Teen pleads guilty in gang death

May 05, 2006|By JUSTIN FENTON | JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER

A 17-year-old boy from Havre de Grace pleaded guilty yesterday to killing a member of a rival gang in a fight last year.

Donta Maurice Bain, who was charged as an adult, faces life in prison and will be sentenced by Harford Circuit Judge Thomas E. Marshall on June 5.

According to charging documents, Bain and Brandon Jacob Clayton Gregory, 20, were part of a group of six or seven people standing outside in the 1700 block of Dearwood Court in Edgewood on Aug. 2 when an altercation broke out. Bain stabbed Gregory once in the chest and fled.

Bain's trial was scheduled to start next week, and prosecutors had not been able to locate two key witnesses, according to court records, including a 17-year-old who eluded detectives last week after hearing of threats. The other, a 24-year-old, had three warrants against him and was in hiding, court records stated.

"It would've been a difficult case, but the evidence did not support the defendant's claim of self-defense," said Harford County State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly.

Harford has struggled with a smattering of gang-related violence in recent years. An 18-year-old Edgewood man was found guilty in March of killing a cab driver in a gang initiation rite. A week later, a 15-year-old was shot in the chest in Aberdeen but survived.

Bain had had several brushes with the law in the months before Gregory's stabbing. In July, he told officers that the red bandana in his back pocket represented the "Bloods" gang he joined a year ago while living in Baltimore.

In an interview with The Sun in September, his mother, Trevette Anderson, said she moved her family to Harford County to escape the perils of city life.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com

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