Teen sentenced to 30-year term in fatal shooting


An Anne Arundel circuit judge sentenced a 19-year-old Baltimore man to 30 years in prison Friday for the shooting death of an innocent bystander in Pioneer City last year.

Judge Clayton R. Greene Jr. ordered Wesley Rodney Vanhook, of the 3400 block of Dupont Ave. to serve his sentence in a youth program at Patuxent Institute in Jessup, said Assistant State's Attorney Laura Kiessling.

According to Kiessling, on March 27, 1998, Vanhook got into an argument with a man while on Richfield Drive in Pioneer City. He left, returned with a gun and fired into a crowd.

Instead of hitting the man with whom he had argued, Vanhook's shots hit Simon Howard Wright Jr., 38, of the 1700 block of Richfield Drive. Wright was hit twice and died a few days later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Pub Date: 2/21/99

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