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Pasadena man pleads guilty in fatal drive-by shooting

An Anne Arundel County man was sentenced to 14 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to being the driver of a vehicle in a fatal drive-by shooting in Pasadena last fall, and to an unrelated shooting last summer.

Paul James Michael, 19, pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to a charge of accessory after the fact in connection with a Oct. 13, 2012 shooting that killed 21-year-old Matthew Morrow and wounded Darren Costa, who was 20 at the time.

He also pleaded guilty to three counts of reckless endangerment for shooting toward a Pasadena home in August 2012. No one was hurt in that shooting.

Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Paul Hackner sentenced Michael to five years on each charge, for a total of 20 years. Hackner suspended all but 14 years of the sentence.

On the night of the fatal shooting, Morrow and Costa were standing in front of Costa's home on Outing Avenue when an SUV passed by, according to the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office. The SUV made a U-turn and drove by a second time, with a passenger firing a handgun at the two men.

Morrow, a Northeast High School and Anne Arundel Community College graduate, was shot in the chest and arm, and died. Costa was shot in the hip and wrist and survived.

Ronald McLeod of Columbia was identified as the shooter and pleaded guilty in July to first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and to a case of armed robbery that prosecutors said was part of a crime spree that culminated with the fatal shooting. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 15.

Michael was identified as the driver and was charged last month.

Murder charges were dropped against another occupant of the SUV, Daniel Alex Savage of Glen Burnie.

In the other case, Michael fired from a truck, hitting a home and vehicles on 205th Street in Pasadena on Aug. 26, 2012, according to charging documents. Michael and a resident of the home had previously been in a fight.

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