Attempted Murder Defendant Accepts Guilty Plea In Separate Handgun Case

On Sept. 23, a defendant pleaded guilty to having a handgun on his person and was sentenced to 3 years in prison, suspending all but time served. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $2500 and undergo two years of supervised parole upon his release. 

Damon Martin pleaded guilty to charges related to a Feb. 6 arrest in which he was allegedly found with a handgun on his person. 

However, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry G. Williams informed Martin that he would remain in holding without bail despite his guilty plea due to him having another pending charge for attempted first-degree murder for an incident that occurred on Jan. 24. 

According to CBS Baltimore, at 4:22 p.m, officers were called to the 3000 block of Monument Street, where a 19-year-old man was shot multiple times. He was taken to a hospital but was expected to survive.

According to the prosecutor, the gun the defendant had on his person in February was tested and confirmed to be connected to the shooting on Jan. 24. Officers believe this shooting initially took place on the 500 block of North Kenwood Avenue. 

In addition to the attempted first-degree murder charge, Martin, 23, is also charged with attempted second-degree murder, first and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, using a firearm to commit a felony violent crime, having a handgun on his person and discharging a firearm, according to Maryland Judiciary website. 

Martin’s defense attorney Marc Minkove informed the court he filed a motion for bail review for the attempted murder charge.

Martin’s next court date is scheduled for Dec. 13, before Judge Melissa Phinn.