Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release: 1/30/18

Central Baltimore Carrdai Butler was sentenced to two Life sentences plus 35 years for murder. His co-conspirator Ivan Johnson was sentenced to Life plus 25 years.

Both men were convicted of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and use of a handgun in the commission of 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.

Through their investigation, Baltimore Police detectives 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 headed toward the area where Grossman was eventually murdered.

Detectives learned from witnesses that Butler pulled out a handgun and shot Grossman multiple times. Witnesses identified both defendants through photo array.

“The community broke this case and delivered justice to Mr. Grossman’s family, and for that they should be commended,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “This is why it is so important to build strong, positive relationships with City residents that is built on trust, so they can see the impact we all can play in the deliverance of justice.”