Arrests in Baltimore for illegal guns often lead to dropped charges or little jail time

Jury finds man guilty in convenience store shootings

A Baltimore County jury convicted a man Thursday of shooting and wounding the owner of a Catonsville convenience store and killing the lone customer during a robbery nearly two years ago, according to prosecutors.

Braderick Green, 37, could receive life without parole when he is sentenced in November. He already is serving 11 life sentences in connection with a shootout with nearly a dozen police officers in Baltimore four days after he robbed Yours Convenience Store on Frederick Road.

The 56-year-old store owner, Sudhir Shah, was shot in head during the Nov. 17, 2009, robbery, but managed to dial 911. He recovered and returned to his popular store six months later, with relieved patrons throwing him a welcome home festival.

"It screwed up my life," Shah said at the time. "And I have bad memories in my mind. I'm going to work. I have to. But I'm not going to own a gun. I don't believe in that." Shah could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Prosecutors said Green walked into the store armed with a .45-caliber handgun, his face covered with a bandanna. Shah was behind the counter; the only customer, Brian Meise, was shopping.

"The masked Green walked in and almost immediately and without provocation shot and killed Meise," according to the Baltimore County state's attorney's office. "Green then proceeded around to the rear of the cashier area and robbed and shot Shah in the head."

Four days later, a Baltimore police officer pulled over an unlicensed taxi on South Athol Avenue. Police said Green jumped out and began shooting, and continued to fire his gun as he ran down the street.

Nearly a dozen officers engaged in a gun battle with Green, arresting him after shooting him in the stomach. No officers were injured; prosecutors said Green used the same gun in the shootout that he used in the robbery of the store.

In April, a Baltimore City Circuit Court jury found Green guilty of multiple counts of attempted murder and other charges in the shootout, and he was sentenced to 11 life terms.

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