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This story was corrected on Sept. 21. An explanation follows the story.

A Chillum man could get up to 40 years in prison after a jury found him guilty today of fatally stabbing a man during a 2010 robbery in Hyattsville.

David Henry Wright, 30, of the 5700 block of Cypress Creek Drive was found to have stabbed 58-year-old Ansel Donovan Whitelocke of Hyattsville 53 times inside his home Dec. 31, 2010, before running away with a Bible, jewelry and roughly $550 in cash.

A circuit court jury deliberated less than an hour before finding Wright guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit a robbery with a dangerous weapon, robbery with a dangerous weapon and carrying a concealed dangerous weapon.

Two co-defendants, DeMarco Williams and Verlyncia Coleman, previously pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, respectively.

Williams was sentenced to 45 years in jail and five years of supervised probation on May 31, 2011, while Coleman was sentenced to 18 years in prison and five years of supervised probation Sept. 29, 2011.

According to the Prince George’s state’s attorney’s office, Williams and Coleman, who was known to the victim, planned to rob Whitelocke inside his apartment while celebrating New Year’s Eve with him. Coleman went to Whitelocke’s apartment and left seconds before Wright and Williams came and demanded money, according to the state’s attorney’s office. When Whitelocke refused to give them money, he was stabbed repeatedly and died while Wright and Williams took some of his belongings, according to the state’s attorney’s office.

“I want to thank our prosecutors and our police for coming together again to solve a murder and to bring justice to the family,” said county State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. “There’s no doubt that these defendants will be behind bars for a long time because of their violent behavior.”

Wright is scheduled to appear at a sentencing hearing Nov. 29, according to online Prince George’s County Circuit Court records.

Bethany Skopp, an attorney representing Wright from the public defender’s office, could not be reached for comment.

A phone number for Wright could not be located.

djgross@gazette.net

Correction: David Henry Wright is from Chillum.