Markwin Howard Sentenced to 3 Years in Connection to Shooting

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A Charlottesville man charged in connection to a deadly shooting last year will spend three years locked up. A judge sentenced Markwin Howard Thursday in Charlottesville Circuit Court.

Howard was supported by his family in court as he learned his punishment for two charges and two probation violations.

Howard didn't admit guilt, but entered into a plea agreement in March 2017 for two felony weapon possession charges. In exchange, prosecutors dropped charges directly related to the July 2016 shooting.

Howard returned fire at Isaiah Franklin during a violent encounter along Earhart Street. Franklin is accused of shooting and killing Denzel Morton. Morton was Howard's cousin.

Evidence in the case ties Howard to another shooting in June last year which is why prosecutors and Howard entered the plea agreement on the two firearm possession charges.

Howard was sentenced to five years with four suspended on one weapon charge, and five years with three years and seven months suspended for the other. He was also sentenced to a total of seven months for the two parole violations. He will also face five years of probation and 15 years of good behavior.

His defense attorney says Howard could have a good future ahead of him.

"I hope he turns his life around and gets a good job and succeeds. I told him, I like all my clients but I only like to see them one time. I never want to see them again," said Charles Weber, Howard's attorney.

Isaiah Franklin was also in court Thursday for a pretrial hearing. He is charged with first-degree murder in Morton's death. Thursday, his trial was moved to November 29. It had been set to start later this month.