Man Sentenced To Five Years In '91 Murder

April 05, 1992|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff writer

An Annapolis man has become the third person sentenced to prison in the 1991 murder of an Annapolis police informant.

Gary Ellis BrownJr., also known as "Peanut" Brown, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison in the Jan. 14, 1991, murder of Sylvester Wayne "Tink" Johnson, a county prosecutor said.

Brown pleaded guilty in February to being an accessory after the fact in the murder of Johnson, a 22-year-old described in court as a drug dealer.

The 21-year-old Annapolis man entered the plea after a jury deciding his fate in a first-degree murder trial was unable toreach a verdict.

Months before, he had refused to accept a plea bargain that carried the possibility of a 10-year sentence, instead choosing to take his chances at trial, where a conviction for first-degree murder would have meant a mandatory life sentence.

Brown, who was also described in court as a drug dealer, was one of four men charged in Johnson's murder.

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