A Columbia man will serve two years after fatally shooting another man during a drug deal last October, according to the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Tyquan Carter, 21, pleaded guilty in Howard County Circuit Court on Wednesday to manslaughter, according to a State’s Attorney’s Office news release. Judge Timothy J. McCrone sentenced Carter to 10 years, with all but two suspended, plus three years of supervised probation, the release states.
On Oct. 7, 2019, officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 9500 block of Sea Shadow, police said. Upon arriving, police found D’Marni Ware, 19, and Jaiden Marquise Pender, 18, both of Columbia, suffering from gunshot wounds in a parking lot.
Investigators believe Pender and Ware met up with Carter to complete a drug deal, during which Pender displayed a handgun and attempted to rob Carter. Pender and Carter struggled over the gun and, when Carter gained control, he shot Pender and Ware, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office. Ware died as a result of the gunshot wounds, while Pender recovered.