Hagerstown, Md. (AP) - A Hagerstown man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a teenager in the downtown business district last October.
Shakeem Miles, 21, was convicted in Washington County Circuit Court after entering an Alford plea Thursday in the slaying of Jalonte Thomas-Leach, 18. An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt, but an acknowledgement that prosecutors have enough evidence to gain a conviction.
In return for his plea, prosecutors dropped other charges, including first-degree murder.
Sentencing is set for May 14.
Police say Thomas-Leach was stabbed during a large melee early on a Sunday morning that began as fight among a group of women. They say Miles stabbed Thomas-Leach after the younger man apparently refused to fight him.