Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007

Man pleads guilty to murder of Clinton resident

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A Clinton man pleaded guilty to second degree murder Tuesday for his role in a shooting death last October that stemmed from a neighborhood dispute.

Darenzo Nettles, 18, could face up to 50 years in prison for the fatal shooting of Gary Crisp, 20, of Clinton.

‘‘The defendant has been made to take responsibility for his actions. We have held him accountable and it is a favorable plea agreement to secure the peace of mind for the residents of the county,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said in a statement.

The shooting came as the result of a long-standing feud between two Clinton groups from the Willow Creek and Killarney Street areas. A fight broke out Oct. 9 between Crisp and a friend of Nettles. After that, the two groups, mostly students from Surrattsville High School, scheduled a rematch. There, Nettles brandished a handgun and shot Crisp, according to Ivey. He then took two steps forward and shot Crisp again. Nettles fled the scene.

On Oct. 18 Nettles, accompanied by his mother turned himself in to Prince George’s Police.

Sentencing before Judge Ronald D. Schiff is scheduled for Oct. 26.

E-mail Ryan McDermott at rmcdermott @gazette.net