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UPDATE: Jury Convicts Man for First-Degree Murder of Teenager and Attempted Murder of Five Additional Teens in Drive-By Shooting

5/10/2024: Latres Javontae Cockerham, 26, of California, was convicted of the first-degree murder of Joseph James Oakes, 19 of Lexington Park, and the attempted first-degree murders of five additional teenagers for his participation in a drive-by shooting that occurred on January 12, 2022. “The Defendant deliberately maneuvered his vehicle as his co-defendants rapidly fired bullets into another vehicle on a busy road in broad daylight, which provided for the murder of one teenager and the extreme endangerment of five others, while putting the neighboring community and all other drivers on the road at risk. It is no small miracle that additional lives were not lost,” said State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling. “Our thoughts remain with the victims and their families. We hope that this verdict brings them some comfort.” The Defendant will be held without bond pending a sentencing hearing. He faces a maximum penalty of six consecutive life sentences, plus eight years for related firearm charges. Sergeant Austin Schultz and Detective Taylore Nauman of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office were the lead investigators. Senior Assistant State’s Attorneys Jeff Maylor and Donna Pettersen prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of St. Mary’s County. The Honorable David W. Densford […]

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