A teenage boy was found guilty on June 15, 2010 of shooting a five-year-old child in the head while she was crossing the street according to WJZ.com The incident occurred last July in southwest Baltimore and has left the young girl permanently disabled. The accused allegedly used the gun to diffuse a dispute that had occurred between himself, his girlfriend, and a third party. The teen was convicted despite skepticism that he was not the one that pulled the trigger.
Authorities recovered video footage from local security cameras that showed the defendant pulling the trigger, though it was argued that someone else was at fault. The jury deliberated for three consecutive days before reaching a verdict, and found the teen guilty of both first and second degree attempted murder. He has been sentenced to life plus 30 years with a possibility of parole. Some argue that this is a harsh sentence for a crime that did not involve any casualties.
As this case demonstrates, the stakes are high for those accused of violent crimes in Maryland. The outcome of any criminal case for a defendant is crucial to determining how his or her life will be carried out and what penalties he or she may face. However, juveniles facing criminal charges have a full life ahead of them that may be compromised by a criminal record if he or she is convicted.
Being accused of a crime can have devastating consequences, regardless of whether or not you are the guilty party. If you have been charged with criminal offenses, especially those relating to a violent crime, please contact the skilled and knowledgeable Maryland criminal defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC. Our experienced lawyers will investigate the details surrounding your case to help build the strongest possible defense and will ensure that your constitutional rights are protected. Call today at 866-444-6363 for a free and comprehensive consultation.