Prison for man in death of another

Posted: July 22, 2014

The shots that Quintein Jenkins fired on a spring night two years ago did not hit Roger Long.

But legally, Jenkins was just as guilty, for panicking an Olney crowd watching the recording of a rap video, prompting Long to flee into the street, where he was struck and killed by a car.

Jenkins, 25, was sentenced Monday to a negotiated four to eight years in prison after he pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the death of Long, 33, the father of four children.

"I know he was hit by a car, but that wasn't the real cause, because you fired a gun off into the crowd," said Long's mother, Sarah L. Long, who made a victim impact statement as her husband, Roger Sr., listened.

"It didn't have to be my son you hurt that day," Long added. "It could have been many."

Jenkins stood and turned to face the Longs and apologized.

"I never intended for this to happen," he said. "I'm sorry, I truly am. I can't bring him back, but I'm sorry."

Defense attorney Debra D. Rainey said Jenkins had no criminal record before that March night in 2012.

Assistant District Attorney John O'Neill said Long was killed about 7 p.m. Long and Jenkins were among about 50 people on Tabor Road near Fifth Street watching the videotaping of a group of local aspiring rappers.

O'Neill said Jenkins set in motion the deadly chain of events when he fired a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol at another man, missing his target, but setting off a panic among bystanders and drivers.

Witnesses said Long, fleeing the shots, fell in the street and was hit by a car that swerved trying to escape. Long died of his injuries a short time later at Einstein Medical Center.

"What was going through your mind that night?" asked Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley.

"I guess I was just scared because somebody was trying to hurt me," Jenkins replied.

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