Columbia man sentenced for shooting at police

February 06, 2007|By Tyrone Richardson | Tyrone Richardson,sun reporter

A Columbia man was sentenced to 35 years in prison yesterday for firing an assault rifle at Howard County SWAT officers serving a search warrant at his brother's apartment in Columbia last year.

Delcarlos Johnnie Jacobs, 22, was convicted by a jury in October of attempted second-degree murder and five counts of first-degree assault. Yesterday, Howard County Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney sentenced Jacobs to 20 years in prison on the charge of attempted second-degree murder, plus 15 years to be served consecutively, for the first-degree assault counts, said a spokesman for the Howard County state's attorney's office.

Police went to the apartment of Jacobs' brother, Kennith Alonzo Jacobs, in the 5900 block of Turnabout Lane on Feb. 1, 2006, to serve a search warrant in a burglary investigation. Officers testified that they observed Kennith Jacobs removing items from his apartment and loading them into his car as his brother stood lookout on the parking lot, armed with an M-1 carbine semiautomatic assault rifle.

Police said that when a SWAT team approached Delcarlos Jacobs, he fired a shot at them. Officers fired 29 rounds, but none hit either of the brothers, who were then arrested, according to court documents.

Defense attorneys disputed that Jacobs fired at police, pointing out that no bullet or shell casing was recovered.

After pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree burglary, Kennith Jacobs was sentenced last year to five years in prison.

tyrone.richardson@baltsun.com

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