Havre de Grace man, 21, gets 30 years for murder of cousin

September 06, 1992|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

A Havre de Grace man received a 30-year prison sentence for the March 28 slaying of his cousin in a dispute over money.

Cornelius Marcellous Cooper, 21, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Monday.

Circuit Court Judge William O. Carr sentenced Cooper to 30 years, with all but 15 suspended, but made that sentence run consecutive to a 15-year term for using a handgun while commiting a felony.

Court records indicate that Cooper had argued for several days with Richard Anthony Cooper, 22, over money, and had threatened to kill him.

Cornelius Cooper was seen gunning down his cousin by police (( officer Christine Skarzenski before the suspect fled in the 200 block of Bloomsbury Ave.

NB Officer Skarzenski immediately called for assistance and began

administering first aid to the victim, who died a short time later at Harford Memorial Hospital.

Meanwhile, about 25 Havre de Grace police officers began an immediate manhunt and arrested Cooper a few hours later without incident.

Officer Skarzenski had been in the area conducting a follow-up investigation on another matter when she heard a gun discharge twice.

As she left a building, she spotted Cooper about 50 yards away aiming a gun at the victim. She yelled for Cooper to stop and put down his weapon.

Instead, she saw him fire a third shot that felled the victim.

A police spokesman said the amount of money that started the dispute was believed to be between $200 and $300.

Court records indicated the state's attorney had intended to seek a sentence of life without parole before agreeing to Cooper's plea on the lesser charge.

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