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Man sentenced in July shooting death

March 15, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN

A man who pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 20-year-old mother on East Franklin Street was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to 30 years in prison, but Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley ordered that 15 years of Raheen Tajohn Edwin's sentence be suspended.

Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael said during the sentencing hearing that Edwin, 31, was guilty of using a handgun but that he did not fire the shot that killed Trisiviah Rodriguez on July 31, 2006.

Edwin pleaded guilty in February, as the second day of his trial was set to begin.

As part of a plea agreement, Edwin testified for the prosecution during the trial of Demetrius P. McDaniels, who was convicted of first-degree murder and other crimes March 1.

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Rodriguez's father, Emilio Rodriguez, was taken to court from prison to speak before Edwin was sentenced Thursday. He is serving six years for an unrelated shooting incident in July 2006.

"I lost my daughter. I really miss my daughter," Rodriguez said. "We were real close."

After Edwin serves his sentence, he must serve five years of probation, 18 months of it supervised, Beachley ordered.

Charges that were filed against two others were dropped in exchange for their cooperation during the trials of Edwin and McDaniels, Michael said.

Daynard Johnson was charged as an accessory after the fact and with handgun charges. Stacie Lorraine Remsburg was charged with harboring a fugitive and other crimes.

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