Guilty plea in stabbing of two in Glen Burnie

One killed, one wounded in attack at gas station

March 05, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Severn man pleaded guilty Monday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to second-degree murder and assault in the stabbing of two men in a gas station parking lot.

Artemis Demond Booker, 27, of the 800 block of Blue Jay Court admitted fatally stabbing Rodney Jerome White III, 25, of Severna Park on Sept. 26, 2001, in an attack that had its roots in a dispute over a woman.

He also admitted wounding Robert Ta'Byron Jacobs, then 22, of Annapolis when Jacobs tried to intervene, said Assistant State's Attorney Lawrence J. Caporale.

Booker could be sentenced to up to 30 years for second-degree murder plus 25 years for the assault when he again goes before Judge Ronald A. Silkworth on May 6.

Sentencing guidelines call for a sentence of 33 to 43 years, Caporale said, but prosecutors will ask Silkworth for a longer prison term with back-to-back sentences.

"We will be asking to go beyond the guidelines with consecutive sentences because of the viciousness of the attack," Caporale said.

Booker's lawyer could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The stabbings occurred in the lot of Ed's Shell Station, at Mountain and Jumpers Hole roads in Glen Burnie, in the early hours of the morning.

Police said that when they arrived at the scene, about 100 people were gathered around the victims.

Caporale said prosecutors considered Booker's plea appropriate because they would have had difficulty proving that the fatal stabbing was premeditated and willful.

In a statement to police, Booker said he plunged the knife's 4 1/2 -inch blade into White and, as he stood over White, stabbed him until the victim was motionless.

He told police he threw the knife into nearby woods. That is where police found it.

Medical reports indicated that White suffered 18 stab wounds, including one to his carotid artery, Caporale said.

What sparked the incident was unclear, though Booker said he had taken to carrying a knife because White had threatened him previously and contended that the victim started it, the prosecutor said.

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