Attempted Murder Defendant Rejects 20 Year Plea Deal

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On Feb. 15, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa K. Copeland scheduled the trial of a 41-year-old attempted murder defendant. 

Mandakova Clark is charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, firearm use in a felony violent crime, having an unregistered rifle or shotgun, discharging a gun in Baltimore City and malicious destruction of property valued $1,000 in connection to an Aug. 24, 2023, incident.

The prosecution offered Clark a plea bargain entailing 40 years, suspending all but 20 years, with five years of probation for attempted first-degree murder and a concurrent five years without the possibility of parole for firearm use in a felony violent crime. The deal would also require Clark to stay away from the victim and register as a gun offender. Clark rejected the offer. 

Judge Copeland asked why the prosecutor only recently sent defense attorney Michael Cooper the case’s evidence since he has been Clark’s attorney since November 2023. The prosecutor told the judge there was “no legitimate excuse” and called the lateness an “oversight” on her part.

Clark’s three-day trial will begin on April 2 before Judge Dana M. Middleton

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