BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore man was sentenced to life plus 52 years in prison for a 2019 shooting in Mondawmin that resulted in the death of one man and injured three others.
Donte Orlando Patterson, Jr. was found guilty in Oct. 2021 of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and use of a firearm in a crime of violence, according to the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: A Cold Front Sweeps In As Severe Thunderstorm Watch Ends
Patterson must serve 15 years of his Life sentence without the possibility of parole.
The charges stem from a shooting that unfolded shortly after 11 a.m. April 11, 2019, in Baltimore’s Mondawmin neighborhood.
Officers investigating a ShotSpotter alert about gunfire in the area learned four people had been shot. One of them, Levar Mullen-El, later died of his injuries. The rest survived.
Several 9mm and .40-caliber shell casings were recovered at the scene.
Police later recovered surveillance video, which showed a silver Infiniti sedan park in the area. Four people dressed in black were seen getting out of the vehicle and then returning to the car a short time later.READ MORE: Waterfront Partnership Of Baltimore Offers Free Exercise Classes Along Inner Harbor
Based on a search of police databases, police tracked down that vehicle and linked it to the April 11, 2019, shooting and a separate shooting that killed two people the night before.
Patterson was seated on the hood of the vehicle when it was found about a week later on North Chester Street, prosecutors said.
A warranted search of the vehicle found a live .4 caliber round, the same type of ammunition found at the shooting scene, on the vehicle’s floorboard.
An analysis of Patterson’s cellphone recovered other evidence that authorities used to connect him to the crime.
“Handgun violence is unacceptable on our city’s streets, no matter the reason,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “Revenge and retaliatory acts circumvent the criminal justice process and simply continue the destructive cycle of violence. The stiff sentence ensures that Mr. Patterson will never pull a trigger on our streets again. We thank the members of the jury for holding this violent man accountable for his deplorable actions.”MORE NEWS: Five People Shot Within An Hour On East Side Of Baltimore Sunday