A Baltimore man who shot a little girl who was playing hide-and-seek as he chased an enemy down a city street and into a private home was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison.
Mantice Shameil Parker, 21, of the 400 block of Pitman Place near Green Mount Cemetery received the punishment for the Oct. 14, 1996, shooting of Angelina Richardson of the 2100 block of Barclay St., who was then 7.
Convicted by a jury in April of assault with a handgun, Parker was sentenced in Baltimore Circuit Court by Judge Roger W. Brown. He will be eligible for parole in five years. The state had asked for a maximum sentence of 30 years.
According to testimony, Parker was stalking teen-ager Jmal Jones of the 600 block of Cator Ave. on the day Angelina -- who has recovered from her wounds -- was shot. Parker, prosecutors said, blamed Jones for the April 1996 killing of one of his cousins, Tions Matthews.
Spotting Jones in the 2100 block of Barclay St., Parker pulled his Ford station wagon to the curb, pulled out a 9 mm handgun and began chasing Jones down the sidewalk. When Jones bolted into a rowhouse on the block, Parker followed. Inside, prosecutors said, he fired four times.
Angelina, a neighbor visiting friends at the house, was hit once in the upper left arm. The bullet lodged in her back near her rib cage. At the trial, she testified that when the shots rang out, she looked up and saw Parker.
Jones, 16, was shot once in the arm. In a technical ruling before the trial, Parker was acquitted of shooting Jones because Jones was awaiting trial in the shooting death of Matthews. The state then proceeded against Parker in the assault on the girl.
Jones is scheduled for trial in August. He is in custody at the Baltimore City Detention Center.
Pub Date: 6/13/98