Attempted Murder Defendant Rejects 15-Year Plea

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On Oct. 23, a 24-year-old attempted murder defendant appeared before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa M. Phinn to hear the prosecution’s plea offer or schedule a trial date.

Iahkeem Arghmoun Byrd is charged with two counts of attempted first- and second-degree murder, firearm use in a felony violent crime, first- and second-degree assault, having a handgun on his person, having a loaded handgun on his person, reckless endangerment, attempting to steal less than $500 and firing a gun in Baltimore City in connection to an April 6 incident. 

The prosecution’s aggregated plea offer was life, suspending all but 15 years, the first five years without the possibility of parole and five years of supervised probation for the two counts of attempted first-degree murder and firearm use in a felony violent crime. Byrd would also have been required to have no contact with the victims, register as a gun offender and complete an abuse Intervention program at the House of Ruth, a local women’s shelter. Byrd rejected the offer. 

Byrd and his attorney, Amanda Savage, will next appear at his trial date on March 11, 2024, before Judge Lawrence R. Daniels.

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