Man Accepts 15-Year Plea After Shooting His Wife in the Back

A 38-year-old Baltimore man charged for shooting his wife multiple times in the back accepted a plea on June 15, sentencing him to 15 years in prison.

Bryant Foster was initially charged with first and second-degree attempted murder, first and second-degree assault, use of a firearm during a violent crime, and reckless endangerment in connection to an incident on Sept. 4, 2021. 

Foster accepted the prosecutor’s plea offer of 25 years, suspending all but 15 years, with 5 years of probation for attempted first-degree murder, and five years for the use of a firearm during a violent crime.

The terms will be served concurrently. 

Under the plea, Foster will also be required to register as a gun offender upon his release and have no contact with the victim.

Before the defendant accepted the plea offer, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Gregory Sampson listened as Foster’s defense attorney, Deonna Hayes, motioned to expel certain incriminatory statements from the record. However, after speaking with his defense attorney, Foster decided to accept the prosecutor’s initial plea rather than go to trial.

Judge Sampson chose to accept this plea, saying if the defendant had chosen a court trial, given the evidence, he most likely would have gotten a 40-to-50-year sentence. 

According to a press release, officers from the Baltimore Police Department were called to the 1000 block of Brantley Avenue for a Shot Spotter alert around 8:15 p.m. and found a woman with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds on the 600 block of North Schroeder Street after searching the area. 

According to a proffer of facts, Foster and his wife, at the time were engaged in a dispute when he allegedly discharged a handgun, shooting the victim multiple times in the back. Following the shots, the defendant allegedly yelled, “You better fall and die.”