For Immediate Release 5/1/2017
Lonnie Nixon was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted by a Baltimore City jury of carrying a firearm as a prohibited person on April 20, 2017.
In January 2016, Nixon was attacked by a group of unknown assailants. When police intervened to help Nixon, a gun fell out of his pocket. Nixon was placed under arrest at the scene of the attack.
Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Brady, who is assigned to the Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED), tried the case.
GVED is a collaborative effort between the State’s Attorney’s Office and the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) to eliminate gun violence in the City and is led by veteran prosecutor Charles Blomquist. This division is completely reliant on the ability to share information between the two agencies regarding the people and events connected to violence on city streets in real time, and takes a more individualized approach on gun violence by focusing on offenses committed by violent gun offenders rather than the gun-related offense.
According to ASA Brady, investigators believed Nixon was attacked in retaliation for allegedly shooting a woman.
“We were not allowed to introduce possible motives for the attack into evidence,” Brady said. “I had to try the case based solely on the fact that he was in possession of a gun he was prohibited from possessing.”
On January 8, 2016, officers responded to the 1200 block of West North Ave at approximately 7:00 p.m. where they located a woman suffering from a gunshot wound to her leg.
Officers were advised at the scene that Nixon was the shooter. Additional witnesses also identified Nixon as the shooter after reviewing the security footage inside the convenience store where the attack took place.
Just six days after being sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegally carrying a firearm, Nixon was convicted of first degree assault, using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, and possessing a firearm as a prohibited person for shooting the woman.
“Our GVED Unit is doing important work, and this case is a prime example of why it is critical that prosecutors and police work closely with each other to keep violent criminals off our streets.” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.
State’s Attorney Mosby also emphasized the importance of trust between the public and the SAO.
“We need jurors to trust that if the State is prosecuting someone—even a person who was arrested after having been assaulted— it is in the interest of the public’s safety,” continued Mosby.
Nixon is scheduled to be sentenced on June 1, 2017, and is facing up to 60 additional years in prison for the shooting.