ROCKVILLE, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — A Rockville teen was sentenced to 25 years in prison Wednesday for shooting two people at the Rockville Metro station last May.
Kevin Nguyen, 17, pleaded guilty in December to firing four gun shots that struck Jared Cannon, 16, and Wasima Gray, 18, on May 18, 2012, at the Rockville Metro station. The shooting was gang-related and stemmed from a confrontation at Richard Montgomery High School the previous day, authorities said.
Nguyen was charged with attempted second-degree murder and use of a handgun in a crime of violence. His charges carried a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum sentence of 50 years.
State’s Attorney John McCarthy says the sentence sends a message that gun violence won’t be tolerated.
One of Nguyen’s attorneys, Paul Kemp, said the sentence was longer than he had hoped for. But he said he was pleased the judge had agreed to recommend a facility for juvenile offenders.
Tavares Harris, 17, was found guilty of first-degree assault and use of a handgun to commit a crime of violence for providing Nguyen with the gun used in the shooting.
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