Unsuspecting Getaway Driver Pleads Guilty

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A Baltimore man pleaded guilty July 10 in an attempted murder case.

Doral Douglas, 54, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree assault for an incident that occurred on the Aug. 15, 2023, on the 400 block of Oxford Court. He was originally charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first-degree assault, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, firearm use in a felony violent crime and conspiracy to use a firearm in a felony violent crime. 

Douglas was sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspending all but time served, with three years of supervised probation. 

He initially told officers from the Baltimore Police Department that he didn’t know a crime was going to be committed and he was only the driver. He kept that defense throughout his proceedings for the case.

Matthew Connell, who stood in for defense attorney Michael Cooper, also said Douglas was unaware of the group’s plans for the crime.

Connell said Douglas was leaving a clinic when a group of people asked for a ride. He agreed and the group told him that they had been robbed. On the drive, the group saw the man that robbed them and asked Douglas to stop. The group got out of the car and beat up, stabbed and shot the alleged robber. Douglas only stepped out of the vehicle to see what was going on. They all returned to the car and Douglas drove the group to their destination. 

According to court documents, Douglas’ car led police to him.

Connell stated that Douglas cooperated with police and served 10 months in prison. He was then placed on bond and released on supervised probation. 

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