigation, it was concluded that a black male shot the victim twice, and proceeded to leave the scene in a dark colored pick-up truck with a female. 

With the use of license plate readers and vehicle matching, the truck was determined to be Henry’s. A search and seizure was conducted, and two cell phones were recovered from his vehicle. Through further investigation, including interviews of the female identified in Henry’s van and the victim, he was arrested.

Henry is charged with first- and second-degree assault, use of a firearm with a felony violent crime, reckless endangerment, possessing a firearm with a felony conviction, possession of firearms during a controlled dangerous substance offense, having a loaded handgun on his person, having a loading handgun in a vehicle, illegally possessing ammunition and firing a gun in Baltimore City.

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