Dover man gets 33 years for fatally shooting sleeping woman

DOVER — A Dover man was sentenced to 33 years in prison Tuesday for the shooting death of a 20-year-old woman he was reportedly in a relationship with two years ago.

Darren C. Weiford, 21 years old when arrested at the First State Inn on June 1, 2017, pleaded guilty in Superior Court to second-degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in November.

Darren C. Weiford

Amber Buckler, 20, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in a rented motel room at 1760 N. DuPont Highway, according to Dover Police.

A probable cause affidavit indicated Ms. Buckler was sleeping when shot.

According to a Facebook post at the time, Ms. Buckler had recently gotten engaged. Police described the incident as “possibly domestic related.”

Mr. Weiford also received a year of work release following the prison stay, and then two years of probation. The effective date of the sentence was Tuesday.

Deputy Attorneys General Dennis Kelleher and Lisa Whitelock prosecuted the case, assisted by paralegal Sue Balik and administrative assistant Crystal Khan. Attorney James E. Liguori represented Mr. Weiford. Judge Jeffrey J. Clark oversaw the proceedings.

Mr. Weiford was arrested without incident after police were called to the scene at 11:28 a.m. following a 911 call. He was initially charged with first-degree murder and a firearm offense.

Authorities said a Ruger 9mm was found on the bed inside the motel room.

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