Man who helped his uncles in teen's killing gets five-year sentence as part of agreement Scott's testimony led to relative's guilty plea

March 08, 1998|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

The Annapolis man who said he got a gun and bullets so that his uncle could kill a Baltimore teen-ager was sentenced Friday to five years in prison without parole.

The relatively light sentence for Jamie Lee Scott, 22, of the 700 block of Bestgate Road was part of his agreement with prosecutors to testify against one of his uncles.

As he conceded he was imposing a mild sentence, Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Eugene M. Lerner noted that Scott's cooperation led to his uncle's guilty plea last week in the killing. Scott's maximum sentence could have been life plus 20 years.

"Frankly, if you get yourself back in trouble again, you are in big trouble," Lerner said.

Scott said he wanted to change his life, finish high school and go to work.

The agreement calls for county prosecutors to help move him to an out-of-state prison if he is threatened. His two uncles are incarcerated in Maryland.

Scott and his uncles, Kenneth Blake, 33, and Thomas "Eddie" Blake, 39, both of Baltimore, were charged in the killing Sept. 1, 1995, of Miquel Tavon "Fats" Cauthorne, 16, of the 3600 block of W. Bay Ave. in Baltimore. The teen-ager had fought with Thomas Blake, who threatened retaliation, the day before the killing, according to testimony at Thomas Blake's trial.

The Blake brothers and Scott told Cauthorne they were bringing him to a family cookout the next day, but Cauthorne never arrived. His body was found a day later in a ditch along Shot Town Road, near where the cookout had been held. He had been shot six times and robbed. Prosecutors maintained Thomas Blake was the killer.

Scott pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and to a related handgun charge.

Last year, a jury convicted Thomas Blake of murder and related charges, and he was sentenced to life plus 18 years. Fearful he would get a similar sentence, Kenneth Blake pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy and a related charge in exchange for a maximum of 15 years in prison. He will be sentenced April 27, and his attorney has said he should not receive a harsher sentence than his nephew.

Pub Date: 3/08/98

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