Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 6/23/2017

Spence Jeffers and Steven Johnson were sentenced this week in connection to the killing of Kevin Gray. Jeffers and Johnson were both sentenced to 110 years for conspiracy to commit murder; second degree murder; using a handgun to commit a crime of violence; and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Seidel prosecuted the case.

On August 26, 2015 at approximately 2:30 p.m., plain clothes police officers observed two men approach the victim, Gray, on the sidewalk of the 100 block of S. Calverton Rd in Shipley Hill. Both suspects—Jeffers and Johnson— displayed a firearm and both discharged multiple rounds, striking and killing the victim. A second victim, a senior citizen sitting on her porch steps, immediately behind Gray and was struck by the gun fire in the head, requiring hospitalization. 

The elderly victim survived her injury. 

Both suspects then fled the scene where they were pursued by multiple police units. Jeffers was apprehended hiding behind a shed inside a gated property. He was identified by pursuing officers as the suspect originally observed by the undercover officers. During the area canvass, police located a blood trail leading from the crime scene to the passenger side of the getaway car. Police also located one of the murder weapons, a Glock 27 .40 cal semi-auto pistol, which was covered in blood. DNA testing was conducted and confirmed that the blood from the trail and the gun belonged to Johnson.

“Not only did we lose another life because of senseless violence but these criminals injured an undeserving member of our elderly community,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “This 110 year sentence should send a message to would-be killers in Baltimore that justice will prevail. My prayer is that the elderly victim has a full recovery and that the Gray family continues to heal.”