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January 7, 2011

Repeat offenders charged in shooting witnessed by officers

On Monday, Baltimore's police commissioner and mayor called a press conference highlighting some repeat offenders who they say continued to commit mayhem on the city streets because there's no fear of repercussions from the justice system.

After Thursday night, they may have two new examples.

Detectives on patrol in Northeast Baltimore witnessed two men shoot an 18-year-old and arrested the suspects at the scene, reported The Sun's Yeganeh June Torbati. The men taken into custody were identified as 29-year-old Marco Lomax and 28-year-old Ravanna Cornish. Police also recovered a handgun they believe was used in the shooting.

These two will have their day in court, but they are no strangers to the criminal justice system. Cornish was charged in November 2009 with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a 40-year-old man in Southwest Baltimore, charges that were dropped a month later. He has a previous handgun conviction from a 2001 charge, receiving a three year sentence that equated to time served. A probation violation sent him to prison for four years. He was also acquitted in a 2001 attempted murder case, and has a number of drug convictions resulting in prison sentences.

Lomax, meanwhile, beat murder charges in Prince George's County after he and his brother were charged in a New Year's Day killing in 2001. Prosecutors said they lacked evidence, according to a news report.

Lomax would go on to be convicted of handgun possession in Baltimore, receiving six months in jail, then racked up separate attempted first-degree murder and robbery charges in 2003. He was acquitted on the attempted murder charge, but pleaded guilty to armed robbery charges that were folded into separate handgun and drug indictments for a total sentence of six years in 2005.

Police may have been at the right place on the right time on Thursday, but they appear to have caught two "big fish."

Posted by Justin Fenton at 9:21 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Northeast Baltimore
        

Comments

Look at Cornish's Facebook page. Wow -- At least he is up front with his gun/gangster ways.

These guys have long criminal records. I didn't check for both, but Cornish has served time in prison.

Before the melodrama starts (regarding awful prosecutors, juries, black people and liberals), the murder case against Cornish was dropped so quickly (less than a month) that it certainly looks like there was no evidence.

Well, with the cops allegedly witnessing this latest crime (yeah - sounds a tad suspicious for guys who now how to kill without an evidence trail), they will go away for life.

WELL JUST TO SPEAK ON THIS , MY DAD WAS KILLED ON CITY STREETS AND POLICE SAW THE INCIDENT AND HAD MISCOMMUNICATION, POLICE WROTE A DIFFERENT REPORT FROM WHAT WAS TOLD TO ME IN THE HOSPITAL SO IF THEY HAVE EVIDENCE HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE CONCREET AND NOT ASSUMPTION. INNOCENCE UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY........

Sounds like too me like those judges are putt them back on the streets to kill more of our people

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.



Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.
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