UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WJZ) — A Bowie man was sentenced to prison for conspiracy to commit murder by a Prince George’s County judge this week.
Alhaji Bah, 25, was sentenced to a total of 80 years, suspending all but 28 years for the conspiracy against James Puryear Jr. in June 2018.READ MORE: ‘The Numbers Slapped Them In The Face’ Father Shares His Family’s COVID-19 Diagnosis As Thousands Of Maryland Students Remain In Quarantine With Cases Rising
Bah will be required to be on five years of supervised probation when is he released and is ordered to not contact anyone with the victim’s family.
Prince George’s County police officers responded to 8715 Binghampton Place in Upper Marlboro on June 26, 2018 to multiple 911 calls for reported gunshots in the area. When they arrived they found Puryear, 27, lying in the grass with 14 gunshot wounds.READ MORE: Maryland Faces One Of Its Worst Nursing Shortages In History, Health Officials Say
He also had multiple lacerations from blunt force trauma. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Police established Bah as a person of interest soon after the murder. When he was asked about any possible involvement, he distanced himself. But forensics, including fingerprints, DNA and cell phone information, put him at the location of the shooting at the time 911 calls were made.
Police also learned that an associate of Bah was shot the day before, and so they believed that was Bah’s motive in this case.MORE NEWS: 'I Spent 36 Years In Prison For A Crime I Didn't Commit': City State's Attorney Office Talks About Program That Helps To Overturn Wrongful Convictions
Further investigation revealed Bah had lured Puryear to the location of the shooting under false pretenses.