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."