Teen Sentenced To Role In Botched Marijuana Deal In Charles County: State's Attorney

A teenage assault suspect has been sentenced to years behind bars for his role in the shooting and attack of a 17-year-old during a drug deal gone wrong in Charles County, the state's attorney announced.

Brown was sentenced to prison time.

Brown was sentenced to prison time.

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Quanel Love Brown, 17, of Waldorf, has been sentenced to 53 years in prison, with all but 15 years suspended following his guilty plea for shooting a teen and pistol-whipping his brother during a planned meeting to purchase marijuana.

On Tuesday, March 23, officers responded to Continental Drive and Sandestin Place in White Plains for the report of a shooting, where they found a 17-year-old victim with a gunshot wound to his wrist and a contusion to his head next to his brother, who also suffered a similar injury.

According to Tony Covington, the State's Attorney for Charles County, the investigation determined that the brothers set up a meeting with a co-conspirator of Brown to purchase marijuana and vape cartridges.

Brown and three others then arrived to meet the victims, who reported to investigators that during the sale, Brown and his cohorts attempted to rob them.

Covington said that surveillance video of the incident showed that a fight ensued between the victims, Brown, and two of his co-conspirators, during which, Brown pistol-whipped both victims.

He also pointed a gun at one of the victims and fired one shot, hitting him. The other victim attempted to flee on foot, but Brown fired two more shots at him, though he wasn’t hit by the bullets.

Further surveillance footage showed that Brown was an occupant of the vehicle that fled the area and his clothing matched that of the suspect who had the gun. When he was apprehended in April, he was also found to be in possession of a weapon that matched the gun used during the incident.

Brown pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree assault and one count of the wear, carry, and transport of a handgun upon their person. As part of his plea, Brown was also ordered to serve five years of supervised probation for five years upon his release from prison.

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