Baltimore Man Accepts Plea Deal for 2022 Attempted Murder

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A 25-year-old attempted murder defendant pleaded guilty before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry G. Williams on May 13. 

Sterling Dada was charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, attempted armed robbery, attempted robbery, attempted theft between $100 and $1,500, concealing a deadly weapon, firearm use in a felony violent crime, having a handgun on his person, having a handgun in a vehicle, firing a gun in Baltimore City, having a gun within 100 yards of the public, illegal possession of ammunition, firearm possession with a felony conviction and illegal possession of a regulated firearm for his involvement in a Dec. 20, 2022, incident. 

Accompanied by defense attorney Amanda Savage, Dada entered his guilty plea in exchange for a deal. For attempted first-degree murder, he agreed to serve 50 years, suspending all but 20 years; for firearm use in a felony violent crime, a concurrent 20 years, the first five years without the possibility of parole; for having a handgun on his person, a concurrent three years; and lastly, a concurrent 15 years, the first five years without the possibility of parole, for firearm possession with a felony conviction. 

According to the prosecutor, Dada shot the victim in the lung on the 4800 block of Reisterstown Road. The victim described Dada using a silver revolver. Baltimore Police Department officers later recovered a firearm matching that description during his arrest. 

The victim’s written statement said he completed months of physical therapy to recover from the incident. “My sense of safety and security has been shattered,” he said. 

Judge Williams sentenced Dada per the terms of the plea agreement. Dada also pleaded guilty to an armed home invasion case during Monday’s hearing. The sentence for each case will run consecutively, bringing Dada’s total sentence to 60 years, suspending all but 25 years, the first 10 years without the possibility of parole. Upon release, he will serve five years of supervised probation, as well be under orders to stay away from the victims in both cases and register as a gun offender.

Dada’s prior conviction disqualifying him from gun ownership was a 2017 armed robbery, for which he was sentenced to seven-and-a half-years.

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