For Immediate Release: 11/14/17
Central Baltimore — Ivan Johnson and Carrdai Butler were convicted of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and use of a handgun in a crime of violence. Butler was also convicted of being a felon in possession of a handgun.
Assistant State’s Attorneys Rita Wisthoff-Ito and Alexander Rothstein prosecuted the case.
On September 14, 2016 at approximately 9:00 p.m., police responded to the 300 block of East Lanvale Street on a call for a shooting. Once on the scene, officers found Amoni Grossman lying at the mouth of an alley suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his body and head. The victim was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Further investigation uncovered video footage that showed Grossman meeting up with Butler and Johnson in the 300 block of East Lafayette Street. Video captured the three men walking and talking as they head toward the area where Grossman was eventually murdered.
Detectives learned from witnesses that Butler pulled out a handgun and shot Grossman multiple times. Both defendants were identified by witnesses through photo array.
“Cases like this are a testament of how with community involvement and witness participation, strong cases are built against the perpetrators of these heinous crimes and convictions are secured,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “I’m thankful for the witnesses who stepped up and identified the defendants to ensure that justice was done on Mr. Grossman and his family’s behalf.”
Butler faces a maximum sentence of Life plus 35 years in prison. Johnson is facing Life plus 25 years for his crimes. Both men are scheduled for sentencing on January 11, 2018.