A Homicide Over $300; Andre Mosby Faces 50 years for Second Degree Murder

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The Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City announced they won a conviction in the death of Kenneth Collins. Andre Mosby may spend the rest of his life in prison. He faces 50 years for his conviction of second-degree murder. His conviction includes the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence; wearing, carrying and transporting a handgun.

According to the Press Release, “On March 15, 2016, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Baltimore Police were flagged down by a citizen and directed to the 2400 block of East Monument Street. Police were advised that a male was shot inside “Rod’s Barbershop.” Officers located Kenneth Collins, an employee of the barbershop, on the second floor of the store lying face down in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound to his head. The crime scene, located on the first floor of the barbershop, consisted of two 9 mm shell casings, a blood trail leading to the location of Collins, as well as a pair of glasses directly outside of the barbershop entrance. Mr. Collins was transported to Johns Hopkins where he was pronounced dead at 9:34 p.m.”

During Mosby’s trial, the prosecutor, Michael Dunty informed the jury that Mosby was known as the “BGE Dr.” According to the Baltimore Sun, “Mosby could rewire an electric meter for friends to avoid the bill from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.”

Per the Baltimore Sun, Lawrence Rosenberg, Mosby’s attorney told jurors, “that while Mosby rewired a meter for Collins, he never orchestrated the killing. In June, a jury found Ignatius Lawrence Jr. guilty of pulling the trigger.” Lawrence was convicted of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence, and other related offenses, per state attorney’s office.

Andre Mosby, 31, left and Ignatius Lawrence, 32 right

In addition, Rosenberg told the jury, “Nobody has somebody killed over a couple of hundred dollars.” He also stated, “Never would Mr. Mosby have this victim executed… The person that did this dastardly act did so on his own.”

The State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby disagreed. “A human life is worth more than $300. Such a blatant disregard for human life will not be tolerated in the City of Baltimore, and perpetrators of such senseless acts of violence will be held to the fullest extent of the law for their role, whether they pulled the trigger or facilitated the murder. While nothing can bring Mr. Collins’ back to those who loved and cared for him, we hope that knowing the two men responsible for his death will be held accountable gives them peace, stated Marilyn Mosby.”

Lawrence’s sentencing is scheduled for October 11, 2017; he faces two life sentences plus 35 years. Mosby faces 50 years and his sentencing is scheduled for October 17, 2017.

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