Frederick teen sentenced for attempted first degree murder

Posted at 6:42 PM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 18:44:12-05

FREDERICK — On Thursday, 17-year-old William James Sewell II to 30 years suspending all but 15 for attempted first degree murder.

Sewell plead guilty to the charges in October of this year.

In April 2019, at around 4:15 p.m., Frederick County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the area of Magnolia Tree Court and Burning Bush Drive in Frederick for a report of shots fired.

After arriving to the scene, they found a .380 shell casing in the parking lot outside the 5700 block of Trailview Court in Mountain Village.

After reviewing surveillance, detectives learned that a white Ford Mustang and silver Chevy Malibu were involved and there were four men observed walking from the vehicles towards six others which is when the shooting took place.

Two of the men walking from the vehicles were observed with guns and were identified as Sewell and 17-year-old Marquis Desade Scottland. After firsing at least three rounds, the suspects fled the scene.

State’s Attorney Charlie Smith reacted to the sentence, “This broad daylight shooting could have easily ended in tragedy. Bullets were flying through an apartment complex as people were going about their daily activities. This sentence sends a strong message that reckless acts of gun violence will be met with serious punishments.”