Homicide Defendant Rejects Plea of 60 Years

A 39-year-old Baltimore man accused of homicide rejected a plea of 60 years on May 11 before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa M. Phinn

Byron Erin Lewis is charged with first-degree murder, use of a firearm during a violent crime, having a handgun on his person, and two counts of possession of a firearm with a felony conviction in connection to an incident on June 12, 2021. 

Judge Phinn listened as the prosecutor presented a plea of life suspending all but 60 years with five years probation for first-degree murder. 

Lewis and his defense attorney Marci Johnson, rejected the plea. 

According to WMAR News, on June 12, 2021, officers were called to the 2200 block of Reisterstown Road for reports of a shooting. They found 32-year-old Shammarh Jenkins suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. 

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a later press release, the police learned that the incident took place on the 2100 block of Reisterstown Road.

According to detectives, Jenkins was in front of his home playing cards when an unknown assailant approached, spoke to Jenkins and shot him. 

Lewis’ trial is scheduled for Dec. 2 with Judge Jeannie J. Hong presiding.