A 16-year-old Baltimore youth pleaded guilty in city Circuit Court this week to second-degree murder in the shooting of a 20-year-old man on a west-side street corner last year, according to the state's attorney's office.
Damon Simpson of the 3300 block of Brighton St. in West Baltimore was sentenced Wednesday by Judge Charles G. Bernstein to 15 years in prison, the first five without the possibility of parole. The judge suspended an additional 10 years, which he could impose if Simpson gets in trouble again.
Police said Simpson was 15 years old when he shot Charles Hargrove, 20, several times March 20, 2007, in the 1500 block of Rayner Ave. A patrol officer responding to a reported shooting about 5:15 p.m. found the victim lying unconscious on the sidewalk and bleeding from bullet wounds to the head.
Hargrove died later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.