For Immediate Release 8/17/2017
Northeast Baltimore— Deon Phillips was convicted by a Baltimore City jury of unlawful possession of a firearm and theft of an item less than $1,000. Assistant State’s Attorney Mimi Zhuravitsky prosecuted the case.
On February 26, 2017, Phillips got into an argument with his child’s mother in the home that Phillips shared with his child, his child’s mother, and his brother. During the argument, the woman pulled a knife out on Phillips in her own defense, and Phillips responded by asking his brother for a gun. He then cocked it back and pointed it at the woman. She filed a protective order against Phillips following the incident.
The victim testified that on February 27, 2017 police arrived at a residence in the 6300 block of Pioneer Drive to investigate the domestic dispute that occurred the previous night. The woman gave the police permission to search the home. Officers recovered a black semi-automatic .40 caliber handgun. The gun was later revealed to be inoperable.
Also, in the basement was a 2005 Yamaha dirt bike that had been reported stolen from a Goldsboro, MD resident on January 10, 2017.
Phillips faces more than 16 years in prison as a result of this conviction. He is also backing up 19 years for a prior armed robbery case.
“Emotions run high in domestic disputes, but weapons and violence will always take the situation to a place where law enforcement has no choice but to intervene,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said. “Keeping weapons in your home as a prohibited person simply isn’t worth the risk.”
Phillips is scheduled to be sentenced on November 17, 2017.