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2 plead guilty in Bennigan's shooting


Two Howard County men pleaded guilty this week in Howard County Circuit Court to charges stemming from a drug-related shooting in the parking lot of a Bennigan's last year that left one man paralyzed.

On Tuesday, Raymond Ko Kang, 19, of the 10000 block of Hillingdon Road in Woodstock, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking with the use of a firearm and to first-degree assault. Jonathan Kim, 19, of the 3500 block of Split Rail Lane in Ellicott City, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs with the intent to distribute and to second-degree assault, according to the Howard County state's attorney's office.

They are scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 14.

According to the statement of facts by prosecutor Claude de Vastey, police arrived in the parking lot of the Bennigan's at 8201 Snowden River Parkway on Dec. 28 and found Harsh Vijay Thakkar, 20, of Elkridge, shot in his left abdomen, lying next to his car.

Thakkar told police that he had been shot after arranging to buy marijuana from two men and attempting to "rip off" the men. Thakkar identified Kang and Kim and told police that Kang shot him, according to the statement of facts.

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