Man, 65, pleads guilty to killing 18-year-old


July 30, 2008|By MELISSA HARRIS

A 65-year-old former resident of a senior housing community pleaded guilty yesterday to second-degree murder and possession of a deadly weapon in the fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Willie Clayton Joyner.

Tyrone Allsberry accused Joyner of stealing money from him and then stabbed him inside a market at East 25th Street and Greenmount Avenue. Joyner died at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia Banks said yesterday that DNA from blood recovered from Allsberry's jacket matched Joyner's. She also said that video from the market showed Allsberry holding what appeared to be a knife.

Baltimore Circuit Judge John C. Themelis scheduled sentencing for Sept. 19. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Allsberry faces 15 years in prison.

But Themelis said he might make Allsberry complete five years of probation as well. Under that scenario, if Allsberry violated his probation, he could serve up to 30 years in prison.

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