A Wicomico County judge sentenced a 17-year-old to more than a decade of incarceration in connection with a 2019 armed robbery at a Salisbury home.
The Wicomico County state’s attorney’s office said the juvenile pleaded guilty to armed robbery, firearm use in a violent crime and first-degree assault. A judge gave the boy a 45-year sentence with all but 15 years suspended.
The teen forced his way into a Hammond Street home Nov. 28, 2019, while two residents, a man and a woman, were in the home. The woman tried to lock the juvenile in a bedroom, when the boy pointed a gun at her and threatened to shoot if she did not get out of his way, according to prosecutors.
The woman then fled the home and heard a gunshot not long after. The juvenile confronted the male resident upstairs, prosecutors said, demanding the man hand over “everything that (he) had” and pointed the gun at him.
The state’s attorney’s office said the two began fighting for the gun, which went off during the struggle. A bullet struck the male resident’s upper leg.
The juvenile continued to point the gun at the man and repeatedly pull the trigger, according to prosecutors, but the weapon misfired. The teen stole several items from the home before fleeing the scene.
Prosecutors said he has been recommended for placement in the Youthful Offenders Program, which would put him in the Patuxent Institution for upwards of six years to receive mental health treatment along with educational and vocational training.
“Far too many violent crimes in our community are committed by teenagers. Accountability is necessary to keep people safe, and to disrupt and, hopefully, end the cycle of violence,” State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes said in a statement.
The juvenile will also spend five years on supervised probation after his release.