For Immediate Release 3/18/15
Kevin Minor was recently convicted by a Baltimore jury of several gun crimes. Minor faces a maximum of 18 years after being found guilty of illegally carrying a firearm, possessing a firearm after having previously committed a crime of violence and several other gun related charges. Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel Kim prosecuted the case.
On August 18, 2014 an undercover Baltimore Police unit was conducting a sweep of the 900 block of Stoddard Ct. in West Baltimore’s Upton neighborhood. The police were investigating another matter when they came across Minor and a group of his associates. As the officers approached, Minor exclaimed that “the bag” was his.
Minor’s unsolicited and unprompted exclamation regarding the bag struck the officers as suspicious. Upon further investigation, the bag Minor was referring to contained drugs and a .38 caliber semi-automatic handgun loaded with nine live rounds. Minor was arrested and charged.
“These types of cases matter,” Kim said. “They are important because they directly impact the neighborhoods where they occur. Kevin Minor isn’t a resident of McCullough homes. A lot of people don’t have a choice where they live when it comes to public housing—but these guys have a choice in where they choose to sell drugs.”
A witness testified during trial that the bag containing the gun and drugs was left unattended earlier in the morning. Kim said that it was not unusual for drug dealers to leave a stash nearby where it could be monitored from afar, but remain easily accessible.
“It’s unacceptable for residents in our community have to deal with drugs being sold at the foot of their door steps, but it is really appalling when there are children placed in jeopardy. One of those children could have found that gun while that bag was left unattended.” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.
“I’m fortunate to have prosecutors like Daniel who never lose sight of the big picture—the health and safety of our communities. We’re lucky to have him.” Mosby said.
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