For Immediate Release 9/15/15
Antonio Braxton pled guilty to first-degree murder and use of a handgun during the commission of a violent crime.
He was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison, suspend all but 30 years for his crime.
Assistant State’s Attorney Kurt Bjorklund prosecuted the case.
On July 2, 2013, at approximately 5:40 pm, homicide detectives with Baltimore Police responded to the 4200 block of Pimlico Road in the Central Park Heights neighborhood after receiving a dispatch call for a shooting. Upon their arrival, detectives met with Officer Etheredge who advised them that he responded to the block and saw a man, later identified as Davon Ockimey, lying on the ground suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the upper left side of his chest. Ockimey was taken to Sinai Hospital where he died.
The initial investigation revealed that after Ockimey was shot by Braxton, he ran, but collapsed. CCTV video surveillance as well as video footage from the store captured evidence valuable to the investigation.
In court Ockimey’s family told the judge Braxton’s actions were selfish.
“[Braxton] took [Ockimey’s] life in his own community in broad daylight. That was selfish. He has children. [Braxton] didn’t have to pick up a gun. Taking a life is forever. I don’t have any ill will towards Mr. Braxton, I’ve forgiven him. He will have to answer to God,” said a member of Ockimey’s family who delivered a victim impact statement at the sentencing hearing.
“We must continue the fight to keep violent people off of our streets. Today’s sentence reinforces the fact that disputes that end in gun violence have permanent consequences for both parties,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.