Driver in U-Md. student’s shooting sentenced to 15 years in prison

The man accused of driving to a University of Maryland student’s off-campus house as part of a botched robbery attempt last year that left the student dead was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday, authorities said.

Stephan Weaver, 23, had pleaded guilty to attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and using a handgun in a crime of violence and agreed to a sentence of 15 years in prison for his role in the Jan. 11, 2011, slaying of 22-year-old Justin DeSha-Overcash, authorities said.

Weaver, authorities have said, drove another man to DeSha-Overcash’s off-campus house in College Park because the two had heard DeSha-Overcash had money and drugs and thought he would be a good target to rob. But when the other man, Deandre R. Williams, confronted DeSha-Overcash, the University of Maryland student resisted, and Williams fatally shot him, authorities have said.

Williams was convicted last month of first-degree murder and other related counts and is scheduled to be sentenced in April, prosecutors said.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.

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