Crime Briefs

July 11, 2009

Columbia teen shot during fight at basketball court

An 18-year-old Columbia man was shot Thursday night after a fight broke out on a basketball court, according to Howard County police. The man had been playing basketball with a group of people on Cradlerock Way in the Owen Brown village when a fight ensued, police said. The victim, identified as Keontae Johnson, was shot during the fight. He and his friends returned to his house on Overheart Lane and called 911 about 7:30 p.m. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with nonlife-threatening injuries, according to police. No suspects have been identified. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 410-313-3200. The investigation continues, and police are offering a $1,000 reward.

- Liz F. Kay and Don Markus

Two Baltimore men appeal murder conviction, sentence

Two Baltimore men sentenced last week to multiple life terms in federal prison for drug dealing and witness murder filed notices of appeal Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Melvin Gilbert's filing says he "appeals his conviction and sentence," while James Dinkins is appealing "the imposition of the sentence." Testimony at their weeks-long trial showed that the men, both in their mid-30s, operated a drug ring known as "Special" and committed murders. Each pleaded not guilty. The men could have received the death penalty, but the jury could not agree on that verdict.

- Tricia Bishop

Annapolis teen charged as an adult in shooting

Police arrested a 15-year-old Annapolis youth Thursday and charged him as an adult in a July 2 nonfatal shooting. Sayquen Seth McLeod is accused of shooting Anthony L. Thompson in the first block of Monument St. Thompson was wounded in the leg. McLeod was charged with attempted murder, handgun violations and reckless endangerment.

- Andrea F. Siegel

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