Man Sentenced to 36 Years in Drug-Related Killing
Post, 30 Jan 2009 (Castaneda, long).
A D.C. man who killed a teenager whom he was trying to strong-arm for $130 worth of marijuana in a Hyattsville high-rise apartment building last year was sentenced yesterday in Prince George's County to 36 years in prison.
Circuit Court Judge Crystal D. Mittelstaedt imposed the sentence on Marshalleck Ellis, 19, of the 700 block of Harvard Street NW. Ellis pleaded guilty in September to first-degree murder and a firearms violation in the shooting death of Donald J. Smalls Jr., 19.
Ellis's co-defendant, Arlen C. Garrett, 23, pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery and a handgun violation. Under the terms of Garrett's plea agreement with prosecutors, Mittelstaedt yesterday sentenced Garrett -- who at the time of the murder was a Howard University student -- to eight years in prison.
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Smalls, known as "D.J.," was fatally shot about 2 p.m. Feb. 29 inside a 10th-floor apartment at the Towers at University Town Center, an apartment complex in the 6500 block of Belcrest Road populated primarily by area college students.
(Posted 30 Jan 2009, Map)