Man Accused of Botched Robbery, Shooting Pleads Guilty, Down from Attempted Murder

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A 28-year-old attempted homicide defendant was sentenced to four years in prison for assault and a weapons charge on Dec. 4 after shooting a man on Hollins Street during a botched robbery earlier this year.

Dawyan Stewart Pringle and his attorney, Andrea Jaskulsky, appeared before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Paul E. Alpert on Monday when the defendant agreed to an Alford plea. Under an Alford agreement, the defendant agrees the prosecution has enough evidence for a conviction, but does not confess to the alleged crimes.

Pringle’s plea included eight years, suspending all but four years, for second-degree assault and a concurrent three years for having a handgun on his person. He will also be placed on three years of supervised probation.

Additionally, the defendant’s initial charges included attempted first and second-degree murder, three counts of reckless endangerment, another count of second-degree assault and single counts of first-degree assault, attempted armed robbery, attempt to rob money, theft between $100 and $1,500 and firearm use in a felony or violent crime.

On March 22, the victim was attempting to get into the front passenger’s side of his grey 2007 Ford Crown Victoria when the suspect—later identified as Pringle—came out from a nearby alley, court documents state. The victim told Baltimore Police Department (BPD) detectives that Pringle pistol-whipped him before shooting him as the victim tried to drive away.

Detectives reviewed local businesses’ video surveillance footage from the incident on the 2500 block of Hollins Street, where Pringle is seen opening the rear passenger’s door and getting into the car as it drove away. Pringle’s fingerprints were later found on the rear passenger’s door.

The defendant was also identified leaving the same apartment building as the victim right before the incident.

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