Teen pleads guilty in 2 killings

Annapolis youth could receive up to 25 years in prison

March 14, 2007|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Sun reporter

An Annapolis teenager will have to serve at least five years and perhaps up to 25 under his plea yesterday to two fatal shootings, both avenging perceived offenses against people he barely knew.

Rondell Anthony Medley, who was 16 at the time of the crimes, which happened a month apart in 2005, entered a plea yesterday to second-degree murder and a handgun violation in one killing and a plea to manslaughter in the other. He did not admit guilt but accepted that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him.

"What I am asking for is the court to impose a 30-year sentence but for him to serve 25 of it" for the Feb. 2, 2005, killing of Terrod Wallace, plus a 10-year suspended sentence for the Jan. 7, 2005, killing of Eddie Jenkins, and five years on probation, said Kim DiPietro, an Anne Arundel County assistant state's attorney.

Medley's defense lawyer, John McKenna, is expected to seek a shorter prison term when Medley, now 18, is sentenced May 17 by Circuit Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch.

There is a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for the gun violation.

The pleas were delayed from last week, when a man who said he was Medley's grandfather shouted for him not to enter pleas. The man began an outburst yesterday but was ordered out of the courtroom, DiPietro said.

A police investigation into Wallace's death revealed that the same gun was used to kill Jenkins, and that Medley told people he killed both men, DiPietro said.

She said Medley shot Wallace, 24, of the 500 block of Annapolitan Lane, because he had been disrespectful to Keith Brashears. Medley admired Brashears, who was an acquaintance of Medley's cousin. Wallace owed Brashears $350, she said. The killing took place just before midnight while Wallace was waiting for a cab at Clay and Bates streets. Poice apprehended Medley at a Baltimore home on April 3.

Medley shot Jenkins, 45, of the 1100 block of Madison St., at 3:23 a.m. at an Eastport playground near President and Madison streets after rumor spread that Jenkins had set up the robbery a few hours earlier of a supposed drug dealer, DiPietro said.

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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