Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Dontee Stokes found not guilty

Dontee D. Stokes, who admitted shooting a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting him nearly a decade ago, was acquitted last night of attempted murder in a Baltimore trial that drew national attention amid the church's unfolding sex scandal.The jury of 11 women and one man took about eight hours to find Stokes, a 26-year-old West Baltimore barber, not guilty of attempted murder and five other counts that could have sent him to prison for life.Jurors did, however, convict Stokes of three lesser handgun charges, which most likely will bring a sentence of probation.Accompanying the verdict was a handwritten note from the jury, asking the judge for leniency during sentencing.

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