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Teen gets six months in shooting

March 09, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

A 17-year-old Hagerstown youth was sentenced Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to serve six months in jail for his part in a shooting last fall.

In anticipation of trials for his co-defendants, Shawn Jermaine Lee took the stand and swore under oath Monday that he was not the shooter.

Lee, of 312 Belview Ave., and three other people all were charged with firing shots in the Jonathan Street area on Oct. 12, 1998.

Monday Lee pleaded guilty to wearing/carrying a handgun in a vehicle and was sentenced by Circuit Judge Donald Beachley, who also placed him on probation for 30 months.

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Hagerstown City Police officers were on routine patrol in the 300 block of North Jonathan Street shortly before 1:30 a.m. when they heard shots, said Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Lisa Hardy.

Officer Christopher Kayser stopped a 1988 Plymouth on North Avenue after it went through a stop sign. Officers found two stolen guns on the floor of the car - a 9mm Ruger and a .22-caliber handgun.

The 9mm had been fired and it matched up with the shells found at the shooting scene, court records said.

Four people in the car were charged with reckless endangerment, wearing/carrying a handgun in a vehicle and theft.

In addition to Lee, those same charges were placed against Monica Jean Edwards, 18, of 145 S. Locust St.; Ellery Williams, 19, of 4 W. 108th St. Apartment 16, New York; and Sean Nelson, 19, of 273 W. 113th St. , New York, court records said.

Trial dates in the other cases were postponed Monday.

Lee recently completed serving another six-month sentence for a March 1998 incident involving a gun at a Hagerstown motel.

In that incident, police arrived at the Motel 6 on Massey Boulevard at about 3:40 a.m. on March 1, 1998, for a report of a fight.

The victim had gone to the motel room to retrieve keys from a youth, who became angry, grabbed her by the hair and pushed her down on the concrete sidewalk, police reports said.

When a witness came to help the woman, the attacker went inside the motel room and returned with a handgun, police reports said. He pointed the gun at the woman and threatened her, police reports said.

The woman was able to get away and deputies confiscated a .25-caliber handgun.

In that case, Lee was charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, wearing/carrying a handgun and use of a handgun in commission of a crime of violence.

"You're hanging around with the wrong crowd," Beachley told Lee as he sentenced him for the October gun incident.

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