Homicide Defendant Rejects a Plea of Life 

A 33-year-old man charged with first-degree murder rejected a plea offer of life in prision on June 15 before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa M. Phinn

Troy Peace Jr. is charged with first-degree murder, use of a firearm during a violent crime, and two counts of possession of a firearm with a felony conviction in connection to an incident on Oct. 16, 2021.  

Judge Phinn listened as the prosecutor presented a plea of life in prison for first-degree murder and 20 years in prison with the first five years without parole for the use of a firearm during a violent crime. The charges are set to run consecutively. 

Peace and his defense attorney, Jason Silverstein, rejected the plea offer. 

Baltimore Witness previously reported that Silverstein told Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Philip S. Jackson that the defendant got into a verbal altercation with the victim, but there is no evidence that he shot and killed the victim. Silverstein said there are conflicting reports because one witness said the defendant didn’t have a gun, while another witness said the defendant had the gun.

Peace’s trial is scheduled for Sept. 12 and is expected to last three days.