Crime Briefs

July 30, 2009

Sun employee killed in Sunday's violence

An 18-year-old, one of two men killed Sunday night in a wave of violence, was an employee of The Baltimore Sun, working out of its Sun Park production plant. Gary Martin of the 3000 block of McElderry St. was shot along with Darvin Jones, 19, about 10:20 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of N. Conkling St. He was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital. Tom Moore, a senior shift manager for packaging at Sun Park, said that for a year and a half, Martin was a mailroom trainee who helped feed machines. "He was just a normal kid," Moore said. Court records show Martin was charged in January 2007 with armed robbery and related charges that were dropped by prosecutors less than a month later.

- Justin Fenton

City man sentenced for attempted murder

A 33-year-old Baltimore man who pleaded guilty to attempted murder and robbery after he shot a man in the groin and held up a string of Royal Farms stores last year was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday, according to the city state's attorney's office. Derrick Williams of the 6600 block of Moonflower Court shot a man in the groin during an attempted robbery in June 2008, prosecutors said. A witness identified Williams to police. Williams also robbed four Royal Farms stores over a two-month span beginning that June, prosecutors said.

- Brent Jones

City police officer gets 10 days for assault

A Baltimore police officer was convicted of second-degree assault and sentenced to 10 days in prison Monday after he punched a woman in the face during an argument in May, according to the city state's attorney's office. Joseph Bannerman, 31, of the 6600 block of Spring Mill Circle in Gwynn Oak, had been assigned to the department's Violent Crime Impact Division. He was suspended from the department and could be fired pending the outcome of an internal investigation, according to a police spokesman. The incident occurred May 8 on the porch of the woman's home in the 2900 block of W. Mosher St., according to prosecutors. Bannerman punched, choked and pushed her to the floor during the argument, prosecutors said.

- Brent Jones

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