Kevin Nguyen of Rockville,Md. pleaded guilty to attempted murder in May 2012 shooting at Rockville Metro Station.
ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Rockville Metro Station shooter Kevin Nguyen was sentenced to 25 years in jail on Wednesday. The 17-year-old will be eligible for parole in 15 years.
Nguyen pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder in the shooting of 16-year-old Jared Cannon and 19-year old Wasima Gary at the Metro station last May. Prosecutors wanted him to serve 50 years in jail, while the defense wanted him to serve 5 years in jail.
"Mr. Nguyen faces many years in prison because of the misguided glorification of the gangster lifestyle and for shooting at Mr. Jared Cannon and Ms. Wasima Gary, an innocent bystander. This sentence sends a strong message that gun violence will not be tolerated in our community. If you belong to a gang and shoot a rival or anyone for that matter or provide the weapon, police will find you and we will put you behind bars," said State's Attorney for Montgomery County John J. McCarthy in a press release on Wednesday.
He will begin serving his 25-year sentence on June 7. He will serve a year in a juvenile facility after the defense filed a motion to keep him there. The court will then re-evaluate to see about moving him to an adult facility.
WUSA 9's Delia Goncalves reported that Nguyen cried as his dad spoke in court on Wednesday. He later said, "I wish I handled it a different way."
Tavares Harris gave the gun to Nguyen, say officials. Harris was found guilty on December 4, 2012 of first degree assault and use of a handgun in commission of a crime of violence.