Man, 26, enters guilty plea in assault in Columbia

January 31, 2007|By Tyrone Richardson | Tyrone Richardson,sun reporter

A Baltimore man faces up to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty in Howard County Circuit Court to first-degree assault in the stabbing of a friend during a domestic dispute in Columbia last summer.

Montaque Edward Butler, 26, of the 2500 block of W. Fairmont St. was accused of stabbing Leonard Marvin Brooks, 29, during an argument in Brooks' townhouse in the 10200 block of Sherman Heights Place July 11, according to a statement in support of the guilty plea read in court by Assistant State's Attorney David A. Lank.

The document said that Butler, to whom Brooks had occasionally given money and allowed to stay with him, was sleeping over that evening. During an argument about 3 a.m., Butler retrieved a 12-inch knife from the kitchen and stabbed Brooks repeatedly in the neck, causing deep lacerations, according to court records.

Brooks told investigators that Butler held him at bay for about an hour before he could escape and get help, according to Lank's statement. Brooks called 911 and ran to the parking lot of The Mall in Columbia, near the Cheesecake Factory, where mall janitors found him. Shortly afterward, police officers spotted Butler walking along U.S. 29 in Columbia with blood on his clothes.

Butler pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Diane O. Leasure. He is scheduled for sentencing March 5.

Prosecutors dropped charges of attempted first- and second-degree murder and false imprisonment.

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