Plea deals in Baltimore City

Gov. Larry Hogan, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and others say the plea deals approved Baltimore judges are too lenient on criminals found with guns. An inside look at plea discussions at one judge’s bench showed the state typically got the sentence it was seeking. In some cases, the judge reduced the punishment.

EXPLORE SENTENCING

CASE A

Handgun on person, illegal possession of regulated firearm


THE STATE’S ALLEGATIONS:

"Officer saw defendant grab and adjust an object in his waistband. After a pursuit, he was stopped and a loaded nine mm semi-automatic handgun was recovered."

CASE A: Handgun on person, illegal possession of regulated firearm


"Officer saw defendant grab and adjust an object in his waistband. After a pursuit, he was stopped and a loaded nine mm semi-automatic handgun was recovered."


State request: Five years, two years served


Defense request: Five years, one year served


Court offer: Five years, one year served

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CASE B

Possession of firearms by a minor, drug possession with intent to distribute


THE STATE’S ALLEGATIONS:

"Officers saw the bulge of a heavy object in defendant's jacket pocket. He was apprehended and a loaded .32 caliber handgun was recovered along with vials of cocaine."

CASE B: Possession of firearms by a minor, drug posssession with intent to distribute


"Officers saw the bulge of a heavy object in defendant's jacket pocket. He was apprehended and a loaded .32 caliber handgun was recovered along with vials of cocaine."


State request: Agreed to not proceed with count that requires five years without parole, agreed with defense sentencing request


Defense request: Seven years, three years served with two years of probation


Court offer: Accepted state and defense request

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CASE C

Possession of firearm by a minor, drug possession with intent to distribute


THE STATE’S ALLEGATIONS:

"Police executed search-and-seizure warrant in home, found an assault rifle and drugs. Seventeen-year-old defendant entered the home during the raid and was arrested."

CASE C: Possession of firearm by a minor, drug possession with intent to distribute


"Police executed search-and-seizure warrant in home, found an assault rifle and drugs. Seventeen-year-old defendant entered the home during the raid and was arrested."


State request: Facing mandatory minimum five years in prison, state called lesser charge and offered Eight years, four years served.


Defense request: "Four years is kind of high"


Court offer: Eight years, two years served.

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CASE D

Possession of firearms


THE STATE’S ALLEGATIONS:

"Police executed search-and-seizure warrant, found defendant in first-floor bathroom and Beretta handgun outside the bathroom window. State conceded legal problems with search."

CASE D: Possession of firearms


"Police executed search-and-seizure warrant, found defendant in first-floor bathroom and Beretta handgun outside the bathroom window. State conceded legal problems with search."


State request: Probation


Defense request: Argued client has been out of trouble, has job


Court offer: Five years, suspend all but time served, and two years probation

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CASE E

Unlawfully possessing an assault weapon, handgun in vehicle


THE STATE’S ALLEGATIONS:

"Loaded Uzi assault weapon found in the trunk of vehicle during traffic stop"

CASE E: Unlawfully possessing an assault weapon, handgun in vehicle


"Loaded Uzi assault weapon found in the trunk of vehicle during traffic stop"


State request: Six years suspended


Defense request: Argued the case was weak


Court offer: Six years, six months served

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