Tuesday, December 18, 2007

25 Years for Murder and Robbery of Jose Mendoza

From the SA's office:
At arraignment today, William Salmeron, 21, of Owings Mills, Maryland pled guilty to second degree murder, attempted robbery deadly weapon and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. Judge Lynn K. Stewart sentenced Salmeron to 25 years in prison for the murder count and a concurrent 20 years for the robbery and five years for the handgun counts.

On January 16, 2006, Salmeron was among a group of people who entered a restaurant in the 400 block of S. Newkirk Street announcing a robbery. Salmeron, who admitted to police to belonging to the gang MS-13, told the court today that he and the others were riding around and needed money. He and the unknown assailants with a shotgun attempted to rob the establishment when the owner, Jose Mendoza, 42, grabbed the weapon. A struggled ensued and one of the assailants shot Mendoza in the head. He died at Johns Hopkins Hospital the same day.

Salmeron is already serving a 26-year prison sentence handed down for a murder in North Carolina and is facing murder charges for a pending case in Baltimore County.

Assistant State’s Attorney and Homicide Division Chief Mark Cohen prosecuted this case.

1 comment:

Marc said...

More bus mayhem:

A young girl was stabbed in the arm today on a Maryland Transit Administration bus, authorities said.

The girl was treated at the scene and is expected to be fine.

MTA officials said that about 4 p.m. a fight broke out between two groups of juveniles on the No. 51 bus near Mondawmin Mall. The driver alerted police and stopped the bus, and the girl ran to a nearby city police officer for help.

MTA officials said several juvenile suspects were taken into custody.

Earlier this month, a woman suffered broken facial bones and other injuries after she was beaten while riding a Baltimore bus. Nine teenagers have been charged in the attack.

At least the driver called the cops this time.