Boy, 15, pleads guilty in killing of cabdriver

May 05, 2007

A 15-year-old boy pleaded guilty to second-degree murder yesterday in last year's killing of a cabdriver in Northeast Baltimore.

Damon Holmes of the 6600 block of Old Harford Road also pleaded guilty to use of a handgun in a crime of violence and robbery with a deadly weapon, according to the Baltimore state's attorney's office.

Prosecutors said Holmes shot and killed 28-year-old Oumar Bah on May 31 last year in the 7100 block of McClean Blvd. Bah had picked up Holmes on Northern Parkway and was dropping him off when the shooting occurred. Holmes then took money from the cab.

Bah, who worked for Jimmy's Cab, was the first taxi driver killed on the job since 2003 in the city, according to police.

Sentencing is set for June 29 before Circuit Judge Lynn K. Stewart. Holmes - who is being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center - could receive a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, according to city prosecutors.

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