Westcott gets 18 months in prison for 2016 Milford shooting incident

Qualeel Westcott

DOVER — A 22-year-old Ellendale man was immediately sentenced to 18 months in prison this week after pleading guilty to a firearm charge following an alleged shooting in Milford last year.

Qualeel Westcott was facing a jury trial involving first-degree attempted murder, first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangering, and aggravated menacing charges.

Instead, the defendant pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a person prohibited.

Superior Court Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. also ordered six months of home confinement and 18 months of Level III probation.

Westcott was sentenced to eight years in prison, which included the suspended time.

Milford Police investigated an alleged shooting on May 11, 2016, that left a man hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Trial dates were earlier postponed on Nov. 21, 2016 and Feb. 6.

The case was put on control status on April 3 as lawyers discussed legal options before a scheduled trial.

Mr. Westcott has been held at Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown. He was arrested two days after the alleged incident and indicted on Aug. 1, 2016.

Deputy Attorney General Stephen Welch prosecuted the case, with attorney Edward Gill representing Mr. Westcott.

In January, the Court suppressed a seized mobile phone and Mr. Westcott’s statements to an investigative detective as potential evidence.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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