Two Anne Arundel County men enter guilty pleas in separate killings in 2003

February 08, 2005|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

Two Anne Arundel County men pleaded guilty to second-degree murder yesterday in separate killings in 2003.

Jason Austin Blevins, 26, of Edgewater pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to stabbing his mother Dec. 12 in a Subway sandwich shop where she worked near Annapolis. A heroin addict, Blevins stabbed her 53 times and stuffed her body into a store refrigerator, prosecutors said.

Also yesterday morning, Shawn Eric Woodlin, 31, of Annapolis pleaded guilty to the Aug. 29 shooting of a man outside an American Legion hall in Annapolis.

Both men are to be sentenced in the coming weeks.

Assistant State's Attorney Pamela K. Alban told Circuit Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis that Blevins killed Mary Ella Ginger, 51, after she told him and his wife that they could no longer stay at her house.

He could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for March 31.

In a separate courtroom, Woodlin pleaded guilty to killing Howard Eugene Stevens, Jr., 36.

Stevens, from Annapolis, was shot in the neck, shoulder and chest as he sat in a truck parked outside an American Legion hall on Forest Drive.

After Woodlin's plea, Assistant State's Attorney Kimberly DiPietro presented to Circuit Judge Pamela L. North a statement of facts in the case, which revealed that Woodlin was seen talking to Stevens minutes before the shooting and that several witnesses who heard the gunshots saw Woodlin walking away from the scene.

Woodlin, whose sentencing is scheduled for April 1, could receive up to 30 years in prison. The use of a handgun in a violent crime carries a mandatory five-year sentence.

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