On May 5, 2021, the Honorable Matthew A. Maciarello, Associate Judge of the Circuit Court for Wicomico County, sentenced Jerry Hamilton, 38 years of age, of New Jersey to thirty (30) years imprisonment, with seventeen (17) years and six (6) months of active incarceration in the Maryland Division of Corrections (DOC).
Upon release from DOC, Jerry Hamilton will be supervised by the Division of Parole & Probation for (5) years. Hamilton entered a guilty plea to one count of Attempted Second Degree Murder immediately preceding his sentencing.
In the early morning hours of October 21, 2017, Hamilton was attending a party at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post located at 821 West Main Street in Salisbury. As patrons left the building at closing time, Hamilton approached the victim in the street and fired one round at close range from a handgun which had been concealed in his waistband, striking the victim in the abdomen.
Hamilton then fled the scene in a waiting automobile and ultimately absconded to New Jersey. Law enforcement, with the assistance of the Office of the State’s Attorney for Wicomico County, made arrangements in 2020 to return Jerry Hamilton to Wicomico County for trial.
Wicomico County State’s Attorney (SA) Jamie Dykes commended Det. Anthony Foy of the Salisbury Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, the lead investigator on the case in 2017, and other members of the Salisbury Police Department, for their work in the investigation.
SA Dykes also expressed her extreme gratitude to Special Agent Joe Lear and Forensics Examiner Anthony Imel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their expert technical assistance in the case, and commended Senior Assistant State’s Attorney D. Scott Messersmith, who prosecuted the matter.
SA Dykes said, “Thorough investigation and diligent prosecution are the foundations upon which violent offenders are held accountable. Gun violence has no place in our community, and I am grateful for the dedication of law enforcement and the bravery of those witnesses who came forward in this case.”
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