A Baltimore County man pleaded guilty yesterday to charges that he shot a Columbia teen-ager outside the youth's home in a dispute over a girl last March.
Derrick A. Hayes, 19, of Lochearn, could be sentenced to up to 12 years in prison -- with all but seven years of the term suspended -- as part of a plea agreement in Howard Circuit Court.
Hayes pleaded guilty to assault with intent to maim and a weapons violation for the March 2 shooting in Columbia's Hickory Ridge village. He will be sentenced Dec. 5.
Other charges, including attempted murder and assault with intent to murder, were dropped by prosecutors as part of the plea agreement.
Prosecutors contend Hayes went to Wilde Lake High School with a .32-caliber handgun to look for 18-year-old Derek Anthony Harris and then followed a school bus taking Mr. Harris home.
Hayes fired at Mr. Harris as he and four other students got off the bus, but his handgun malfunctioned, prosecutors said. Hayes then followed Mr. Harris to his apartment, where Hayes shot Mr. Harris in the shoulder.