Prison for York City man who fired into crowd of people
A 37-year-old York City man who fired a gun into a crowd of brawling people — injuring two of them — must spend at least seven years in state prison.
Latrell Gilbert Brown, formerly of the 100 block of Parkway Boulevard, pleaded guilty Thursday in York County Court to one count each of aggravated assault, firearms not to be carried without a license and being in illegal possession of a firearm.
He was sentenced to seven to 14 years in state prison, plus seven years of probation, and will receive credit for time served. He's been in York County Prison since May 18.
Although Brown admitted shooting into the crowd, he pleaded guilty to assault charges for just one of his two alleged victims because prosecutors were unable to contact the other, according to senior deputy prosecutor Duane Ramseur.
Gunfire: York City Police said a fight broke out among a group of people inside a home in the 200 block of West Market Street about 10:30 p.m. May 2, and eventually spilled outside.
Surveillance video from the area showed that a second fight erupted, at which point Brown ran over to the skirmish from the corner of Newberry and Market streets and fired several shots into the crowd, police said. He then tucked his 9 mm handgun into his pocket and ran off, according to police.
Seventeen-year-old Earl Fitch of York City was shot in the leg and required surgery.
His mother told The York Dispatch at the time that one of Fitch's classmates stanched the bleeding until emergency responders arrived and took over. The classmate and ambulance crew members might have saved the teen's life, his mother said.
The other shooting victim, Nathaniel Tarleton of Baltimore, took a bullet to the eye and was transported to Hershey Medical Center, police said.
Ramseur said the York County District Attorney's Office had no contact with Tarleton since the night he was shot.
Foot chase: Brown remained on the lam for more than two weeks.
City officers spotted him May 18 and arrested him after a foot chase, police said.
Presiding Common Pleas Judge Maria Musti Cook also ordered Brown to pay $23.50 in restitution to Fitch.
Ramseur said he didn't know what the restitution money was for.
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