A Silver Spring man will spend up to 30 months in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center after pleading guilty Tuesday to his role in an incident in which shots were fired near a Frederick shopping center.
Robert Antoine Shirley Jr., 21, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but 12 months suspended, for conspiracy to commit first-degree assault. He received a consecutive 18-month sentence for violation of probation, according to a release from the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office. He also pleaded guilty to unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
Shirley will serve three years of probation when he is released from jail.
Frederick police responded to a report of shots fired in the 1300 block of Taney Avenue on June 20, 2019, and were told that a man had walked up to a group of people in a parking lot and fired a handgun. The group, which included Shirley, fled into the Frederick Shopping Center on West Seventh Street, according to the release.
Then, after a short argument in a McDonald’s parking lot between the group and several men in a red Cadillac, the two groups exchanged fire, according to the release.
Shirley was identified as the driver of a silver Honda CR-V seen leaving with three other men.
Police found the vehicle, which had been reported stolen earlier that day, abandoned a short time later on Glen Rock Drive in Frederick, according to the release.
Police found Shirley walking nearby, and arrested him after a short pursuit.
The keys to the CR-V were found in his pocket after his arrest, according to the release.
An attorney for Shirley could not be reached for comment Tuesday.