By Luke Lavoie, firstname.lastname@example.org
1:10 PM EST, November 22, 2013
A Howard County Circuit Court jury convicted a Baltimore County man Friday of attempted murder in the execution-style shooting of a 15-year-old boy in a Marriottsville field last June.
After 11 hours of deliberation over three days, Donald George Peoples Jr., 22, was convicted of attempted first- and second-degree murder, kidnapping, murder conspiracy and additional charges, according to State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.
Peoples, one of three charged in connection with the June 2012 crime, is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 30. He faces a maximum sentence of two consecutive life sentences plus up to 85 years in prison, Kirwan said.
Prosecutors said the victim had been mistakenly identified by two assailants, including Peoples, as responsible for an alleged rip-off drug deal and was abducted from a sidewalk near his Reisterstown home.
Prosecutors said his abductors drove to a home in Randallstown, where a third defendant in the case produced a .22-caliber rifle and rode with them to Marriottsville.
Kirwan said the victim testified against Peoples but was not present when the verdict was announced. Prosecutors said the victim is continuiing to recover from his wound, and that a bullet fragment remains lodged near his brain stem.
Last July, Chiquita Sketers, 22, of Randallstown, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and a felony gun charge for her role in the abduction and shooting. She was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
A third defendant, Laura Christian Karr, 26, of Reisterstown, is scheduled to be tried Dec. 2. Karr testified against Peoples, who was described as her boyfriend and the father of their child.
Prosecutors acknowledged that a plea offer is in the works in exchange for her testimony in Peoples’ trial, Kirwan said.
Karr's uncle, Ronald Cox, was shot and killed at the Reisterstown home, which the two shared, after he allegedly attacked Baltimore County police with a sword. The officer was at the home serving a warrant for Karr's arrest in the Marriottsville shooting.
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