Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 7/18/2017

Northeast Baltimore— Judge Panos sentenced Dequon Brown, 22, to Life in prison suspend all but 40 years for the murder of Ronald Stewart. Brown pled guilty to first-degree murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence on May 8, 2017.

Assistant State's Attorney Kurt Bjorklund prosecuted this case.

On the night of October 2, 2015, an officer responded to call for a shooting in an alley on the 1700 block of Sherwood Avenue. Upon arrival, the officer observed the victim, Ronald Stewart, lying on the ground, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to his torso. He was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was pronounced dead an hour later.

Crime Lab technicians processed the murder scene, recovering the following evidence: four 9mm shell casings, three bullet fragments, and two additional 9mm shell casings found two days later. A Firearms Examiner later affirmed that all six 9mm casings recovered from the crime scene were fired from the same unknown firearm. On October 3, 2015, an autopsy of the victim revealed that he had been shot eight times.

Two key eyewitnesses came forth during the investigation. The first witness observed the murder and positively identified Dequon Brown as the individual who shot Stewart and Devin Scott as the person who helped Brown dispose of evidence after the murder. The witness admitted to being with the victim, Brown and Scott that night as they all walked together to purchase marijuana.

The second witness came forth and shared that Devin Scott admitted to her that Brown and Scott were jointly responsible for the murder of Stewart. According to her, Scott said that each of them shot the victim so "nobody would take the charge." Scott went on to further disclose to her that the motive for the murder was Stewart was killed because he was affiliated with a known gang and was stealing.

"Senseless gun violence continues to impact all of our communities and those like Dequan Brown, who have no regard for the human life, do not deserve to walk among the upstanding citizens of Baltimore City," said State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby. "I will continue to seek convictions and strong sentences for those who decide to pick up a gun and inflict pain and suffering on not only the victims, but their family and friends. I hope this sentence brings some peace to the loved ones of Mr. Stewart."

Co-Defendant Devin Scott was previously sentenced to 25 years in prison.