BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Federal authorities said a man has pleaded guilty and another one has been convicted in a 2018 Baltimore warehouse shooting.

The office of the U.S. Attorney in Maryland on Monday announced 34-year-old Alex Smith, of Halethorpe, Maryland, was convicted on multiple charges, including conspiracy to commit a commercial robbery. Authorities say his co-defendant, 34-year-old Cornell Slater, of Odenton, Maryland, pleaded guilty to various charges, including using, carrying and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

Authorities accused both men of attempting to rob a Restaurant Depot early one morning in December 2018. They said the two posed as employees to sneak into the business.

They said Slater admitted to shooting one of the business’ employees in the face.

Slater agreed to a 30-year sentence and also admitted to a separate shooting in 2018 when a woman pulled her car beside his after seeing her stolen license plate on his car. Authorities said the shootings were linked by shell casings recovered from each crime scene.

Slater was shot by police in 2006 after striking a plainclothes officer with his car.

A sentencing hearing for Smith has not been scheduled.

Restaurant Depot is a wholesale restaurant supply store.


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