A man walked with two others from a downtown Baltimore minimart. Steps later, they assaulted and robbed him, leaving him to die on the sidewalk.
Now, one of the killers will spend decades behind bars.
Last month, a judge in Maryland sentenced Alante Batson for the killing of Dionte Green. Batson had pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison, and all but 40 years was suspended, according to the Office of the State Attorney for Baltimore City.
Around 7:30 p.m. on Nov 24, 2020, Green was found unresponsive in front of a minimart in Baltimore, prosecutors said. He had severe injuries to his head and was taken to the hospital.
He fell into a coma and died about a week later.
Police got surveillance video from the area, and it showed two men, one later identified as Batson, with the victim in front of the minimart, prosecutors said. The victim walked with Batson and the other man.
The footage showed the three people on the street before the camera rotated away. By the time it returned, Green was on the ground and not moving.
The suspects walked away from the victim, shook hands and headed to a different street, prosecutors said.
Medical officials determined that Green died of complications of blunt force trauma to the head.
In February, Batson was arrested and taken to Baltimore police headquarters for questioning, prosecutors said. He told investigators that he and a friend walked with the victim away from the store and the friend hit Green in the face.
Batson said he then hit the victim in the face, and Green fell to the ground. That is when Batson’s friend continued to kick him.
Batson also admitted to taking the victim’s property, including a cell phone and credit card, prosecutors said. He then withdrew around $40,000.
"The brutal attack on this victim on a busy downtown street is appalling and unacceptable. I commend [Assistant State's Attorney Shaundria Hanna] for delivering justice for Mr. Green and his family. I hope those considering violence as a solution to their problems recognize that life-altering consequences will be imminent, "said State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.