Salisbury man sentenced for assaulting high school official

Daquan Parks, 16, of Fruitland

Officials say that a Salisbury student who was charged as an adult has been sentenced in Wicomico County after being found guilty of assaulting a James M. Bennett High School official.

On April 19, after a one day jury trial, officials say that 16-year-old Daquan Parks of Fruitland, was convicted by a Wicomico County jury of first degree assault, second degree assault and disorderly conduct.

The charges stemmed from Parks assaulting a James M. Bennett High School official on December 7, 2016.

Investigators with the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office found that on December 7, 2016 at 7:30 a.m., officers were called to respond to James M. Bennett High School on East College Avenue in Salisbury for an assault. Investigators say that Parks slapped, shoved and strangled a school official.

Several students and other school officials reportedly had to pull Parks off of the school official. On Thursday, Parks was sentenced by a Circuit Court judge to 10 years, suspend all but five years, active incarceration to be served in the Division of Corrections.

Wicomico County State's Attorney Ella Disharoon, applauded the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office School Resource Deputy Osterwalder for his work in the investigation and prosecution of this case.

Ms. Disharoon also thanked Senior Assistant State's Attorney Richard Brueckner who prosecuted the case.

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