Dover woman takes 15-year plea deal in deadly shooting

Lisa. M. Wagaman

DOVER — A 31-year-old Dover woman had until the end of business Tuesday to accept a plea deal or opt for a Superior Court jury trial in the case of a man shot to death at Pine Grove Apartments in Dover last year.

After attorneys discussed her status with Judge Jeffrey J. Clark in a morning court session, Lisa M. Wagaman later accepted a 15-year prison sentence on a second-degree murder count in the death of Dequan Dukes, followed by 18 months of decreasing probation, in the afternoon. Wagaman was potentially facing life in prison if she went to trial and was convicted.

Defense attorney Andre’ M. Beauregard noted that Wagaman can lessen her incarceration term with good time credit and already served time and described her as “a very lucky person to walk away with that. …

“She will see her three children again and be able to help (them) and (prison inmates she meets) not make the same mistakes she has.”

While Mr. Beauregard initially asked for a “soft deadline of Friday,” the Court noted that jurors were prepared to appear for duty on Monday.

“We’re going to resolve it today or go to trial,” Judge Clark said.

The plea deal eliminated a first-degree murder charge and also included second-degree conspiracy. Three men (two who were convicted) also faced charges after Mr. Dukes was found with mortal wounds in a vehicle by police and pronounced dead at the hospital.

Investigators described the incident as an attempted robbery that turned deadly on June 27, 2017. Mr. Dukes and a suspect exchanged gunfire, police said.

Ms. Wagaman was also indicted on first-degree attempted robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony counts.

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Whitelock is prosecuting the case for the state.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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