Witness against killer gets suspended term Plea agreement in break-in goes to cellmate.

October 16, 1991|By Meredith Schlow | Meredith Schlow,Evening Sun Staff

A cellmate whose testimony helped convict Harvey Allen Teets Jr. of murdering a school security guard has been given a suspended one-year sentence and three years of probation under a plea agreement with prosecutors.

David Michael Lotridge, 24, of Baltimore, admitted breaking into his grandmother's house while in a drunken stupor in an attempt to find a place to spend the night.

Lotridge was found not guilty in Baltimore County District Court in Essex of two counts of malicious destruction of property and burglary.

Judge Lawrence R. Daniels listened yesterday as public defender Pat Garcia told of Lotridge's cooperation during the Teets trial, when he testified that Teets had confessed to the February killing of Kimberly R. Kenna, a St. Timothy's School security guard. Teets was convicted of second-degree murder earlier this month. He faces a maximum sentence of 30 years.

Teets and Lotridge shared a cell in May in the Baltimore County Detention Center. Lotridge was in jail awaiting trial on charges of assaulting his former girlfriend and two police officers and attempted escape.

He was arrested in July for breaking into his grandmother's house.

Since Oct. 1, Lotridge, an admitted alcoholic who has been drinking since age 11, has remained sober and has a job, Garcia said.

The state had recommended a three-year suspended sentence.

Daniels ordered Lotridge to pay his grandmother $250 to cover the cost of repairing damage that Lotridge caused to her basement and to pay $300 in fines and public defender's fees.

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