Man gets 55 years in prison for shooting that injured 10-year-old boy

March 13, 2012|By Peter Hermann

A 20-year-old man was sentenced to spend 55 years in prison for a shooting that authorities said missed its target and instead injured a 10-year-old boy in East Baltimore.

Circuit Court Judge Emanuel Brown issued the sentence on Tuesday for Dafon Canty, who was convicted during a trial that ended in January. The judge suspended all but 55 years of a life term. The shooting occurred Aug. 19 in the 1100 block of North Lakewood Ave.

Prosecutors said Canty approached Terrell Singleton, who was sitting on the steps of a home, to avenge an earlier argument. Singletan ran up the stairs into the house to escape, and pushed the 10-year-old to the ground to protect him, the city State's Attorney's Office said.

The boy was struck by a bullet on the left arm. Singleton was not injured. Canty was convicted of being a minor in possession a handgun, attempted first-degree murder, assault and seven handgun violations.

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