Westminster man convicted in 2005 killing

Shawn Anthony Jones, 29, could be sentenced to life without parole plus 88 years

May 18, 2007|By Laura McCandlish | Laura McCandlish,sun reporter

A Carroll County jury convicted a Westminster man of first-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder yesterday in a December 2005 double shooting that resulted in the county's only homicide in two years.

Shawn Anthony Jones, 29, faces a possible sentence of life in prison without parole plus 88 years after being found guilty on 11 charges that included kidnapping, first- and second-degree assault and attempted armed robbery.

David P. Daggett, deputy state's attorney for Carroll County, said he expects Jones will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

"He deserves every last minute of it," Daggett said yesterday after the verdict. "He was cold-blooded. His record indicated that."

Jones is to be sentenced in August, Daggett said.

Jones was charged in January 2006 in the killing of Donnie D. Bowman, 43, of Westminster, and the wounding of Lamont Dew, then 39, of Baltimore, in a shooting outside the Little Jay's convenience store on Pennsylvania Avenue near McDaniel College in the Carroll County seat.

Witnesses told police that a man fired shots into a 1992 Honda Accord in which two men were sitting. The witnesses said the gunman then got into the car and it was driven away.

The car was driven about two miles to the Jiffy Mart convenience store on Magna Way and Route 97, where the man fled, and the driver asked employees there for help, police said.

Jones' cousin, Anthony Cornelius Jones, 24, of Westminster was also initially charged with murder in the shootings. Anthony Jones, who cooperated with prosecutors, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the case and is awaiting sentencing, according to Daggett.

Anthony Jones told police that he drove Shawn Jones from the area near the Jiffy Mart to Pennsylvania to spend the night with a friend after the shooting, authorities said.

Daggett said Shawn Jones is serving a sentence for an unrelated felony.

Vera Rennie Rogers, 36, another Westminster relative of Shawn Jones, was arrested as an accessory, accused of setting up a meeting with Dew that night for a potential drug deal at Little Jay's, police said.

She is charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree assault in the case, according to court records.


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