Youth Sentenced For Attempted 1st-Degree Murder

He was arrested in connection with a shots-fired incident in April.

Frederick, Md (KM) A 17-year-old Frederick teenager was sentenced on Thursday for attempted 1st-degree murder. William James Sewell II was given 30-years behind bars, with all but 15-years to serve. Sewell pleaded guilty to attempted 1st-degree murder on October 28th, 2019.

Sewell was charged following a shots-fired incident in Mountain Village. The Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Magnolia Tree Court and Burning Bush Drive on April 3rd, 2019. Deputies found a shell casing in the parking lot outside of the 5700 block of Trailview Court in Mountain Village.

Investigators reviewed video footage from the apartment complex. . “According to surveillance footage in the neighborhood, you can see Sewell and a co-defendant chasing after another group of individuals firing gunshots at them as they are running through the neighborhood,” says Will Cockey, Communications Specialist with the State’s Attorney’s Office.

No one was hurt.

Cockey says Sewell was also identified as a suspect through two vehicles seen in the surveillance video, a Ford Mustang and a Chevrolet Malibu.

He says the State is pleased with this sentence. “This was a reckless act of gun violence, chasing a group of people through an apartment complex firing a gun at them. It’s just a miracle no one was hurt,” says Cockey. “This strong sentence sends a message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated in the community.”

Cockey says a co-defendant in the case, Marquis Desade Scottland, 17, of Hagerstown, is pending.

William James Sewell II


By Kevin McManus