Friday’s Weekly Court Case Update

A Superior Court judge has sentenced a second man to prison in connection with a 2018 shooting in New Castle. Evan Dayton, 20, of Elkton, MD pleaded guilty last November to Assault First Degree, Assault Second Degree, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony. In June 2018, Dayton and co-defendant Daquan Hammond, 24, of Elkton shot and injured 2 people sitting on the porch of a house on Rambo Terrace. Dayton was sentenced to 5 years in prison during which time he must complete the Key substance abuse treatment program, then 2 years of probation. Hammond was sentenced in April to 7 years in prison, followed by 2 years of probation ( Deputy Attorney General Will Raisis prosecuted the case with assistance from paralegal Julianne Besznyak and social worker Courtney Cochran, following an investigation and arrest by New Castle County Police.

A 2018 traffic stop in Georgetown has led to a prison sentence for a Salisbury, MD man for dealing heroin. Shamone Price, 27, pleaded guilty to Possession with Intent to Deliver Tier 4 Heroin, Reckless Driving, and Conspiracy Second Degree, and was sentenced by a Superior Court judge to 2 years in prison followed by 18 months of probation. In July 2018, Price was seen driving erratically, passing on the shoulder, and driving in the median along Dupont Boulevard. When Delaware State Police stopped the car, they found more than 6,000 bags of heroin and more than $3,000 in cash. Deputy Attorney General Georgia Pham prosecuted the case.

Michael Capriglione, former Chief of Police for the Town of Newport, was ordered to surrender his certification and sentenced to probation by a Kent County Superior Court judge today. Capriglione pleaded guilty in February to Official Misconduct (Class A Misdemeanor) and Careless Driving. In May 2018, Capriglione struck another car in the parking lot of Newport police headquarters, while driving a departmental vehicle. He later ordered the deletion of surveillance video that showed the collision. The Court sentenced Capriglione to 1 year of probation with a second year of probation that will be discharged upon completion of $8639.07 restitution to the Town of Newport and a $75.00 fine. He also must surrender his Delaware Council on Police Training Certification. Deputy Attorney General Sonia Augusthy, director of the DOJ Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust, prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Delaware State Police and Chief Investigator Frank Robinson, on behalf of the DOJ.

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