2 plead guilty to gun charges in '98 killing of teenager

Documents allege they, others planned robbery

February 15, 2005|By Matthew Dolan | Matthew Dolan,SUN STAFF

Two men who were charged with federal gun crimes in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old at his Dundalk home have pleaded guilty, according to their attorneys.

Shawn Lee Elkins, who shared a home in the 2000 block of Armco Way with his brother, died in October 1998 after two masked gunmen forced their way into the home, robbed the seven people in the house and fired one shot.

On Friday, Ronald Campbell III pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. His attorney, Daniel F. Goldstein, said yesterday that his client should receive at least a five-year reduction in that sentence because Campbell offered to help federal prosecutors in their case against his co-defendant.

Damon A. Gaither pleaded guilty on a similar gun charge yesterday and is expected to receive a prison term of 17 to 24 years, said his attorney, Howard L. Cardin. Gaither's sentencing is scheduled June 1.

According to court documents, Gaither, Campbell and three others conspired to rob Elkins during a drug deal in his home. Elkins was shot during the robbery and later died.

Two other men had been convicted earlier in state court on related charges, attorneys said. A fifth man was not charged in return for his cooperation with authorities, according to lawyers involved in the case.

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