Edward McRavin sentenced for 2011 Mother's Day shooting

Edward McRavin shot his estranged wife on Mother's Day in 2011. Photo: Prince George's County Police

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WJLA) - A man who shot his wife and tried to shoot his son and sister-in-law in Prince George's County was sentenced to life in prison but had more than five decades of the sentence suspended.

Edward McRavin was sentenced Friday morning for a shooting outside the Family Crisis Center that took place on Mother's Day two years ago. He earlier pleaded guilty to attempted murder and assault.

"You don't deserve to see the light of day," The judge told McRavin during Friday's hearing.

The shooting happened outside a domestic violence center in Brentwood on May 8, 2011, where he was expecting to pick up his son, with whom he shared custody with his estranged wife.

Prosecutors say the 51-year-old McRavin rode to the center on a bicycle and opened fire on his wife, son and sister-in-law. The only shot he fired before his gun jammed struck his wife in her upper body.

McRavin was shot by a Prince George's County Police officer during the incident.

Prosecutors say that at the time of the shooting, McRavin's wife had received a protective order against him, and McRavin's visitation rights entitled him to see his son every Sunday under the supervision of the Family Crisis Center.

In court Friday, McRavin said his plan was to kill himself in front of his family and didn't know he had shot anyone until two days after the incident, when he woke up in the hospital.

"Anyone who would attempt to take the lives of their own wife and son is clearly a danger to our community," Prince George's County state's attorney Angela Alsobrooks said. "Mr. McRavin has shown no real remorse for his actions, only trying to excuse them away. I am very pleased that he will spend the majority of the rest of his life behind bars."