Duo sentenced for murder in 2015 Dover home invasion

Saleem Shabazz

Matthew Harrington

DOVER — Two Philadelphia men were sentenced to lengthy prison stays after earlier pleading guilty to murder in a 2015 home invasion that left a 52-year-old man shot to death, authorities said last week.

Saleem Shabazz, 23, and Matthew Harrington, 24, each admitted to second-degree murder and received sentences of 34 and 25 years, respectively, in Kent County Superior Court. Shabazz also plead guilty to second-degree conspiracy and home invasion, according to the Delaware Department of Justice.

Both defendants were ordered to spend a year in a halfway house following release from prison, then two years of probation.

Clifton Leager, 52, was killed during a home invasion in the Rodney Village neighborhood on Oct. 17, 2015. Police said the incident unfolded at approximately 1:38 a.m. in the 1400 block of John Clark Road.

Deputy Attorneys General Jason Cohee and Dennis Kelleher secured the pleas, authorities said.

Haley Henwood, 18, of Philadelphia, was shot to death by Mr. Leager’s son 22-year-old Jacob as she waited in a getaway vehicle, police said. He pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide on Feb. 2, and was sentenced to eight years in prison, suspended for time already served.

He was ordered to serve six months of Level IV home confinement, followed by a year of Level III probation and then two years of restitution only Level I probation.

• A 27-year-old convicted murderer from Wilmington was found guilty of assaulting a James T. Vaughn Correctional Center officer in February 2016 and will be sentenced in July.

According to the DOJ, Eric Dolby repeatedly punched the officer after being ordered to return to his cell. The officer suffered a broken nose, broken cheekbones and broken collarbone,
authorities said, and needed a titanium plate inserted in his face due to the injuries.

Dolby admitted to assault in a detention facility, the DOJ said. He was already serving a life sentence for the 2008 murder of a Dover man.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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