Shooting draws five-year term

Drug-related incident occurred in Columbia

August 13, 2006|By TYRONE RICHARDSON

A Baltimore County man was sentenced to five years in prison late last week on charges stemming from a drug-related shooting on the parking lot of a Columbia restaurant last year.

Jonathan Exantus, 18, of the 4100 block of Twin Circle Way in Halethorpe pleaded guilty Thursday before Howard County Circuit Judge O. Diane Leasure to handgun charges and received the five-year sentence. In addition, Exantus pleaded guilty to assaulting a corrections officer in the Howard County Detention Center, where he was being held. He was sentenced to serve a concurrent 60 days for that offense.

According to charging documents, on Dec. 28, Exantus and Harsh Vijay Thakkar, 20, of Elkridge were going to rob Raymond Ko Kang, 19, of Woodstock and Jonathan Kim, 19, of Ellicott City at a meeting to purchase a large quantity of marijuana.

Court documents say an altercation took place on the parking lot of the Bennigan's restaurant on Snowden River Parkway and Kang and Kim drove off, but not before shooting Thakkar in his left abdomen, paralyzing him. Charging documents say Exantus drew a handgun and fired at the fleeing vehicle.

Kang pleaded guilty in May to drug trafficking with the use of a firearm and first-degree assault. In addition, Kim pleaded guilty to possession of drugs with the intent to distribute and second-degree assault. Kim and Kang are scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 14.

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