City man faces life, 20 years in shooting death of barber


A 19-year-old East Baltimore man faces a maximum life plus 20-year prison term for murdering an East Baltimore barber during a robbery on Dec. 20, 1990.

Renard A. Wheeler of the 700 block of East 33rd Street was convicted yesterday of first-degree murder, attempted robbery and a handgun violation.

A Baltimore Circuit Court jury deliberated 90 minutes before returning the verdict.

Judge Elsbeth L. Bothe set sentencing for March 24. Wheeler was charged with shooting James Remsburg, 52, during an attempted robbery at Jim's Barbershop in the 3000 block of Greenmount Avenue.

"Mr. Remsburg wasn't going to stand for it [the robbery]," Assistant State's Attorney Vickie Lynn Wash said during closing arguments. "And what price did he pay for it? He paid for it with his life."

Wheeler chose not to testify.

During the trial, a homicide detective testifed that Wheeler originally told police he was outside the shop during the shooting and later said he was a "lookout."

Another man, Freddie Lee Bradshaw, entered a guilty plea and is serving a life sentence with all but 30 years suspended.

During the trial, several young men testifed that Wheeler asked them to provide him with an alibi. One witness, Jerome Branch, 24, said Wheeler "was bragging" that he had shot Mr. Remsburg.

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