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Teen Will Serve 20 Years For 2017 Gunfight That Turned Fatal

Teen to serve 20 years in prison for the 2017 gunfight that took the life of another.

In July 2017, 23-year-old David Bailey was shot at the intersection of Beech and South Van Buren Streets and taken to Christiana Hospital where he died.

A short time later, Miles went to St. Francis Hospital seeking treatment for a gunshot wound to his arm. Despite giving police and hospital staff an alias, an investigation determined Miles’ identity and identified him as Bailey’s shooter.

On Thursday, 12 April 2018, Wilmington Police arrested Miles, then 17, for the shooting death of 23-year-old David Bailey.

Miles was charged with Murder First Degree, Possession Of A Deadly Weapon During The Commission Of A Felony and Possession of A Firearm By A Person Prohibited.

In August 2019, Miles pleaded guilty to Murder Second Degree. A Superior Court judge has now sentenced him to 20 years in prison, followed by 6 months of either home confinement or work release, then 2 years of probation.


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