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Man faces life plus 35 years in prison for bar fight turned murder

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Posted at 11:04 AM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 09:21:26-04

BALTIMORE — A man is facing life in prison plus an additional 35 years for the killing of a man outside of a bar in Baltimore.

About a year ago on July 8, 2018, police were called to investigate a shooting at a bar located at 400 North Haven Street around 2 a.m. Officials say officers found the victim, identified as Emmanuel Cruz, in a parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound. Cruz was later taken to a local hospital where he died.

Baltimore Police detectives investigated the incident and learned that Cruz and the suspect, Jaquan Burks, got into a fight outside the bar. Witnesses told police that Burks pulled out his gun and shot and killed Cruz.

Burks was convicted of first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence and possession of a firearm. His sentencing is scheduled for August 26, 2019, where he faces life plus 35 years for the murder of Cruz.