Killer's partner pleads guilty to assault

Severn man scheduled to be sentenced in July

March 23, 2000|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A 20-year-old Severn man pleaded guilty to assault yesterday in a 1998 drug-related robbery that went awry and ended in the death of a Columbia man at a North Laurel apartment.

Kevin A. Lee admitted that he and two other men entered the apartment Dec. 10, 1998, intending to rob a cocaine dealer of drugs and money. When they entered the apartment, one of the robbers shot and killed a bystander, Donald R. Mitchell, 43, who was sitting on a couch by the door.

The shooter, Randall Bagley, 23, was convicted of first-degree murder this month.

After he stole drugs, Bagley led the dealer, Donavan Bowen, out of the apartment at gunpoint, prosecutors said. Bowen knocked the gun out of Bagley's hand and tried to flee. At that point, Lee hit Bowen on the head, and another accused of robbery, Patrick Sean Gardner, 17, picked up the gun and tried to shoot Bowen, prosecutors said.

Gardner is scheduled for trial Tuesday.

The robbers fled after the shooting. Lee turned himself in eight days later.

Lee's sentencing is scheduled for July. Prosecutors said they would then drop the remaining charges, including kidnapping and handgun use during a felony.

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