City man charged in fatal shooting

Suspect served time for assault, robbery

June 16, 2007|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter

A 21-year-old man freed last month on probation after being convicted of assault -- and who also served time for an armed home invasion four years ago -- has been arrested and charged in a killing in Baltimore, police said yesterday.

Michael H. Wallace of the 3100 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway in West Baltimore was charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting Tuesday of Sterling A. Carr Jr., 28. Wallace was arrested Wednesday and is being held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center, court records show.

Wallace's is the first arrest that police have made in connection with 13 city homicides reported this month. Warrants have been issued for two suspects in the fatal stabbing of Michael L. Simms, 18, a Marine reservist who was killed Sunday, but police have not arrested them.

Police did not release details about a possible motive in Carr's killing.

The city has recorded 140 homicides this year compared with 122 killings for the same period last year.

According to court records, Wallace was convicted of robbery and second-degree assault for an armed home invasion in February 2003. Police said he and an accomplice barged into a house, pointed a pellet gun at a mother and her two daughters, robbed them and stole a car.

Wallace was given a three-year prison sentence, while his accomplice, who was younger than 18 at the time, had his case transferred to juvenile court. It's unclear from court records how much prison time Wallace served, but he was out by early this year.

Wallace was arrested again April 25 and charged with second-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure. Police said he chased after his girlfriend's father with a knife during an argument, but the man was not cut.

Wallace was found guilty May 30 and given a two-year prison sentence, which was suspended by District Judge Jamey H. Weitzman, who placed him on probation for two years.

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