For Immediate Release 5/15/2017
Today, Judge Julie Rubin sentenced Gregg Thomas to life plus 35 years, without the possibility of parole for the first ten years for attempted first degree murder of Baltimore Police Sergeant Keith McNeill, the 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.
Thomas was previously convicted of 2nd degree murder in 2004; and therefore, was prohibited from possessing a gun.
“Today is the final victory on an arduous three year journey to justice and this sentence sends a clear message that senseless acts of violence inflicted on our public servants, especially those who devote their lives to protect us, will not be tolerated,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. "Our office relentlessly prosecuted this violent perpetrator on behalf of Sgt. McNeill, his family and the Baltimore Police Department and now we can rest assured he will not wreak havoc on our communities ever again. Sgt. McNeill’s exceptional strength through this process has been admirable and my hope is that today's sentence brings the closure he needs as he continues to heal from this heinous act.”
In December of 2015, State’s Attorney Mosby awarded Sgt. McNeill the “Officer Craig Chandler Heroism Award,” during the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City’s inaugural Winter Solstice Community Awards Banquet. This award is dedicated to a member of the Baltimore Police Department who was either injured or killed while serving the citizens of Baltimore.