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Man sentenced to life in prison for 2018 murder on Friday

Posted at 8:12 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 20:12:28-05

BALTIMORE — 26-year-old Douglas Dorsey was sentenced to life plus 20 years for first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.

According to police, in June 2018, Maryland State Police responded to a shooting in the 1600 block of Baker Street and found Michael Johnson suffering from five gunshot wounds to the back and legs. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced deadly.

It was discovered that moments before the shooting occurred, Johnson and two others were sitting on the steps of a row home when Dorsey and a second suspect opened fire on Johnson, firing several rounds.

The victim attempted to run but collapsed within feet of where he was shot.

A few weeks later, the second murder suspect was shot and killed.

After further investigation, detectives were able to identify both suspects after sharing photographic stills from the CCTV footage along with a portion of the surveillance video with the public.

During this investigation, witnesses came forward with knowledge of the suspects and a witness was shown a photographic array and positively identified the defendant, Douglas Dorsey, as one of the suspects in the video footage, They also identified a second suspect, as the shooter who killed the victim.

They also spoke with another witness who positively identified Dorsey as one of the suspects in the photo array. The witness stated that he’d seen both suspects on the day after the murder and that both men admitted to killing Johnson and explained the details of what happened.