Jamario Clinton, 26, was found guilty on all three counts he was charged with.
CHARLOTTE, NC — Jamario Clinton, 26, will face a maximum prison sentence of just under 30 years after he was convicted of trying to kill another man in Charlotte in 2021. Prosecutors say Clinton did this while the daughter The victim’s little girl and the people trying to help the victim were all there at the scene, leaving the man with a dozen gunshot wounds.
The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office announced Clinton’s conviction on Friday, September 16. He was convicted of attempted first degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill with serious injury, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. . His sentence was handed down on Wednesday.
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Prosecutors say Clinton and the man she would target had a disagreement in March 2021. The victim, who remains unidentified in a news release from the district attorney’s office, was walking her 3-year-old daughter home for Hovis Road from a nearby park when Clinton drove past the victim and began shooting from his car.
The press release reports that Clinton then got out of his car and shot the victim again before driving away. Shortly after, the Good Samaritans rushed to help him and take care of the victim’s daughter.
But then Clinton came back. Prosecutors say she returned to the scene and got out of her car again, shooting the victim at point-blank range while her daughter and the Good Samaritans were still there. Ultimately, Clinton was arrested and taken to the Mecklenburg County Detention Center in June 2021.
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Even with 12 gunshot wounds, the district attorney’s office said the victim survived after extensive surgeries and was able to testify against Clinton. One of the Good Samaritans who helped the victim also gave testimony during Clinton’s trial.
Prosecutors argued during Clinton’s sentencing that shooting the victim while the victim’s daughter was present was an aggravating factor, which the jury agreed with. Judge Robert C. Ervin thus raised the prison sentence range accordingly.
Clinton now faces between 264 and 329 months in prison, which means she is expected to spend between 22 and 27 years in prison. If that much time passes, he is expected to be released in his 40s or 50s.
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A review of records available online from the county detention center shows that Clinton had previously been arrested. On January 1, 2020, he was arrested on a number of charges, including assault by strangulation and assault on a woman. Three days later, he was charged with assaulting an officer while in jail. He was given a full $52,000 secured bond for those charges.
Clinton was then arrested on February 25, 2021, for two more felonies: possession of cocaine and fleeing or evading arrest in a motor vehicle. She was awarded a total of $5,500 in unsecured bonds for those charges. Exactly four months later, he was arrested for the March 2021 shooting. With the exception of the time he was charged with assaulting an officer in jail, he was arrested by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. For the jailhouse assault charge, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office handled that.
The district attorney’s office thanked the CMPD, the Rock Hill Police Department and the FBI for their help. The office also thanked Freedom Fighting Missionaries for supporting and defending the victim throughout the trial.