By Jon Meoli, firstname.lastname@example.org
5:47 PM EDT, October 11, 2012
William Ward III and Frank Williams, who were convicted last month of first degree murder, conspiracy, and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony for their roles in the December 2011 murder of Rodney Pridget outside the Towson Town Center mall, are scheduled for sentencing Friday morning in Baltimore County Circuit Court.
After the men were convicted on Sept. 5, State's Attorney Scott Shelenberger called Williams, 32, and Ward, 45, "very dangerous individuals," and said the state would seek a sentence of life in prison without parole.
Over four days of testimony last month, prosecutors showed surveillance tapes and phone records that indicated a conspiracy to kill Pridget was planned and executed by Williams, Ward, Jermell Brandon, and Tyrone Brown.
Brown, 20, is the alleged shooter, and is set to face trial next year, while Brandon, 35, testified against his co-conspirators under the terms of a federal plea deal that gives him 20 years in prison.
Brandon told the jury that Williams "ordered the hit" on Pridget as retribution for the role Williams alleged Pridget to have in the robbery shooting of Williams' cousin.
Sentencing begins Friday at 9:30 a.m.