Man given 30 years for shooting car dealer Attempted murder occurred after dispute over automobile sale

April 17, 1996|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

A 32-year-old Beltsville man was sentenced to the 30-year maximum yesterday for second-degree attempted murder for shooting a used-car salesman in 1994 after a dispute over a car.

Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Clayton Greene Jr. also gave Giavanni Pickett of the 7800 block of Muirkirk Road a concurrent 20-year term for his conviction for use of a handgun in the commission of a felony.

Pickett was convicted Feb. 1 of second-degree attempted murder and handgun violations by an Anne Arundel Circuit Court jury in the shooting of Wander Pereira, 31.

The victim, who was a sales representative at Car-Port Auto Sales on Route 1 in Laurel, was shot through a window at his home in the 8800 block of Enfield Court in Laurel on Oct. 3, 1994.

The shooting occurred about 8 p.m., about three hours after Mr. Pereira threatened to call police during a dispute at the dealership about the performance of a 1986 Ford Taurus that Mr. Pereira had sold to Pickett's friend, Charles Mooney.

After the dispute, Pickett drove to the home with Mr. Mooney that night and walked up to the door with the handgun, according to testimony.

Mr. Pereira, who was not in court yesterday, told jurors that he was shot once in the right shoulder after he heard a knock on his front door.

Pickett claimed he was at his fiancee's house in College Park at the time of the shooting.

Mr. Mooney was not charged in the incident.

Two trials last year ended in mistrials when juries deadlocked over Pickett's guilt.

State sentencing guidelines released yesterday recommended that Pickett be given a 12- to 18-year sentence.

Pickett's lawyer, Keith Gross, argued for leniency, emphasizing that his client earned a living in the waterproofing business in Beltsville and that his five previous criminal convictions were misdemeanors.

Mr. Gross said later that he considered the sentence "unduly harsh," but he declined to comment further.

Pub Date: 4/17/96

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