Bordley gets life in prison for Port Mahon murder

DOVER — A 24-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday morning for the 2016 shooting death of a Dover resident at the Port Mahon fishing pier east of Dover near Little Creek.

Daiquan T. Bordley, a former college student originally from Wilmington, was convicted of first-degree murder and three other felonies in what prosecutors described as a robbery for drugs and money that turned deadly.

Two other defendants were convicted for their roles in the death of Dontray Hendricks, who was found face down and lifeless at the pier on March 30, 2016.

In a victim’s impact statement before sentencing the late Mr. Hendricks’ aunt turned to Bordley and said, “You know what you did that day. I have to look at you because you won’t look at us.”

The aunt decried Bordley’s apparent lack of accountabilty for the murder and said “[a]t least his family can go see (him).” She continued that “God knows what you did” and he would have to live with it the rest of his life.

“(My family) knows without a shadow of a doubt (Bordley) killed him,” the aunt said.

Daiquan Bordley

Through attorney Andre’ Beauregard, the defendant continued to deny killing Mr. Hendricks. When given the opportunity to speak before Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. prior to sentencing responded “I decline to make any comments at this time.”

Prior to sentencing, co-prosecutor Deputy Attorney General Lindsay A. Taylor (joined by DAG Alicia A. Porter) described Bordley as a “criminal driven by greed and selfishness. He’s a self-proclaimed drug dealer” and “everything he did was calculated …”

Also, she said “he never mentions feeling anything” for Mr. Hendricks’ family and the “extreme loss” they suffered. Mr. Bordley “only cares about himself,” according to DAG Taylor.

Other convicted charges included first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and second-degree conspiracy.

The sentences were ordered to run concurrently with the murder charge, followed by probation. Substance and mental health evaluations were ordered, along with a $5,000 restitution payment to victim’s compensation, and a no-contact order with the co-defendants.

Describing his evaluation of a pre-sentence investigation of Bordley to weigh his options, Judge Witham pointed to “clear testimony” that he was the shooter.

“There was an an agreement to commit robbery and there might not have been an agreement for murder but it happened,” the judge said.

Also, he said, “I am saddened No. 1, and shocked No. 2 and No. 3 very unhappy to see three individuals involved (in a) criminal enterprise of this nature. I have wondered why three young people with a lot of promise would engage” in such an activity.

“I am saddened by these events but must do my duty,” Judge Witham said.

Mr. Beauregard said a conviction appeal was upcoming based on four prison notes indicating alleged co-defendant responsibility for the crime, a claim of witness intimidation by a prosecutor and a supposed lack of lesser included offense discussion.

DAG Tayor described his comments as “inappropriate for sentencing” and the judge questioned why the issues were referenced during the session at hand.

 

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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