Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

October 10, 2012 -- A Baltimore City Circuit Court jury has convicted Shannon Allen for stealing the furniture of the man who provided temporary housing to her, her family, and her boyfriend. The jury also found Allen's brother, Nathan Lucas, guilty of trying to kill the victim.

In late 2010, the victim took in Shannon Allen, as well as her boyfriend, children, grandchildren, and brother for what was to be a brief period. However, after they had remained in his home in the 1600 block of Stonewood Road for two months, the victim asked them to leave.

On October 14, 2010, while the victim was at work, Allen and a group of unidentified individuals removed almost everything from his home. They took the washer, dryer, sofa, tables, television, lamps, rugs, stereo equipment, dining room set, computer, kitchen appliances, cooking supplies, linens, wedding gifts, and even a toilet. The victim returned to an empty home save for a fake plant standing in the middle of his living room.

The victim called Allen's boyfriend and informed him that he would be filing charges the following day. On October 15, he filed a citizen's complaint against Allen. At approximately 10:30 p.m. the same evening, Allen's brother, Nathan Lucas, entered the victim's bedroom and shot him in the chest.

Police executed a search and seizure warrant at Allen's new home and found many of the stolen items.

The jury convicted Allen, 36, of theft of more than $1,000 and conspiracy to commit theft. She faces a maximum sentence of 20 years.

Lucas, 24, was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder, use of a handgun in a crime of violence, and related charges. He faces a maximum sentence of life plus 29 years in prison.

Both defendants are scheduled for sentencing on November 30, 2012.

Assistant State's Attorney Roya Hanna prosecuted the case.