COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — A 21-year-old man will spend two years behind bars for fatally shooting another man during a drug deal in Columbia last year, the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

Tyquan Carter pleaded guilty to manslaughter Wednesday and was sentenced to ten years in prison with all but two years suspended. He will also spend three years on supervised probation.

Officials said Carter fatally shot 19-year-old D’Marni Ware during a drug deal in the 9500 block of Sea Shadow on the night of October 7, 2019.


Carter reportedly met with Ware and 18-year-old Jaiden Marquise Pender for the drug deal, during which Pender pulled a handgun and tried to rob Carter. The two struggled over the gun, and when Carter got the gun he shot Pender and Ware.

Ware died after being shot, while Pender survived. The state’s attorney’s office said he later admitted to setting up the drug deal and planned to rob Carter.

Pender and Ware also took part in two other robberies the same night of the shooting, officials said.

After learning of the other robberies and Pender’s intent to rob Carter, the state’s attorney’s office said it reduced the charges from murder to manslaughter and offered Carter a plea agreement.

CBS Baltimore Staff

Comments (3)
  1. GUNS FOR ALL says:

    …and what will happen to the people who provided or failed to secure the guns used? NOTHING

    For every gun out there someone originally bought it or did not properly secure it allowing it to be stolen. HOLD THEM RESPONSIBLE

  2. Anonymous says:

    just 2 years for killing someone? That isn’t even enough of a penalty for drug dealing. I’m sick of guns too- hoping Biden will do something to make them harder to get. 2 years for killing someone is a joke. Wrong to say man- real men don’t run around like sissies with guns- only the police & military should have them- guns and the 2nd amendment gun nuts have ruined this country

  3. Alan Green says:

    The gun isn’t the problem. The blame lies with the shooter #1, he committed crime, not the gun.
    The second problem is the judge/prosecutors. Two years for a murder?
    I know someone who got a DWI and got a longer sentence. If you wonder why the thugs have no fear of the cops/courts in Baltimore, well, here’s a great example.
    Everyone is acting like the shooter bears almost no blame for this death.
    Baltimore- The City That Bleeds.

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