Sentencing set in girl's killing


January 26, 2007|By Andrea F. Siegel

A Severn teenager will be sentenced to 15 years in prison as a result of his plea yesterday in the fatal shooting a 15-year-old runaway girl for no apparent reason.

Deante Littlejohn, 17, entered an Alford plea to second-degree murder before Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Philip T. Caroom, meaning that he did not admit guilt but conceded that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him of shooting Keisha Lane on Aug. 17, 2005.

The girl had run away from foster care in Hagerstown to the home of a friend near Severn.

Littlejohn, then 15, was one of two passengers in a friend's car when he fired a rifle repeatedly at four youths who were hanging out and listening to music, Assistant State's Attorney Kelly Poma said. Lane was shot in the chest, and another teenager was grazed by a bullet.

Theodis Curry, then 18, was the driver of the car and the owner of the rifle. He pleaded guilty last year to being an accessory to the crime.

The sentencing is scheduled for March 12.

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