Defendant Takes 8-Year Plea for Non-Fatal Shooting in 2021

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A 21-year-old Baltimore man accused of shooting a 32-year-old man agreed to a plea of eight years of incarceration on March 28, nearly two years after the incident.

During reception court on March 28, Kahi Zykal Richard told Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn that he wanted to accept the prosecution’s plea offer of a suspended 25 years for first-degree assault and a consecutive 15 years, suspending all but eight years, the first five years without parole, and three years of supervised probation for firearm use in a felony violent crime.

Under the plea, Richard would also be required to buy $3,000 restitution to be split between himself and his co-defendant, Donte Price. Brandon Taylor, standing in for Richard’s defense attorney, Martin Cohen, represented the defendant during the proceedings.

Richard was charged in connection to a shooting on April 22, 2021, on the 5300 block of Frankford Avenue, where the victim was shot while sitting inside his car. The victim drove himself to a nearby hospital for treatment when Baltimore Police were notified.

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