Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 7/6/15

Demetrius Macklin is facing 15 years in prison for attempting to recover a handgun from his vehicle after a fight at a nightclub.

Macklin was convicted of being in possession of a regulated firearm by a person with a disqualifying conviction. Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel Kim prosecuted the case.

On October 5, 2013, at approximately 2:42am, in the 1300 block of Russell St., officers responded to a local nightclub after receiving a call about a fight at the location. Security officers pointed out Macklin, who was at this point, walking back to a vehicle parked nearby. Macklin had just been removed from the club, after being sprayed with pepper spray. 

As officers approached, Macklin was about to enter the vehicle, on the front passenger-side. Officers observed Macklin kneeling down into the vehicle while reaching into the glove box area. Officers asked Macklin to step away from the car but Macklin refused and continued to kneel into the vehicle. The officers drew their weapons and again ordered Macklin to exit the vehicle. A security guard from the club then helped remove Macklin from the vehicle. Macklin quickly dropped an object back into the vehicle and backed away from the car— then locked the door with a keyless remote.

Once Macklin was separated from the vehicle, officers looked inside and saw a black Taurus .40 cal. handgun on the front passenger-side floorboard. Officers used Macklin’s remote to open the door and recovered the handgun. The gun was loaded with a magazine containing 13 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition, with one round of .40 caliber ammunition loaded in the chamber of the handgun. Macklin is prohibited from possessing a regulated firearm due to a prior conviction in 2007 for robbery with a deadly weapon.

“It is the swift action of the police and the security guards at this night club that prevented anyone from being seriously hurt or killed.” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said. “It’s these small number of repeat violent offenders who are responsible for a majority of the crime in our city and it is crucial that we get them off our streets.”

Macklin is scheduled for sentencing on July 15, 2015. He faces a minimum of 5 years in prison without parole , and is also backing up 10 years for a prior armed robbery conviction in Baltimore County.