Frederick High Shooting

Brandon Earl Tyler pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in the shooting outside of Frederick High School in February. 

A Frederick man pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection with his role in a shooting at Frederick High School.

Brandon Earl Tyler, 22, was charged as the gunman in the Feb. 4 shooting during a basketball game in which two teens were wounded. He pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree assault.

Frederick County Circuit Judge Scott Lawrence Rolle sentenced Tyler to 12 years in prison. If he violates his five-year probation after release, he could face an additional sentence of up to 18 years. While on probation, he will not be allowed near public schools or the people who were shot.

Prosecutors have said Tyler told Chandler Tristan Davenport, the other person involved in the shooting, to go into the Frederick High School gym to see if members of the rival Sagner apartments gang were there.

Davenport spotted rival gang members in the gym, and when they left, he walked out behind them, according to Assistant State’s Attorney David R. Callahan.

Some of the group put on masks, apparently preparing for a fight, he said. When Davenport left the gym, he punched one of the Sagner gang members. Tyler then came to the area, according to court records, and fired a .380-caliber handgun seven times at a crowd of people near the gym doors.

Two teenage boys were wounded in the shooting. One of them declined to cooperate with the investigation, Callahan said.

The gun used in the shooting has not been recovered, Callahan said, so witness testimony was key to the state’s case. As part of a plea agreement, Davenport was to testify as a state’s witness in Tyler’s trial.

Davenport pleaded guilty Aug. 26 to two counts of reckless endangerment.

“To describe this incident as dangerous ... is an understatement,” Rolle said. “If not but for a couple inches, this would have been a homicide.”

Tyler’s attorney, Margaret Teahan, told Rolle that Tyler had been working and had strong family support.

Several members of Tyler’s family were in the courtroom for the plea hearing. A small child waved and smiled at Tyler when he entered. His father and sister spoke on his behalf, saying he was a good man who needed to get his life on track.

Davenport’s sentencing is set for Jan. 6. He faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine for each charge of reckless endangerment.

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(8) comments

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bosco

Oh, they steered him alright. Right into the school-to-penitentiary pipeline.

Where's Maverick on this one to explain how it the LIES from a RACIST Frederick good ol' boy network and Sheriff JENKINS that are at FAULT for this otherwise outstanding citizen's predicament?

KellyAlzan

THANK you, Judge Rolle!

bjonesskins69

Defense counsel should have used the VD argument that if society had outlawed guns, there never would have been an opportunity for this fine man to be a shooter. We have failed this poor guy.

Glen Shiel

I disagree. "We" have not failed this poor guy, the VDs have failed him for not getting him the counseling that he so obviously needed.

bosco

I'd be willing to wager that this bird was a problem from day one in school and, realistically there is little the school system can do with them. They are often programmed with an attitude and setup for failure by the time they hit school. If you don't believe me, please volunteer at an inner city elementary school and your eyes will be opened. The failed parents are raising convict trainees, not productive citizens. It's sad.

Glen Shiel

So true.

bosco

So how's that gangsta lifestyle working out, Tyler? Christmas dinner in the jailhouse, mmmm mmmm. "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime"

Good work Frederick PD and the court system! One more thug off the street.

jwhamann

Wow! That's gotta hurt.

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