Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 2/1/18

West Baltimore— Devon Little was sentenced to Life plus 20 years after being convicted of the first degree murder of Levon Stokes.

Additionally, Little was found guilty of illegally wearing, carrying, or transporting a firearm; using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence; and possessing a firearm as a disqualified person.

Assistant State’s Attorney Tonya LaPolla prosecuted the case.

On September 24, 2016 at approximately 1:00 p.m., Baltimore Police officers responded to the unit block of South Carey Street in West Baltimore’s Franklin Square neighborhood for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they located Stokes suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to Shock Trauma where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.

The autopsy conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) determined that the victim had been shot in the abdomen, neck, and head. The manner and cause of death was ruled a homicide by shooting. 

The investigation revealed that the victim was in his car speaking to two women when Little, who had been standing in an alley across the street approached the car and began shooting.

“The defendant’s thirst for blood was greater than any sense of compassion, decency, or fear of consequence,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “He is a danger to society— and this sentencing ensures that he will never harm or kill another member of the public ever again. My prayers are with the victim’s family. I hope that the Life sentence imposed will bring them some measure of comfort.”