A bartender was walking home in Baltimore after celebrating his 27th birthday. Now, his killer will spend decades behind bars.
It was a case that led to a massive police investigation that brought down a gang in Baltimore.
In October, Malik Mungo was convicted of first-degree murder, robbery and gang-related charges for the shooting death of Sebastian Dvorak. This month, Mungo was sentenced to life in prison, with all but 45 years was suspended, according to CBS Baltimore.
He was also given five years for the charge of gang participation resulting in death.
Dvorak was a bartender at locations in Baltimore, according to the Baltimore Sun. In June 2017, he was walking home after celebrating his birthday when he was robbed and shot in the chest.
Mingo was first tried in 2019 and admitted to smoking pot and looking for cars to steal before the shooting, according to the Baltimore Sun. After the confrontation, he ditched the murder weapon and lied to police.
The defendant claimed he didn’t pull the trigger and instead an acquaintance was the killer. The 2019 jury deliberated for several days but did not agree on several charges, according to the Baltimore Sun. When he was tried again this year, the jury convicted him of murder.
The killing launched a massive investigation that brought down a Baltimore street gang connected to the Bloods, the Baltimore Sun reported.
The Maryland Attorney General’s Office indicted 13 people on gang conspiracy charges.
Mingo was 16 years old at the time of the murder and he cried during his sentencing hearing, according to CBS Baltimore.
“I’ve prayed and asked for your forgiveness,” he told the Dvorak family in the courtroom.
Dvorak’s mother said there was no joy in the sentence.
“We don’t get him back, we don’t get to hold him again, but there is absolutely relief that there is no one out there thinking they got away with murder,” Lisa Richard said, according to CBS Baltimore.
His father, David, said he has forgiveness anyone involved with the killing, the TV station reported.
“He meant the world to us, we miss him,” David Dvorak said. “We miss him like I can’t even explain.”