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Residents gather at the 1200 block of Riverside Avenue to pray for the city's homicide victims including Timothy Moriconi, 25, who was killed on the block last year. On Monday a Baltimore jury convicted his killer, De'Andre Sleet.
Residents gather at the 1200 block of Riverside Avenue to pray for the city's homicide victims including Timothy Moriconi, 25, who was killed on the block last year. On Monday a Baltimore jury convicted his killer, De'Andre Sleet. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun)

A Baltimore man has been found guilty of gunning down Timothy Moriconi in Riverside, near Federal Hill, last year as the 25-year-old was walking home.

De’Andre Sleet, 23, was in the middle of a multi-day armed robbery spree when he confronted and shot Moriconi on a rainy September evening, jurors were told.

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Sleet was sitting in his girlfriend’s car when he spotted Moriconi and confronted him, Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney Bethany Durand told jurors. Sleet shot Moriconi in the chest with a .38 caliber handgun.

The jury found Sleet guilty of first-degree murder.

He killed Moriconi on Sept. 27 in the 1200 block of Riverside Ave. in South Baltimore. Four days later, police alleged, he committed another armed robbery in Northeast Baltimore.

Police and prosecutors accused Sleet of other robberies, though he was not convicted Monday of those charges.

After Monday’s verdict, Sleet’s attorney, William Buie, said that beside the murder, his client was convicted of seven other firearms-related offenses. Sleet’s sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. March 10.

Buie said his client was wrongly convicted and he plans to file a motion for a new trial and will later file an appeal.

“We really think it was unfair that police never tested the DNA that was retrieved from the firearm to make a conclusive determination,” Buie said.

He also said jurors heard testimony about other robberies that his client was suspected in but never convicted of, which he believes influenced the jury.

Buie said Sleet’s family, including his mother, were in the courtroom and were saddened by the verdict.

The office of Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby confirmed the conviction but did not comment further late Monday.

Moriconi had left his father’s house and was almost home when one gunshot pierced the side of his head.

“This is just a tragic case for both sides,” Buie said of Moriconi’s family. “It’s the Baltimore tragedy situation. No one is a winner.”

It wasn’t the first time Moriconi had been the victim of an attempted robbery. In 2017, he recounted his experience being robbed at gunpoint and chasing his assailants until they dropped his phone.

“Moral of the story is, be careful, no matter what neighborhood you’re in, always be aware of your surroundings,” he wrote in a neighborhood Facebook group.

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Court records outline the other alleged assaults prosecutors attributed to Sleet. The victim in the final armed robbery told police that he was stopped in his car in the 3100 block of Cedarhurst Road with the windows down when two men came up from behind to the driver-side window. One of the men, who had a handgun, told the victim, “give me your s---,” according to the records.

The victim told the men his wallet was in the trunk, and he pulled the latch, allowing the second man to search it, but didn’t find anything. The armed man then patted down the victim, taking his wallet and silver necklace, before both fled on foot, the document said.

Baltimore Sun reporters Phillip Jackson, Tim Prudente and Sarah Meehan contributed to this article.

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