Man gets life plus 20 years for Baltimore murder

BALTIMORE - A Baltimore man was sentenced Friday to life plus 20 years in prison for killing another man in a drug deal gone bad.

Kenneth Jackson was convicted in the July 5, 2012 killing of Andre Davis in the northeast Baltimore neighborhood of 4 X 4, according to the Baltimore City State's Attorney office.

The state's attorney office said Davis went to a home in the 3400 block of Ravenwood Ave.  to discuss, he believed, the sale of a large quantity of marijuana. However, Jackson drew a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun on him and announced a robbery.

Davis tried to escape by jumping off the small balcony outside the back door, but Jackson chased him and fired 13 shots, striking him four times; three to the back and one to the abdomen.

Jackson was convicted of felony murder, handgun use in a crime of violence and possession a handgun by a person prohibited to possess one due to a previous felony conviction.

"As we see all too often, where there is drug dealing, there is also violence," said Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein in a statement. "That's one of the reasons we are working aggressively and strategically with our law enforcement partners to investigate, prosecute, and incarcerate drug distribution operations from root to branch.

"By dismantling them, we can reduce the violence and return neighborhoods to their rightful owners; the people who are trying to live there in peace."

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