Baltimore Man Rejects a Plea of Life in Prison

A homicide defendant rejected a plea of life in prison on Sept. 16 before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa M. Phinn

Donzo Monk Jr., 26, is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, use of a firearm during a felony violent crime, having a handgun in a vehicle, having a handgun on his person, and possession of a firearm with a felony conviction in connection to an incident on March 10. 

According to a news release, officers were called to the 6800 block of Sturbridge Drive around 2:08 p.m for reports of shots being fired. They found 26-year-old Bryant Timmons suffering from an apparent life-threatening gunshot wound.

Medics took the victim to an area hospital, where he died three days later. 

Monk and his defense attorney Augustine Okeke, rejected a plea of life in prison for first-degree murder and 20 years in prison, with the first five years without parole, for use of a firearm during felony violent crime. 

Monk’s trial is scheduled for March 14, 2023. It is expected to last five days with Judge Barry G. Williams presiding.