Judge Sentences 2009 Convicted Attempted Murder Defendant for Probation Violation

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“I take responsibility for my actions,” said a Baltimore man convicted of a 2019 attempted murder during his violation of probation hearing before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Kendra Y. Ausby on March 14. 

On June 18, 2009, Mayes was convicted and sentenced to 50 years, suspending all but 35 years with five years of supervised probation for attempted first-degree murder; and a concurrent sentence of 15 years for the use of a handgun in committing a crime. 

According to the Department of Justice, defendant Demetrius Mayes was arrested in July 2020 along with 15 other alleged felons and federally charged with illegal possession of a firearm by a prohibited person under the Maryland Exile Program – which targets gun crime by utilizing law enforcement agents on the local, state, and federal level. 

Mayes, 34, alleges that he suffered five gunshot wounds in 2006 which left him with “nightmares.”

According to the Department of Corrections, Mayes was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in 2010.

Additionally, Mayes alleged that he was connected to four different agents and that these agents failed to provide access to therapy. 

Myles insisted that Mayes wished to “pay his debt to society” and asked the court to give her client a second chance by considering that the defendant has only spent “18 months of adult life” outside of prison. 

“He was given an opportunity to get it right,” said Judge Ausby. 

Judge Ausby reimposed the defendant from his 2009 conviction and sentenced Mayes to 35 years with credit to time served. The sentence is to be served concurrently with the defendant’s federal case. 

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