Ellicott City Man Takes Plea Deal in July 4 Shooting

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An Ellicott City man accepted a plea deal in a non-fatal shooting in 2020 before Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Gale E. Rasin during mental health court on Wednesday.

Thurston Mayo, 35, faced multiple charges of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment as well as charges of firearm use in a violent crime and discharging a firearm.

On May 19, Mayo accepted a plea offer of six years suspending all but time served and three years probation for one count of first-degree assault. The maximum sentence is 25 years.

A status update for the case was scheduled for June 9, 2021.

According to the prosecution, a neighbor was setting off fireworks in a courtyard on the 6600 block of Eberle Drive in Baltimore on July 4, 2020, when Mayo yelled multiple times for them to stop. Mayo then fired from a shotgun in the direction of the neighbor.

Police responded to the scene and took Mayo into custody. Small rounds, known as birdshots, were found in the apartment as well as in the direction of the neighbor, the prosecution said.

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