Teen enters plea in stabbing
Lawyer says client maintains his innocence in Lusby incident, but is eager to move on
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.