Glen Burnie man sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder

A Glen Burnie man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for the first-degree murder of a man outside a bar in Glen Burnie, according to a spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County prosecutors.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Ronald A. Silkworth ordered that Clayton A. Battle, 35, begin his sentence after he completes an eight-year prison term on a drug conviction.

Battle pleaded guilty last February to fatally shooting Kelly T. Fisher, a 30-year-old Glen Burnie resident, outside Dietrich's Tavern on Dec. 4, 2010.

As part of that plea agreement, prosecutors agreed not to seek life without parole. Battle will be eligible for parole consideration after serving 15 years of the life sentence.

On Tuesday, Battle sat slouched in his seat in court as prosecutor Kimberly DiPietro told the judge that Battle shot Fisher, then pointed his weapon at Fisher's friend, asking "you want some of this?" before firing at Fisher again.

Battle had said he had a dispute with Fisher's friends in the week before the shooting, and as a result felt threatened when he saw Fisher, according to the spokeswoman.

There have been three fatal shootings outside the tavern since 2009, most recently in December.

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