Homicide Defendant Rejects Plea Offer

A Baltimore man accused of homicide was offered a plea on Nov. 30 before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn

Anthony Priester, 30, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of use of a firearm during a violent crime, first-degree attempted murder, conspiracy to first-degree murder, possession of a firearm with a felony conviction, having a handgun in his vehicle, and having a handgun on his person in connection to an incident on March 26. 

Judge Phinn listened as the prosecution presented a plea of life for first-degree murder and 20 years, the first five without parole, for use of a firearm during a violent crime. The sentences were set to runconcurrently. 

Priester and his defense attorney Creston Smith, rejected the plea. 

Priester’s trial is scheduled for July 12, 2022.