Thursday, 25 October 2018

Maryland high school senior is jailed for 25 years after horrifying video showed him running down classmate in row over 'stolen marijuana'

A Maryland high school senior has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for running down his classmate over stolen drugs.
Shocking video shows Nicholas Kyle Hoffman, 18, behind the wheel of a car and intentionally accelerating and running over 16-year-old  Logan Dandley before fleeing the scene.
Hoffman, who was 17 at the time, was charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder and found guilty in August.
Dandley survived his severe injuries and on Monday Hoffman was sentenced to life in prison, which was later suspended to all but 25 years.
Police documents show that Dandley had allegedly stolen marijuana from a friend of Hoffman's and authorities believe Hoffman then ran over Dandley as payback. 
Both students attended South River High School in Edgewater, Maryland. 
In a statement, State's Attorney Wes Adams called it 'one of the most callous displays of violence that I have witnessed in my 22 years as a prosecutor.' 
The Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office released cell phone video of the hit-and-run Monday.
A female friend is recording from the passenger seat and you can hear Hoffman ask if she's recording. 
He comes to a stop sign and then accelerated toward two teenage boys, one being Dandley, as they walked in the street wearing book bags.
'What's up, boy. What's up, boy?' Hoffman is heard saying in an aggressive tone. 
That's when he hits Dandley with the car and continues to drive away, revealing a smashed windshield. 
Hoffman was pulled over later by officers who noticed the damage to his car. 
'He drove away. There was no hesitation. There was no swerving. He put him right between the headlights and he hit him,'  Adams said.
'Hoffman laid bare his cruel intent to kill when he deliberately accelerated his vehicle towards a defenseless pedestrian, and memorialized this shocking incident on video,' Adams said in a statement. 
'Regardless of what the dispute was before, you don't use a car — you don't run somebody down in a way to settle that. That's just not the way lawful people behave,' he added.

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