Frankfort Shopping Center Attempted Murder Defendant Says He ‘Regrets’ Shooting Incident

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On May 8, an attempted murder defendant claimed that he acted out of self-defense but, nonetheless, “regrets” the shooting at the Frankfort Shopping Center.

Defense attorney Andre Mahasa told the court that defendant Donte Price was acting in self-defense because the defendant felt surrounded by people that he didn’t trust. 

The prosecution asked Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Jones to impose a maximum 51-year sentence on Price, 29, because he has a prior firearm conviction at the same shopping center. 

Price rejected a plea the prosecution offered for life, suspending all but 45 years for attempted first-degree murder to run concurrently with five years without the possibility of parole for firearm use in a felony violent crime.

Judge Jones asked Price why he continued to go to the incident site after receiving a prior conviction due to being at the shopping center.

Price’s brother responded to Judge Jones and said that their late father went to the shopping center to cut hair for kids. He explained, “ Donte is always there to keep that tradition.” 

According to the Maryland Judiciary website, Judge Jones sentenced Price to 30 years, suspending all but 20 years, with five years of supervised probation for attempted second-degree murder; a consecutive sentence of 20 years, suspending all but ten years, with five years of supervised probation for the use of a firearm in a felony violent crime; and a consecutive five years of probation and year of credit for one year for having a gun within 100 yards of the public.

On Jan. 19, Price was found guilty of first-degree assault, firearm use in a felony violent crime, having a gun within 100 yards of a public place, having a handgun on his person, and two counts of reckless endangerment before Judge Jones. 

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