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Reisterstown man to serve life plus 85 years for Howard Co. shooting

A 22-year-old Reisterstown man was sentenced to life plus 85 years in Howard County Circuit Court Thursday  in connection with the execution-style shooting of a 15-year-old boy in a Marriottsville field in 2012.

Donald Peoples Jr., of the 400 block of Highmeadow Road, was convicted by a Howard County jury in November of first- and second-degree attempted murder, conspiracy attempted murder charges, kidnapping, assault, felony gun charges and robbery.

Peoples is one of three charged in connection with the June 2012 crime during which a boy was abducted from his Randallstown neighborhood, driven to a field in Marriottsville, and shot in the back of the neck.
The victm, who survived, still has a bullet fragment lodged near his brain stem, and suffers from "collateral damage" from the incident, prosecutors said in court Thursday, according to State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan. 
According to testimony in the case, the boy was misidentified by the assaliants as someone who ripped them off during a drug deal. 
During the sentencing hearing, Kirwan said Peoples addressed the court and did not apologize to the victim and the victim's family, who Kirwan said were in the courtroom. 
Judge William V. Tucker, who gave Peoples the sentence, criticized Peoples for his lack of remorse, and said his crimes were "cold blooded and heartless," Kirwan said. 

Tucker also said Peoples was "a major threat to society," Kirwan said.

Peoples' co-defendants both pled guilty to charges in connection with the case. Chiquita Sketers, 22, of the 3400 block of Carraige Hill Circle in Randallstown, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted first-degree murder and a gun charge.


Laura Christian Karr, 26, of Reisterstown, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in December to a kidnapping charge. Karr, who testified against Peoples, will be sentenced on July 17.