BALTIMORE - A Baltimore man was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences in prison plus 100 years for shooting three people, killing one of them, according to a release from the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City.
Horton was convicted on Feb. 11, 2014 of murdering Sean Rhodes and shooting two others in what authorities called an act of revenge, for “some previous slight” committed against one of Horton’s friends.
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Horton, 27, of the 4900 block of Edgemere Avenue, ambushed Rhodes and his friends in the 2100 block of West North Avenue at 5:55 a.m. on Jan. 13, 2013. Horton shot Rhodes in the head at close range with a .38 caliber revolver before fleeing in a getaway car.
Rhodes died from his injuries, although his friend—who also was also shot in the head—survived.
Horton went on to lure a woman to an isolated parking lot in the 2400 block of Presbury Street a short time later. He shot her twice—once in the face—before leaving her to die. He said to her, “if you ain’t blood, you’re dead.”
The woman survived the attack.
"By committing these abhorrent acts of senseless violence, the defendant sent the clear message that he has no regard for human life. By successfully prosecuting him and securing this protracted prison sentence, we, too, have sent a message: we will fight tirelessly to remove violent predators from our streets to make all of our neighborhoods safer," State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said.
Assistant State's Attorney Charles Blomquist prosecuted the case.