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Man gets eight years for drive-by shooting

A Caroline County man will spend the next eight years in prison for a drive-by shooting that prosecutors say was in retaliation for the 2007 death of a young family member.

Jessee Rashaund Morris, 23, was sentenced in Caroline Circuit Court on Monday to 32 years in prison with all but eight years suspended.

He entered an Alford plea to attempted murder, attempted malicious wounding by mob, maliciously shooting into an occupied dwelling and two firearms charges.

An Alford plea means that although he does not admit to being guilty, he does acknowledge that there is sufficient evidence for a conviction.

The charges stem from a June 6, 2013, incident when a home on Brownstone Road in Ruther Glen was hit by gunfire in a drive-by shooting, said Caroline Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Diane Abato.

There were four people sleeping in the residence at the time, but no one was injured, she said.

Abato said in court that 24-year-old Shawn Terrell was the intended target in retaliation for the November 2007 shooting death of 16-year-old Raquel Hunter.

Hunter, who prosecutors say is related to the defendant, was shot in the head after a fight broke out at a classmate’s birthday party.

Terrell, who was 17 at the time, pleaded guilty in 2009 to felony malicious wounding by mob in the slaying. He received a suspended 20-year sentence.

Eight others were also charged with sentences ranging from suspended sentences to 50 years in prison, court records show.

She said said other witnesses were prepared to testify that Morris and his brother J’uan were in the area of the shooting with guns and that Morris bragged about the shooting to his cellmates in jail.

J’uan “Keyz” Morris, 22, is expected to appear in court on similar charges on Wednesday.

Kire Davon Worley, 20, believed to be the getaway driver, is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 11.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419

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