Darrell Homer pled guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder and use of a handgun during a crime of violence. Baltimore police detectives secured a confession from Homer, who told investigators that he shot Ricky Thomas to death in Sandtown-Winchester. Assistant State’s Attorney Michelle Wilson prosecuted the case.
On November 7th, 2013 at approximately 11:00 p.m., Western District police officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of McKean Ave to investigate a report that shots were fired roughly 3 blocks from the station. Officers arrived on scene to find Ricky Thomas suffering from gunshot wounds. Thomas was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma at 11:35 p.m.
According to investigators, Thomas was rumored to have been a central figure in the murder of another man from the neighborhood the night before. Homer described the victim of that murder as “his brother.” Less than 24 hours later, Homer and an unidentified accomplice—in an act of revenge— shot Thomas 19 times.
Police canvassed the area that night and found a live round lying on Homer’s doorstep. Homer and several other occupants of the house were detained for questioning. Homer later confessed to the murder of Thomas.
“As prosecutors, we hear all the time about ‘what the streets know.’ [The victims and witnesses]— choose to talk to each other and not to the police and prosecutors. Instead they try to handle things themselves.” Wilson said about the case. “Suppose Ricky Thomas knew something about the murder from the night before. We didn’t get a chance to talk to him because he was killed in less than 24 hours.”
Wilson said that “street justice” is no replacement for actual justice. She pointed out that the murder Homer was avenging still has not been solved. Now two men are dead and Homer has been sentenced by Judge Sfekas to Life suspending all but 30 years in prison.
“Street justice doesn’t solve anything. It only guarantees that more people will either be killed or locked up for a very long time. If individuals truly cared about getting justice for their loved ones, they should come to us—instead of taking the law into their own hands.” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.