Justice Dept. announces convictions

WILMINGTON — A 33-year-old Dover man declared a habitual offender received 75 years in prison for a fatal shooting in New Castle County, the Delaware Department said.

Reginald Waters was sentenced in Superior Court for killing a 31-year-old Newark man during a short parking lot interaction in February 2016 in Ogletown, spokesman Carl Kanefsky said. Clifton Thompson was shot to death outside his Prides Court Apartments home, according to the DOJ.

In 2018, a judge found Waters guilty of manslaughter, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by person prohibited, and possession of ammunition by person prohibited. He was prohibited from possessing a gun due to felony sexual assault and weapons convictions.

Reginald Waters

Following prison release, Waters must serve six months of either home confinement or work release, then one year probation.

Deputy Attorneys General Brian Robertson and Cynthia Hurlock prosecuted the case with the assistance of paralegal Stacey Coupe.
The DOJ announced other recent convictions including, among others:
• Richard Edwards, 46, of Georgetown, admitted to three residential burglaries in Kent County and was immediately sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Edwards pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary counts for incidents in Hartly, Dover and Smyrna in the last week of May, the DOJ said.
A 9-mm handgun, cash, jewelry and a video game console were taken, Mr. Kanefsky said.

Once the prison time is completed, Edwards will serve a year of probation, which will continue until restitution is paid.
DAGs Stephen Smith and Sean Motoyoshi prosecuted the case.
• Dustin Bell, 22, of Marydel was sentenced to seven years incarceration following an earlier guilty plea to weapons, drug, and theft charges.

According to the DOJ, Bell robbed a woman of a cell phone at gunpoint during an argument about money in January. A police search warrant two days later located a loaded 9-mm handgun, methamphetamine, marijuana, and oxycodone, authorities said.

In August, Bell pleaded to possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, drug dealing, and theft less than $1,500.
Bell was ordered to enter the Key substance abuse program and then complete the Crest residential drug treatment program.

A year of Crest aftercare probation was also mandated by the Court.

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