An Arnold teen-ager was sentenced yesterday to eight years in prison for holding another youth while a second teen-ager killed him in a public housing complex on the outskirts of Annapolis' historic district last spring.
"There is no question that your participation in his horrible and tragic crime helped to make it happen," Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis told Larry Eugene Adams, 18, as she ordered him to prison.
Suspending seven years of a 15-year prison term for manslaughter and a handgun violation, she also placed him on five years' probation.
"I just don't want to be here when he gets out," said Kimberly Johnson, mother of victim Dan Johnson Jr., 16, who was shot to death April 1 last year.
Earlier, she told the judge she is so saddened and frustrated that she is in therapy and on medication, and said she hopes to move from her home in College Creek Terrace, where every day brings reminders of her son's fatal shooting. Her son, she said, had just started a job and had ambitions of an Army career and playing football.
"Every day I leave out of my house I have to look up the block and see where he was killed," Kimberly Johnson told the judge. "One day, me and my kids, we are moving out of this town, we are never coming back."
Kimberly Johnson had wanted a longer sentence for Adams -- convicted of manslaughter, a handgun violation and related charges. Previously, she had been disappointed by the sentence given the other youth, Charles Nathaniel Allen, also 18, of Annapolis, who was the shooter. Allen, who pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge and a handgun violation, was sentenced last month to 25 years in prison, with five years suspended.