Dancer gets 7 years for murder plan

Former boyfriend forgives her for plot

January 20, 2001|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

Basil Brown Bradford Jr., a Ruxton businessman, has no hard feelings against his former girlfriend, who admitted hiring a would-be hit man to kill him so she could collect a $300,000 insurance policy.

The plot by the former exotic dancer to have Bradford shot was a "mistake," the man wrote to the Baltimore Circuit judge who sentenced her yesterday.

"I have forgiven her," Bradford, 35, wrote. "I feel that if she is given a second chance she ... will never make a mistake of this magnitude again."

Prosecutors - and the judge - said there is no mistake about it: Rosemary A. Cing, a nightclub dancer known as Ruby, wanted him dead.

Despite Bradford's sentiments, Judge Allen L. Schwait sentenced Cing to seven years in prison. Schwait told her that she would end up spending about 3 1/2 years behind bars.

Schwait told her that "3 1/2 years is cheap in this kind of matter."

Cing, 32, of the 2300 block of Holyoke Road in Rosedale pleaded guilty to solicitation of murder in November.

Last February, prosecutors say, Cing asked a doorman at the club where she used to dance - the Wagon Wheel in the 800 block of North Point Road in East Baltimore - to have Bradford shot while she was on a trip to Las Vegas. She gave him $750 in cash and photographs of Bradford.

The doorman, Don Tate Sr., enlisted the help of his son, Don Tate Jr., both of Fort Washington in Prince George's County. The elder Tate, who was having financial trouble, told police he had hoped to get as much as $50,000 for murdering Bradford, prosecutors said.

The plot came to light when a man Don Tate Jr. had confided in was picked up by Prince George's County police on an unrelated criminal charge and told them of the plan, according to prosecutors.

Both Tates confessed when confronted by police and have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder for their roles in the unsuccessful plot. Under their plea agreements, prosecutors will not seek sentences longer than five years for Tate Sr. and four years for Tate Jr.

Cing's lawyer, Brian G. Thompson, asked the judge to place her on probation and to order psychological counseling. He said yesterday that Tate Sr. hatched the plot, not Cing.

"She was very deeply in love with [Bradford]," Thompson said.

The pair had a four-year relationship and he made her the beneficiary of his life-insurance policy in 1998, prosecutors said.

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