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Posted on: July 23, 2019

DEMARKO WHEELER SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR KILLING 68-YEAR OLD VETERAN

Carjacker Demands Car Keys After Fatally Shooting Victim

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha N. Braveboy announced today that Demarko Wheeler, 23, was sentenced to life in prison, suspending all but 70 years, for killing a 68-year old U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

On April 25, 2019, Wheeler, of Washington, D.C., was found guilty by a Prince George’s County jury of first degree murder, armed carjacking, use of a hand gun in a crime of violence and other related charges for killing Alonzo Jackson.  

Back in 2016, Wheeler carjacked Jackson as he was pumping gas.  Wheeler shot him and then entered the vehicle.  After realizing the keys were not inside, he exited the vehicle, stood over him with a gun, and demanded the keys. Despite being fatally wounded, Mr. Jackson reached into his pocket, retrieved the keys and handed them to Wheeler who then drove off in his car. 

“I am pleased that the court recognized the heinous acts Mr. Demarko Wheeler committed and that we were able to deliver justice,” said State’s Attorney Braveboy.  “I hope the family and loved ones of Mr. Alzonzo Jackson can find some measure of peace in knowing that Mr. Wheeler will never be able to harm anyone ever again.”

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Contact: Denise Roberts | Phone: 240-832-4970 | Email: dgroberts@co.pg.md.us