Camden-Wyoming man gets probation for AK-47 found in car at school

DOVER — A Camden-Wyoming man will serve a year of probation after an unloaded, legally owned AK-47 firearm was located in a vehicle at a closed school last fall, according to a plea deal reached Wednesday morning.

Police were initially called by concerned citizens to W. Reily Brown Elementary School for a possible altercation in progress on Sept. 3, 2017, authorities said, but determined that friends were only “play fighting” in an empty parking lot late on a Sunday night.

During the investigation, according to the Delaware Department of Justice, an AK-47 was located and prompted the arrest of Jamar A. Wilson.

Prior to sentencing in Superior Court, Deputy Attorney General Greg Babowal stressed that the situation “was not a school shooting” incident and “different than a lot of cases” involving schools and firearms. The prosecutor noted that no students or staff were present, it was a weekend and school was not in session.

Regardless, the state asked for above the guidelines for a felony possession of a weapon in a school safe zone, which led to a year of Level III probation accepted by Judge Jeffrey Clark. He was also ordered to have no contact with the school at 360 Webbs Lane in Dover.

Wilson, 19 years old when arrested, also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of Oxycodone to close a separate case against him resulting from a traffic stop, the DOJ said.

He received a year of Level II probation for that offense, which will run concurrently with the Level III probation.

The defendant faced up to five years in prison for the firearms offense and possibly a year for the drug conviction. He opted not to address the Court before sentencing.

Defense Attorney Edward Gill described Wilson as experiencing his “first foray” into the criminal justice system and that he “will pay heavy consequences” for his actions. The attorney said that while the defendant continues to attend school his previous hopes of becoming a police officer have “pretty much been squashed.”

The school safe zone offense is a non-violent, class E felony, according to Delaware Code.

Delaware Bureau for Community Corrections defines Level III probation as “intensive supervision” which “entails at least the equivalent of one hour of supervision per day and no more than 56 hours of supervision per week.

“The minimum of one hour of supervision per day is achieved through direct offender contact, collateral contact, verification of each offender’s activities (e.g., residence, employment, training and school), and performance with court-ordered treatment and Community Service. The emphasis is on supervision through increased community contacts.”

Level II is considered the standard probation and parole program where offenders “are to meet with their probation officer on a regular schedule to comply with contact requirements based on risks/needs assessments. Level II probation/parole officers serve in the traditional roles of counseling.”

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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