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Teen Found Guilty in Rockville Metro Station Shooting

Tavares D. Harris, 18, was convicted on assault and handgun charges, according to reports.

An 18-year-old Rockville man was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree assault and use of a handgun in a violent crime for the shooting at the Rockville Metro station in May.

Tavares D. Harris, of the 700 block of Fallsgrove Drive, was facing a number of charges in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville, but the jury remained undecided on attempted first- and second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, The Gazette reported, after a third day of delibrations.

Click here for coverage of the shooting by Rockville Patch.

Prosecutors argued that Harris “aided and abetted” Kevin Q. Nguyen by providing the gun that Nguyen, 17, of the 300 block of North Van Buren Street in Rockville, used to open fire at the station on May 18.

Harris’s attorney argued that Nguyen planned the shooting himself, The Gazette reported.

A 16-year-old boy—who police said was the target—and an 18-year-old female bystander suffered non-life-threatening injuries in at the east entrance of the busy station in Town Center.

Prosecutors said the shooting stemmed from an afterschool fight between Nguyen and the male victim, The Washington Examiner reported. All three boys attended Richard Montgomery High School.

Nguyen is scheduled to go on trial Dec. 17, according to online court records.

Harris’ sentencing hearing is scheduled for Feb. 12. He faces up to 45 years in prison, NBC4 reported. Sentencing guidelines call for a mandatory five years in prison without the possibility of parole for the handgun charge, The Gazette reported.

Click here to read the NBC4 report and here to read the report from The Gazette.

done December 05, 2012 at 02:46 AM
This is injustice...I can't see how he the jury convicted this kid of anything beyond a "reasonable doubt"... how do they sleep at night knowing this is not right... the evidence did not convict him, the jury did based on their own judgement of him as a rapper. .. he is innocent... If he"s guilty so are at least 5 others who went for a fight.... please parents keep your children closer to you than ever... this world is dangerous...I tried.

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