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Man sentenced to 50 years in Windsor Mill man's 2011 murder

The man who authorities say shot a 21-year-old Windsor Mill man seven times in back of the head during a 2011 armed robbery was sentenced Monday in Baltimore County Circuit Court to 50 years in prison.

Rashad Eady, 27, is one of three defendants charged in the killing of Ernest Bo Gales III, who was found dead in his car in October 2011.

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Eady represented himself in court and entered an Alford plea on the charge of first-degree murder in Gales' death. An Alford plea means a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that the state has enough evidence to convict if the case went to trial.

"I was a participant [in the robbery], but I didn't shoot the man," he told Baltimore County Circuit Judge Susan Souder.

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Prosecutors say on the evening of Oct. 19, 2011, Eady and two others contacted Gales, setting up a meeting at a McDonald's on Liberty Road for an alleged drug deal. Once at McDonald's, the trio entered Gales' parked vehicle with a gun and demanded his property. Gales gave them marijuana and cash, prosecutors say.

Eventually, they told Gales to drive to Salt Lake Drive in Milford Mill, where Eady shot Gales seven times in the back of the head with a .22-caliber pistol, prosecutors said.

Gales' mother, Bernice Gales, told the court Monday that her son, nicknamed "Neeko," was kindhearted and didn't have the maturity to realize that world is full of "evil" people.

"Ernest had a huge heart," she said. "He was very compassionate, and loved people and animals."

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After the hearing, she said her family struggles with their loss every day.

"He'll likely die in prison," she said of Eady, "so that does bring us a small measure of comfort. ... We're very religious people and we rely on our faith in God."

The other defendants in the case — Hassiem Washington, 22, and Mace Burkett, 22 — are scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 6. Both have been found guilty of charges related to Gales' death.

Eady is already serving a 110-year sentence for a separate carjacking case that occurred about 45 days after Gales' killing, according to prosecutor Attorney William Bickel.

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