Accomplice To Informant's Murder Has Sentence Reduced

April 14, 1992

A county judge yesterday reduced the sentence of a man convicted in the 1991 murder of an Annapolis man described as a drug dealer and police informant.

David Marshall "Manzie" Chapman, 24, was sentencedin December to 25 years in prison, with 10 years suspended, for his role in the Jan. 14, 1991, fatal shooting of 22-year-old Wayne "Tink"Johnson.

Because the man who fired the shots that killed Johnson later received a lighter sentence -- 20 years with 10 years suspended -- Circuit Judge Martin A. Wolff reduced Chapman's sentence to 20 years, with11 years suspended, said Patrick J. Bell, an assistant state's attorney.

Prosecutors have said that Johnson was hunted down and shot dead as he slept in his car in a back alley near an Eastport housing project. Chapman, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last September, has admitted blasting Johnson's car with a shotgun, but 25-year-old Howard Eugene "Howdy" Stevens fired the shots that killed Johnson.

Also convicted in connection with Johnson's death were Gary Ellis "Peanut" Brown Jr., 21, who was sentenced to five years for beingan accessory after the fact, and Christopher Deon Jones, 22, who received a suspended sentence for being an accessory to murder in exchange for his testimony against the other men.

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