Judge goes beyond guidelines, sentences teen convicted of murder to 55 years in prison

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On July 8, a teenager convicted of murder was sentenced to 55 years in prison.

Daquan George, 19, was found guilty of second-degree murder and use of a firearm in a crime of violence in the Jan. 17, 2022, slaying of 23-year-old Darron McCoy Jr. in the 4900 block of North Franklintown Road. George shot McCoy more than 20 times.

During Monday’s hearing, the victim’s mother said she still hasn’t recovered from the loss of her son. She explained that she can’t sleep because of nightmares, suffers from survivor’s guilt and has had to see a therapist and take medication for depression to cope with the aftermath of her son’s murder.

Defense attorney Judit Otvos blamed George’s young age and abnormally slow brain development for his involvement in the murder.

She also argued that George was convicted of second-degree murder rather than first-degree murder because it was still unclear what role he played in the murder and therefore should have served a shorter sentence.

During the incident, McCoy sent a text message to his family saying that if anything happened to him, he was with George and two other people. One of the two other people he mentioned was later murdered, and the other was not charged.

Baltimore County District Court Judge Jeannie J. Hong told George she was willing to go beyond the suggested sentencing guidelines of 30 years for second-degree murder because of the viciousness of the crime and George’s ongoing misconduct while incarcerated, including seven institutional misconduct offenses.

Judge Hong said his numerous threats to prison officers made her believe he posed a risk to society and deserved a harsher sentence.

George was sentenced to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder and 15 years in prison for using a firearm in a crime of violence. The sentences are to be served consecutively, with the first five years without the possibility of parole.

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