Prosecutors Seeking Maximum Sentence for Tarkeyshia Brown

Prosecutors are aiming for a 21-year prison sentence for Tarkeyshia Brown, who pled guilty in July to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Jawan Parker.

Prosecutors believe Jawan Parker was killed over $10 he owed for a PCP purchase from Tarkeyshia Brown.

Prosecutors said in charging documents that Parker and a friend planned to buy a $20 “dipper” of PCP from Brown, but the friend didn’t have the cash, so Brown received $10 from Parker. Then he broke his promise to share the drugs with Brown.

It was that choice, prosecutors said, that made Brown upset.

She found Parker and stabbed him five times — once in the heart, prosecutors say, over the $10 debt.

Brown said in a July court hearing that she didn’t dispute that account.

Brown had been arrested in August 2010 and accused of attacking a police officer with a knife in an attack that nearly cut off two of the man’s fingers, according to court documents. She was released and was being monitored by the Pretrial Services Agency when she allegedly killed Parker in October 2011.

As part of her guilty plea in Parker’s death, she has also pleaded guilty to the stabbing incident.

In May 2011, Brown pled guilty to a separate second-degree assault charge in Prince George’s County Circuit Court. But, prosecutors wrote, “for whatever reason, her assault conviction did not result in the immediate revocation of her bond” in the stabbing case.

Court records show no hearings were held to address possible violations of Brown’s terms of release.

The proposed 21-year sentence is the highest Judge William Jackson could order for Brown. She could also receive as little as 10 years in prison for the crime.

A presentencing report said that Brown had a high risk of committing more crimes.

Brown “is an EXTREMELY high risk to any community and will most likely assault, injure, or possibly kill again, whether detained or not,” the report said. It added that Brown would likely need to be separated from other inmates because she could exhibit violent behavior.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors declined to pursue first-degree murder charges and enhancements for crimes committed while on pretrial release against Brown.

Brown’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 9 at 9:30 a.m.

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