Teen gets seven years in prison for shooting and injuring rival Dispute involving girl sparked the incident

January 31, 1996|By Norris P. West | Norris P. West,SUN STAFF

A 19-year-old Lochearn man was ordered yesterday to spend seven years in prison for a March shooting in Columbia's Hickory Ridge that wounded a teen-age rival in a dispute over a girl.

Derrick A. Hayes of the 3800 block of Cedar Drive was sentenced by Howard Circuit Judge Raymond J. Kane Jr. to 12 years in prison, with all but seven years suspended, for assault with intent to maim.

He was sentenced to a concurrent five-year term for a related weapons violation and to three years' probation after his release.

Hayes pleaded guilty to the charges Oct. 23.

Assistant State's Attorney Eileen McInerney said Hayes went to Wilde Lake High School on March 2 with a .32-caliber handgun to look for Derek Anthony Harris, then 18.

She said Hayes followed Mr. Harris' school bus home and fired as the teen-ager and four other students got off the bus. He then followed the youth to his apartment and shot him in the shoulder. zTC The bullet remains lodged in Mr. Harris' body, Ms. McInerney said.

Hayes' attorney said his client had a good upbringing and was "a salvageable person" who had made a mistake. He said the two men had been involved in a continuing dispute, and Mr. Harris had threatened Hayes.

But Judge Kane rejected the argument.

"Use of a handgun to settle a dispute is not acceptable," he said.

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