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Silver Spring man sentenced to 42 years for role in double murder

Authorities say man helped set up meeting between killers, victims

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A 21-year-old Silver Spring man on Friday was sentenced to 42 years in prison for his role in a double murder in 2019, according to the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.

In January 2020, Noah Barnett pleaded guilty to being an accessory to first-degree murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery following the shooting death of two men.

According to police, he helped set up the meeting between the victims and their killers, and knew the assailants would use guns to rob the victims.

Barnett was sentenced on Friday to eight years for the accessory charge and 17 years for each robbery charge, for a total of 42 years.

On Jan. 28, 2019, police responded to a crash on Stewart Lane in Silver Spring, and found two men — Jordan Radway, 23, of Laurel and Christian Roberts, 24, of Silver Spring — dead in the vehicle. Both had been shot, according to police.

Police used cellphone data to determine that Radway had texted with Barnett. Radway and Barnett discussed Radway selling a quarter-pound of marijuana to Dontaye Hunt.

Text messages show that the drug deal did not go through, but Hunt and Radway set up another meeting later in the night.

At about 8:27 p.m., Radway called Hunt, and about eight minutes later, police responded to the scene and found the two men dead. Cellphone data showed Hunt’s cellphone in the area at the time of the murder.

When he was arrested, Hunt told police somebody else who was with him shot the men. He did not name the other person, but “indicated that if the police were to review Metro bus surveillance, they would see him get on and off the Metro bus with the other suspect,” according to court documents.

Police identified the second man as Andy Panton.

In an interview with police, Barnett told police that he set Hunt up with Barnett so “that he could rob him of marijuana,” then later communicated with the suspects about their plan to rob Radway.

Panton was convicted last month of first-degree murder and other charges. The state’s attorney’s office said he faces the possibility of two consecutive life sentences.

Hunt pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 22.

Caitlynn Peetz can be reached at caitlynn.peetz@bethesdamagazine.com