Man admits killing in robbery plea
A man with links to the District and Suitland admitted to shooting and killing a Maryland man in 2005 as part of a deal in which he pleaded guilty Tuesday to armed bank robbery and two firearms charges, according to authorities.
Anthony D. Nelson, 27, discussed robbing a bank with his girlfriend, a teller at the Bank of America branch in the 5800 block of Silver Hill Road in Forestville, before attempting to rob the bank unsuccessfully with a handgun in January 2005, according to his plea.
In February 2005, according to authorities, Nelson and Tyrone Lockhart Botchway gathered at Nelson's apartment to plan a second robbery. Lockhart's cousin Malcolm Carroll, and Carroll's friend Botchway joined them later. Nelson did not know Botchway.
Brandishing a firearm, Nelson and Lockhart took approximately $98,000 in cash from the bank, locking two tellers in the vault, then got into Botchway's car with Carroll and Botchway, authorities said.
Later that day, Botchway asked Nelson and Lockhart to get out of the car so Botchway could pick up his girlfriend, according to authorities. As they pulled onto Golden Triangle Drive, authorities said, Nelson fired a handgun once into the back of Botchway's head, killing him instantly.
Carroll and Lockhart got out and ran, according to authorities. Nelson also fled, taking evidence from the robbery from the car, according to authorities. DNA and pieces of videotape found in the car later linked Nelson to the robbery. A nearby hotel employee discovered Botchway's body inside the car.
Nelson drove a stolen car in a third robbery of the same bank in April 2005. Along with two co-conspirators, he took $26,714, authorities said.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 18. As part of his plea, Nelson is also required to pay restitution of $124,985.
This story has been updated since it was first published. Earlier versions incorrectly stated that Carroll and Botchway were involved in planning the second robbery attempt.
| January 27, 2011; 2:20 PM ET
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