From the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office:
Marvin Jahvon Smith, 27, of Edgewood, Maryland, was sentenced to serve the maximum sentence of 50 years in prison. He was found guilty of second degree murder, 30 years, and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, 20 years, by a Harford County jury on May 2, 2016.
The victim, Darius Preston, age 21, also of Edgewood, Maryland, was shot by Mr. Smith on June 16, 2015, while they were together on Grempler Way in Edgewood. Judge Yolanda M. Curtin of the Circuit Court for Harford County heard statements from several members of Mr. Preston’s family, including his mother, who wrote that “the loss of Darius has ripped apart my entire family. Darius was a kind, compassionate young man who brought joy to every room he entered”.
In asking for the maximum sentence, Deputy State’s Attorney Diane Adkins Tobin, stated that “our community and its families are being torn apart by gun violence. A message needs to be sent to the community that the courts will not tolerate this type of violence”.
The case was prosecuted by the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office, Deputy State’s Attorney Diane Adkins Tobin and Assistant State’s Attorney Dair Pillai. It was investigated by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.