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Teen sentenced to 40 years in shooting of 14-year-old

By Cassidy Jensen | The Baltimore Sun • December 12, 2023 | Original Source

A Baltimore County judge on Tuesday sentenced an 18-year-old who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a 14-year-old to 40 years in prison.

Judge Dennis M. Robinson Jr. sentenced Devin Gaither to life in prison with all but 40 years suspended in Baltimore County Circuit Court.

Gaither pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the Sept. 2, 2022, shooting of Travis Slaughter, a freshman at Milford Mill Academy. Another minor was injured in the shooting near Liberty Road and Washington Avenue in Windsor Mill, Baltimore County Police said.

Gaither was 16 at the time of the shooting but was tried in adult court because he was charged with first degree murder. His attorney Natalie Finegar said her client had no prior criminal record.

Baltimore County State’s Attorney said he was pleased Robinson gave prosecutors the full sentence they requested.

“While I acknowledge the sentence will never bring Travis back, we believe serving 40 years is an appropriate punishment in this case,” Shellenberger said.

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