Attempted Murder Defendant Rejects 40 Year Plea Deal

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Homicide defendant Stevenson Reid opted to move forward with a jury trial after rejecting a plea of 40 years in prison before Baltimore City Circuit Judge Melissa K. Copleand on Jan. 18.

During the proceeding, the prosecution offered Reid a plea of life in prison, suspending all but 40 years, for attempted first-degree murder and a concurrent 20 years, the first five years without parole, for firearm use in a felony or violent crime. Under the terms of the plea, Reid would also be required to serve five years of supervised probation and stay away from the victim.

Reid and defense attorney Amanda Savage, who stood in for attorney Marci Johnson, rejected this offer. Johnson was unavailable Thursday as she was trying another case.

Reid’s case was scheduled as a back-up trial on April 24 and is anticipated to last four days. Judge Copeland said she would assign the trial judge at a later date.

Reid is facing charges for first- and second-degree attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, firearm use in a felony violent crime, reckless endangerment, illegal possession of ammunition, having a handgun on his person, having a loaded handgun on his person and firing and discharging a gun in Baltimore City as well as two counts of firearm possession with a felony conviction.

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