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Armed home intruder shoots at Nurse, sentenced to 60 years

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Posted at 9:47 PM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 21:47:15-04

A Baltimore man has been sentenced to 60 years for entering into a travel nurse's home and shooting at her.

The incident occurred in July of 2016 when the victim, who is a travel nurse was staying at her rented residence on South Rose Street when the intruder, Shawn Batten, entered the home wearing a mask with the intentions of stealing money and drugs. When the victim saw a moment to escape, Batten the caught the victim and struck her over the head with his semi-automatic pistol before pushing past the victim and fleeing southbound on Rose Street. 

Baltimore Police detectives investigated the incident and were able to identify the suspect through a confidential informant who was able to recognize his tattoos from photos. They were also able to reveal that Batten's wife owned a company that had been hired to do renovation work at the residence.

After executing an arrest warrant, detectives were able to recover portions of the hand-made masks that matched the victim's description. Batten's DNA was also found on these items.

Batten was sentenced to 60 years in prison for attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, attempted armed robbery, burglary in the first degree, and using a handgun in commission a crime of violence.