A 29-year-old man who was briefly a suspect early in the Charles W. Therit Jr. murder investigation last year was convicted of felony theft yesterday in Carroll Circuit Court.
Randall Curtis Braxton, formerly of Westminster but now of no fixed address, was found guilty of stealing a 47-inch Zenith color television he was renting from a Reisterstown Colortyme office.
According to court records, Braxton and his girlfriend left their Westminster apartment sometime after March 25, 1992, headed for Tennessee. While there, he pawned the television, court records said.
The television, worth an estimated $2,880, was recovered.
In a plea agreement, Braxton pleaded not guilty to felony theft but allowed prosecutors to present a statement of facts that contained sufficient evidence to convict him.
In return, prosecutors dropped a conspiracy charge and agreed to recommend a jail term of 186 days -- the same amount of time Braxton has served since his arrest.
Braxton was considered a suspect in the Therit case for less than a week, but his sudden disappearance from Westminster in the days after the slaying attracted suspicion, court records say.
Braxton was eliminated as a suspect when investigators learned of his whereabouts on the evening of March 25, when the vTC popular owner of Deep Run Hardware was shot in the head with a shotgun stolen from his store during a $140 robbery.
Investigators eventually arrested and charged Michael C. Bryson 26, of Manchester, in the Therit homicide. He was convicted of first-degree murder, armed robbery and related charges on March 11, and faces sentencing in Anne Arundel Circuit Court on May 4. He could be sentenced to death.