An altercation at a barber shop spilled back to a person’s house. There a man shot three people, killing one in front of the victim’s parents.
Now, the murderer will be spending the rest of his life behind bars.
This month, a judge in Maryland sentenced Richard Eugene Middleton Jr., 39, to life in prison plus 125 years. He was convicted by a jury in June of first-degree murder and a host of other charges, according to the State’s Attorney Office for Charles County, Maryland.
On June 15, 2020, police responded to a Waldorf, Maryland, home for a reported shooting. When police arrived, they found Kwasi Louard-Clarke dead from numerous gunshots, prosecutors said.
A short distance away, two other victims, Montreal Wade and Tyrone Coleman, were also found shot. They were taken to the hospital, and both survived their injuries.
Before the shooting, Middleton and Louard-Clarke got into an altercation at a barber shop where Middleton worked. There was no word on what the dispute was about.
Louard-Clarke left and went to his home where his parents also lived. Coleman and Wade arrived shortly after to hang out.
Middleton then went to the home, walked in and started shooting.
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He shot Coleman as he ran away, Wade was also shot in the back trying to flee, prosecutors said. Both men then fled in a car.
Louard-Clarke was shot in the leg trying to get to a neighbor’s house for help. Middleton followed him into the residence. There, he pointed a gun at the owner and children were also present to see the scene unfold.
Louard-Clarke left the home and Middleton followed. The victim pleaded for his life but was shot multiple times. One of the shots was to the head at close range. Louard-Clarke’s parents saw the initial shooting and his mom saw Louard-Clarke’s final resting place at the end of the incident.
Middleton fled the shooting but was quickly caught form police. He then confessed to his crime.
“This is amongst the most violent and heinous crimes that I think most of us have come across,” Assistant State’s Attorney Jonathan Beattie told the judge. “Decisions have consequences. This was a considered, deliberate, and intentional decision to take someone’s life; it is the State’s estimation that [Middleton doesn’t] deserve to live free amongst society for the rest of [his] life.”
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