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Baltimore man pleads guilty to killing half-brother in Glen Burnie

A Baltimore man admitted Thursday that he killed his half-brother after he and his father found out that his half-brother was romantically involved with the mother of his 7-year-old son, Anne Arundel County prosecutors said,

Cornelius Keith Johnson, 25, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. He fatally shot Andrew "Drew" Johnson — the two had the same mother — on Nov. 13, 2011, in the parking lot of Mo's Seafood, a Glen Burnie restaurant. According to prosecutors, he no longer had a romantic relationship with Ashley Smith, with whom he had a 7-year-old son. However, Smith and Drew Johnson had secretly become romantically involved last fall, prosecutors said.

Cornelius Johnson initially was charged with murder, but prosecutors said they didn't think the evidence would have supported that charge. In addition, Cornelius Johnson had a possible self-defense claim, according to prosecutors. They could not rule out that a knife found by Drew Johnson's body was his.

Sentencing was scheduled for Jan. 30, according to court records. The maximum sentence for manslaughter is 10 years.

Also facing charges is Mitchell Gresham, 45, who is Cornelius Johnson's father. He is scheduled for a Jan. 29 trial on charges of being an accessory after the crime, according to court records.

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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