BALTIMORE (WMAR) - A Baltimore man was sentenced to life in prison for attempting to kill his girlfriend because she refused to marry him, according to a release from the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office.
Dominic Matthews, 41, of the 1700 block of North Avenue, will serve 22 years of his life sentence and five years supervised probation Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Martin P. Welch ruled Wednesday.
Matthews was found guilty of breaking into his then-girlfriend’s home in the 900 block of Seagull Avenue back on January 17, 2012. Matthews woke his girlfriend up and the two argued about her decision to not marry him, the release states.
Unsatisfied with her response, Matthews pulled a silver revolver and threatened to kill his girlfriend.
“He also restrained her, using duct tape and neckties,” the release states. “However, the victim was able to persuade Matthews to leave the house with her to go to the bank and get something to eat”
The argument escalated when the two returned home, which lead to Matthews shooting his girlfriend in the lower abdomen. The bullet passed through her body and exited through her lower back, causing the victim to lose consciousness, the release states.
When she came to, the girlfriend begged Matthews to take her to the hospital. He agreed, but detoured to the 500 block of Roundview Road to dispose of the revolver and bullets. He additionally told his girlfriend to lie to hospital staff and say that she had been shot while walking down the street.
The victim however told medical staffers the truth. She was sent to Shock Trauma for treatment.
Matthews pleaded guilty in May 2013 to attempted first-degree murder and use of handgun in a crime of violence.
Assistant State's Attorney Kurt Bjorklund prosecuted the case.
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