For Immediate Release 1/31/2017
West Baltimore— A jury convicted Glenn Banks in October of 2016 for the murder of Darryl Whitehead, II. Late last week, Banks was sentenced to 60 years in prison for Second Degree Murder, use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, and prohibited possession of a firearm.
Assistant State’s Attorney Kurt Bjorklund prosecuted the case.
On November 4, 2015, just one day after being released from prison, Whitehead was standing in the 2200 block of North Fulton Avenue on the border of West Baltimore’s Mondawmin and Penn North neighborhoods when he was shot multiple times.
Video surveillance from a store clearly showed Banks walk into the store and pull out a handgun. Moments later, Whitehead was shot and killed.
A witness observed the shooting and positively identified Banks as the person who fired those fatal shots. Additionally, a Baltimore Police detective with prior knowledge of Banks was able to identify the defendant from the surveillance footage. The T-shirt worn by the shooter during the murder was also recovered from the defendant’s home.
“The coordination between the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City and the Baltimore Police Department, coupled by the courage mustered by the eyewitness in this case, demonstrates the strength of teamwork and moves us one step closer to ridding our city of violent repeat offenders,” said Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “Violent repeat offenders are a priority for this administration, and by working closely with police, we are sending an intolerant message to trigger-pullers in Baltimore City that investigations will be thorough, prosecutions will be solid and swift, convictions will be secured, and maximum sentences will be sought.”