At­tempted mur­der nets 7 years

State’s at­tor­ney de­tails April 2016 stab­bing in dis­pute along Her­manville Road; vic­tim ‘lucky he’s not dead’ af­ter at­tack

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By JOHN WHAR­TON jwhar­ton@somd­news.com

A Cal­i­for­nia man was sen­tenced this week to serve seven years in prison from his guilty pleas to at­tempted sec­ond-de­gree mur­der and an amended rob­bery of­fense from a stab­bing in the spring of last year in a neigh­bor­hood off Her­manville Road.

Javonne Lawrence War­rick, now 26, and two other men were ar­rested in April 2016 on ini­tial district court pa­pers de­tail­ing a po­lice re­sponse to a night­time shoot­ing com­plaint in the Green­brier hous­ing area, and their dis­cov­ery nearby of a 25-year-old Colton’s Point res­i­dent suf­fer­ing from mul­ti­ple knife wounds.

“He was stabbed five times in the left lung, … [and bleed­ing] as if a hose was spurt­ing out blood,” St. Mary’s State’s At­tor­ney Richard Fritz (R) said Tuesday in court. “He’s lucky he’s not dead.”

War­rick’s plea hear­ing last De­cem­ber was fol­lowed by a pre­sen­tence in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and its find­ings had prompted St. Mary’s Cir­cuit Judge Karen H. Abrams to or­der that War­rick re­ceive a com­pe­tency eval­u­a­tion.

Michael Lawlor, War­rick’s lawyer through the pub­lic de­fender’s of­fice, noted on Tuesday his client’s “sig­nif­i­cantly low IQ” and his strug­gles with “quite a con­stel­la­tion of chal­lenges,” in­clud­ing abuse of al­co­hol and other drugs.

Amid the list of War­rick’s prior of­fenses, the lawyer said, “noth­ing jumps out vi­o­lent like

this, life-threat­en­ing like this,” adding that “it’s un­likely that he was the im­pe­tus be­hind this.”

War­rick faced a pos­si­ble max­i­mum sen­tence of 45 years in prison for the rob­bery and at­tempt- ed-mur­der crimes, the state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice re­ported af­ter last year’s plea hear­ing, and Fritz lamented Tuesday in court what he de­scribed as the “ex­tremely low” sen­tenc­ing guide­lines range of five to 10 years listed in the pre­sen­tence in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Abrams noted the sever­ity of the crime, and the pos­si­ble out- come.

“Mod­ern med­i­cal sci­ence kept this from be­ing an ac­tual mur­der,” the judge said.

“Mr. War­rick has had quite a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties for treat­ment,” she said, “from child­hood on. It hasn’t worked.”

The judge sen­tenced War­rick to 15 years in prison, sus­pend- ed to the seven-year term, to be fol­lowed by five years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion.

Last fall, 23-year-old Key­onte Tarez Robin­son of Lex­ing­ton Park pleaded guilty to a hand­gun charge from the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, on­line court records state, and he was sen­tenced to three years in prison, sus­pended to 18 months in cus­tody with work-re­lease priv­i­leges rec­om­mended, and two years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion.

Delonte Dean­gelo Har­vey, now 25, of Cal­i­for­nia is sched­uled to stand trial next Jan­uary on charges from the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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