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Hyattsville Man Found Guilty of Second Degree Murder

Updated: Mar 26, 2022

Defendant shoots victim after argument and then flees

UPPER MARLBORO, MD (December 21, 2021) – Yesterday, after a six-day trial and three hours of deliberation, a Prince George’s County jury found 43-year-old Guy Young, of Hyattsville, guilty of the September 2019 murder of Samuel Wright.

Young was found guilty of second degree murder, use of a firearm in a crime of violence, wear, carry and transport of a handgun and illegal possession of a regulated firearm. He faces a possible maximum sentence of 78 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for February 24, 2022.

On September 14, 2019, Prince George’s County police officers responded to 5615 Sergeant Road in Hyattsville, where they found the victim, Wright (age 33), suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Paramedics responded to the scene and performed life-saving measures but were unable to revive the victim before he was pronounced dead.

The investigation revealed that Young had threatened the victim during an argument approximately two hours before the victim was shot. Video surveillance from the area shows that within approximately 12 seconds of hearing seven gunshots, the defendant fled from the direction of where the gunshots were heard while holding his waistband area. Further investigation revealed that a gun and a black shirt were found on the exact path that the defendant took as he fled the scene. It was later determined that that the gun that was recovered was the same gun that fired the shots at the scene where the victim was shot, and the black shirt was the same shirt that the defendant was wearing on the surveillance video.

"I am pleased that the jury found Mr. Young guilty and that he is being held accountable for this horrific crime and I hope that today’s outcome brings some peace to the family of Mr. Samuel Wright.This was a very tragic incident in which a man lost his life because of an argument.As adults, we must learn to resolve our differences rationally and not allow our anger to get out of control.If you end up taking someone’s life, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable,” said State’s Attorney Braveboy.

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