HAGERSTOWN - A New York City man was sentenced Thursday afternoon to 30 years in prison for his role in the 2007 slaying of a Franklin County man at a local bar.
Stephen Lamar Urquhart, 27, pleaded guilty in February to charges of second-degree murder and use of a handgun during the commission of a violent crime in the fatal shooting of Christopher Jason Ayala. Other charges, including first-degree murder and assault charges, were dropped in exchange for the plea.
Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. sentenced Urquhart to 25 years on the second-degree murder charge and five years on the handgun violation. He must serve half of the 25-year sentence and the entire five-year sentence before he is eligible for parole.
Urquhart had faced up to 50 years in prison.
Ayala, 23, of Greencastle, Pa., was found on the floor of Zipper's bar on North Jonathan Street suffering from a gunshot wound on May 22 around 11 p.m. He was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he died.