Female Defendant Accepts Alford Plea for Hitting 17-Year-Old with Bullet Intended for Another Woman

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On March 24, a non-fatal shooting defendant accepted an Alford plea before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn during reception court.

On Friday, the prosecution offered defendant Ashley Walton an aggregated sentence of fifteen years, suspending all but five years with three years of supervised probation for two counts of second-degree assault. 

The 39-year-old defendant is also required to stay away from the victims and comply with a mental health program and medication. 

According to the charging documents, after a fight on the 3600 block of Round Road, Walton threatened a female victim with a knife and then later brandished a gun intending to shoot the first victim. She missed her target and instead hit a 17-year-old female on July 22, 2019. 

Walton, who was represented by Robert Cohen, was charged with attempted second-degree murder, having a deadly weapon with the intent to injure, possession of firearms during a controlled dangerous substance offense, and two counts each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and use of a firearm in a felony violent crime as well as three counts of reckless endangerment in connection to the shooting. 

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