Man faces up to 5 years for shooting gun owner ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale


An 18-year-old Annapolis man pleaded guilty yesterday to shooting an acquaintance last June during an argument about a missing pistol.

Shawn Cook of the 1300 block of Tyler Ave. faces up to five years in prison as a result of a plea agreement reached between a prosecutor and Cook's attorney, Pam North.

Cook pleaded guilty to assault with intent to maim and assault before Circuit Court Judge Raymond G. Thieme. Sentencing was set for April 30.

Warren W. Davis III, assistant state's attorney, said that the victim, Burvin Hamilton, 26, of the 400 block of Washington St., had to undergo three operations to repair damage to his stomach.

Mr. Davis said that Mr. Hamilton is a gun collector who had worked with Cook in the maintenance department at the Naval Academy.

After Cook visited his apartment, Mr. Hamilton determined that a .38-caliber handgun was missing.

The two men agreed to meet at the victim's house on June 27 to discuss the matter, Mr. Davis said.

As they stood arguing in front of Mr. Hamilton's apartment at about 10 p.m., Cook pulled out the handgun and shot Mr. Hamilton.

Police said the shooting was witnessed by Ollie Milon, a friend of Mr. Hamilton, who pulled out a gun and shot Cook in the hand.

Mr. Milon, who was not charged, told police that he fired as Cook was beginning to aim at him. He later passed a lie detector test, Mr. Davis said.

Cook dropped the handgun and ran away, Mr. Davis said. He showed up a short time later at the emergency room of the Anne Arundel Hospital Center, where he was treated for the wound, Mr. Davis said.

Cook told hospital officials that he had been shot during a struggle with a man who had pulled a gun, Mr. Davis said.

But police said he later told them that the shooting had occurred during an argument over $20 Mr. Hamilton owed him. He said he shot Mr. Hamilton in self-defense.

Mr. Davis said that he agreed to accept the plea because Cook could have argued that he had no way of knowing if Mr. Hamilton was armed.

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