2 get life terms in shootings

CRIME WATCH

June 13, 2007

Two Baltimore men who shot two others and then fled from police were sentenced yesterday to terms of life in prison.

Last month, a city jury convicted Kenneth Johnson, 21, of the 3200 block of Pelham Ave. of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and use of a handgun. The jury also convicted Kevin Martin, 26, of the 8400 block of Downey Dale Drive of conspiracy to commit murder.

Along with a third man, Timothy Davis, who also was convicted of assault and other counts, police believe Johnson and Martin shot two men April 13, 2006, in the 3300 block of Cardenas Ave. Dewarren Artes was shot in the back and Brandon Harvell was shot in the leg.

Police approaching the scene saw a vehicle driving down a dark alley with its lights off. The car stopped briefly, and the driver told police there was a shooting, but then the car sped off.

Circuit Judge John N. Prevas sentenced Johnson to life in prison plus 50 years and Martin to life in prison. Davis is to be sentenced this month.

Julie Bykowicz

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