Man pleads guilty in killing of deli owner

February 15, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 46-year-old Baltimore man due to go on trial today in Howard County Circuit Court in the killing and robbery of a Jessup delicatessen owner in October 2003 agreed to plead guilty to felony first-degree murder and a weapons charge yesterday and accept a life term plus 20 years. Sentencing is scheduled May 23.

Reginald Venable Jr. of the 800 block E. 33rd St. escaped a possible sentence of life without parole in exchange for his plea, according to his defense attorney, Jonathon Van Hoven.

Venable was one of two armed men who stole $125,000 intended for check-cashing from Kwang Jun Kim, owner of the Jessup Deli, on Oct. 8. When Kim resisted, the other man, Walter J. Blannon, fatally shot him.

Blannon was found guilty of first-degree murder Feb. 4, after a five-day jury trial in Ellicott City. He will be sentenced May 19.

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