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Md. man could spend life behind bars for alleged connections to shootings

Marvin Christopher Stevenson is already serving a 40-year sentence after fatal stabbing

June 19, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 27-year-old Maryland man faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison for his alleged connection to two shootings in the Martinsburg area and a fatal stabbing in Morgantown, W.Va.

Already serving a 40-year state prison sentence for the homicide case, Marvin Christopher Stevenson pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg to one count of possession of ammunition in Berkeley County on Dec. 5, 2009, during a shooting at the Sheetz near Exit 12 of Interstate 81. 

The shooting victim, Takouo Douai of Ranson, W.Va., was left paralyzed from the neck down, police have said.

A sentencing hearing for Stevenson’s federal conviction has yet to be scheduled, but he could be sentenced to 15 years and eight months in prison, according to a five-page plea agreement filed with the court Monday.

If the agreement is accepted by the court, Stevenson could serve the prison sentence consecutive to the 40-year prison sentence that he was ordered to serve in March for the September 2010 fatal stabbing of Terrance Sands, 22, in Morgantown, according to federal and state court records.

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Stevenson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Monongalia County Circuit Court in the homicide case, according to court records.

Stevenson, who currently is incarcerated at Eastern Regional Jail, has yet to be arraigned on a malicious assault charge that was filed against him in the Sheetz shooting case in Berkeley County Magistrate Court in February 2012, according to court records.

Stevenson also has yet to be arraigned on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and aggravated robbery in the September 2009 shooting of James Dixon near his home in the Royal Crest mobile home community, the court records said. 

The warrants charging Stevenson were issued in February, but Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said Tuesday that the defendant has yet to be arraigned on the state charges because he has been federal custody.

Stevenson is accused of shooting Dixon in the head and leaving him for dead after police said he and another man took him captive at gunpoint in a Washington Trails subdivision residence. The victim’s right eye had to be removed as a result of the shooting, the records said.

Ihlenfeld’s office noted Tuesday in a news release that the federal prosecution of Stevenson came after he had been convicted of crimes punishable by more than one year in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Stevenson was convicted of second-degree assault on a law- enforcement officer in Baltimore in 2006 and single counts of manufacturing, distributing, dispensing a controlled dangerous substance in Baltimore in 2003 and 2006, according to Ihlenfeld’s office.

Stevenson resided in Baltimore at that time, according to Maryland court records.

The federal case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin K. Reisenweber and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Magistrate David J. Joel presided in the change-of-plea hearing held Monday for Stevenson.

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