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Jury Finds Randallstown Man Not Guilty in 2011 Shooting

Sterling Lewis was charged with first-degree murder in the botched drug robbery that left a 19-year-old man dead.

A Baltimore County jury found a Randallstown man not guilty of first-degree murder Friday.

Sterling Lewis, 22, of the 3900 block of Nemo Road was also charged with first-degree assault, use of a handgun in commission of a violent crime and attempted robbery with a dangerous or deadly weapon.

Nine of Lewis' family members present in the courtroom cried out loud as the verdict was read.

The jury in Baltimore County Circuit Court took a day and a half to reach the verdict.

According to testimony, Lewis and another man—identified as Reginald Frederick, who was convicted in July—attempted to rob Lewis' friend, Everald Thomas.

Thomas testified that late on March 27, 2011, he pulled over his car in the 4000 block of Winlee Road in Randallstown for what he believed was a marijuana sale. Thomas was accompianied by friend Willie Jackson, 19, of Milford Mill. Two masked men—one of whom Thomas immediately recognized as Lewis—got in his car to discuss the deal.

Thomas got out of the car and was allegedly held up by Lewis. Jackson got out of the car, and was followed by Frederick. The two got into a fight, Thomas testified, and then Thomas joined the fight to defend Jackson. Lewis allegedly fired several shots from his handgun, hitting Jackson.

A handgun found in a bookbag in the Baltimore City residence where Lewis was arrested matched spent cartridges left at the scene.

However, in the trial this week, defense attorney Warren Brown attempted to cast doubt largely upon Thomas, the state's key witness. Thomas had misled police in his early statements following the shooting and withheld his knowledge that led to Lewis and Frederick.

Prosecutors countered that evidence backed the story that Thomas later told investigators, and to the jury on the stand. However, the evidence was apparently not sufficient to convict Lewis. Brown said he was "not surprised" by the jury's decision.

"It was just this one guy who admittedly lied often to the detectives," Brown said after the verdict. "I certainly think that there was reasonable doubt there."

Prosecutor Joe Dominick was not available for comment immediately after the verdict.

