Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release: 1/2/18

Baltimore — Kemo Owens was sentenced to an additional 35 years of incarceration for stabbing a fellow prison inmate at the Baltimore City Detention Center. He was convicted of first degree assault and several other charges.

Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Gracey prosecuted the case.

On August 16, 2016, correctional officers observed Owens swinging a homemade pick/knife at the victim. The victim retreated and used a plastic tub to block the blows. Following the attack, the victim was rushed to Johns Hopkins Hospital for a stab wound to his throat, which required a tracheotomy tube to stabilize his condition. 

During a three-day trial, the jury — despite no testimony from the victim — returned a verdict of guilty to first degree assault and other charges.

Owens has a history of violent criminal activity including armed robbery, assault, and theft. He has multiple felony convictions in three states including Maryland, California, and Delaware.

“This defendant is a violent repeat offender who was just sentenced in February of 2017 to 25 years in prison for robbery, and he’s already added another 35 to that sentence,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “It’s these types of poor choices that will ensure that he stays behind bars for much of his life; however, this sentence will send him a clear message that even behind bars, we will prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law.”