Baltimore man who shot a carryout customer over food order sentenced

Antoine Darnell Phipps, 30, was sentenced to life in prison plus 25 years for shooting a carryout customer outside a West Baltimore restaurant in August 2010 because he was "angered by a mistaken food order," the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

Phipps waited outside the "Sumtin Fishee" eatery on the corner of Strickland and Baltimore streets and ambushed Roger Jones as the man walked to his motorcycle, the prosecutor's office said. Jones was shot in his right hip and left arm.

A Baltimore jury convicted Phipps, of the 1500 block of W. Fayette St., of attempted murder and related handgun crimes in January. Circuit Court Judge David W. Young sentenced him Wednesday. All but 50 years of the life term were held in suspension, though the second term will have to be served consecutively, giving Phipps a total sentence of 75 years.

Phipps has prior convictions for trespassing and urinating in public. He has previously been charged with littering, malicious destruction of property, theft and drug dealing, though the cases were never pursued by prosecutors.

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