A Frederick man charged in the shooting death of a woman at an after-prom party last year has received a 10-year sentence for manslaughter.

Ean Davis-Lattimore, 18, of Frederick, took an Alford plea Wednesday to manslaughter. An Alford plea means a person maintains their innocence but acknowledges that state prosecutors would have enough evidence to convict them.

Davis-Lattimore was originally indicted by a grand jury on charges including first- and second-degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Genesis Marie McCarter-Berretto. He was also charged with first- and second-degree assault. The Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office later dropped the first-degree murder charge.

As part of the Alford plea, the first-degree and second-degree charges were abandoned by the state. Davis-Lattimore received the maximum sentence for manslaughter.

“Like the family said at sentencing, nothing will bring her back, but at least the defendant will be held responsible,” Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith said in a statement. “What remains to be seen is whether he will use his time in prison to turn his life around.”

Smith said he was surprised to find out that Davis-Lattimore wanted to take a plea in the case.

“It was really out of left field,” he said.

Davis-Lattimore’s attorney, Matthew Frawley, declined to comment on the sentencing when reached by phone Thursday evening.

The Frederick Police Department responded to a shooting on May 13, 2018, at a house in the 1800 block of Weybridge Road in Frederick, where they found McCarter-Berretto with a gunshot wound to the neck. Despite the efforts of police and emergency medical services personnel, she died at the scene. A teenage boy was also shot in the leg, according to a news release from the state’s attorney’s office.

Witnesses told detectives that Davis-Lattimore was at the party and a fight started, according to the release. The fight moved outside to the front of the house, and witnesses said Davis-Lattimore fired a gun toward the house.

Bullet holes were found on the front of the house, and police recovered eight shell casings, according to the release.

Davis-Lattimore told police he was at the party and got into a fight. Throughout his time awaiting trial, Davis-Lattimore maintained his innocence, according to previous News-Post reporting.

Although Davis-Lattimore was held without bail for 10 months after he was arrested, he posted $100,000 bail in March.

At the time of the Alford plea, Davis-Lattimore was in jail after he was indicted by a grand jury on June 28 on charges of robbery and assault. The victim in the case did not want to press charges, and had appeared on Davis-Lattimore’s behalf at a previous hearing, according to Smith.

The charges in that case were dropped at Wednesday’s hearing.

“That case was problematic,” Smith said.

Staff writer Ryan Marshall contributed to this report.

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Heather Mongilio is the health and Fort Detrick reporter for the Frederick News-Post. She can be reached at hmongilio@newspost.com.

(14) comments

threecents

They did not prove he actually committed the murder. And he was a minor at the time. I think those are the main reasons he did not get a harsher sentence. Ideally, we want criminals to be rehabilitated, right? Or do we prefer to pay for them to live in jail for the rest of their lives?

rbtdt5

Maybe the turnkey will protect you, but I doubt it.

youwhat

Hey look the Frederick County State's Attorneys Office taking another plea deal here's my shocked face :O

BMedic

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BunnyLou

“He is young, he is of color and probably disadvantaged; therefore, we must give him a break.” say the guilt laden white progressive liberals.

BMedic

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DickD

So, the young lady is dead and the killer is looking at only 5 to 10 years in jail. If that's justice why do we give out traffic tickets. And one year in jail for DUI and only 5 years for murder?

BunnyLou

Dick was the gun registered to him? Where is your outrage on his use of a gun? How come you are on your soap box attacking Trump or Hogan?

gabrielshorn2013

Agreed Dick. The firearms charges alone were worth two decades as per 18 USC 922 and 924. Unintentional manslaughter means he didn't intend to do it. Firing into a crowd of people, and he did n't mean it? Really Mr. Prosecutor, Really? Total package should have been 35 years. Her life is ended, but you'll be out in time to pick yours right back up. This is what I mean about the revolving door of the Maryland Justice System. Shameful.

dcmetro

The punishment certainly does not seem to fit the crime. He could be out after serving half of his sentence which would be about 5 years. I agree with gdunn and his statement of this being a joke. I do hope this young man takes advantage of some of the opportunities available to him in prison rather than making it a venue where he can learn more in depth ways of continuing a criminal lifestyle. If he does serve 5 of the 10 years, he could walk away with a college degree or technical skills that would make him marketable on the outside. Some take advantage of those opportunities, but most do not. I speak from first hand experience having taught for a college in the prison system.

gdunn

Another murderer gets away with nothing. MD is a joke!

KR999

You got that right gdunn. [thumbup]

Rockfish

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DickD

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