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Noland Village shooter given 13 years

December 12, 2000

Noland Village shooter given 13 years



By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer


A New York man was sentenced to 13 years in prison Tuesday for a March 16 shooting that injured one man and sent Noland Village children running for cover.

Kevin Bell, 20, pleaded guilty Oct. 26 in Washington County Circuit Court to first-degree assault and use of a weapon in a crime of violence.

Judge John H. McDowell imposed a 15-year sentence for the assault and suspended all but eight years.

The maximum sentence for a first-degree assault charge is 25 years.

The judge also levied a five-year consecutive sentence for the weapons violation. The maximum sentence that could have been imposed is 20 years.

Because both are considered crimes of violence, Maryland law mandates that Bell serve at least half of the sentence before he is eligible for parole.

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Probation was set at three years.

"This was a heavily populated area," McDowell said. "Your actions could have resulted in the death of innocent children."

Bell was high on crack cocaine that day, according to his attorney, Kirk Downey.

The shooting occurred at 4:15 p.m. behind Court No. 8 in Noland Village.

According to court records, Randy Stephens was shot once in the leg during the incident and was treated at Washington County Hospital.

Still awaiting sentencing is Natalie Nicole Schroeder, 18, who pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact, which carries a possible penalty of five years in prison.

The mother of Bell's child, Schroeder is awaiting sentencing.

Both Bell and Schroeder had been charged with attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony and carrying a weapon.

All remaining charges were dropped in exchange for the pleas.

Police questioned Schroeder the day after the shooting and she told them she was driving a Mazda MPV through Noland Village on her way to work when Bell told her to stop.

Schroeder told investigators that Bell got out of the vehicle and fired his gun at Stephens, who was on the basketball court, according to court records.

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