A shocking video shows the moment when Nicholas Kyle Hoffman, a high school senior, intentionally ran over 16-year-old Logan Dandley as payback for an alleged theft. Dandley was believed to have stolen marijuana from a friend of Hoffman, who was 17 at the time of the incident, and Hoffman’s actions were thought to be retribution.
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Hoffman, who was a student at South River High School in Edgewater, Maryland, was charged as an adult for running over his classmate and fleeing the scene. Since Dandley survived his injuries, Hoffman was charged with attempted first-degree murder.
The now 18-year-old Hoffman was found guilty of the crime in August and was sentenced last Monday, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
Cell phone video of the incident was released on Monday by the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office. A female friend of Hoffman was filming while Hoffman drove.
In the footage, Hoffman comes to a stop sign. He then proceeds down the next block before quickly accelerating toward two teens, one of whom is Dandley, who were walking in the road.
“What’s up, boy?” Hoffman can repeatedly be heard saying in the clip before striking Dandley with the vehicle and driving away.
Hoffman’s windshield was severely damaged during the incident, and he was later pulled over by officers who noticed the cracked glass.
“[Hoffman] drove away. There was no hesitation. There was no swerving. He put him right between the headlights, and he hit him,” said Wes Adams, the State’s Attorney.
“Hoffman laid bare his cruel intent to kill when he deliberately accelerated his vehicle towards a defenseless pedestrian and memorialized this shocking incident on video,” Adams continued in his statement.
“Regardless of what the dispute was before, you don’t use a car — you don’t run somebody down in a way to settle that. That’s just not the way lawful people behave.”
Hoffman was initially sentenced to life in prison for running over Dandley, though the sentence was changed to 25 years.
Adams called the incident “one of the most callous displays of violence that I have witnessed in my 22 years as a prosecutor.”
Source: The Tribunist