Defendant Rejects Plea for Non-Fatal Shooting

A 21-year-old man allegedly involved in a non-fatal shooting rejected a plea offer for 12 years in prison with five years probation on Jan. 26 before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn

The Baltimore resident is charged with first and second-degree attempted murder, first and second-degree assault, use of a firearm in a violent crime, possession of a firearm as a minor, having a handgun on his person and having a handgun in a vehicle in connection to an incident on Aug. 8, 2021. 

During reception court on Wednesday, Judge Phinn listened as the prosecutor presented a plea of a life sentence but suspend all but 12 years and five years probation for first-degree attempted murder and five years without parole for use of a firearm during a violent crime. The charges are set to run concurrently. 

Under the plea, the defendant must stay away from the victim.

The defendant and his defense attorney, James Scott, rejected the plea offer.

According to Baltimore Fox, on Aug. 20, 2021, at approximately 6:05 p.m. officers were called to the 4400 block of Rokeby Road after receiving reports of shots being fired, where they found no signs of a victim being shot.

Later officers gained insight that the 39-year-old victim drove himself to the hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds.

The defendant’s trial is scheduled for July 19 with Judge Gregory Sampson