A 20-year-old New Jersey man was sentenced to 18 years in prison yesterday for the murder of a Glen Burnie man on New Year's morning.
Shawn Rauson of Linden, N.J., pleaded guilty June 9 to second-degree murder in the shooting death of 20-year-old Robert Charles Queen Jr., of the 400 block of Darton Court.
"I would like to apologize to the court and to his family, especially to his family," Rauson said before sentencing.
But prosecutor Frederick M. Paone, apparently anticipating Rauson's statement, said the court should not be swayed by any statement of regret. "Your Honor, the words just don't do it," he said.
Mr. Paone asked that Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. sentence Rauson within the recommended sentencing guidelines of 15 to 25 years in prison.
According to court documents, Mr. Queen was approached from behind by a gunman as he walked along the 1800 block of Richfield Drive in Severn shortly before 4 a.m. As Mr. Queen turned around, the gunman shot him three times and fled. Mr. Queen died a short time later at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Rauson went to the home of some friends and told them he shot Mr. Queen during a drug transaction. He asked his friends to hide him and the murder weapon and to help him escape. But one of the friends notified the police, who arrested Rauson at the house.
Rauson's attorney, Robert W. Mance, said that Mr. Queen and Rauson had been together most of the evening and that "there had been some drug activity they had been involved in."
The two men began an argument that escalated into a fight "that resulted in him shooting Mr. Queen," Mr. Mance said.
Mr. Mance said that other than this conviction, Rauson's record is clean. "I think that given the circumstances, this was not a planned occurrence. All indications are that it was totally out of character."
Rauson also was given a concurrent five-year sentence for a handgun violation.