It has been widely reported that the human brain is still developing until a person reaches their mid-twenties. A recent murder in Baltimore City may cause us to reflect on that brain development, and if it is possible for teenagers to truly understand the lifelong consequences of their actions.
A 19-year-old young man from Baltimore City is facing multiple criminal charges. If convicted he will be a much older adult when released from prison. The 19-year-old has been charged with 1st and 2nd degree murder, 1st and 2nd degree assault, handgun possession, felony use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm. The victim was also a 19-year-old.
The news report is rather sketchy and lacking details. Apparently the 19-year-old victim was found on the 2100 block of West Pratt Street. He apparently died from multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. The murder took place in June. There was no mention in the news report of drug deals, gang activity or other events which could have contributed to the murder of the 19-year-old.
Any witnesses or evidence that connects the 19-year-old Baltimore City man to the murder were not reported.
The age of adulthood in Maryland is 18 years old, so the 19-year-old defendant will be facing the full weight of the law. A mandatory minimum sentence may apply if the 19-year-old is convicted.
When someone is facing a murder charge, it is very important that he or she obtain experienced legal representation. It can make the difference between a not guilty verdict and a lifetime spent in prison.
Source: WBAL-TV, “Baltimore police charge man in June murder,” Oct. 2, 2012
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