Trucker gets 10 years for Jessup shooting

April 07, 2010

A 25-year-old Washington man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years for shooting a fellow trucker in the hand and leg at a Jessup convenience store in November 2008. Douglas Howard had pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in the attack on Jaimie Dennis at a Royal Farms store in the 8600 block of Washington Blvd. The men had argued about the price of a vehicle Dennis had arranged to sell for Howard. Dennis identified Howard to police while being treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. In Howard County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Judge Richard S. Bernhardt suspended all but five years of a 20-year sentence for the assault and added five years for using a handgun in the commission of a violent crime. Senior Assistant State's Attorney Susan Weinstein said Howard would not be eligible for parole on the handgun violation, which carries a mandatory five-year sentence.

- Don Markus

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