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Man facing 75 year prison term after deadly dispute

Carlton Beachum (Photo: Baltimore City Police)

BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- A Baltimore man could spend 75 years behind bars after a dispute with a neighbor turned deadly.

Carlton Beachum was convicted of manslaughter and attempted voluntary manslaughter for a double shooting on Brunswick Street in February.

Beachum was involved in a dispute with one of his tenants, who called her family members to the home to intervene. Prosecutors say when the men knocked on Beachum's door, he retrieved his gun.

As the two men were walking away, prosecutors say, Beachum shot one time through the glass of the front door of the building, then stepped outside and fired at least two more times—striking both victims and killing Sherman Smith, the tenant's father.

The State's Attorney's Office says Beachum admitted to shooting the victims. Police recovered a .40 caliber Glock 22 semi-automatic pistol.

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said, “This is a terrible story that ended in fatal violence because two people could not settle their differences with words."

“We see far too many deaths in Baltimore that could have easily been prevented had both parties been able to deescalate the situation. The defendant will pay a heavy price for his poor choices that day.”

Beachum faces a maximum sentence of 75 years in prison.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in October.


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