Teen en­ters plea in stab­bing

Lawyer says client main­tains his in­no­cence in Lusby in­ci­dent, but is ea­ger to move on

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By DANDAN ZOU dzou@somd­news.com

An 18-year-old en­tered an Al­ford plea Tues­day af­ter­noon for an April 26 al­ter­ca­tion in Lusby that left two men hos­pi­tal­ized with stab wounds.

Isa­iah Lee Chil­dress of Lusby was charged of dou­ble counts of first-de­gree as­sault, con­spir­acy to com­mit first-de­gree as­sault, sec­ond-de­gree as­sault and reck- less en­dan­ger­ment. In mak­ing the Al­ford plea to sec­ond-de­gree as­sault, Chil­dress main­tains his in­no­cence but ad­mits the pros­e­cu­tion has enough ev­i­dence to con­vict him.

The sec­ond-de­gree as­sault con­vic­tion car­ries a max­i­mum of 10 years in prison. In a plea deal Chil­dress made with the state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice, the de­fense and the pros­e­cu­tion agreed to cap his sen­tence at one year of ac­tive time. But the fi­nal sen­tence will be up to Calvert Cir­cuit Judge Mark Chan­dlee, who will sen­tence the teen Feb. 4, 2019.

Chil­dress’ lawyer Melissa Miller said in court Tues­day her cli- ent main­tains his in­no­cence but agreed to take the plea for fear of be­ing sen­tenced to some­thing greater if con­victed by a trial.

“He just wants to move on with his life,” Miller said out­side of the courthouse Tues­day, not­ing her client had missed his high school grad­u­a­tion this year be­cause he was in­car­cer­ated.

The stab­bing in­ci­dent came to po­lice at­ten­tion when the sher­iff’s of­fice was no­ti­fied of two

stab­bing vic­tims, later iden­ti­fied as Do­minic Braw­ley and La­mont Par­son, at 23:47 p.m. April 26.

Michael Mor­gan, the as­sis­tant state’s at­tor­ney, read the state­ment of facts in court Tues­day, re­port­ing that the stab­bing in­ci­dent started brew­ing months ago when Braw­ley’s sis­ter said Chil­dress had stolen money from her. Braw­ley and Par­son, a friend of his, re­port­edly tried to ar­range a meet­ing with Chil­dress to get the money back.

“There are con­flict­ing mes­sages and state­ments re­gard­ing the ex­tent of ev­ery­one’s in­ten­tions and knowl­edge re­gard­ing whether there was go­ing to be [a] fight,” Mor­gan said, con­tin­u­ing to read the state­ment.

Fi­nally on April 26, Braw­ley re­port­edly con­fronted Chil­dress at a golf course area down the street from Chil­dress’ house in Lusby. In an in­ter­view with po­lice, Braw­ley re­port­edly said Chil­dress said he didn’t have the money when asked and “then stabbed Do­minic,” ac­cord­ing to the state­ment of facts.

Af­ter that, Braw­ley told po­lice he tried to punch Chil­dress and missed. Braw­ley’s friend Par­son said Chil­dress be­gan to run. When he in­ter­vened, Par­son said he was stabbed by Chil­dress, and they fell to the ground. Par­son said he was stabbed again when he was try­ing to hold Chil­dress down.

Mor­gan said Braw­ley was treated for a stab wound to his rib cage. Par­son was treated for mul­ti­ple lac­er­a­tions to his face and stab wounds to his rib

cage, right hand and left bi­cep.

Af­ter Mor­gan read the state­ment of facts, Miller said there are no mes­sages from her client threat­en­ing any­one but there are mes­sages of oth­ers say­ing they were go­ing to “jump my client.”

In the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, mes­sages from so­cial me­dia and sev­eral phones were re­viewed by po­lice.

In a sep­a­rate mat­ter, Chil­dress took an Al­ford plea deal to con­spir­ing with oth­ers to dis­trib­ute mar­i­juana for a March 15 in­ci­dent where po­lice re­port­edly found a seethrough ma­son jar with mar­i­juana in­side Chil­dress’ right front jacket pocket dur­ing a traf­fic stop. Po­lice also said they found in­di­vid­u­ally wrapped bags of mar­i­juana in­side a Crown Royal bag — a sign in­di­cat­ing dis­tri­bu­tion — on the floor where Chil­dress was re­port­edly seated.

Based on the pack­ag­ing and the sum of money found on an­other pas­sen­ger in the car, Chil­dress was ar­rested and charged. He en­tered the Al­ford plea Tues­day along with his sec­ond-de­gree as­sault plea.

Chil­dress was in­car­cer­ated for more than 100 days in jail. Re­leased af­ter post­ing a bond, he has been on GPS track­ing and will con­tinue to be so be­fore his sen­tenc­ing in Fe­bru­ary.

Wil­liam Ver­sone John­son, 37, of Lusby faces a sec­ond-de­gree as­sault charge for his in­volve­ment in the stab­bing in­ci­dent. Ac­cord­ing to the state’s state­ment of facts, John­son al­legedly kicked and punched Par­son af­ter Par­son was stabbed. John­son’s next hear­ing is sched­uled for Nov. 9.



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