Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 5/19/15

Kevin Smith, 34, was found guilty of unlawfully possessing a handgun, and now faces a maximum of 15 years, first five without parole, behind bars. Assistant State’s Attorney Jesse Arnold prosecuted the case.

On August 14th, 2014 a police officer noticed a group of men, including Smith, loitering in the area of the 500 block of Normandy Avenue. The officer told the group of men to disperse, which they did, however the officer noticed Smith remained standing next to a parked Chevy Cavalier before walking away.

Curious, the officer kneeled down and found a Smith and Wesson .38 special revolver, with 5 live rounds in the chamber, tucked into the wheel well. The officer then retreated with the gun to a hidden location where he monitored the vehicle. Less than an hour later, Kevin Smith returned to the vehicle looking for the gun behind the wheel well.

“This case was won all because of police testimony,” said Arnold. “They were very consistent and thorough and engaged well with the jury.”

Smith was convicted of second degree rape in 2007, and spent 8 years behind bars.

“The work between my office and the Baltimore Police is critical when it comes to solving crime and keeping neighborhoods safe in Baltimore,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, “I am proud of the collaboration between my office and the police department in getting this individual off our streets .”

Smith will be sentenced in July.