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Man guilty of 2nd-degree murder in motel shooting of girlfriend, 16


A Cockeysville man pleaded guilty yesterday to fatally shooting his 16-year-old girlfriend in June during a night of drinking at a Towson motel.

Allen Ray Baker, 25, of the first block of Dodworth Court pleaded guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court to charges of second-degree murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony.

According to a statement of facts read by Assistant State's Attorney Stephen Bailey, on June 8, Baker checked into Towson East Motel in the 1500 block of E. Joppa Road with his girlfriend, Lillian Rodriques Silva.

The next evening, they were drinking beer when Baker took out a handgun and shot her in the face from 2 feet away, killing her instantly.

Baker threw the cartridge in the toilet, hid the gun in the woods and called 911. He initially told police that he was a gang member and a member of a rival gang had shot Ms. Silva, who lived in the first block of Reldas Court in Cockeysville.

Later, he admitted he shot her, but said it was unintentional, according to the statement.

At yesterday's hearing, Judge John O. Hennegan asked Baker whether his guilty plea was voluntary. Baker, who has a 10th-grade education, said it was, speaking in a monotone.

The judge set sentencing for Jan. 8. Mr. Bailey asked for an earlier sentencing date so the victim's family could get a sense of closure before the holidays, but the judge said that was not possible.

Baker faces a maximum term of 30 years in prison; the handgun charge requires he serve at least five years before he is eligible for parole.

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