Teen pleads guilty in killing

July 25, 2008|By Kevin Rector | Kevin Rector,Sun Reporter

A 19-year-old who took part in a fatal attack on a Dundalk teen in January pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court to assault and conspiracy charges.

Robert L. Wood of the 1700 block of Meath Road punched Joshua Gibson, 16, in the face as the victim walked on a Dundalk street the night of Jan. 28, prosecutors said, and Gibson then was fatally shot in the face and back by a second attacker. Gibson was chosen at random by his assailants, prosecutors said.

Wood pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit second-degree assault and accessory to murder after the fact in Gibson's death. Earlier this week, Robert L. Bragg, 18, of the 1900 block of Dinenn Drive, the driver of the car in which the attackers had been riding, pleaded guilty to the same charges. Both Wood and Briggs are to be sentenced Oct. 31.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's editions of The Sun about a court case involving the death of a Dundalk youth contained a reference that misspelled the last name of Robert L. Bragg.
The Sun regrets the error.

The alleged gunman, William R. Ferandes, 17, of the 8100 block of Kavanagh Road, has been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, conspiracy and handgun charges. He is awaiting trial.

Seconds after Wood threw the punch, Ferandes allegedly shot Gibson, leaving him dead at Church and Searles roads near Lynch Cove Park, prosecutors said. After the shots were fired, Wood ran back to Bragg's car, screamed "Oh my god," and got into the vehicle, while Ferandes fled on foot, according to court documents.

Three others have been charged with accessory to murder after the fact for allegedly helping to dispose of the gun used in the shooting. They are Timothy Feuerhardt, 43, and Joanne Feuerhardt, 38, both of the 1900 block of Inverton Road in Dundalk, and a 16-year-old girl who has not been named because she is a juvenile.


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