Man, 18, guilty of attempted murder

He tried to shoot teen-age girl

trial set in 2002 fatal shooting

January 22, 2003|By Laurie Willis | Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore jury convicted a teen-ager yesterday of attempted second-degree murder and related offenses, including robbery and the use of a handgun in the commission of an act of violence.

Tyrone Beane, 18, is scheduled for sentencing March 6, the same day he is supposed to stand trial on a murder charge. In that case, Beane is accused of cutting off his home monitoring device and later shooting and killing a man in January of last year.

Assistant State's Attorney Gerard Volatile said prosecutors will push for the maximum sentence as a result of yesterday's conviction - a cumulative time of 60 years.

"I was hoping for attempted first-degree murder, which would have meant Beane faced life. ... But we're pleased that [the jury] convicted him," said Volatile, who assisted prosecutor Greg Hopper.

The handgun conviction carries a maximum 20-year sentence, with no eligibility for parole during the first five years.

Beane, of the 700 block of Wharton Court, was accused of shooting Far'd Myles during a street fight in November 2001, then attempting to kill a teen-age girl nearby, to prevent her from going to police.

The girl testified Friday that she had just left a recreation center in the 1300 block of Monument St. when she heard two gunshots and saw three men, including Beane, standing over an injured man. She said that moments later, Beane approached her, held a gun to her head and told her to empty her pockets.

Another man encouraged him to shoot her, she said. Beane pulled the trigger four times and the gun failed to discharge, the girl testified. He then punched her in the chest.

Myles was too frightened to testify, prosecutors said.

While Beane was found guilty of eight charges, he was acquitted on 10 others, including attempted first-degree murder against Myles and the girl.

Beane's attorney, Charles H. Dorsey, had argued that the girl had given conflicting descriptions of her assailant.

"The best that I can figure is some [jurors] believed that [Beane] was not the guy with the gun, but he was there and he participated," Volatile said.

Beane is scheduled to stand trial in March in the killing of Taharka McCoy, 25, and he also faces assault and drug possession charges filed in November 2000.

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