Acquitted: Four Plea Offers Rejected in Postponement Court

Editor’s note: Terrell Parker was acquitted of charges in this case.

A murder trial and three non-fatal shooting trials were delayed as far out as October 2021.

Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa M. Phinn scheduled the trials on May 18 during a postponement court session.

The trial of Teonte Raone was the first presented by defense counsel and the prosecution. Raone, 31, faces charges of discharging a firearm, assault, reckless endangerment, neglect of a minor, and illegal possession of ammo and a firearm.

He rejected a plea offer of five years for illegal possession of a firearm, one year for firearm access by a minor, and five years for reckless endangerment. All sentences were consecutive. 

A trial for Raone was set for July 16.

Judge Phinn proceeded with the case against Sukarno Wallace, 46, who faces charges for firearm possession with a felony conviction, illegal possession of a firearm, having a handgun on his person, discharging a firearm, and illegal possession of ammo.

A plea offer of five years without parole for firearm possession with a felony conviction was rejected and a trial was postponed to Oct. 5.

Terrell Parker, 24, was next on the docket with charges of first-degree murder, attempt to kill, first-degree assault, and use of a firearm in a violent crime.

The state’s plea offer was a life sentence, suspending all but 60 years, and five years probation for one count of first-degree murder, 20 years for firearm use in a violent crime, and 20 years for first-degree assault. The assault and firearm charges would run concurrently with with the murder charge. 

The defense said Parker rejected the offer and a trial was set for Sept. 22.

According to CBS Baltimore, Parker was arrested for shooting 28-year-old Ray Parker on the 1500 block of Cliftview Avenue in February 2019. About a month later, Parker was identified and arrested by police based on witnesses and additional evidence.

The final case involving a non-fatal shooting on the docket was against Quentin Simmons, 27, with counts of attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, firearm use in a violent crime, having a handgun on his person and in a vehicle, and firing a gun within the city.

The state offered Simmons a plea deal of life suspending all but 20 years with the first five years without parole and five years of supervised probation for two counts of attempted murder and one count of firearm use in a violent crime.

While the offer was rejected, Simmon’s case is expected to return to postponement court on June 4 to set a trial date.