George Costanza October 19, 2012 at 10:55 PM
I used to live in that area, Nemo and Winlee, about 18 years ago when the **igs started moving in, I got out, and glad I did. That area is turning into the worst part of Baltimore City.
Chillin October 20, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Harry, I too love how nature seems to take care of itself. Some humans seem to think they can outsmart nature and common sense with liberal leniencies and that THEY ‘really’ know what’s best for society. I would be curious to see how well the drug dealer would kill off each other if we stopped arresting them.
DHAMMER October 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM
More reason why Marylanders should have the right to carry.
Taneeka Richardson October 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Yall are sound real dumb and RACIST!!!
PerryHallParent October 20, 2012 at 12:29 PM
You know what "Taneeka", if you would take a moment to read over your comment, maybe, just maybe you would understand why some people react the way they do. Wow.
David October 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM
There are criminals both white and black that are committing acts of violence in Baltimore city and county. This is about the type of people that engage in such activities not about race. It is unfortunate that more people don't understand that and rather than work to uplift and repair their community they place blame and name call.
Steve October 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM
LOL The Dude that was shot was a drug dealer. You're advocating the right for drug dealers to carry firearms? What an Idiot!
Harry Callahan October 20, 2012 at 02:17 PM
@Chillin, I think that you're on to something, but I would suggest taking it a step further. I would like to see the authorities take up the position that if anyone is CONVICTED of a felony then if and when they die in what is now considered a "homicide" would be reclassified into "one less criminal on the street" and the police would not waste their time and energy (to say nothing of the money involved) doing an investigation of the so-called crime. Just call in the Fire Department to do a "wash down" of the "crime scene" and let that be the end of it. The friends, families, brother gang members, and the like would take care of the rest for us and AT NO COST to the taxpayer and law-abiding citizen regardless of race, creed, color natural origin, or even their immigration status. I call this plan the Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish project.
Harry Callahan October 20, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Darrell, in all likelihood this guy WAS already armed. While I am all in favor of Maryland becoming a SHALL ISSUE state wherein all law-abiding citizens should be able to obtain a concealed carry permit, this instantce was one in which the deceased was not, by definition, a law-abiding citizen and was, instead, engaged in a criminal act. These imbeciles do not need, would not qualify for, nor do they care about any law regarding the carrying of concealed weapons. They do that all the time anyway.
FIFA October 20, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I always wonder how a first time poster like Taneeka Richardson finds the Patch? Is it really someone professing their point of view? Or is it someone trying to jerk your chain to get you all riled up and to reinforce a stereotype? Conspiracy theorist I guess I am.
Other Tim October 20, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I agree that "George Costanza" is a racist. But you label everyone who posted here a racist because of one person. That's like the white people saying all black people are criminals because one is. I have a question for people like you who think that anyone who did not vote for Obama is a racist: what label do you have for a black man who did not vote for him?
Taneeka Richardson October 20, 2012 at 03:30 PM
@ other Tim..I called them miss informed! If my comment dont apply to you then no need to respond! IIt was not only that comment but others such as yeah bro....let them kill each other off...etc etc is rude...ignorrant and classless! I know we have freedom of speech..so..I am only posting my opinion as I am entilted to rather I am a first poster or not has nothing to do with the fact or the matter! Actually this page is dead anyways..and I only find it after googling the case..so please...I will not visit this page again with the lack of civility on this page ...blog or what ever the heck it is! FYI....Not saying that all white people are racist either or all people who voted against Obama is miss iinformed..that was a joke. I believe people vote on the issues...I hope!
JD1 October 20, 2012 at 04:12 PM
FIFA I think you nailed it. Tameela is probably some fat, angry white dude sitting at the computer in his tighty whities with Cheeto crumbs all over his lap...
Parkvillehoney October 20, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Mr Lewis could have escaped jail this time. Let's HOPE this is a wake up call for him to lead a responsible life not a life of crime.
Taneeka Richardson October 20, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I agree with you parkvillehoney...that's all we can do and same thing goes for Thomas! They both got a second chance at life for a reason and I hope they make the best of it! @jd1 I am not even going to reply to your stupid ass! Spell my name right before you comment next time too..please and thank you!
JD1 October 20, 2012 at 04:56 PM
TaNeeka - are the keys all orange now?
PerryHallParent October 20, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Why would who I voted for have anything to do with anything to begin with? Obama is just as mixed race as millions of Americans. You probably think he's black ROFL. Have you ever SEEN a photo of his mother? My comment about you was how uneducated you sounded and you didn't even take the time to even attempt to use proper grammar and your second comment just cements my appropriate comment. "looses" a life? "your" a racist, "yall" "if you all other mighty God". If you want to be taken seriously, then at least attempt to not sound like a third grader, nevermind, my third grader writes better than that!
PerryHallParent October 20, 2012 at 05:18 PM
LOL @ "Taneeka". You've a lot nerve asking others to spell your name right. I thought you weren't going to comment anymore? You didn't capitalize the p in Perry in my name, y'all need to spell my name right before you comment next time. Hilarious. @JD1, LMBO @ "are the keys all orange now?" Hahaha.
FIFA October 20, 2012 at 05:42 PM
With BIG letters too.
JD1 October 20, 2012 at 06:38 PM
PLEASE don't block Tawanda's posts until my friends get to read them!!
JD1 October 20, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Yep - She's a Clemson fan!
George Costanza October 20, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I don't know if Taneeka is real or not, but she sounds like the typical angry black female, and as I indicated above, it was her and her ilk moving into the area that got me to leave Nemo/Winlee many years ago, and super glad I did.
Taneeka Richardson October 20, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Typical angry black female...seriously? Ha....laughable! Fyi..I don't reside in Baltimore City or Baltimore County! Actually I live in the best county in the state! I guess the KKK will start moving out of Howard County too??? Lol..funny! Sthu like I said racist ass!
JD1 October 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Tamoola - I don't think they allow language like that in Howard County - you definitely sound more like Tacoma Park material. I still think you are a bald, fat, middle aged pedophile with a Cheetos fetish. Be careful - the state police are watching you...
Taneeka Richardson October 20, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Sorry to disapoint ya! Been a Howard County resident for last decade racist ass! Love it out here too! If anybody not who they claim there are is y'all the ones using alias..so what you got to hide?? Must be the white hood??
Tyler Waldman October 21, 2012 at 02:12 AM
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JD1 October 22, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Darn it - I was hoping Tameela would come back after a restful weekend and a few hours in church with some more of her intelligent discourse. What a shame!
Theresa October 24, 2012 at 05:26 AM
First of all my brother was not a drug dealer he was with a friend and lost his life for something he had nothing to do with, and for people to leave comments like this is just sad. It's hard for me to not go off on here but I'm not gonna let my brother be disrespected, his life was taking for no reason and now his son has to grow up without a father.
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