Baltimore Man Rejects Plea Offer for Non-Fatal Shooting

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A Baltimore man who is accused of a non-fatal shooting rejected a plea offer during reception court on Oct. 15 at Baltimore City Circuit Court before Judge Melissa M. Phinn

Duane Stokes, 29, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and use of a deadly weapon with the intent to injure. 

The prosecution offered him a plea of 25 years, suspending all but 18 years with five years of probation and a stay-away order. 

Public defender Anne Gerine rejected the offer on her client’s behalf. 

After rejecting the offer, Stokes declined to waive his right to a speedy trial. Under Maryland law, a defendant has the right to be tried within 180 days of their first appearance in court.

The case is set for trial on March 30, 2022.