Man Pleads Guilty To Running Over Motorcyclist

November 30, 1990|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff writer

A Bowie man pleaded guilty yesterday to killing a dismounted motorcyclist by running him over with a car last April in Crofton.

Robert Leland Stewart, 24, entered the plea to a second-degree murder charge in county Circuit Court, said Assistant State's Attorney Frank Ragione.

Stewart intentionally drove his Oldsmobile over 26-year-old Anthony Louis Clanton after an argument on north Route 3 near Route 450, Ragione said.

County police have said the argument started when Stewart cut in front of Clanton as they were driving north on Route 3 in Crofton at about 11:30 p.m. last April 26. Ragione said Stewart tried to run into Clanton's motorcycle four times during the argument.

As the men approached Crofton Station Road, Clanton slowed his motorcycle almost to a stop, dropped it in the middle of the road and stood near the shoulder pointing at Stewart's car, police said.

Stewart then drove straight into Clanton. Clanton, of Lanham, was pronounced dead five hours later at Prince George's Hospital Center. Acting on an anonymous tip, county police arrested Stewart without incident later that night at the White Gables Motel in Crownsville.

Under the plea agreement, Ragione will recommend an eight-year sentence for Stewart. The prosecutor said sentencing guidelines showed Stewart should receive three to eight years in prison if convicted of manslaughter, a crime punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Sentencing for Stewart is scheduled for Feb. 8.

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