BALTIMORE — De'Andre Sleet has been found guilty all eight counts in the September 2018 shooting death of Tim Moriconi.
It was an act of violence in Federal Hill that sent shock waves around the city. In 2018, police characterized the crime as a robbery gone wrong.
The shooting happened around 7:20 p.m. on September 27 in the 1200 block of Riverside Avenue, in the Riverside neighborhood, a small neighborhood adjacent to Federal Hill, the district of houses, shops and bars that tends to be a catch-all for that area of South Baltimore. The shooting occurred blocks away from Digital Harbor High School.
Officers called to the scene found Moriconi with a gunshot wound to his upper body.
Officials say Moriconi was later taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.
“About 30 percent of the cases we have to get rid of is because of a lack of witness cooperation," Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City State’s Attorney said. "This particular case we had video surveillance that allowed us to try to connect the dots. It was great police work and that collaboration between my office and the police department.”
Sleet has a record, robbing a man on New Years Day in 2013. he was given probation and avoided five years behind bars, in large part because he was a few months shy of graduating from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.
They found Sleet with the murder weapon in the car witnesses described leaving the scene.
Tonight, the defense said the jury looked at that history more than concrete evidence when making their decision.
“Which was the DNA, which I think was a major credibility loss. Why would they not test my clients DNA to see whether or not it was on the gun because that would be conclusive proof that he did or did not commit this," Attorney William Buie said.
His attorney said he plans to appeal the ruling.