For Immediate Release 2/24/2017
Dontae Breeden was convicted of the first degree murder of 18-year-old Rykeise Shaw, as well as handgun violations, including the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence. Breeden was designated as “Public Enemy Number One” by the Baltimore Police Department in January 2016.
Assistant State’s Attorney Michael J. Dunty prosecuted the case.
On December 28, 2015 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Shaw approached the corner store in the 1000-block of Greemount Avenue on the border of Baltimore’s Johnston Square and Penn-Fallsway neighborhoods. Shaw stopped to look at items a man was selling outside of the store. Breeden— who was inside the store— exited, shot the teenager in the head, walked to his vehicle, and drove away.
Shaw was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was pronounced dead. A witness identified Breeden as the person with the handgun prior to the shooting, which was corroborated by video surveillance.
“Mr. Shaw had the rest of his life ahead of him, but Dontae Breeden callously took that away from him,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said. “I appreciate the hard work that Michael put into this case, and applaud him for obtaining justice for the loved ones of Mr. Shaw.”
Breeden was convicted of attempted second degree murder in 1998.
“This is Breeden’s third conviction for a crime of violence,” the State’s Attorney continued. “Therefore, he will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars, which is probably the most appropriate place for him considering his proclivity for violence.”
Breeden is one of nearly a half dozen defendants, designated as Public Enemy Number One by the Baltimore Police Department, convicted since 2014. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 10, 2017.