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An 18-year-old Annapolis man was sentenced to five years i prison yesterday for shooting an acquaintance during an argument about a missing pistol.

Shawn Cook of the 1300 block of Tyler Ave. was sentenced to the maximum term called for in a plea agreement reached between the 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 Jr.

Assistant State's Attorney Warren W. Davis III said the victim, Burvin Hamilton, 26, of the 400 block of Washington St., is a gun collector who had worked with Cook in the maintenance department at the Naval Academy. After Cook had visited his apartment, Mr. Hamilton realized that a .38-caliber handgun was missing.

The two men agreed to meet at the victim's house June 27 to discuss the matter, Mr. Davis said. As they stood arguing in front of Mr. Hamilton's apartment about 10 p.m., Cook pulled out the handgun and shot him. 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 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, Mr. Davis said. He showed up a short time later in the emergency room at Anne Arundel Hospital Center. He told hospital officials that he had been shot during a struggle with a man who had pulled a gun, Mr. Davis said.

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

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