SNOW HILL, Md. – A Berlin teen has been sentenced in the 2019 death of 17-year-old Dehaven Nichols.
17-year-old Vershawn Hudson-Crawford was sentenced to 35 years behind bars, with all but 22 years suspended. The judge also ordered Hudson-Crawford to be evaluated for admission into the youthful offender program within the Division of Correction.
On May 22, 2019, Hudson-Crawford and his mother drove to the Berlin Police Department where he told investigators that two days prior, he had been involved in a fight with his friend, Dehaven Nichols, and that Nichols had died as a result. Hudson-Crawford directed investigators to a tax ditch on the east side of Route 113, near the Decatur Apartments in Berlin, where they found Nichols’ body. An autopsy revealed that Nichols’ death was caused by a combination of multiple significant injuries, including blunt force trauma, strangulation, and asphyxiation.
Hudson-Crawford was convicted of second degree murder earlier this year. On release, he will be on five years of supervised probation, and was ordered to be evaluated for mental health and substance abuse treatment.