Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

March 27, 2014 -- For shooting the man he suspected of killing one of his associates, Kendell Langley, 33, was sentenced today to 30 years in prison.

On November 14, 2012, someone murdered Langley’s friend, Christopher Briggs, in the 2800 block of Fenwick Avenue. One month later, on December 28, 2012, Langley shot the individual he suspected of killing Briggs, according to the State’s theory. Two days later, Langley himself was shot. The Briggs murder remains under investigation. Benji Shannon has been criminally charged for allegedly shooting Langley.

Langley conducted his attack in the 2700 block of The Alameda, shooting the victim in the back as he was trying to run away from the gunman. The victim initially told police that he could not identify the shooter, claiming the assailant was wearing a mask at the time of attack. He later admitted that he had seen the shooter and picked Langley out of a photo array. However, he declared that he would not take part in any trial against Langley. On the eve of trial, the victim again changed his account of the incident, asserting that his gunshot wounds were self-inflicted. He explained that the handgun in his front waistband inadvertently discharged. The bullet grazed his left thigh before lodging in the back of his right knee. The bullet hole is in the back of the victim’s jeans.

Despite the fact that the only eyewitness to the shooting recanted his testimony at trial, a Baltimore jury convicted Langley of all charges, including first-degree assault, use of a firearm in a crime of violence, and possession of a regulated firearm by a person prohibited from having one due to a previous felony conviction.

“Individuals interested in delivering so-called street justice on a neighborhood corner should take note that we will fight aggressively to bring you to real justice, first in a courtroom and then in a prison cell,” State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said. “I commend the police and my Major Investigations Unit for prevailing in very tough case involving a single recanting eyewitness.”

The Major Investigations Unit was responsible for the prosecution of the case.