Two men plead guilty in Rodgers Forge killing

Two Baltimore men have plead guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court to their parts in the shooting death of 36-year-old Donte Stephens in Rodgers Forge in July, according to a release issued Friday by the Baltimore County State's Attorney's office.

Dante Woods, 23, plead guilty to first degree murder and could be sentenced to up to life without the possibility of parole. Charles Jackson, 27, also plead guilty to first-degree murder, the release states.

On July 17, 2013 at 5:30 a.m. Donte Stephens left his home on Murdock Road to drive to work. As he drove from his home six shots were fired into his car by Woods, the release said. Stephens died after being shot once in the left shoulder and twice in his back and his car overturned during the shooting, according to the release.

The release states that Jackson had driven Woods to the area to wait for Stephens to leave for work. Woods was in a relationship with the daughter of Stephens' girlfriend and there had been disagreements between Woods and Stephens, according to the release.

Sentencing for Woods is scheduled for Aug. 27. and the state is recommending a sentence of life with all but 30 years suspended. Sentencing for Jackson is scheduled for May 20. Both sentencings are before Judge Sherrie R. Bailey, the release states.

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