Man gets 3-year term for role in Columbia shootout

March 31, 1994|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer

A Baltimore man was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday for his involvement in a shootout in the parking lot of a Columbia apartment complex nearly two years ago.

Dashoun Kris Alston, 20, was given the sentence after his conviction in Howard Circuit Court on charges of reckless endangerment and carrying a deadly weapon for the July 30, 1992, incident.

Alston, who contended he acted in self-defense during the gunfight, was sentenced by Judge James Dudley to three years in prison for each charge, but will be permitted to serve the terms simultaneously.

Judge Dudley sentenced Alston immediately after a jury announced its verdict.

The judge had dismissed seven charges, including assault with intent to murder, after co-defendant Damon Lamont Brooks of Columbia testified that he fired first at Alston, contrary to what Brooks said in previous statements.

Alston, of the 700 block of N. Gilmore St., could have been sentenced to 84 years in prison had he been convicted of all charges.

Before the trial, Alston turned down an offer from the prosecution that would have given him a five-year sentence if he pleaded guilty to a weapons violation.

Brooks, 24, is serving a five-year sentence for a weapons violation after he accepted a plea agreement in February 1993 for the gunfight at the Stevens Forest apartment complex in the Oakland Mills village.

No one was injured during the shoot-out, according to police.

In an unrelated case, Alston is scheduled to stand trial on May 25 on four drug charges after he was arrested near the Harper's Choice Middle School in October.

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