On Friday, 22-year-old Andy Panton was sentenced by a Montgomery County Judge to two life sentences without the possibility of parole, plus an additional 60 years. Panton was convicted by a jury on September 9th, 2021 on two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of 23-year old Jordan Radway of Laurel and 24-year old Christian Roberts of Silver Spring, along with several other charges including robbery with a dangerous weapon and use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.
The incident occurred on January 28, 2019 when the two victims were shot to death execution style and found inside a crashed car in White Oak. Dontaye Jamahl Hunt and Noah Foster Barnett, both 18-years-old at the time, were also arrested in connection to the murders. Barnett was sentenced to 42 years in prison for his role as an accessory after the fact in October and Hunt is scheduled to be sentenced later this month, according to Bethesda Beat.
According to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, it was the last jury trial being tried before the courts initially shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic (ended in a mistrial) and the re-trial was the first murder trial held in Montgomery County since the courts reopened. “It did provide some challenges, particularly with jury selection and social distancing but due to careful planning by the court, we were able to carry out a successful trial,” the State’s Attorney’s Office said.