UPDATE: Wicomico County man sentenced for 2017 murder
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A Maryland man will spend over two decades in prison for his role in a murder that allegedly stemmed from a $30 debt.
The Office of the State's Attorney for Wicomico County says on Friday, 24-year-old Brian Watkins, of Salisbury, was sentenced to 25 years of active incarceration in the Maryland Division of Corrections. Watkins entered an Alford plea for the charge of murder second degree back in May 2018. The charge stems from an 2017 incident that happened at Watkins' Booth Street home, which he shared with his mother.
In April 2017, Wicomico County deputies responded to the area for a report of shots fired. Once on scene, deputies say they found Wyatt Fitzgerald laying on the ground, unresponsive and struggling to breathe. The victim was apparently pronounced dead a short time later at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.
Authorities report that Watkins shot Fitzgerald after the victim went to Watkins' home and threatened his mother over an alleged $30 debt. The 24-year-old then displayed a handgun and fired at the Fitzgerald, hitting him once in the chest.