An 18-year-old Cape St. Claire man who pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment was sentenced to five years' probation yesterday as the accomplice in a summertime drive-by shooting at a Cape St. Claire convenience store.
Kevin M. Kurtinitis of the 100 block of Riverboat Court was given a five-year suspended sentence and ordered to get drug counseling. For three years of his probation, he will have to report regularly to a probation officer.
Assistant State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess said Kurtinitis supplied his 20-year-old brother, Charles, with a Chinese-made assault rifle and that the older brother fired seven times into two parked cars and a 7-Eleven in the 1400 block of Cape St. Claire Road shortly after midnight Aug. 31.
Leitess said Charles Kurtinitis Jr. of the 200 block of Cape St. John Road in Riva is to be tried on a charge of attempted murder May 22.
Police said the gunshots didn't hit anyone but that the bullets were meant for three people targeted after a traffic dispute.
Police said the Kurtinitises and Thomas Stockstill of Bowie argued with Curtis Jones and Lavar Abner, both of Arnold, and Kimberly Trudeau of Annapolis about two hours before the shooting at the Annapolis City Dock. They followed Jones, Abner and Trudeau to the 7-Eleven and continued arguing in the parking lot, then left, police said.
When they returned a few moments later, the elder Kurtinitis allegedly fired seven shots as they drove by, police said.
Police arrested the brothers after tracing the Pontiac Grand Am they used to Stockstill, who identified the elder Kurtinitis as the gunman.
Pub Date: 4/23/97