Man convicted in teenager's killing

Youth was to be a witness in Balto. Co. murder case

August 13, 2004|By Allison Klein | Allison Klein,SUN STAFF

A 21-year-old man was convicted late yesterday afternoon in city Circuit Court of felony murder and other charges in the death of a 17-year-old witness in a Baltimore County case.

Christopher Mann was also convicted of kidnapping and conspiracy to kidnap Rickey Prince, who witnessed a murder in the county.

Mann's accomplice, Tayvon Whetstone, was convicted last week of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping and other charges. Police said they believe Mann was the gunman and Whetstone drove the getaway car.

On April 22 last year, Mann and Whetstone met Prince at a McDonald's restaurant in Baltimore County and forced him into their car, according to prosecutors.

Prince was found shot to death the next day in a ravine behind a strip club in the 5500 block of Pennington Ave. in South Baltimore.

Prince's name was read by prosecutors in open court in Baltimore County a week before he was killed, authorities said.

He was killed 25 days before he was to graduate from Milford Mill Academy, his relatives said.

Sentencing for Mann is scheduled for Oct. 14, and sentencing for Whetstone is scheduled for Sept. 21.

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