For Immediate Release 6/4/15
Britany Powers was sentenced Wednesday to Life, suspend all but 50 years, for the first degree murder of Gwendolyn Johnson and Life, suspend all but 30 years, for the attempted murder of Cha-Donna Chase.
On October 22nd, 2013 Gwendolyn Johnson was shot and killed in the 800 block of Abbott Court, in Baltimore’s Old Town neighborhood. The jury heard evidence that on the day of the murder Johnson and Powers had gotten into a physical altercation over $70.
Powers left the site of the altercation and returned to Johnson and Chase’s residence in Old Town with a weapon. Powers confronted the two women, and after a brief exchange of words, pulled out a handgun and fired at the two women. Johnson was struck, and died as a result of her injuries.
Assistant State's Attorney Charles Blomquist tried this case.
“The State made its recommendation for sentencing based on community safety, punishment, and amenability to rehabilitation.” Blomquist said at sentencing. “The taking of a life warranted a life sentence, and from a community safety perspective—there is nothing in [Powers’] past, or present actions in this case, that would indicate she could be rehabilitated.”
Powers maintained her innocence at the sentencing hearing.
State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, has placed great emphasis on convicting Baltimore’s most violent criminals.
“Anyone who commits murder over $70 deserves to be locked away from society permanently. I’m grateful for the work that Charles continues to do to keep our communities safe from unrepentant murders.” Mosby said.