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Another Caroline man sentenced in drive-by shooting

BY PORTSIA SMITH / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

A second Caroline County man pleaded guilty this week to charges related to a drive-by shooting that prosecutors say was in retaliation for the 2007 death of a young family member.

J’uan “Keyz” Morris, 22, of Ruther Glen, pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted murder, attempted malicious wounding by mob, maliciously shooting into an occupied dwelling and a firearm charge.

He was sentenced in Caroline Circuit Court to 30 years in prison with all but four years suspended.

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 was 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 convicted in the case and received sentences ranging from suspended jail time to 50 years in prison, court records show.

She said other witnesses were prepared to testify that Morris and his brother Jessee were in the area of the shooting with guns.

Jessee Morris, 23, was convicted of similar charges on Monday. He was sentenced to 32 years in prison with all but eight years suspended.

Kire Davon Worley, 20, who is also charged in the drive-by shooting, is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 11.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419

psmith@fredericksburg.com

 

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