For Immediate Release 2/24/2017
East Baltimore— Steven Marshall was convicted by a Baltimore City jury of possession of a firearm after being previously convicted of a disqualifying crime. Marshall faces a maximum sentence of 15 years—5 of which he must serve without the possibility of parole— for his crime.
Assistant State’s Attorney Danielle Cardin prosecuted the case.
On June 29, 2016 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Baltimore Police detectives in an unmarked vehicle conducted a traffic stop in the 1200 block of East North Avenue after observing a vehicle with what appeared to be illegally tinted windows.
As the officers approached the vehicle, they witnessed Marshall lean forward in the front passenger seat in a manner that led officers to suspect he was placing an object on the floorboard. Based on their training and experience, the officers believed that the defendant was placing a gun or other contraband on the floor.
Within seconds of making the motion, the defendant exited the vehicle and began walking down the street. The driver and rear passenger remained in the vehicle. While one officer stopped Marshall, the others approached the vehicle. Upon speaking to the driver of the vehicle, an officer immediately observed the handle of a handgun sticking out in plain view on the front passenger floorboard, exactly where Marshall had made the earlier motions before exiting the vehicle.
Both the driver an rear passenger were asked to exit the vehicle, and detectives recovered the .25 caliber handgun, containing one live round in the chamber and a magazine containing four live rounds.
“At just 24 years old, Mr. Marshall’s record includes multiple gun convictions and a second degree assault charge. We’ve seen overwhelming evidence that those who carry illegal firearms in Baltimore are a threat to both themselves and the public,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “I believe the work by the detectives on this case is proof that sound police training and experience are leading directly to the removal of armed and dangerous people from our communities. And, I must commend ASA Danielle Cardin for securing this conviction, and hopefully getting this violent crime driver off our streets for a long time.”
Marshall is scheduled for sentencing on April 14, 2017.