May 14, 2014 -- For tracking down and killing the man he argued with at a party earlier in the evening, Antwain Eccles, 33, received a sentence today of life plus 20 years in prison.
Just as the victim was approaching his home on February 12, 2012, after having attended a party, Eccles approached him in the rear alley in the 5900 block of Laclede Road. Eccles and the victim had a dispute at the party, and Eccles resumed the argument outside of the victim’s house. He drew a handgun from his pocket and pointed it at the victim, but Eccles’s friends were able to calm him down. Eccles put the gun away, and his friends left the alley. Eccles remained, however, prompting one of his friends to return to try to get him to leave. Instead of leaving without incident, Eccles drew the gun and shot the victim seven times at close range, including once in the face.
On March 11, 2014, a Baltimore jury convicted Eccles of first-degree murder and use of a handgun in a crime of violence.
State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein commended Baltimore City Police Department Detective Marin Young and Assistant State’s Attorney Amy E. Donze for their successful investigation and prosecution of the case.
“This was a senseless and unconscionable act of violence. We are therefore gratified that this predator will now spend his future where he belongs — in prison. As always, we hope that this outcome helps the victim’s loved ones to achieve a sense of closure,” State’s Attorney Bernstein said.