Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

February 3, 2014 -- For murdering Andrew Davis during an armed robbery attempt in the northeast neighborhood of 4 X 4, Kenneth Jackson was convicted by a jury and sentenced Friday to life plus 20 years in prison.

On July 5, 2012, Davis went to a home in the 3400 block of Ravenwood Avenue to discuss, he believed, the sale of a large quantity of marijuana. However, when he arrived Jackson drew a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun on him and announced a robbery. The evidence presented showed that Davis tried to escape by jumping off the small balcony outside the back door. Jackson pursued and fired 13 shots at him. Davis was discovered in the rear alley at around 9:30 p.m. suffering from four gunshot wounds – three to the back and one to the abdomen. He died a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Despite conflicting accounts from the only two eyewitnesses to the robbery attempt and with no witnesses who actually saw the shooting, a Baltimore City Circuit Court jury convicted Jackson of felony murder, handgun use in a crime of violence, and possession a handgun by a person prohibited to possess one due to a previous felony conviction.

“As we see all too often, where there is drug dealing, there is also violence. That’s one of the reasons we are working aggressively and strategically with our law enforcement partners to investigate, prosecute, and incarcerate drug distribution operations from root to branch. By dismantling them, we can reduce the violence and return neighborhoods to their rightful owners — the people who are trying to live there in peace,” State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said. “As always, I hope this outcome helps Mr. Davis’s loved ones to achieve a sense of closure.”

Assistant State’s Attorney Sharon R. Holback prosecuted the case.