Dauphin County Teen Sentenced To Prison For Marijuana-Related Murder!

Dauphin County Teen Sentenced To Prison For Marijuana-Related Murder!

In 2021, a 20-year-old man tried to steal marijuana from a Steelton youngster who then killed him. In December, 17-year-old Steven Roman admitted guilty to third-degree murder in the death of Ke’Shawn Carter and was given an eight to twenty-year jail term.

Just before nine o’clock on October 7th, Roman drove a car to bring marijuana to Carter on the 200 block of Francis L. Cadden Parkway in Swatara Township. According to Dauphin County prosecutor Amy Schwartz, Carter attempted to get away with the marijuana after he arrived at the East Garden Apartments without paying.

She claimed that Roman pulled a gun in response to Carter’s attempted larceny and fired twice. Roman left Carter’s body in front of a parked car in the parking lot with the marijuana still on top of it before he took off. After hearing two gunshots, neighbors reported hearing a car pulling out of the parking lot.

Dauphin County Teen Sentenced To Prison For Marijuana-Related Murder!

Roman, who was 16 at the time, was accused of the murder as an adult by the prosecution. Roman settled for a plea deal with prosecutors a year after Carter’s death, according to Schwartz, despite the defense’s attempts to have him decertified so that the case could be heard in juvenile court.

Roman admitted to third-degree murder, carrying a weapon without a permit, and conspiring to distribute marijuana. He was given a state prison sentence by Dauphin County Judge Edward Marsico that would run concurrently with his sentences for marijuana possession and a handgun.

Third-degree murder was the most appropriate charge, according to Schwartzel, given Roman’s age and the facts of the case. According to Amy Schwartzl, “I believe the punishment is acceptable and provides justice for what took place.”

Dauphin County Teen Sentenced To Prison For Marijuana-Related Murder!

Schwartzel claims that there is a bigger increase in marijuana-related violence in Dauphin County than there is for substances like heroin or crack cocaine. In Harrisburg last year, a marijuana trade gone wrong resulted in the death of a 15-year-old kid.

For instance, marijuana accounts for the majority of drug money forfeitures since it is simpler to buy and sell. Marijuana vendors don’t worry about death by drug delivery penalties that can come with selling heroin because it is difficult to overdose on the narcotic, according to Schwartzel.

It just has a huge market, according to Schwartz. It is a really successful business. Roman took full responsibility for his actions and expressed extreme regret for them in his guilty plea, according to Schwartzel. According to Schwartzel, “He was hoping to be able to learn from this and become a constructive part of our community.”

Dauphin County Teen Sentenced To Prison For Marijuana-Related Murder!

Schwartzel commended Detective Ryan Gartland of the Swatara Township Police for his assistance in hastening the case’s settlement. They assembled a strong case and conducted a thorough investigation, according to Schwartzel.

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