For Immediate Release 4/21/16
Keith Davis Jr. was sentenced to the mandatory minimum of five years without parole after being convicted of prohibited possession of a firearm.
On June 7, 2015, Davis, entered a man’s vehicle and demanded a ride. The man refused and Davis pulled out a gun from his bag and pointed it at the frightened driver and demanded money.
The man drove several blocks to St. Charles Avenue and W. Belvedere Avenue, where he encountered Baltimore Police officers handling an unrelated traffic accident. The man jumped out of his car and told the officers that there was an armed man inside of his vehicle. Davis then ran from the scene and officers pursued him on foot.
The officers chased Davis into an auto repair garage. Officers yelled several times for Davis to drop his weapon, but he refused. Davis ran behind a refrigerator and large tool box cabinet and pointed his gun at the officers. The responding officers discharged their weapons hitting Davis, who fell to the ground and surrendered. He was taken to Sinai Hospital for treatment. Davis' .22 caliber firearm was recovered at the scene.
In February, a jury found him guilty of prohibited possession of a regulated firearm.
"This sentence is the mandatory minimum penalty under the law,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “This conviction and sentence should serve as a reminder that felons with guns will not only be held accountable but will be appropriately punished.”