Smyrna man gets probation in shooting incident

Calvin Boyd Jr.

DOVER — A tardy Smyrna man was sentenced to two years probation related to a shooting incident in September that resulted in his arrest.

After being chided by the Court for being 30 minutes late to a plea appointment, Calvin Boyd Jr. admitted to second-degree conspiracy and was immediately sentenced.

A two-year prison term was stayed for two years of Level II probation.

Standing before Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Clark, Boyd explained he had car trouble and apologized for the inconvenience to staff and lawyers who arrived at the scheduled 9 a.m. start.

“There’s no excuse for it,” the defendant said.

The defendant then answered “Yes, your honor” multiple times when questioned by Judge Clark if he understood the implications of his plea and was willingly entering into the agreement while waiving trial rights and receiving adequate counsel.

A no-contact order was issued for Boyd and a woman, along with avoiding any unlawful interactions at a Delaware courthouse.

Boyd, 23 years old when arrested, initially appeared ready to address the court before sentencing, and asked about the process of obtaining a pardon. Judge Clark and his attorney Scott Chambers declined to offer any advice and focused only on the plea in question.

Mr. Chambers said he believed the resolution to the case was “appropriate.”

Deputy Attorney General Kenneth Haltom said the state opted not to further prosecute charges against the defendant, which originally included possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, first-degree reckless endangering, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, third-degree burglary, disregarding a police officer’s signal, resisting arrest and two counts of criminal mischief.

Cases involving Boyd in Family Court and the Court of Common Pleas were also discontinued as part of the plea agreement.

Level II is the standard Probation/Parole supervision program, according to the Delaware Department of Correction online. Offenders on Level II supervision 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, the DOC explained.

Smyrna Police earlier announced that Boyd was arrested after vehicles were damaged by gunfire during a reported fight on Sept. 11 at 2:13 a.m. in the 500 block of Barley Court. Several family members allegedly attempted to stop his arrest after a low-speed vehicle chase into the Willowwood neighborhood and were taken into custody.

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