A man tried to intervene during a fight between a couple at a Maryland Burger King and was shot dead. Now, his killer will head to prison for decades.
This month, a judge in Maryland sentenced Darin Tyler Robey, 21, to 60 years in prison after he was found guilty of second-degree murder earlier this year. Fifteen years of the sentence was suspended.
As FrontPageDetectives previously reported, on Dec. 26, 2021, police in Frederick, Maryland, responded to a Burger King.
There, authorities learned that Robey got into an argument with a woman inside the restaurant. Jaion Antonio Penamon tried to intervene and was shot dead.
The Frederick News-Post reported that Robey’s then-girlfriend worked at the Burger King, and Robey believed she was having an affair with a coworker. When Penamon asked Robey to step outside, that is when he was shot dead.
Robey was later apprehended, though the gun was never found, according to the report.
“Robey lacked remorse from the second he pulled the trigger, to when he stepped over Jaion’s dying body and casually walked away, until today,” Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith said, according to the News-Post.
During closing arguments, a fight broke out between the victim’s family and Robey’s family, the newspaper reported. That led security to clear the courtroom and put parts of the courthouse on lockdown.
“While all 25 or so people from [the] victim’s side were required to leave the courthouse for a cooling down period, 4 were banned from returning by the courthouse deputies,” Smith told the outlet.
Once the proceedings resumed, both families spoke to the judge before sentencing.
Robey’s attorney said they plan to appeal the conviction.