: "A Bear woman will spend 15 years in #jail
for the 2016 shooting death of 19-year-old Delaware State University student, though she maintains she did not pull the trigger.
Cheryl Jennings' attorney tried to shift some blame for the #killing
to her husband, Ralph, despite her April plea of no contest to #manslaughter
charges. That plea came days before her trial on first-degree #murder
, which carried a potential sentence of life in prison.
Malcolm Evans, a junior at DSU who aspired to be a #neurosurgeon
, was shot in his car at about 4 a.m. on July 9, 2016, on Country Path Drive near the Jennings' home, police said. He was on his way to work at the FedEx facility in New Castle, his family told police.
In court filings, Hurley said the killing stemmed from Cheryl thinking someone was trying to break into her home.
Evans' mother, Terry Evans, spoke about her family's "incredible loss and hurt." She said her son lived to help others in contrast to Cheryl, who she described as "a child killer and a dream killer." Hurley said Cheryl took the plea as a way of letting Evans' family avoid the pain of a trial. "Even with her husband pulling the trigger, she caused the situation," Hurley conceded.
New Castle County Superior Court Judge Andrea Rocanelli said she was not going to entertain factors "shifting blame" in her sentence.
She later told investigators she knew nothing about the shooting, he said, adding that her actions have served only to "hide, obfuscate and escape responsibility." "It was Cheryl Jennings' actions, plural, that led us to where we are today," Robertson said.
Rocanelli said she considered that the killing happened "without any provocation from Malcolm" in giving Cheryl a 15-year sentence. "We still don't feel justice is fully served because someone out there who is partially responsible is still walking the streets," said Kevin Evans, Malcolm's father, after the hearing.
Robertson said the case was "one of the most difficult" he's encountered. There was no forensic evidence identifying who fired the single shot that killed Evans.
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