Greenbelt man pleads guilty to murder WEST COUNTY -- Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

September 30, 1992|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A Greenbelt man faces 30 years in prison after pleading guilty yesterday to killing a man while the two were haggling over the purchase of an assault pistol.

Sean C. Cartee, 20, admitted to Circuit Judge Lawrence H. Rushworth that he shot Kenneth M. Braxton 14 times in the woods near Maryland City on Feb. 17.

Cartee had driven with Braxton to the end of Red Clay Road at about 12:30 a.m. to discuss the details of the sale of a MAC-10 assault pistol. Cartee told investigators he had given Braxton $600 for the gun, charging documents said.

While they were talking, Braxton reached into his pants. Thinking Braxton was getting a gun, Cartee said he took out a 9mm handgun and shot him. Braxton was unarmed when he was found by police.

Officers were called to the area by residents who reported gunfire. Police traced the license tag of the Toyota 4-Runner being driven by Cartee to his roommate, Mark Cowan of Greenbelt.

According to a statement of facts read in court yesterday, Cartee called Mr. Cowan about two hours after the shooting to say he had something important to tell him. About an hour later, Cartee arrived at the Bendix Corp. in Seabrook, Prince George's County, where Mr. Cowan worked, and admitted that he had borrowed the truck and used a 9mm handgun.

Fred Paone, assistant state's attorney, said three witnesses were in the truck with Cartee and Braxton when they got out and went for a walk.

Mr. Paone said in exchange for Cartee's guilty plea to first-degree murder charges, he agreed to cap the recommended sentence at 30 years and drop handgun violation charges.

Braxton, 26, of Beltsville was convicted of drug charges in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court on Oct. 5, 1989, and sentenced to 18 months, according to court records. The jail term was suspended on the condition that he complete five years of probation, the records show.

He also was convicted of theft charges in Prince George's County and was cited for failing to report to his probation officer five months after the drug sentence was imposed in Anne Arundel County.

Judge Rushworth set sentencing for Nov. 9.

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