2nd suspect in Maryland school shooting gets year in jail

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Posted: Jan 07, 2016 2:51 PM
2nd suspect in Maryland school shooting gets year in jail

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A man who set up a gang confrontation that ended in gunfire and bloodshed at a Maryland high school was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail after apologizing for his actions.

Prosecutors say Chandler Davenport, 20, agreed to testify against alleged gunman Brandon Tyler as part of a plea deal. His testimony won't be needed, though, since Tyler pleaded guilty last month to two counts of first-degree assault and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Davenport told investigators he knew Tyler, 22, carried a gun but didn't know he planned to use it when they and some friends drove to Frederick High School on the night of Feb. 4. Davenport acknowledged he went into the gymnasium during a junior varsity basketball game and made eye contact with rival gang members.

As they headed outside, followed by Davenport, prosecutors say Tyler fired seven shots, wounding a 14-year-old boy in the back and a 15-year-old boy in the leg.

The gunfire sent spectators running for cover as frantic parents rushed to the scene. About 200 players, faculty, staff and fans took shelter in the school cafeteria, where police questioned witnesses for several hours.

Davenport, of Frederick, pleaded guilty in August to two counts of reckless endangerment. In return for his cooperation, prosecutors dropped 11 other charges and recommended the one-year jail sentence. Frederick County Circuit Judge G. Edward Dwyer suspended nine years of prison time and agreed to let Davenport serve a three-year probationary period in Louisiana, where he has family, after his release.

Davenport told the court he's come to appreciate the consequences of his actions.

"I apologize for everything," he said. "I'm ready to put this behind me to move forward in life."

Dwyer said both Davenport and Tyler are lucky nobody was killed.