For Immediate Release 3/29/2017
North Baltimore—Dennis Padgett was sentenced to Life without parole plus 71 years for killing Troy Preston and Robert Thomas over a parallel parking space in front of his house. Padgett was convicted in December 2016 by a Baltimore City jury of manslaughter for killing Preston, first degree murder for killing Thomas, and five weapons charges related to the shooting.
Assistant State’s Attorneys Nicole Barmore and Charles Fitzpatrick prosecuted the case.
On January 9, 2015, police responded to reports of gunfire at 3:45 p.m. in the 5900 block of Glenkirk Road in the Northern District’s Ramblewood neighborhood. Upon arrival, officers found Thomas and Preston shot to death. Padgett surrendered at the scene, stating, “I did it. I give up.”
Blood and tissue were still on Padgett’s clothing.
On the day of the shooting, Preston parked a vehicle in front of Padgett’s home while he fixed Thomas’ girlfriend’s radiator. Thomas came to pay Preston for his work, and Padgett arrived shortly thereafter.
An argument ensued when Padgett discovered the space in front of his home was occupied. Padgett then took his children into the house, and came back outside with a 9mm handgun and an AR-15 assault rifle.
Padgett claimed his first victim—firing multiple rounds into Preston’s head. Thomas fled north toward Northern Parkway. Padgett eventually caught up to Thomas after shooting Thomas in the back. Thomas fell to the ground alongside Northern Parkway, where Padgett stood over him and fired multiple ten 9mm rounds into his head.
After the slayings, Padgett walked back to his home and disposed of the 9mm pistol. He put the rifle in the trashcan in his back yard, and took his children to a neighbor’s home before surrendering to the police who had arrived on scene.
“This was a horrific crime that has gravely impacted two families in an otherwise quiet and peaceful community,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Barmore. “I’m thankful neighbors stepped up, called the police, and ensured that we had a strong case against the defendant."
State’s Attorney Mosby says illegal possession of firearms are at the heart of the violence plaguing the City.
“The defendant in this case never should have had access to that assault rifle or the multiple unregistered firearms found in his home,” State’s Attorney Mosby said. “When people are in illegal possession of firearms, they are an immediate danger to themselves and to the public.”