Police charge man in double shooting in '08

Handgun found during December traffic stop leads to arrest

February 05, 2010|By Justin Fenton | justin.fenton@baltsun.com

City police have charged a 34-year-old man in a January 2008 double shooting at a West Baltimore liquor store that left one man dead and another paralyzed.

James Fortune was pulled over during a traffic stop in December and police found a semiautomatic handgun. The gun has been linked to the Jan. 24, 2008, shootings of Sidney Millner, 25, and Natavein Henry, 31, according to charging documents. Millner was shot in the neck and died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, while Henry was paralyzed from the neck down.

Detective Kirk Hastings wrote in charging documents that witnesses identified Fortune as the person responsible for the shooting, but the Dec. 7, 2009, traffic stop that uncovered the handgun provided the evidence to charge him. Fortune has been held without bond since then on charges related to that incident, court records show.

A motive for the shooting was unknown, Hastings wrote.

Fortune, of the 1100 block of N. Mount St., was convicted of murder in 1995. He was sentenced to 20 years behind bars; half the sentence was suspended, to be followed by probation.

He was charged three times with violating his probation and twice convicted, but was never sentenced to more than time served. In 2008, he was indicted on drug distribution counts and pleaded guilty. Prosecutors said they sought prison time, but a judge sentenced him to 10 years with all but time served suspended.

In a separate case, police have charged 26-year-old Dominic Rabey in the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Raymond Gibson on Jan. 19 in the 1400 block of N. Caroline St. Gibson was shot in the back of the head from across the street, police said at the time.

Charging documents indicated only that police located witnesses who tied Rabey to the shooting. Rabey is on probation from a drug conviction in July 2009 in which he was sentenced to 10 years, nine years and three months of which were suspended.

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