Edgewater man guilty in slaying

February 01, 1994|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer

A 31-year-old Edgewater man pleaded guilty yesterday to second-degree murder for his role in a 1992 robbery attempt that ended in the death of an Annapolis man.

Anthony Lumpkin entered an Alford plea of guilt before Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. in the slaying of Rudolph C. Holland, 21, of the 1800 block of Bowman Court.

An Alford plea means Lumpkin is not admitting guilt, but acknowledges the state has sufficient evidence to win a conviction.

Mr. Holland was shot twice in the back on the evening of July 9, 1992, in the parking lot off the first block of Town Pines Court in Annapolis.

The gunman, Robert Amos Patterson, 28, of the 1000 block of Wooten Court in Silver Spring, was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder and sentenced last August to life plus 20 years.

Assistant State's Attorney Frank Ragione said that the night of the murder, Patterson and Lumpkin had entered Town Pines Court intent on committing a robbery.

He said that they cornered the victim in a parking lot, and that Patterson shot Mr. Holland as he tried to run away.

According to testimony in Patterson's trial, neighbors saw the two men near the parking lot before the crime. When Patterson was arrested a week later, he was found to be carrying the same .38-caliber revolver that had fired the fatal shots.

Judge Thieme set sentencing for March 8.

As part of a plea agreement, Mr. Ragione will not object to a defense request that Lumpkin be sentenced to 12 years in prison, nor will he fight a recommendation from Judge Thieme to state prison officials that Lumpkin serve his sentence at the Patuxent Institute.

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