A Washington, D.C. man described as “the mastermind” in a murder-for-hire plot of his boss faces up to 50 years in prison after being convicted on multiple charges, county prosecutors announced Tuesday.
After deliberating for three hours, a Howard County Circuit Court jury on Monday found Eric Ricardo Exum, 49, guilty of first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault. Exum was acquitted of attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder after the four-day trial, prosecutors said.
Exum is one of the three men charged in a “brutal assault” of Paul Albritton, 53, of Sykesville, on Oct. 4, 2017 at a gas station in Jessup. The others charged are Malcolm Xavier Littlejohn, 21, of Silver Spring, and Antwan Zahir Mayhew, 38, of District Heights.
Howard County police previously said that Exum and Littlejohn “conspired to assault” Albritton.
Albritton and Exum worked at a Jessup construction company and court records list Albritton as a foreman and Exum as a laborer.
One of Exum’s attorney’s, Daniel Michael Kobrin, an assistant public defender, said that he and attorney Allison Michele Sayers are “disappointed” that Exum was convicted. Sayers is also representing Exum.
Kobrin said they are “exploring avenues” for a possible appeal before Exum’s Sept. 27 sentencing.
Littlejohn pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault on June 27 in Circuit Court, according to prosecutors. Littlejohn’s sentencing is Sept. 13.
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