For Immediate Release 2/13/2017
Today, Gregg Thomas was convicted of the attempted first degree murder of Baltimore Police Sergeant Keith McNeill. He was also found guilty of use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, as well as prohibited possession of a gun.
Assistant State’s Attorney Traci Robinson prosecuted the case.
On March 14, 2014, at approximately 7:00pm, Baltimore Police officers responded to the 1900-block of Belair Road for a shooting. Upon their arrival, officers found Sergeant Keith McNeill suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, and was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma for treatment.
Investigation revealed that Sgt. McNeill had been sitting in his vehicle when a male approached the left side and began shooting. Through witness interviews, Gregg Thomas was identified as the shooter.
“Today marks the close of a long road to justice,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “As the headlines faded from memory, we never turned away from our obligation to Sgt. McNeill, his family and the Baltimore Police Department to convict the perpetrator of this violent, senseless act. The result deserved by Sgt. McNeill and the Baltimore Police Department took nearly three years to materialize, but the price paid for justice is always worth the cost of its pursuit.”
Thomas was previously convicted of 2nd degree murder in 2004; and therefore, was prohibited from possessing a gun.
In an effort to properly address gun violence that plagues the City of Baltimore, State’s Attorney Mosby and Commissioner Davis launched the Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED) to specifically target violent repeat gun offenders.
“I must thank ASA Traci Robinson, the Baltimore Police Department and the witnesses for sticking with us through four trials to get the verdict Sgt. McNeill deserved,” continued State’s Attorney Mosby. “On behalf of the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, we wish Sgt. McNeill continued success as he continues to recover from this horrific attack.”
Thomas is scheduled to be sentenced on May 15, 2017.
In December of 2015, State’s Attorney Mosby awarded Sgt. McNeill the “Officer Craig Chandler Heroism Award,” which is dedicated to a member of the Baltimore Police Department who was either injured or killed while serving the citizens of Baltimore, during the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City’s inaugural Winter Solstice Community Awards Banquet.