Judge Reduces Plea for Defendant in Miles Avenue Non-Fatal Shooting Dispute

Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Myshala E. Middleton accepted a counsel’s request to reduce a non-fatal shooting defendant’s plea on May 1.

Defense counsel Joseph Owens, who represents defendant Gloreca Bailey, asked Judge Middleton on Monday to consider reducing a plea of five years, suspending all but two years, with three years probation for three counts of reckless endangerment. All charges were set to run concurrently. 

Judge Middleton said that her decision to reduce the prosecution’s offer to 18 months, instead of two years, was influenced by the care Bailey provides to her son. 

Owens explained that Bailey, 26, teaches sign language to her five-year-old autistic child. 

The prosecution indicated that on June 19, 2022, the day of the incident, Bailey engaged in an argument with her neighbors. She then went inside her home and returned, firing a handgun in the air, saying, “this is a warning” to the three victims. 

According to the Maryland Judiciary website, Bailey was charged with three counts each of first and second-degree assault, three counts of reckless endangerment, use of a firearm in a felony violent crime, discharging firearms and access of a firearm by a minor.

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