Salisbury man sentenced for first degree murder of Irvonte Jones
A Salisbury man who pleaded guilty in April has been sentenced for first degree murder.
23-year-old Shaquille Gaskins was sentenced to life in prison, with all but 25 years suspended. This comes after Gaskins entered an Alford plea to first degree murder on April 21.
Gaskins was originally charged with first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault, possession of a firearm, use of a firearm in a violent crime and home invasion.
The charges stemmed from an incident in April of 2016 when 24-year-old Irvonte Jones was shot at the home of his girlfriend.
According to a report, just before 10:00 p.m. that night, troopers from the Maryland State Police Salisbury Barrack responded to a home on Pierce Avenue for reports of a shooting.
Once on scene, police say they found Jones unresponsive and lying in a bedroom with multiple gunshot wounds. He was rushed by EMS to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.
Investigators say that Gaskins is the brother of 21-year-old Keonte Gaskins. Keonte Gaskins was killed last year in a shooting at the Waterside Apartments on Parsons Road in Salisbury.