Baltimore County

Woman to serve 25 years in shooting of teenager

A Baltimore County woman was sentenced to 25 years in prison last week in the attempted murder of a 15-year-old boy shot in the back of the head in a Marriottsville field, according to state's sttorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.

Chiquita Sketers, 22, of the 3400 block of Carriage Hill Circle, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and a gun charge on April 29 in connection with the shooting that occurred on June 19, 2012, in a field near the 11400 block of Old Frederick Road.


The teenager, who survived the shooting, was mistakenly identified by Sketers and two other assailants as responsible for a $200 marijuana rip off, according to the statement of facts.

Sketers was charged in the crime along with Donald Peoples Jr., 22, and Laura Karr, 25. According to the facts, Peoples and Karr picked up the teenager in his Reisterstown neighborhood using Karr's Mazda and drove him to Sketers house in Randallstown.


The three then drove to Marriottsville, where prosecuters believe Peoples shot him in the back of the head. According to the facts, Sketers is believed to have supplied the gun, a .22 caliber rifle.

The victim, who was not present at the trial, is recovering from the shooting, according to prosecutors, who said a bullet fragment remains lodged near his brain.

Judge Richard Bernhardt sentenced Sketers to life in prison on July 5, suspending all but 25 years for the attempted murder charge. She also was sentenced to five years on the firearms charge, which will be served concurrently with the attempted murder sentence.

Karr's trial date is set for July 19. Peoples' trial is set for Nov. 12.