Defendant Accepts Plea for Shooting Sister

An attempted murder defendant accused of shooting his sister last year pleaded guilty to lesser charges on May 19.

Reginald McGowan, 37, agreed to plead guilty to first-degree assault and having drugs while in possession of firearms before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Jennifer B. Schiffer. The court will hold his sentence under consideration until a disposition on Oct. 5.

The Baltimore resident was originally facing more charges, including attempted first and second-degree murder, second-degree assault, firearm use during a felony violent crime, firearm possession with a felony conviction, illegal possession of ammo, discharging firearms, and reckless endangerment.

The defendant was represented by Janet Andersen, according to the Maryland Judiciary website.

According to court documents, officers with the Baltimore Police Department were called to the 1800 block of McHenry Street in the Riverside neighborhood around 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2021, in response to a shooting. The police were notified that there was an incident between two siblings where a man shot his sister.

When police arrived at the scene, officers went into a residence and found the victim with a gunshot wound to her right leg laying on a bed on the second floor. One 9mm shell casing was also found on the floor nearby.

Police then found the victim’s brother, later identified as McGowan, in a bathroom on the same floor. The defendant was placed under arrest and police later recovered a handgun from a washing machine that was in the bathroom after receiving a search warrant a few hours later.