Westminster man gets life in killing

August 28, 2007|By Arin Gencer | Arin Gencer,Sun Reporter

A Westminster man was sentenced yesterday to life in prison plus 30 years, with the possibility of parole, in a Carroll County Circuit Court case involving first-degree felony murder and attempted second-degree murder in a December 2005 double shooting that resulted in Carroll County's only homicide in two years.

Shawn Anthony Jones, 29, was convicted of 11 counts in May, including first-degree felony murder, attempted second-degree murder, attempted armed robbery and first- and second-degree assault.

Deputy State's Attorney David Daggett said he was satisfied with the sentence. The state had requested life without parole, plus 105 years in prison.

"We think it is a very cold and calculated murder," Daggett said, noting some of Jones' previous convictions, including drug distribution and battery. "He's a man who likes to sell drugs, likes to carry guns."

Jones had been charged with killing Donnie D. Bowman and wounding Lamont Dew during a December shooting outside Little Jay's convenience store on Pennsylvania Avenue in Westminster, according to court records.

Witnesses told police that a man fired shots into the Honda Accord where Bowman and Dew were sitting, then forced Dew to drive him "away from the scene," according to court documents.

Dew reportedly drove to a Westminster Jiffy Mart at Route 97 and Magna Way, where the shooter fled on foot and Dew ran into the store for help, court records stated.

Jones, his mother and Bowman's siblings spoke before the judge handed down the sentence.

Jones "had a choice," said Joseph Cook, Bowman's brother, as he described how the killing affected his family.

"I just don't understand why you had to pull that trigger," Phyllis Cook, Bowman's sister, said in an emotional address to Jones. Bowman "was human. He wasn't a dog. You have to face what you did."

Jones said he never meant to harm anyone.

"I'm truly sorry for what happened," Jones said. He also apologized to his family, who attended the hearing.

Anthony Jones, 25, the defendant's cousin, was recently sentenced to eight years for his involvement in the incident on charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and as an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, according to court records and Assistant State's Attorney Allan Culver.

Margaret Mead, Shawn Jones' attorney, said she would appeal.arin.gencer@baltsun.com

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