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Target Parking Lot Killer Sentenced to Life Without Parole

“Smile even on your darkest days.”

That quote from Shadé Adebayo was written on the back of the purple tee-shirts worn by the dozen, or so, friends and family in Montgomery County Circuit Court Thursday morning for the sentencing of Donald Wayne Bricker, Jr. for the fatal shooting death of 24-year-old Adebayo.

In an impassioned and blunt sentencing ruling Circuit Court Judge Joseph A. Duggan sentenced Donald Wayne Bricker, Jr. to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the cold-blooded murder of Mariam Folashade “Shadé” Adebayo in the parking lot of the Target Store in Germantown on June 1, 2015. On December 2, 2015, Bricker entered a guilty plea in Circuit Court in front of Judge Joseph Dugan and admitted to killing Adebayo.

“You absolutely positively are a violent person. You were a violent person when you snatched her life,” Judge Duggan told Bricker during his sentencing.

The sentencing hearing began with Bricker’s attorney, Allen Wolf, the District Public Defender asking Judge Duggan to rule on Bricker’s motion to not be present at his sentencing.

Duggan denied the motion saying, “Victims and victims’ family members and friends have the right to some form of closure. The defendant needs to be here to hear what he has been sentenced to and why. I am not going to allow you to not be present during sentencing.”

After the sentencing hearing, Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy called Bricker a coward. “The defendant is a coward,” said McCarthy. “Only moments before Judge Duggan was going to tell him what his ultimate fate would be for the vicious crime — this vile act that he’d committed. He decided that he didn’t want to be in the courtroom anymore. He wanted to walk out. He wanted to be sentenced in absentia. He didn’t get to leave the courtroom. Judge Duggan, property made him stand there and listen to his sentence of life in prison without parole in his impassioned announcement of the sentence. This man who so callously ended this woman’s life, ultimately proved himself— in our courtroom here today to be a coward.”