For Immediate Release 3/10/2017
North Baltimore—Jerome Willis was convicted of using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence and the second degree murder of Antoine Pettiford. Assistant State’s Attorney Tonya LaPolla prosecuted the case.
On December 3, 2014 at approximately 1:30 a.m., police responded to the 3100 block of Greenmount Avenue in the Abell community following a call for a shooting. The responding officers found Pettiford suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma.
Investigators learned that the shooting stemmed from an interaction Pettiford had with Willis’ girlfriend. According to witness and video evidence, Willis and Pettiford were seen leaving the club moments apart just before the shooting.
“It’s hard to rationalize why someone would take another life over words exchanged in a club,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “The lives lost to violence in Baltimore City are infinitely more valuable than the disagreements and disputes that claim them, and we will continue work with our partners within law enforcement and the community to investigate, prosecute and convict those who senselessly take lives of others in this city.”
Willis faces a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison for his crimes. Sentencing is scheduled for June 5, 2107.