17-Year-Old Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison For Murder And Robbery Of Abduction Victim

LA PLATA, Md. — Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Thursday, June 6, 2024, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Makeba Gibbs sentenced Nijuan Wilson, 17, to Life in prison with all but 30 years suspended for the First-Degree Murder of Deangelo Beale. Wilson will be on supervised probation for five years upon release.

On May 24, 2024, Wilson entered a guilty plea to the aforementioned charge.

On June 9, 2023, officers responded to an apartment complex in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they located victim Deangelo Beale in the parking lot suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Unfortunately, he was pronounced deceased at the scene. Another individual, Marquise Jackson, was later discovered deceased in connection with the incident.

An investigation revealed that during the morning hours of June 9th, Beale and Jackson were at the same nightclub in Washington, D.C. and got into an argument. After leaving the nightclub, Jackson and four other suspects robbed Beale of his belongings and abducted Beale at gunpoint. Beale was brought to his apartment in his vehicle. Three of the suspects exited the vehicle and entered Beale’s apartment, holding Beale’s girlfriend, who shared the apartment, at gunpoint and demanding property. Jackson and another suspect, later determined to be Wilson, stayed in the vehicle with Beale.

At some point, Beale was able to take one of their firearms inside the vehicle and shoot Jackson. The suspects inside of the apartment heard the commotion then came outside and shot Beale, killing him. The suspects were able to flee the area in Beale’s vehicle and drop Jackson off at a nearby hospital. Jackson was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Before giving Wilson his sentence, the Honorable Judge Gibbs told him, “Your actions were callous, cruel, senseless, and tragic. You ruined a lot of lives, including yours.”

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