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Murderer of UMd. student gets 49-year sentence
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A 24-year-old man who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a University of Maryland student during a robbery last year was sentenced Wednesday to 49 years in prison.
Deandre Ricardo Williams had been robbed of his own stash of drugs and planned the robbery of an “easy target” to help him recoup his losses, Prince George’s County Assistant State’s Attorney Wesley Adams said during the sentencing. His target, 22-year-old Justin DeSha-Overcash, was fatally shot inside his College Park home on Jan. 11, 2011.
Police have said they believed DeSha-Overcash’s home was targeted because of the marijuana they found there while investigating the murder. Williams‘ defense attorney, William Brennan, said another person told Williams he had previously bought drugs there.
Wednesday’s sentencing hearing, in Prince George’s County Circuit Court in Upper Marlboro, was moved to the courthouse’s ceremonial courtroom to accommodate the swell of friends and family of both Williams and DeSha-Overcash who attended.
“I have gone from an extreme extrovert to an introverted recluse,” she said in between sobs. “When I must force myself to go out, I break down.”
Others voiced concern for her health and well-being now that the case has concluded.
“There will be no closure here today,” said his father, Randy DeSha-Overcash. “Our loss is something that the court will never understand.”
Williams went to the home DeSha-Overcash shared with several other university students armed with a gun and ski mask, authorities said. Another man, 22-year-old Brian Weaver, drove a getaway car. Weaver was sentenced to 15 years in prison in March.
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