Counsel Discuss Plea Agreement for Attempted Murder Defendant

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On Feb. 6 a status hearing for Dareese R. Shelmon, was held before Judge Anthony F. Vittoria

During the hearing, the defendant’s attorneys, Janet Anderson and Robert Cohen, requested a postponement pending a conversation with Judge Melissa M. Phinn regarding how a possible plea agreement would impact their client’s prior conviction. 

The defendant’s defense attorneys said accepting the current plea agreement would violate his probation, significantly impacting the length of his incarceration.

The plea agreement included 60 years, suspending all but 18 years, with five years of unsupervised probation and an order to have no contact with the victim.

Sherman, 21, is charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, firearm use in a felony violent crime, possessing a firearm with a felony conviction, illegal possession of ammunition, having a loaded handgun on his person, having a handgun on his person and discharging a gun within Baltimore City in connection to an incident that took place on Mar. 17, 2023.

According to documents from the District Court of Maryland, officers from the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) responded to the unit block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Upon arrival, officers discovered a victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. While at the hospital, the victim informed officers that he was meeting his ex-girlfriend when he was shot by her son. The shooter was later identified as Shelman. 

The next court appearance in the case is set for Feb. 8

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