Man Sentenced For Wilmington Shooting Death

Man Sentenced For Wilmington Shooting Death

RhiShawn McNeil
RhiShawn McNeil


A 23-year-old Wilmington man was sentenced by a Superior Court judge to 25 years in prison for a murder in Wilmington. Deputy Attorneys General Steve Wood and Allison Abessinio obtained the sentence for RhiShawn McNeil. In January 2015, 26-year-old Donnell Clark was working outside of his home in the 900 block of East 17th Street in Wilmington, when McNeil, an acquaintance, approached and shot him several times. Clark was taken to Christiana Hospital where he was pronounced dead. McNeil pled guilty to Murder 2nd Degree and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony.

Other Defendants Sentenced Or Convicted For Domestic Violence, Negligent Homicide, Weapons, Robbery

A 31-year-old Wilmington man will spend 33 years in prison after being sentenced in New Castle County Superior Court for Attempted Murder and other charges arising from a domestic violence incident. Deputy Attorneys General Renee Hrivnak and Cari Chapman secured the prison sentence for Krishan Dillard, 31, of Wilmington. In November 2014, Dillard entered the victims’ residence and attacked and repeatedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend in the neck, shoulder, arm, and abdomen. He also stabbed a juvenile who lived in the home on North Adams Street in Wilmington while a four-year-old child was present. Dillard pled guilty to Attempted Murder, Assault 2nd Degree, Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, and Reckless Endangering First Degree. Dillard had previously been declared to be a habitual offender and was again declared to be a habitual offender and sentenced as such as to the charge of Assault 2nd Degree. A Superior Court judge sentenced Dillard to a total of 33 years in prison, followed 6 months Level IV, then 1 year of Level III probation.

Deputy Attorneys General Sonia Augusthy and Marc Petrucci secured a conviction on multiple charges against Mikeal Stone, 22, of Newark. In February 2016, a vehicle failed to stop for an officer trying to stop him for speeding on I-95. The vehicle got away after a short chase through Ogletown, but a witness called 911 after seeing a driver pull behind a store in the 700 block of Ogletown Road, abandon his car, and throw a gun into the woods. Documents in the car and video surveillance from a convenience store across the street helped identify Stone. A jury convicted Stone on charges of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, Possession of Ammunition by a Person Prohibited, Felony Disregarding a Police Signal, and Reckless Driving. Stone is still on probation from a Burglary Second Degree conviction. Stone faces a minimum prison sentence of at least 5 years when sentenced by the court.

Deputy Attorney General Zachary Rosen secured a conviction against John Williams, 38, of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. Acting on a tip in December 2015, State Police stopped Williams’s car on New Castle Avenue near I-295. Troopers arrested Williams after learning he failed to register his new Pennsylvania address in accordance with his sex offender supervision. A K9 search of Williams’s car discovered a handgun hidden under a rear seat. A jury convicted Williams, a habitual offender with multiple violent felonies on his record, of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited and Possession of Ammunition by a Person Prohibited. Williams will be subject to a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years when sentenced in September.

Deputy Attorney General Julie Finocchiaro secured a plea in a case against Shawn McIlvain, 32, of New Castle for a string of robberies. Through May and June of 2015, McIlvain robbed the Market Place convenience store in the 1700 block of Wilmington Road in New Castle, the Exxon gas station in the 800 block of South College Avenue in Newark, Party Pizza in the 200 block of Boxwood Road in Wilmington, and the Dollar General Store in the 2400 block of Kirkwood Highway in Wilmington. McIlvain pled guilty to two counts of Robbery First Degree, one count of Attempted Robbery First Degree, one count of Robbery Second Degree, one count of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, four counts of Wearing a Disguise, two counts of Conspiracy Second Degree and one count of Resisting Arrest. Because of a previous robbery first conviction, McIlvain will face a minimum mandatory sentence of 18 years in prison.

Deputy Attorney General Julie Finocchiaro secured a plea from Brian Adam, 50, of Wilmington to Robbery First Degree. In December 2015, Adam entered the Wells Fargo Bank in the 2000 block of Naamans Road in Wilmington, and gave the teller a note stating that Adam had a gun, and if the teller didn’t give him money, Adam would shoot him. Adam was identified through bank surveillance photos, and video from a nearby business. When sentenced in September, Adam faces a minimum mandatory 3-year prison term.

Image Credits: Wilmington Police

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