‘Public Enemy No. 1,’ Carl Cooper, Given Light Sentence After Prosecutor ‘Misspoke’ At Sentencing

Carl Cooper was given a light sentence after a prosecutor "misspoke."

Carl Cooper was given a light sentence after a prosecutor “misspoke.”

Carl Cooper Has Part Of Life Sentence Suspended In Prosecutor Error

Baltimore, MD – Due to a prosecutor’s mistake, Carl Cooper, once known as “Public Enemy No. 1,” was recently sentenced to life in prison with all but 50 years suspended.

Chief Judge Alfred Nance sentenced Cooper recently after a March 2017 conviction for one count of attempted first-degree murder for a victim whose identity is still unknown, but whose presence was confirmed through surveillance video.  He was also convicted in first degree assault in the shooting of two elderly women, and handgun-related offenses.

After Cooper was sentenced, Assistant State’s Attorney Otis Freeman told the judge that he had “misspoke.”  He said that he had meant to ask for the maximum sentence of life plus 50 years, with the argument that Cooper had two previous convictions for similar crimes and apparently had not learned a lesson, according Justin Fenton with The Baltimore Sun.

In response, Judge Nance, who has repeatedly been accused of being a massive asshole, said “I can’t go back and change what you argued.”

The prison sentence may not matter to Cooper, whose public defender argued for a sentence of life in prison with all but 25 years suspended, because he will probably die in prison due to his poor health.

The incident that Cooper was charged with involved the shooting of two elderly women in a west Baltimore shopping center.  The shooting occurred February 22, 2016, in the 3400 block of Clifton Avenue.  The victims were two sisters, one in their 80’s, and one in their 90’s.

Police nicknamed Cooper “Public Enemy No. 1” after the incident, and he was arrested two weeks later by U.S. Marshals in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Cooper’s two prior convictions were in 1995 and 2003, the first for assault with intent to murder and a handgun charge, and the second for attempted second-degree murder.

He told Judge Nance that before the two women were shot, that he saw a man come around the corner of the shopping center, with a mask over his face, and a gun in his hand.  His public defender said that he must have felt his life was in danger.

Judge Nance wasn’t buying any of it, and was unhappy with Cooper portraying himself as a victim.  He said that “even if Cooper was protecting himself” that “he placed the whole neighborhood and community in danger.”

This is sure to be a mistake that Freeman will never live down. Hopefully Carl Cooper won’t live to see the end of his sentence.